Reader Submission #114 – Sony Drops Fanatec?

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With the impending launch of Formula One 2016 by Codemasters within the next week, a title which will most likely be hailed as the greatest entry in the series history due to an explosion of improvements across the board in nearly all aspects of the simulator, the studio have recently released the full list of wheels which will be compatible with the title. To the surprise of many sim racers, Fanatec-branded equipment has been completely omitted from the PlayStation 4 version of the virtual Grand Prix product, despite previous functionality support for Fanatec wheels seen in all other PlayStation 4 racing games. Not too many people will be happy about this, and today Alex G. has sent in a Reader Submission outlining the basics of the situation.


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Good afternoon, PRC. I think I’ve found an interesting topic for you guys to cover, one which is flying way under the radar in the world of console sim racing. This time, it’s about the ridiculous fight between Sony and Fanatec.

You’ve probably seen it by now, but there are no Fanatec wheels supported on F1 2016 for the PS4. Even though previous Codemasters efforts such as DiRT Rally and F1 2015 were accommodating to Fanatec wheels, as well as Project CARS when it came out last year, it’s extremely surprising to see Codemasters suddenly does not support Fanatec products. It’s quite a popular brand in the small world of consumer wheels, and many PlayStation 4 owners purchased a Fanatec wheel due to their overall quality and compatibility with other PlayStation 4 games. Yet it appears from August onward, no racing game for the PlayStation 4 will support Fanatec wheels.

As you can read on the Fanatec forums, there will be no support for wheels that are not branded as “Official PS4 Wheels”. Up to August 2016, developers could program wheel support for basically any wheel they wanted on the PS4, they were just not supported in the PS4 menus – but inside the game they were fully recognized. Now, only equipment dubbed “Official PS4 Wheels” will work, like the endless stream of Thrustmaster or Logitech products. Interestingly enough, Fanatec themselves said at the end of March that they will remove the PlayStation Compatibility icon from all their wheels, because they want to release a new “Official PS4 Wheel” (which is still unknown), but functionality of all wheels would still be guaranteed. This has now completely changed. If you own a Fanatec wheel that was said to work on the PS4, no future games will support it.

Like the Fanatec forums stated, the most reasonable explanation for this situation is that Sony is asking for a bit more money from Fanatec for the license, or someone like Thrustmaster paid Sony to eliminate Fanatec from the PS4 market so Sony completely excluded support for Fanatec drivers in their new SDK 3.5. Developers are now tasked with handling the hate to keep this deal under wraps, like in the Codemasters forums, but I imagine Sony’s lawyers are more powerful than some gamers. Anyways, it’s an interesting and rather shocking twist of events to see unfold in such a niche market. In the end, everyone loses. Both Sony and the developers themselves lose revenue from their games, because once-loyal customers now won’t be inclined to pick up the assortment of brand new racing games, Fanatec loses a big chunk of their customer base as gamers are forced to run out and purchase a different wheel, and the number one loser is obviously the customer – they’ve bought a fancy Fanatec wheel that was advertised as working with their brand new system, and now all they can do with it is stare at it in the corner.


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I consider myself as a Logitech fanboy, so this issue doesn’t affect me, but I do agree that it’s indeed quite stupid. You’re right, Sony essentially rounded up a giant group of people and completely screwed them over. You have a bunch of PS4 owners who loved racing games enough to purchase a dedicated wheel for their system – quite a good one, I might add – and now they’re back at square one. Assetto Corsa won’t support Fanatec stuff. Gran Turismo Sport, the iRacing-like entity for the PS4? Nope, they’re out of luck as well. F1 2016 looked to rejuvenate the franchise? Sorry, you can’t play it in a way that would be satisfying unless you go shell out upwards of $350 on another toy steering wheel. I was a part of the whole Guitar Hero/Rock Band fad back in the day, and the thought of shelling out for yet another plastic instrument to take advantage of a new feature or two was absurd, so knowing fellow gamers will be at the same crossroads over a much more expensive purchase that isn’t even required on other platforms in the first place definitely sucks.

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23 thoughts on “Reader Submission #114 – Sony Drops Fanatec?

  1. sony is and always was a tricky sneaky bitch no wondering about this move. They should have released a Firmware update for the PS4 to also make older games incompatible as well, wondering why they acted so kindly this time.

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  2. THESE GODDAMN CANCEROUS MUSLIM FUCKS SCREWED US ALL OVER WITH THEIR HARAM STEERING WHEEL COMPLAINTS. THEY WANT EQUAL RIGHTS BY TERRORIZING US BUT ALL THEY DESERVE IS A LONG PAINFUL DEATH BY THE STROKING HAND OF STEFANO’S RUBBER HARAM COCK! ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD DIE AND TOUCH NO STEERING WHEELS AT ALL! THEY SHOULD KEEP AT BEING OUR SLAVES,THAT’S ALL THEY WERE EVER GOOD FOR IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS!

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  3. You see my awful skin color when you flush the toilet after doing the ´big´ deed. The smell is the same to. How lovely we are together..you and i..(L)

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  4. Fanatic was not supported from the beginning of the ps4s life , drive club had no support , it was pretty obvious from the get go that thrustmaster had this department wrapped up on PlayStation, I was a little lucky to ditch my fanatic prior to ps4 release after reading 100s of forums all stating no fanatic support for the new generation console , I was actually surprised when project cars announced support .

    It’s a shit situation for anyone with a fanatic wheel , in saying that it was pretty obvious that this was always the way it was going to go , g27 support was also taken from wheel owners …. Hence the release of the g29 .

    It does suck but there was no way I was holding onto a fanatic wheel without support and or knowing it wasn’t going to be fully supported by Sony.

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  5. I’m having security problems again.

    Come find me at my address : 2583 DZ Den Haag. That’s where I’m anally fucking my buddies at when not with my Philippine slut.

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  6. Sony did this before. Way long ago Gran Turismo 3 supported the red Logitech MOMO Force wheel (unofficially; it was a bit out-of-alignment but worked). Then, when GT4 came out, only the Logitech branded for Gran Turismo would work, they actively blocked the older wheel!

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  7. It was better for me to have no wheel support from Codemasters. Since my Accuforce is officially supported i have to map all controller-inputs after every start. Before i had a tweak which was working like any real supported wheel, but it´s useless now.

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  8. “As part of the licensing process for a new, officially licensed racing wheel, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has asked us to stop promoting our unlicensed wheels as beeing PlayStation compatible and we are happy to comply with that. As soon as we have a fully licensed PlayStation wheel on the market, we will officially announce the compatibility again.”

    Wow, that was hard.

    Stupid fucking Fanatec buyers.

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  9. This is why I take a pass on hardware that involves an unnecessary proprietary environment.

    Consoles are a closed market. Its anathema to what technology and the internet represent as far as I’m concerned.

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  10. That is unfortunate. I haven’t owned a console since 2007 in the Xbox 360 and after it got the red ring of death, never spent another dime on a console. However, I was going to pick up one of the new Playstations, when the release the Neo just because I knew my Fanatec was compatible. Nevermind!

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  11. Speaking as a once sony fanboy Lol! who cares about sony anymore anyway there crashing in flames and there about to get crushed by the xbone Scorpio, i just use my ps4 for shit quality porn sites and my gtx1080/cv1 for driving with my clubsport gear. i know we all cant afford all these toys practically speaking but keep your Fanatec wheel and ditch that piece of shit ps4 lol, put the joke on them!

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  12. I’m totally agree, i will put my ps4 to watch some Netflix with my old shit Sony TV That i have in the garage!
    I’m going to PC now…… im not buying a Crabmaster or a Logitshit wheels …….

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    1. Orlando if you reall want to save money, I hate to bring it up but (sacrilege) that new Scorpio will basically be an affordable little PC with most likely cv1 support but apparently you could build a PC and play all of the Scorpio games anyway with the Fanatec clubsport Xbone universal hub, cv1 support is speculation but it seems logical. The best thing about using a cv1 on a console would be there ability to optimize games to run well with it I think. Just in case you were not aware. Best of luck

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  13. I hate Ps4 I wish I can open case against them I spend my money on fanatec.I spedn money for games which isn’t support by fanatec.fuck sony shit bustards!go sony to hell!!!

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    1. If only everyone got together, we need a complaint page with thousands of pist off Fanatec owners and send to Sony unfortunately I couldn’t organize a tea party but someone must have a good idea.

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  14. Not only lose a racing player with me… I turn off my ps4 for every games… I build a pc for play with my fanatec wheel and pedal… Now only use pc and no more ps4 game… Bye bye Sony…

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  15. http://cronusmax.com

    “For the first time ever, CronusMAX now offers support for a full range of Fanatec Racing wheels on the PlayStation 4 – as long as the wheel supports PS3 mode, they’re good to go. The amazing PS4 Wheel Edition Mode now gives the ability to connect Fanatec Wheels with Full Force Feedback Support, including support for pedals, shifters and other add-ons, all without the need for a computer to be connected to the console or any software plug-ins. This is what the Fanatec Racing Wheel community has been waiting for! So you have a CSW V2 and want to play F1 2016 or Assetto Corsa on the PS4? You got it!”

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  16. http://cronusmax.com

    “For the first time ever, CronusMAX now offers support for a full range of Fanatec Racing wheels on the PlayStation 4 – as long as the wheel supports PS3 mode, they’re good to go. The amazing PS4 Wheel Edition Mode now gives the ability to connect Fanatec Wheels with Full Force Feedback Support, including support for pedals, shifters and other add-ons, all without the need for a computer to be connected to the console or any software plug-ins. This is what the Fanatec Racing Wheel community has been waiting for! So you have a CSW V2 and want to play F1 2016 or Assetto Corsa on the PS4? You got it!”

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