F1 2015 plays very well with a wheel. Unfortunately, the default force feedback settings for the Thrustmaster T300 and Thrustmaster TX aren't very good.
First off, the steering angle needs to be set correctly to make the game playable. By default, it uses the full range of the wheel instead of the typical 360° for F1 cars. Secondly, the force feedback is much too strong, maxing out the motors of these wheels, making it so you don't feel much of anything about the car.
With some tweaking, we can fix both of these problems, greatly improving the game. In this guide I will show what settings to use in the Thrustmaster Control Panel and then in-game.
Thrustmaster Control Panel Settings
Unfortunately, F1 2015 does not have a Soft Lock feature, meaning that you can keep turning your wheel past the maximum steering angle for the car. The only way to get a proper steering lock is to set the rotation in the Thrustmaster Control Panel. I try to avoid this as I find it annoying to have to keep changing that setting when I load a different game. In this case, there is no other option.
|Overall Strength of all forces||75%|
|Auto-Center||by the game|
Spring is not used in F1 2015, so the value actually doesn't matter. Some games require Spring to be on for their force feedback to work, so I keep it at 100% as a general rule.
Damper is also not used, so it can be set to any value without issue.
F1 2015 Settings
In Settings > Customise Controls > Advanced Wheel Settings:
I raise the Steering Linearity to make the wheel slightly less sensitive when it is centered. This is more up to personal preference, so you may want to adjust this to your liking.
In Settings > Customise Controls > Force Feedback Options:
Feedback Strength is the overall strength of the force feedback. Adjust this higher or lower depending on your preference. The actual forces are calculated by the other two settings.
Environmental Feedback is the force you feel from the track surface, kerbs and going off track.
Wheel Weight is the primary force you feel in the wheel, based on the tire grip. Setting this too high overwhelms the wheel, making it feel heavy nearly all the time.
There is not much to configure with the force feedback, but I find these settings give a nice balance between feeling the forces of the wheel and the road effects.
You can still have a great time with the older titles in the F1 series, especially if you are on a weaker computer. The physics may not be as accurate and they may not have all the bells and whistles of the newer titles, but the basic racing is still a lot of fun.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions.