Labs Force RS review
Franco on August 30, 1999
is no doubt of it, I love racing games and definitely
playing them with a Force Feedback wheel on my PC was
something I always wanted. ACT Labs was kind enough to send
me their Force RS wheel, powered by I-Force 2.0 from
Immersion and with DirectX Force Feedback support I was
expecting a real winner and the truth is that the Force RS
was everything I thought it was going to be and more.
In the box
I found the pedals, the steering wheel, an AC Adapter, a
cartridge with an USB/PS2 connector, the manuals, the
drivers CD and some other papers with quick installation
notes and warnings regarding the correct usage of Force
Feedback. I noticed all documents were written in 5
different languages, a nice addition in my opinion.
the box it said the Force RS had included the full version
of F1 Racing Simulation from Ubi Soft as a software bundle,
however the one I got came with Need for Speed III which
also takes advantage of Force Feedback effects. I liked this
bundle more than the F1 one since I like arcade racing games
more than pure simulation, Iím sure some people will
disagree with me.
matter which one of those games are included, they have been
available for a while now and Iím sure that any racing
game fan getting a steering wheel has already got them.
taking out all the stuff from the box, I plugged everything
in, I really liked the way cables are managed in the Force
all, this cartridge had to be inserted in the back of the
wheel, the intention of the cartridge is to be able to
upgrade the wheel in the future without the need of buying a
whole new controller for taking advantage of new
technologies. This is the case of Force RS models that came
with a serial connector only, you could upgrade now to USB
by only buying a new cartridge which is available from ACT
this cartridge feature makes the Force RS multi-platform,
ACT Labs offers separate cartridges for Playstation and N64
systems, so if you have also got one of those consoles and
want a wheel for it you wonít have to buy a whole new one
but only this cheap cartridge.