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A Look at the Personlised Handling Settings in Need for Speed

In the latest update for Need for Speed the focus has been on how the handling of the cars can be personalised. This comes in the form of new settings to affect the performance of the car.

What will be interesting in having these options will be just how much trial and error this will need to get the cars handling right to meet the players needs. Certain options will have a negative effect on the players performance, while getting the right match will result in handling improving. Getting the right mix will obviously take time.

For people who want a simple way to set handling, this will be available for those who want a more advanced experience there will also be a chance to delve deeper into the inner workings of the car.

Here are the options that will be available for advanced handling options:

  • Front and Rear Tire Pressure – Changing these pressures is a way for the player to fine tune the grip that the front and rear of the car can have. This balance can be adapted to meet your needs, for example when drifting less grip on the back will be required.
  • Steer Response – A more reactive steer response will lead to twitchier steering, typically useful for drifting. A less responsive steering option will lead to greater control.
  • Steer Range – Again an option that will affect the drifting of the car, a wider steering range will lead to a deeper drift. A narrower range will produce a less slippier experience.
  • Breaking Drift Assist – Turn this one to allow for an easier drift, turn it off to decrease the chances of drifting.
  • Drift Ability Assist – When this is on it helps make for a more controlled drift. Turn this off and you’ll be on your own.
  • Launch Control – This is used to reduce fish tailing (back end going out of control on acceleration) and wheel spin.
  • Differential – The balance between the left and right wheels spinning at a consistent rate. This is altered to allow for wheel spin and drift potential.
  • Downforce – enhances the traction at high speeds, aids cornering.
  • Break Strength – The stronger the brakes lock, the better a drift.
  • Brake Bias – This setting controls the weight transference upon braking. Move it more to the front of the car to aid drifting.
  • Tire Traction – Less traction for more of a drift, more for less.
  • Handbreak Strength – having a strong break will allow for 180 degree turns, weaker allows for better drifting.
  • Spring Stiffness – suspension setting to alter the behaviour of the car.
  • Sway Bars – again, suspension settings to control the weight of the car and suspension movement.
  • Nitrous – tune this towards power then the nitro will be more powerful but have less of a duration. Increase duration and the nitro will be less powerful.

What are your thoughts on the handling options for Need for Speed? Let us know below.