Fanatec Podium Series

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Gopher04, May 31, 2018.

  1. Skybird

    Skybird Well-Known Member

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    I cant help it but this video gives me the impression of a not really undesperate emergency measure and a good dose of weaseling...

    Sorry, not convincing. Before, I just was not interested. Now, my alarm light suddenly started to blink.
     
  2. Mike Reynolds

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    I suspect they just watched back the original and realised what a shambles it was and how much bad PR they created....I’m sure the products will be good...i won’t let the bad marketing put me off
     
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  3. Thomas Friedrich

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    Okay, this is a real announcement...! The way it should have been from the start... and with me having built a dongle box to fit custom wheels, the DD1 is a reasonable alternative to Simucube...

    I wrote this on the Fanatec FB site...

    „Thank you Thomas! Now that’s a real announcement worth the hard work you have done over the last months/years!... and respect from my side taking the feedback into account and being ‚man enough‘ to stand up and react this way! It should have been like this in first, but as stated, thumbs up and appreciation to do as you did!

    ...and a DD for under 1.000 Euro with all the warranty and support is awesome to hear of! Also the announcement of several DD worth wheels in development makes me think over my plan to switch from Fanatec to eg. Simucube!“
     
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  4. gp20

    gp20 Well-Known Member

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    Too expensiv byebye.
     
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  5. HoiHman

    HoiHman Well-Known Member

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    Just watched the new video.

    At 4:30 Thomas confirmed that the podium software suite will have the ability to deliver telemetry based force feedback, just like the AccuForce and Simcommander 4.

    This basically means that you can over rule the FFB from the game

    I predict this will be a great selling point combined with the high torque
     
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  6. Ablaze

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    After I switched over to a direct drive system, I thought the same and started with 33% torque (20 Nm motor) which comes close to the max. torque of the Clubsport V2 base. "Anything above that kills me for sure." After some time I tried it with 50% and it didn't took too long to get used to it. That was unexpected. The other day I was really brave and drove some laps with 75% and loved it. Then a workmate paid me a visit and I shocked him with 100% torque. :D We had much fun with the Zakspeed Capri at the Nordschleife. You'll get used to that much FFB over time. From that day on I have my motor at full force. Maybe some day Santa Claus brings you an affordable DD system at christmas (maybe a used one from ebay) and than you'll remeber this silly post here. :)
     
  7. Fanapryde

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    My OSW is yet to arrive, but afaik (correct me if I'm wrong), this can be done in OSW software too. At least that is what I have read on different sites. So nothing new there...
     
  8. Gopher04

    Gopher04 Well-Known Member

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    Though I think the pricing is wrong with Fanatec gear, the one thing that their DD bases give and will be a selling point is the single unit, and of course being able to use previously purchased rims, but until the real reviews happens and bugs and game compatibility are sorted it will be awhile before they take off.
     
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  9. Fanapryde

    Fanapryde Well-Known Member

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    That and the fact they can be used on consoles.
    Personally I have no problem with a seperate Controller unit, nor do I object the coiled connection cable for the wheel.
    Curious if the BT connection between Fanatec wheels and DD base will work without issues.
     
  10. Thomas Friedrich

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    I just get to know from Fanatec that every custom wheel will be working, als long as connected with a QR. For the buttons, shifters and so on, you have to connect the wheel via USB directly to the PC... same as other DD wheels. This is new to me, as the CSW won’t work without a Fanatec wheel detected by the base...just wanted to let you know this.

    For me, the DD1 is now kind of attractive...
     
  11. Gopher04

    Gopher04 Well-Known Member

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    Thought that had been cured a few months ago.
     
  12. Thomas Friedrich

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    As far as I know, the CSW won’t work without a Fanatec wheel connected and detected... haven’t heard of something else. Do you have other infos and a source?
     
  13. Gopher04

    Gopher04 Well-Known Member

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    Yeh sorry Thomas totally misread you post, so I know nothing..:oops:
     
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  14. Fanapryde

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    Probably good news for future DD1/2 owners. But you will still have to deal with the not so good Fanatec QR. It always has some play, even in new condition. The rubber o-ring is supposed to remedy that, the DD bases will use a sort of conical rubber and a wartel knob to tighten. I have been using a slightly thicker o-ring, which was better, but it takes real force to detach the wheel from the base now.
    Fanatec should have come up with a better solution: e.g. a choice between the original QR for people who want to use the Fanatec wheels they have (or want to buy), or a decent play free QR like there are many in the OSW department (e.g. the Q1R).
     
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  15. Thomas Friedrich

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    So my dongle box is not obsolete, good news for me...!:)

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  16. Fanapryde

    Fanapryde Well-Known Member

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    something seems to be moving about the Fanatec QR:

    From their site:

    """""Full backwards compatibility
    Our proven automotive grade QR has been upgraded with a new locking system, retaining compatibility with all existing Fanatec steering wheels, while also being completely interchangeable. All new wheel bases and steering wheels will have changeable quick releases; in the future you will have the option to upgrade to a new QR system."""""

    Seems like a wise decision...
    Anyway, my OSW set will arrive next monday... :p
     
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  17. Thomas Friedrich

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    I mentioned on Facebook the closed eco system of their bases and claimed that this should not be the way to go... this is what Fanatec responds:
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    ...so it’s the same as with the CSW... disappointing decision from Fanatec...
     
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  18. Virtual Apex

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    Any confirmation of the DD1/2 being compatible with RR? I have a CSL now and it still is not fully compatible.
     
  19. FormelLMS

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    What isn't compatible to the CSL now?
     
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  20. BrianBosch

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    I also have a CSL Elite and enjoying R3E a lot. What am I missing with regards to compatability?
     
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