Secrets of the SimXperience AccuForce Pro

Secrets of the SimXperience AccuForce Pro

Welcome to Secrets of the SimXperience AccuForce Pro where I will be recording my experience, tips, tricks, resources, and other helpful information as I get to know it.

Secrets is a series of blog posts I started with Secrets of iRacing and which has grown to include Secrets of GTR2, Secrets of Race 07, Secrets of GT Legends, Secrets of Automobilista, Secrets of rFactor 2, and Secrets of the SimXperience AccuForce Pro. The “secrets” part is a little dramatic but there are quite a few tips and tricks I think new users will find very valuable and interesting.

Update 2018-10-12: Updated FFB settings for Improved FFB with Jack Spade Custom FFB Files.

Update 2018-09-28: Initial publication

What is the SimXperience AccuForce Pro?

The AccuForce Pro is a force feedback steering wheel system used mainly for sim racing on PC

From the SimXperience website,

The AccuForce Pro V2 Steering System Kit is a complete Plug-N-Play package of our most advanced and realistic direct drive force feedback system. With unparalleled realism and the most advanced tuning features on the market, the AccuForce Pro not only delivers significant advantages for hardcore sim racers but is an effective training tool for real world drivers as well.

Here’s a taste of what it is and how it plays in games, from Inside Sim Racing and their short review,

Getting Started

In Secrets, I try to focus on the non-obvious or unintuitive so I won’t be covering basics like getting the wheel or installing it, unless there is is something of note to comment onm. You’re probably beyond that yourself so I’ll focus on the more obscure and non-obvious things.

My Initial Review

You can find my initial unboxing, review, and various notes over at my post titled SimXperience AccuForce Pro Steering System.

SimXperience SimCommander

First, go to the SimXperience AccuForce Pro product page and then click the Documents / Requirements tab and you will be presented with a number of guides and tutorials, both written and video. These are worth a watch at least once.

AccuForce Settings For Dummies

If you want to dive in and tune your SimCommander game profiles but don’t quite understand the available sliders and options, check out MockRacer.com’s AccuForce Settings For Dummies. It’s a good introduction to what is going on in SimCommander for AccuForce options.

Reset Game Profile to Defaults

  1. Duplicate Profile
    1. Open the Control Center, select a profile, then click the Duplicate button near the top of the window.
  2. Reset Profile to Defaults
    1. Open the Control Center, select a profile, click Output Mixer tab in the middle portion of the screen, click the Output Tuning Wizard button in the same area, select Reset To Defaults option, click Next, Click Next again, click Finish.

And, my typical custom defaults:

  1. Set Wheel Mode High
    1. Set Wheel Mode “High” in Output Mixer > AccuForce Steering Wheel > Device Settings.
  2. Disable Engine RPMs

How to Auto-Tune In SimCommander

Auto-tuning automagically adjusts the force feedback strength based on recorded lap telemetry ensuring you have the greatest strength at the wheel while avoiding clipping.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Duplicate Profile
    1. Duplicate an existing iRacing profile in Sim Commander: Open the Control Center, select a profile, then click the Duplicate button near the top of the window.
  2. Reset Profile to Defaults
    1. Reset the profile to defaults so you’re sure you’ve got a good base line: Open the Control Center, select a profile, click Output Mixer tab in the middle portion of the screen, click the Output Tuning Wizard button in the same area, select Reset To Defaults option, click Next, Click Next again, click Finish.
  3. Reset Wheel Mode
    1. Set your desired Wheel Mode in Output Mixer > AccuForce Steering Wheel > Device Settings. I use High as, according to SimXperience, it’s the only guaranteed linear force feedback. You can use whatever you’re comfortable with. The important thing is that you do this before running laps or else it won’t correct if you change the Wheel Mode after.
  4. Run Laps
    1. Launch your game using Sim Commander with the overlay enabled and run a few laps at your favourite track. These laps will be recorded and you’ll pick the fastest in Sim Commander so it can tune your settings for that track and car.
  5. Auto-Tune Profile
    1. Open the Control Center, select a profile, click Output Mixer tab in the middle portion of the screen, click the Output Tuning Wizard button in the same area, select “Create effect settings from recorded lap  telemetry” option, click Next, Click Next again, select your fastest lap at the track you just ran laps on, under the “Select a Template” heading choose “Intelligent Peaks” in the drop-down, click Next, click Finish.

Games

In this section, I’ll be covering specific games and their quirks and features when getting setup.

Race 07

See Heavy wheel or heavy dampening feel when driving

For more general information, see Secrets of Race 07.

GT Legends

See Heavy wheel or heavy dampening feel when driving

For more general information, see Secrets of GT Legends.

Project Cars 2

First, this SimXperience video does a good job explaining how to initially setup the game:

Project Cars 2 does not detect steering left/right assignment

Mentioned in the video but I found that you, at least, need to rotate the wheel 360degs in the direction of the assignmnet, and then back again 360degs, to get Project Cars 2 to detect the assignment.

Project Cars2 may act like it never detects any steering assignments or it complains about ‘multiple inputs detected’. The rotation fix mentioned above fixed this for me.

Improved FFB with Jack Spade Custom FFB Files

See this post in the Project Cars 2 forums for custom FFB files. I found it difficult to get satisfactory FFB out of Project Cars 2 so I went asking around if any other AccuForce owners have good results and a user told me about the Jack Spade files.

The following tests with were the Project Cars 2 DEMO as of 2018-09-30:

(1) After some brief testing, I’ve getting decent results with the ffb_custom_settings – tire lo comp DD.txt file. Settings: In-game Gain 88%, Volume 88%, Tone: 88%, FX 25%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 100%, set AccuForce Friction 3.14%.

(2) More testing (ffb_custom_settings – alt lo comp DD.txt): Feels better for sharpness of steering forces and road feel, not perfect but better. Settings: In-game Gain 88%, Volume 63%, Tone: 63%, FX 25%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 100%, set AccuForce Friction 3.14%.

(3) More testing (ffb_custom_settings – alt hi comp.txt): Okay but a little less sharp in steering forces, a little bit more lively. Settings: In-game Gain 88%, Volume 63%, Tone: 63%, FX 25%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 100%, set AccuForce Friction 1.57%.

(4) More testing (ffb_custom_settings – alt lo comp DD SopDiff.txt): Improved corner grip feeling, good road feel, decent steering force weigh/sharpness. Settings: In-game Gain 88%, Volume 50%, Tone: 50%, FX 12%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 100%, set AccuForce Friction 1.57%.

The following tests were with the Project Cars 2 FULL RELEASE as of 2018-09-30.:

(5) ffb_custom_settings – alt lo comp DD SopDiff.txt: In heavy cornering this file now shows a dramatic loss of wheel weight that I didn’t experience before. Not sure what’s up with it. Settings: In-game Gain 88%, Volume 50%, Tone: 50%, FX 12%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 100%, set AccuForce Friction 1.57%.

(6) ffb_custom_settings – stan lo comp DD SopDiff.txt: Solved previous wheel weight loss issue noted above. Felt light all around, though, had to increase FFB settings to get some weight. Pretty decent feeling, though. Settings: In-game Gain 88%, Volume 88%, Tone: 88%, FX 25%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 100%, set AccuForce Friction 1.57%.

(7) ffb_custom_settings – tire lo comp DD SopDiff.txt: Also decent, much more subtle steering forces. Settings: In-game Gain 88%, Volume 88%, Tone: 88%, FX 25%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 100%, set AccuForce Friction 1.57%.

(8) ffb_custom_settings – stan lo comp DD SopDiff.txt: Back to this file, further tuning for improved feel: In-game Gain 100%, Volume 70%, Tone: 79%, FX 0%, SimCommander Reset to Defaults, Wheel Mode High, Engine RPMs Disabled, Game Force Feedback Smoothing 88.63%, set AccuForce Friction 3.14%.

Tips and Tricks

Heavy wheel or heavy dampening feel when driving

Try disabling Stationary and Moving Dynamic Oscillation Control. Some games or configurations have been known to trigger a heavy wheel feeling even when it shouldn’t (eg. Stationary Dynamic Oscillation Control enabled but car is moving so it shouldn’t be taking effect) so try disabling oscillation control.

Try tuning oscillation control levels yourself, after confirming the issue with disabling, to dial in the feel that you want.

 

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