One annoying issue that sim racers faced when the PlayStation 4 was released was steering wheel compatibility. Owners of wheels like the highly popular G-series from Logitech (G25, G27) or older Fanatec items quickly found out that they wouldn’t be able to use their existing wheels to play racing games.
This is where the Game Input MultipleXer (GIMX) adapter comes in. For those not familiar, GIMX emulates the wheel you have, and “fools” the game into thinking it’s one of the officially compatible wheels (like the Logitech G29).
Youtube channel Seth Francis Sim Racing has a new video out showcasing GIMX in action, pairing a high-end direct-drive wheel with the Gran Turismo Sport beta. No, it’s not the upcoming Thrustmaster GT-badged item, but the info in the video is transferable to a variety of applications.
To follow in Seth’s steps, you’ll need a PC and a micro-controller to act as the hub. There are several options to consider, like an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi: see the GIMX Wiki page for more information. One main advantage this adapter has over others, is that it fully simulates force feedback as shown in the video above.
Several GTPlanet users have reported that the setup does indeed function as intended, and that they’ve been able to use wheels like the G27 with GT Sport. With the beta opening up more and expanding to European users, this should be very helpful to those who can’t (or don’t want to) upgrade their sim racing setup.
If you’ve tried it, share your thoughts with us, and as always stay tuned to GTPlanet.
Thanks to MightyL for the tip!