Shift 2: Unleashed: How to Customize Controls Setup – Configure Steering Wheels

By   /   Apr 13, 2011


Are controls in your way to experience the stunning new driving mechanics in Shift 2? worry not. I have a fix or atleast something that comes close to being a fix and that all comes with a brief description of how you can configure the controls in Shift 2.

The focus of the following discussion will how you to configure the controls for optimum FFB settings, good response and no swaying cars for wheels, gamepads, and keyboards.

Tip
Enable Damper and Spring Effects since they cause FFB around the center making cars sway.

Shift 2: Unleashed Controls Setup

Steering/Throttle/Brake/Clutch Sensitivity
The speed at which the game responds to your controller input. 50% qualifies for a linear (1:1) response. Higher values mean a faster response to input, lower values mean slower response.

Speed Sensitivity
Lowers the sensitivity of the wheel when you are in full throttle mode. Basically a driving assist for non-steering wheel users.

Steering lock
Wheel angle at which the wheels of the car will be locked. Useful for drifting where you need to quickly lock the wheels back and forth.

Now, how you can customize the controls setup, do these experiments or be content with the results:

Note. First, set profiler to 900 degrees with allow game change settings ticked.

Setup #1

  • In-Game
  • Set steering sensitivity at 50%
  • Set rotation at 900 degrees

Start a quick race but don’t race, just look at the animation of your car’s tires as they respond to you turning your wheel slowly via your controller. If the animation of the in-game wheel perfectly matches the movement of your steering wheel, the wheel will be able to complete 900 degrees.

Setup #2

  • In-Game
  • Set steering sensitivity at 0%
  • Set rotation at 900 degrees

Star quick race but don’t race. Look at the animation of your wheel as you turn your steering slowly to 90 degrees. The in-game wheel will only turn around about 5 degrees, so that concludes 0 degrees turns very slowly at the start and speeds up until it matches at the end of 900 degrees.

Setup #3

  • In-Game
  • Set steering sensitivity at 100%
  • Set rotation at 900 degrees

Star quick race but don’t race. Look at the animation of your wheel as you turn your steering slowly to 45 degrees. The in-game wheel will turn around about 45 degrees, so that concludes in game wheel turns very fast at the start and slows down til it matches at the end of 900 degrees.

So these experiments conclude that only setting being linear is 50% which matches perfectly your steering wheel to your in-game steering controls.

However if you configure rotation in game to default 270 with 50% sensitivity the wheel in-game will still match your steering wheel controller but the soft locks will be in your way going over 180 degrees.

Errors – When testing steering sensitivity at 0% i got the disappearing hands bug, resetting the steering sensitivity to something else and saving and then going back to 0 and saving again will resolve it.

If you don’t set the sensitivity to 50%, you will either get too fast or too slow steering at the start and end of what ever degrees of rotation you use.

If you don’t set the sensitivity to 50%, you will either go too fast or goo slow steering at the start and end of what ever degrees of rotation you use. Making it very hard to judge how much input you need for a particular corner.

You need to keep following in mind when you are customizing your controls in Shift 2: Unleashed.

  • 0% = Very fast car front wheel movement at start of input.
  • 50% = Linear Movement
  • 100% = Very slow car front wheel movement at start of input.

Logitech FFB Fix

If you are experiencing problems controlling your Logitech Steering Wheel. Just make sure you have these settings in your Logitech Profiler:

  • Combined unchecked
  • Force feedback enabled
  • Overall, spring and damper at 100%
  • Centering spring unchecked
  • Allow game to adjust settings checked

Try quick race, do 2 or 3 rounds, Press ESC, and then resume. If you still experience problems, you can try this mod.

Step 1
Download Juls’ minmod.

Step 2
Depending how strong you like the AI, copy the two .bff files from averageAI or strongAI folder to the Pakfiles folder in your Shift install.

  • averageAI is the original minimod.
  • strongAI offers three AI levels above the difficult level of original minimod.

Step 3
Copy the dll in your Shift 2 install directory.

Steering Wheel Settings
Note. In windows and/or Logitech Profiler:

  • Combined axis: OFF
  • Degrees of rotation: 540
  • Enable Force Feedback: ON
  • Overall Effects Strength: 100%
  • Spring effect strength: 50%
  • Damper Effect Strength: 30%
  • Enable Centering Spring: OFF
  • Allow game to adjust settings: OFF

You can find the detailed information on the usefulness of this mode, if you are still not content with what I have listed in this article.

Further more, you can try these settings if you are playing on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3.

  • Steering Deadzone – 3%
  • Steering Sensitivity – 50%
  • Throttle Deadzone – 6%
  • Throttle Sensitivity – 77%
  • Brake Deadzone – 6%
  • Brake Sensitivity – 77%
  • Speed Sensitivity – 55%

If you have tips of your own that you will like to share on how to customize controls, steering wheel setup for best control experience, you can share those tips in comments.

Thanks. doggod, Jol’s, redi, and LNino

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