SteelSeries SRW-S1 Review

Introduction

SteelSeries SRW-S1 Review

Introduction

Steering Wheels. One of the biggest joys for yours truly. I have, since I was a tiny thing playing Sega Turbo and Monaco GP down the arcades, been a racing game fan. Of course back then you had joysticks or keyboards at best. However when home steering wheels became available I was utterly hooked and have never looked back. Indeed some of my exploits in Grand Prix Legends (winning online World Titles, owning a few World Hotlap Records etc) are some of my proudest achievements.

So with a background of having played nearly every racing game ever created, and sometimes with a modicum of success, it was with some relish that I took a look at the SteelSeries SRW-S1. The SRW standing for SimRaceWay, an online game that is designed specifically to take advantage of the functions of this button-strewn wheel.

One of the first things that you'll notice about the SRW-S1 is that it doesn't come with any pedals, and isn't mountable to your desk. So it's aimed more at the people who want to step up from a pad, but might not have the room for a permanent wheel and pedal arrangement.

Popping across to the SteelSeries website we can find an explanation of all the available controls and how they are mapped in the SimRaceWay game. All of these buttons, barring a couple, are totally mappable in your game of choice.

SteelSeries SRW-S1 Review

Let's take a look at the wheel shall we.

«Prev 1 2 3 4 Next»

Most Recent Comments

10-02-2012, 07:59:13

Critical
For best results with this wheel while in simraceway, apply these settings recommended to me by an in-game admin:

Go to Options > Controls, click on the sensitivity tab and change X Axis Sensitivity to 40 (leave the rest at their default value of 50).

Next, click on the Rates tab and set the sliders to the following values:

Steering rate: 50

Throttle rate: 50

Brake rate: 50

Clutch rate: 20

Speed sensitivity: 0

Look ahead: 0

Head movement: 0

Exaggerate yaw: 0

All that is left to do after this is find your own sweet spot with the steering sensitivity dial on the front of the wheel, the admin recommended 360 but I prefer it closer to the 200 mark.

Hope this helps someone Quote

10-02-2012, 09:05:58

badtaylorx
for better results glue this thing to a doorknob and screw it to the edge of you desk!!!Quote

10-02-2012, 15:20:29

Rasmus66
Good review but I do not understand these new motion steering wheels.

I love sim racing and use a lot of my time playing Iracing, Richard burns rally and all the simbin titels but to get the best experience then you need a proper wheel with realictic force feedback so you know what the car is doing and not just a fancy controller with lots of buttons and a rumble function.

I get the point of it being a step in the right direction towards getting a real wheel but why not get the real deal the first time? Quote

11-02-2012, 09:16:31

cerbrus2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rasmus66 View Post

Good review but I do not understand these new motion steering wheels.

I love sim racing and use a lot of my time playing Iracing, Richard burns rally and all the simbin titels but to get the best experience then you need a proper wheel with realictic force feedback so you know what the car is doing and not just a fancy controller with lots of buttons and a rumble function.

I get the point of it being a step in the right direction towards getting a real wheel but why not get the real deal the first time?
I like It I may.......may go for one. I am not a big fan of motion sensative controllers but I had to get rid of my G27, as it shatterd my glass desk DOH.Quote

11-02-2012, 09:43:49

Critical
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rasmus66 View Post

Good review but I do not understand these new motion steering wheels.

I get the point of it being a step in the right direction towards getting a real wheel but why not get the real deal the first time?
Not everyone can afford the real deal or maybe they don't have the room for a full setup.

This is a bloody good wheel when you mount it, it is so accurate and easy to use. (I have mine mounted on my tripod)

Quote
Reply
x

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.