F1 2018 is really best played with a force feedback wheel, though you wouldn't know it by the default wheel settings. When you are trying to drive at the limit of grip, every little bit of information transmitted through the wheel is important. Lower end wheels like the Logitech G29 and G920, don't have the strongest motors to relay that information and can't turn as fast, making them often feel heavier than they should.
These natural limitations are compounded by incorrect wheel settings in the game. F1 2018 has terrible default wheel settings that make the game nearly unplayable. In this guide, I will show you much better settings to use that make the game much more fun and easier to play.
In this guide, we will first look at the settings you need to set in G HUB, if playing on a PC. Then we will look at the in-game settings to improve the force feedback.
G HUB Settings
The default steering angle in this game uses the full rotation of your wheel which is way too much for an F1 car. They typically have a maximum 360° rotation, meaning you can turn the wheel 180° to the left and 180° to the right. While technically possible to set this in-game, it's much easier to simply set this in G HUB.
Create a new profile for F1 2018 with the following settings:
F1 2018 Settings
In Game Options > Settings > Controls, Vibration & Force Feedback > Logitech G29 / G920 > Calibration:
I raise the Steering Linearity to make the wheel a little less sensitive when the wheel is centered, though this is purely personal preference.
In Game Options > Settings > Controls, Vibration & Force Feedback > Logitech G29 / G920 > Vibration & Force Feedback:
|Vibration & Force Feedback||On|
|Vibration & Force Feedback Strength||45|
|On Track Effects||18|
|Off Track Effects||18|
Vibration & Force Feedback Strength is the overall strength of the force feedback. Raising it too much starts to overwhelm the wheel, making the wheel feel heavy and lifeless. I find the range of 45-50 works best.
On Track Effects is the vibrations felt based on the track surface.
Rumblestrip Effects is the vibration felt when running over a kerb.
Off Track Effects is the vibration felt when you leave the track.
Wheel Damper makes the wheel feel heavier.
Understeer Enhance drastically lightens the wheel when you start to understeer. I find this more distracting than anything. The wheel lightens so much when you start to understeer that it feels more like the wheel is broken rather than something that is happening to the car.
My first impression was awful when I tried playing with a wheel. Properly configured, however, F1 2018 plays great with a wheel and I've been having a lot of fun. If you have a VR headset, you may be interested to know that F1 2018 works surprisingly well in VR using VorpX.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.