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Assetto Corsa » How to Set Up A Racing Wheel in Assetto Corsa: PC, Xbox & PS5
In this guide, I'll run through how to set up a racing wheel with Assetto Corsa on PC, PS5 & Xbox. I'll show you how to set up Logitech, Thrustmaster & Fanatec wheels in Assetto Corsa.
Assetto Corsa may be one of the very best racing sims available to play in 2023. It might have been around for almost a decade, but that hasn’t stopped it still being one of the most played racing games in 2023.
The developers behind Assetto Corsa, Kunos, provided one of the most realistic and accessible racing sims when they released AC in 2014. Since then, the game has been kept alive by a huge modding community.
There are thousands of mods for Assetto Corsa, with new mods being released every day, and older mods being supported and updated regularly.
While Assetto Corsa can be enjoyed using a controller, it really comes alive when you use a racing wheel with Assetto Corsa. In this guide, I’ll run through how to set up a Logitech, Fanatec or Thrustmaster racing wheel in Assetto Corsa.
If you are racing Assetto Corsa Competizione, check out our recommended racing wheels settings for ACC.
Assetto Corsa is definitely most enjoyable when using a racing wheel to control your car. This adds an additional level of control as well as increasing overall immersion in what is a realistic driving simulation.
The great news is that Assetto Corsa is widely compatible with most racing wheels. This includes compatibility with racing wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster, MOZA, Fanatec and more.
Below is a quick overview of some of the most popular racing wheels which are compatible with Assetto Corsa on PC, Xbox and PS5. This isn’t the complete compatibility list, so if your racing wheel isn’t on this list, it doesn’t mean it isn’t compatible.
Read our guide on the very best racing wheels for Assetto Corsa.
Below I will run through exactly how to set up your racing wheel in Assetto Corsa in a step-by-step guide. This process is relatively simple, but if not done in the right order, it can cause some issues such as your wheel not being recognised.
The first step in setting up your racing wheel for Assetto Corsa, is to connect your wheel to your PC, Xbox or PlayStation. This is normally done via a single USB cable which runs from the back of the wheel base to your PC. Also, ensure that your pedals and shifter if you have one are also connected to either your racing wheel or your PC directly.
Next up is a step that only PC sim racers have to do. You should search for your racing wheel’s software and download it. For Logitech wheels, this is G Hub, for Thrustmaster wheels, this is the Thrustmaster Control Panel, and for Fanatec wheels, this is the Fanatec Control Panel.
These pieces of software allow you to update your racing wheel’s firmware which is important if you’re racing on PC. They also give you access to a few additional settings which you can change on your racing wheel before we start changing Assetto Corsa settings.
Once you have downloaded the software for your racing wheel and updated it, you can change some force feedback settings before starting Assetto Corsa. With some wheels such as those from Fanatec and newer Thrustmaster wheels, you can make these changes directly on the wheel itself, allowing Xbox and PS5 sim racers to make these adjustments.
For Logitech G923 sim racers, these changes can only be made in G Hub, so console sim racers won’t be able to do this step. When changing the settings on your racing wheel or via the software, aim to configure it to have 900° of rotation or 1080° if your wheel is capable of that. Also, set your maximum force feedback strength close to but not at 100%.
For this how-to guide, I’m using Content Manager which is an Assetto Corsa mod. It is completely free to download and I would highly recommend picking it up if you are racing Assetto Corsa on PC. It adds a lot more functionality to AC and allows you to easily add mods to Assetto Corsa.
When you start up Content Manager for Assetto Corsa, click on the settings tab, then click Assetto Corsa in the top left of the screen, and then controls in the side menu. Here you can check that Content Manager is recognising your wheel, it should display the name of your wheel above the steering wheel and the pedals tabs.
Within this screen, you can change the settings for your racing wheel and pedals to optimise the force feedback that your wheel creates. I have included some recommended Assetto Corsa wheel settings below for you to enter as a baseline, which will improve your steering wheel’s performance.
The final step is to run through your button configuration and assign the buttons and inputs on your steering wheel to in-game actions. Using Content Manager, you can find this screen by selecting the buttons options in the top right of the screen.
Simply scroll through this page, click on any input you wish to assign, and then push the corresponding button or input on your steering wheel. This will assign that input. Once you have completed this step, you can save the settings preset or test it out using the buttons in the bottom right of the screen.
Below are our recommended force feedback settings for Assetto Corsa. These settings are very generalised, and won’t be optimised for more powerful wheels such as direct drive wheels from Fanatec and Simucube etc.
However, these settings will give you a good baseline to work from, and they feel great when playing Assetto Corsa with a Logitech G923, or Thrustmaster racing wheel.
Set these settings in your wheel’s software, or directly via your wheel if it has a screen like many Fanatec and Thrustmaster wheels do.
These settings should be set in Assetto Corsa or Content Manager and can be found in the game UI.
You can change any force feedback settings from the settings menu within Content Manager. Follow the quick steps below to find this menu and update your Assetto Corsa force feedback settings.
As mentioned above, setting up your racing wheel to work in Assetto Corsa is relatively simple. However, if you do one of the steps above in the wrong order, or miss out on a step there is a chance that your racing wheel won’t work or be recognised in Assetto Corsa.
To fix this, simply go through the steps above again, in the order laid out. This should solve any issues of your racing wheel not working in Assetto Corsa.
The most common reason for wheels not working in Assetto Corsa is the drivers or firmware not being up to date. This isn’t as much of an issue on Xbox or PlayStation. However, if racing on a PC, you should always be running the latest firmware.
To fix this issue, you may need to uninstall the drivers for your wheel and reinstall them again. This can fix the majority of issues where wheels aren’t working correctly in Assetto Corsa.
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