F1 2020 plays really well with a wheel once it is configured properly. Unfortunately, much like earlier games in the series, the default settings for the Logitech G29 or G920 don't do the game justice. The steering angle, in particular, needs to be set properly for the game to be even playable. The force feedback is overly strong and feels fairly dead, but can be improved a lot with the right settings, giving a much better driving experience.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that maximizing the force feedback settings means the force feedback is more "realistic." This is not true on any wheel, but especially weaker, lower-end wheels. The purpose of the force feedback is to give you information about the track surface and how much grip the tires have. Much of this information would be felt through g-forces and the shaking of the car itself in real life. In a simulated game, however, all we have is the wheel itself, so we have to make concessions to realism to get more information to the player. Lowering the strength of the big forces allows the wheel to still give important information about the track when you are in a high speed corner, for instance.
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 2020 with the following settings:
F1 2020 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||25|
|Off Track Effects||25|
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.
With the steering angle set correctly and the force feedback set properly, the game feels really good on these lower end wheels. It's not the most amazing force feedback ever, but it works fine. If you have a VR headset, you may be interested to know that F1 2020 works surprisingly well in VR using VorpX.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.