KartKraft is a karting simulator that works great with a wheel and pedals. Driving a kart is quite different from driving a typical race car. They have a very small steering angle (180°) which means a small steering input will have a big effect on the kart.
The Thrustmaster T248 works extremely well, since it is very smooth and has plenty of force feedback power even when the wheel is centered, which is a big problem with the Logitech wheels, for instance. The default force feedback settings leave something to be desired, however. They make the wheel much too heavy and remove a lot of surface detail forces. Thankfully, this is easily fixed by modifying just a few settings.
With this game, I run the force feedback quite a bit higher than I usually do. Ordinarily, an overly strong force feedback resistance can become annoying when you have to make frequent large steering inputs. In this case, a lot of resistance makes it easier to make the fine steering adjustments necessary in karts.
In this guide, I will show you what you need to set in the Thrustmaster Control Panel, on the wheel and in the game to improve the force feedback.
Thrustmaster Control Panel Settings
KartKraft will calibrate your wheel in-game to limit the steering angle to 180°, so it is fine to leave the setting on the wheel at the maximum steering angle.
FORCE at 4 bars with FFB at 1 creates a perfectly linear force feedback response with no clipping, which is the ideal for any racing game.
|TM Control Panel Setting||Value|
|Overall Strength of all forces||65%|
|Auto-Center||by the game|
Rotation and Overall Strength are identical to the ROT and FORCE wheel settings, respectively. Changing it in one place overwrites the other. I recommend changing these on the wheel and ignoring the values in the Thrustmaster Control Panel.
Spring and Damper are not used by KartKraft, so can be set to any value without issue. I leave them at 100% for the games that do use them.
BOOST should always be turned off. For an in-depth look as to why, see my BOOST Force Feedback Analysis.
In Settings > Input Bindings:
|Force Feedback Gain||105%|
|Force Feedback Filtering||0%|
|Force Feedback Deadzone||0%|
|Force Feedback Invert||Off|
Force Feedback Gain is the overall strength of the force feedback. You can adjust this to your liking if you want the wheel to have a little more or less resistance. Setting this too high will start to overwhelm the force feedback motor, making the force feedback feel pretty dead in the corners.
Force Feedback Filtering smooths out the forces, especially small bumps in the track. As you set this higher, the track will start to feel a lot smoother. I like feeling the roughness of the track, but it might be a bit much for some people. Feel free to raise this (probably no higher than 50%) if you find there is a little too much shaking in the wheel.
Minimum Force sets the minimum value for all forces. This isn't needed on these wheels.
Learning to drive these karts has been a lot of fun. I wish there were a few more tracks in the game, but it is still in Early Access, so I'm sure more will be added in time. Even as it stands currently, I've really enjoyed this game, especially in VR.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions.