Brian Koponen

Programming and Tech Tips

Best VRally 4 Wheel Settings for Logitech G29 / G920

VRally 4 is an arcade rally racing game. It supports using a wheel, but the default settings for the Logitech G29 and G920 aren't that great. They make the wheel feel heavy and lifeless, which isn't what you want for a rally car. Add in some overly strong vibration effects, and the wheel just feels like a bit of a mess.

The game is a lot of fun and I knew there must be a way to improve the wheel settings. Thankfully, with a little trial and error, I found out that the game had some misleading control settings with bad default settings that truly were making the game much harder to control. Fixing these makes the game feel much more natural and greatly improves the gameplay.

The physics aren't altered, of course, so the cars still take some getting used to if you are coming from something like the DiRT Rally or later WRC games, but now that the wheel isn't actively making the game worse, I can enjoy the game on its own terms.

G HUB Settings

Create a new profile for VRally 4 with the following settings:

Setting Value
Operating Range 900°
Sensitivity 50
Centering Spring Off

VRally 4 Settings

In Options > Controls > Key Bindings > Steering:

This is an unusual way to set the steering, but I find it performs the best. You lose any Soft Lock feature, but it's a necessary tradeoff. You may find that the Maximum Angle will reset to 536. That's fine, we are just making it get set to the maximum value the game allows.

Modify the steering key bindings to set the rotation angle correctly.

Setting Value
Sensitivity 10
Deadzone 0%
Maximum angle 900


In Options > Controls > Vibration & feedback:

With the wheel steering angle corrected, the force feedback actually feels pretty good in this game, once the settings are dialed in properly.

Setting Value
Overall effects On
Overall force 100
Overall damping 10
Self aligning torque 65
Road Feedback 0
Overall vibration 75
Suspension 90
Tyre slip 0
Collision 100
Ground surface 65
Engine 50
Steering centre force 100

Overall Force controls the overall amount of all other forces.

Overall Damping adds weight to the wheel.

Self Aligning Torque is the main calculated force in the wheel. This is what you should adjust if you want the forces to be stronger or lighter.

Road Feedback changes the amount of force based on the type of road you are driving on.

Overall Vibration controls the amount of all the vibrations.

Suspension rumbles the wheel when you go over large bumps.

Tyre Slip vibrates the wheel when you lose traction. Of course, you are sliding all the time in this game, making the wheel vibrate endlessly, which I find extremely annoying.

Collision rumbles the wheel when you hit rocks or other objects on the side the track.

Ground Surface rumbles the wheel when you go over a bridge, certain special terrain sections, or leave the main track. I like this effect, but you could turn it down if you like.

Engine vibrates the wheel when you hit the red line, which is fairly rare, so I leave this effect on, but have it turned quite low. You could safely turn this off if you don't like the vibration effect at all.

Steering Centre Force centers the wheel when you reset the car to the track, so it's fine on the default 100. It has no effect when you are driving.

Conclusion

VRally 4 was a real surprise to me. I wasn't sure at all if the game would play well with a wheel. Once I got these settings right, I found the wheel actually improves the gameplay and makes it easier to get a feel for the physics, rather than being a hindrance. It's certainly not to the level of the later WRC games, but it's still a lot of fun.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

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