Featured Have Your Say: Can You Sim Race Competitively With a Controller?

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  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    For our 'Have Your Say' article this week, we would like to know if you think it possible to sim race competitively on a handheld controller...

    I've heard it mentioned in various forums a number of times in the past and thought it might make for an interesting discussion topic in our 'Have Your Say' feature articles, the question of controllers in sim racing, and if they can provide enough functionality to allow a driver to race competitively against his or her sim racing rivals.

    This is an interesting topic, as in theory with a controller one can apply lock to lock movement infinitely quicker than someone using a traditional racing wheel - but is it enough to give that vital laptime edge?

    So the question for today is:

    Is it possible to sim race competitively with a gaming controller?

    Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  2. FeltHat

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    well, its possible but i dont even want to imagine what unhuman mind and fevered, hellish thoughts would lie behind it
    not to mention total lack of immersion
    Good luck to all pad users, i only use one in wreckfest.
    Before i had any wheel i tried AMS with pad, some cars like wrx evo felt rly nice but its easy to fail with more sensitive cars, lets say SST
     
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  3. AntoN_CheZ

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    You may be competitive but I dare say the 'sim' part is almost non existent with a game pad.
     
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  4. Austin Ogonoski

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    Possible to hotlap moderately well? Yes, depending on the car.
    Possible to drive predictably in a pack of cars with respect to other drivers? No.
    Possible to comfortably complete long endurance races? No.
     
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  5. snyperal

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    Yes. Depending on title and settings.

    Personally I'm not competitive with a wheel and pedals.
     
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  6. Pepper606

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    I'm wondering if it's a generational thing.
    The younger members of my family can use controllers with no issues, my aged relatives can't do the simplest of things. I refund anything that requires a controller!
     
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  7. Caton XII

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    NO !
     
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  8. Loki92

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    "Is it possible to sim race competitively with a gaming controller?"
    Sorry Paul
    Well i think, NOOOOOoooooo !!!!!!

     
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  9. Ole Andreasen

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    Some seem to be able to do so - I sure as sh** cannot use a gamepad for racing - or for anithing else for that matter.
     
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  10. Leonardo Chaves

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    I guess it's possible, but why? If you are serious about the simracing genre the first thing you should do is get your entry level wheel.
     
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  11. Sergey Yashin

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    Kids kick my a$$ with controller in Forza 7 and I race with a wheel. :D
    I know it's not a sim but my point is, if the sim has good controller physics it's possible to game on both (wheel and controller) competitively... Have a nice day!
     
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  12. Loki92

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    Forza 7 is totaly arcade so yes
     
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  13. RMR1

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    Some race competitively with mouse and keyboard...
    Last time I drove with a controller was in GPL, and heck, it was more easy than using a non ffb Microsoft wheel. But that’s ages ago.
    All wheels here because of immersion.
     
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  14. Alex72

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    Dat immersion tho? Feeling the road and the car through the wheel plus actually frekkin driving it like a real car with wheel, pedals and shifter is EVERYTHING! Unless of course you are only after competing and dont care about cars or immersion. Just move a "thing" to the end of the track and see yourself on a high score list. For that im sure gamepads are enough. Well, as mentioned above, most people will have issues with more sensitive and weird handling cars without a FFB wheel. Since the forces tell you what the car is doing.
     
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  15. DerSchmopf

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    I'm playing Assetto Corsa for 650 hours with a XBox 360 controller and I can say that I suck at driving fast. But Assetto Corsa is great and I enjoy it.
     
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  16. Joseph Wright

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    You can and I have. I have finished 2nd in a competitive league against 20+ competitors on a game pad on Game Stock Car Extreme a couple of years ago, but I agree. It's not a "sim" feeling. But it is possible and depending on your skill then you can be competitive
     
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  17. Keith Joyce

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    My situation precludes use of a wheel so controller it is. Mind you, I pick my online races very carefully. Apart from Wreckfest I wouldn't race in a RD event with a controller as I don't find it as precise as a wheel and I might ruin someone else's race....

    PC2 on the other hand - I'm having a blast!
     
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  18. F1Motorsport

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    I think it is possible. Some people can do anything with a controller or mouse and keyboard. There are enough racers out there who are not able to use a wheel because they're handicapped. It's all up to your talent and dedication.
     
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  19. PicoBp

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    But... Whyyy??? Wreckfest has pretty decent FFB, it's amazing fun to powerslide your way through the wrecks! :D
     
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  20. FeltHat

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    because i use outside camera for better footage, it feels weird with wheel+i somehow cannot bother to plug in wheel without vr :p
     
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