In our world of racing games, many players have different preferences as to what peripherals they choose to drive their virtual machines with. Some folks swear by using a wheel and won’t bother playing with anything else. Other people are content with using the standard controller supplied with a game console. The mouse, on the other hand, is probably something that you haven’t seen being used to play a racing game in any serious capacity—until now.
A gentleman named Mike going by the name “handi” (get it?), shows us how precision driving is completely possible with a device like the mouse.
In his introductory post on RaceDepartment, Mike states he was born with a congenital limb defect that prevented his arms and legs from developing properly. Because of this, handi chooses to stick with simulators that allow him to use mouse steering. He is no stranger to racing sims either: Mike has been lapping the track as far back as 2002, in the alpha builds of Live for Speed. Nowadays, Assetto Corsa is his game of choice.
In the video, Mike chooses a combination some of us would be too afraid to even attempt: the brutal 750 hp Pagani Zonda R placed on the asphalt of the Nordschleife. He completes the task of going around the track with relative ease by using his mouse to steer and mouse buttons to accelerate, brake, and shift up or down.
Mike plans to continues his journey by participating in upcoming race series to prove mouse users have a place alongside wheel and pad users on the track. Have fun and keep up the excellent driving, Handi!
Check out Mike’s Youtube channel, covering a range of video games, right here.
Featured image by community member ECGadget.
The racing season is continuing to heat up for Nismo. While last weekend’s tough Dubai 24H race saw the GT Academy team finish 8th in the SP3-GT4 class, the next event will up the pace for a once-around-the-clock run around Mount Panorama.
The venerable GT-R will again be competing for overall victory in the GT3 class. After last year’s McLaren victory dashed hopes of back-to-back wins for Nismo, the team is fighting back with a two-car assault for 2017.
Leading the charge in the #23 car will be Bathurst veterans Katsumasa Chiyo, Alex Buncombe, and Michael Caruso. Over in the #24 sister-car, 2016 Bathurst 12H drivers Florian Strauss and Todd Kelly will be paired with always-busy Jann Mardenborough.
Both Chiyo and Mardenborough shared the track last year as teammates in the All-Japan F3 Championship. For Chiyo, this will be his fourth appearance at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, while it’ll be a career first for Mardenborough. The 2011 GT Academy champion is excited:
“Firstly, I’m honored to be chosen by NISMO and Nissan Australia to represent them in the Bathurst 12 Hour. It’s a race I’ve watch on television and played on PlayStation. I’m really excited to take part. Just playing the game, Sector 2 looks mega, so I can’t imagine what it will be like on the first lap and on qualifying tires. I‘m hugely excited to compete with drivers that have lots of experience at the track, and with some drivers that I know quite well, like Florian and Chiyo.”
With twice the cars on the track, the chances of a Nissan victory are higher than they’ve been before. Stay tuned to GTPlanet for more news on the race, which will get underway February 3.
The latest pair of racing wheels to come out of Thrustmaster’s skunkworks may seem very familiar. That’s because the wheels themselves are the same, but now come bundled with an elite set of pedals.
Much like the T300 RS GT Edition that quietly released back in October last year, the T150 PRO and TMX PRO include the spectacular T3PA pedal set. The T3PAs are a high-end set of pedals that include the Conical Brake Mod, which allows for progressive braking all the way through the pedal travel.
However, one major difference between the two packages is in fact the pedal set itself. The T300 RS GT Edition includes the “T3PA – GT Edition Pedal Set”, which is based on the original T3PA pedals, but employ a slightly new aesthetic and one key design change: the positioning of the brake pedal is non-adjustable.
This is not the case with the new T150/TMX PRO. The pedals included are the vanilla T3PAs, unmodified and with all adjustments (spacing, inclination and height) available on all three pedals—accelerator, clutch and brake.
While probably not a deal breaker for many, it is slightly curious as to why Thrustmaster didn’t just bundle in the original T3PA pedals with the T300 RS GT Edition to begin with, like they have with this new T150/TMX PRO package.
As most are aware by now, the T150 and the TMX are virtually the same wheels. The only difference being the T150 is designed to work only with the PS3, PS4 and PC, while the TMX is designed exclusively for the Xbox One and PC.
The T150/TMX is a great entry-level wheel for those looking to get started in sim racing. While not as premium as a T300 RS, the T150/TMX offers fantastic features at a more affordable price. With the T3PA pedals included, the new PRO variations of these wheels offer an even better opportunity for those looking to step into the world of sim racing!
As of writing, a price for the T150/TMX PRO has not been announced.
Thanks to community member super_gt for the heads-up!
Nissan Skyline GTS-R, one of the seven new rides included in this month’s car pack. January 3, 2017, courtesy of ViscousTraction.
If you’re still combing through the launch lineup of cars for Forza Horizon 3 and have yet to pick up the Car Pass, there may not be a better chance to do so than this week. Through the Deals with Gold program, the Car Pass is now available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers for $17.99.
The Car Pass brings users six monthly car packs, each introducing seven new vehicles to the game (42 in total), that began in October of last year, and will conclude in March. With only two packs remaining, players looking for even more metal to thrash around the Australian Outback will have plenty to keep them occupied. A quick refresher reveals a number of new faces included in this month’s pack:
- 2015 BMW i8
- 2016 Bentley Bentayga
- 2014 Ford #11 Rockstar Energy Trophy Truck
- 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO
- 1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31)
- 2015 Radical RXC Turbo
- 2015 Volvo V60 Polestar
While it’s unfortunate the discount isn’t available to all players, there’s no denying the 40% savings over the original price of $29.99. Additionally, there’s plenty to look forward to after an unfortunate leak revealed a number of additional cars possibly coming to the open world racer; whether or not some of the anticipated metal will be included in the final two packs remains to be seen.
Forza Horizon 3 is currently available on Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms.