I've been playing the beta for about an hour now on PS4, starting out with street racing. Handling with the controller feels good, more responsive and tight than I remember from the first game (but I haven't played it in a while). Using my wheel however - Thrustmaster T150 - feels about as dull, sluggish and uninformative as I remember from the first game. Force feedback is terrible. I'm planning on buying the full game - hoping for better events this time, just cruising around was more fun in the previous game - but I think it's very likely I'll only be using my wheel when I'm on a random leisure car trip and stick to the controller, and likely 3rd person camera, for actual races. A question - is randomly found loot the only way to upgrade cars this time? I didn't care much for the system in the first game, but I can't say yet if I'm going to like loot hunting better.