NASCAR Heat 3 plays very well with a wheel, but it does need some tweaking to get the best experience when using the Logitech G29 or G920. The default settings make the force feedback too strong and the steering angle isn't set properly. Thankfully, these issues are easy to fix.
Even so, the force feedback isn't the greatest on these wheels. The center area deadzone feels very loose, which means you have to be very careful with your steering inputs going down the straights. It's easy to overcorrect and cause a wreck when you are in traffic.
In this guide, I will show how configure the wheel settings properly in-game and in G HUB, if playing on PC.
G HUB Settings
While it is possible to set the steering angle in-game, NASCAR Heat 3 doesn't have a Soft Lock feature, so the wheel will keep turning past the usable angle. Since the steering angle for these cars is so small, you frequently hit the max lock, and turning past it does not feel good. You can fix this by setting the steering angle in G HUB, which will provide the soft lock.
Create a new profile for NASCAR Heat 3 with the following settings:
NASCAR Heat 3 Settings
In Options > Controls > Input Device:
Despite the game telling you to put in the maximum rotation for your wheel, you need to match the value that is in G HUB for this to work correctly.
In Options > Controls:
The settings don't have any numerical values, just a simple slider. The default value is usually the center, which I will refer to as 0 in the following settings. The sliders can go from -5, if fully to the left, all the way to +5, if all the way to the right.
Steering Deadzone needs to be left at -5. Anything higher than that will make the center of the wheel unresponsive.
Steering Range should be all the way up. This tells the game to use the full 240° rotation we had set earlier.
Steering Sensitivity should be left at 0. Raising this will make the in-game wheel reach full lock before the actual wheel does. Lowering it will prevent the in-game wheel from being able to reach full lock.
Brake Sensitivity and Throttle Sensitivity are personal preference, but I recommend turning them all the way down to get a more linear response.
In Options > Controls > Controller Features:
|Force Feedback Strength||-1 (Tarmac) / +2 (Dirt)|
Force Feedback Strength controls the resistance to turning based on the tire grip. Setting this too high will make the wheel too heavy and lifeless. There is much less resistance on dirt tracks, so the force feedback can be turned up for them.
Impact Effects shakes the wheel when you hit other cars or the wall.
The only thing that can't be fixed is that the steering wheel animation doesn't match your input exactly when in cockpit view. The animation only goes 90° left or right and it changes based on how fast you are going. Thankfully it's pretty close to the real life motion, so it's easy to ignore.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.