Racing fans have been patiently waiting for their chance to play DRIVECLUB ever since the initial announcement of its delay last year on the 18th of October. Here were are nearly one year later and Evolution Studios’ first effort on the PS4 is finally on the verge of releasing.
Earlier the Official PlayStation Blog posted information detailing which wheel peripherals will be supported for DRIVECLUB. The results were less than satisfactory. Only two wheels were confirmed, the T80 and T300RS; both are products licensed for PS4 and produced by Thrustmaster, pictured below.
As things stand, the PS4 requires a security chip installed inside for certain peripherals, which the following quote from Logitech confirms:
“It’s devices that have high polling rates that require the chip. A standard mouse and keyboard, for example, don’t send data very fast to the PS4. Devices that do, such as controllers and wheels, require the chip.”
– Logitech Gaming on Facebook
This means the majority of popular and well regarded racing wheels, such as the Logitech G27, will not function with DRIVECLUB or the PS4 at all. Many fans who own unsupported devices are unhappy and have taken to venting their frustrations in the comment section of the blog post.
A representative from the Official PlayStation Blog had this to say:
“We love racing with wheels and will add more into DRIVECLUB as and when they become compatible with PS4.”
– Phenom_Evolution, Sony Rep
The fact is if the information about requiring a physical security chip is true, all wheels that have already been produced will never be officially supported. This isn’t a problem that can be fixed with a firmware update if the chip is required, unless Sony decides to allow the use of these unlicensed peripherals. Only newly released peripherals that contain the security chip will function with the PS4. Of course there are ways around that, as the Titan One (unofficial third-party product that allows other console controllers and keyboards/mice to be used on the PS4) has already demonstrated.
So what are your thoughts? Have you bought a wheel only to find it will not be officially supported?