Reader Submission #116 – A Strategic Lack of Updates

whitePS4-970-80.jpgIt’s much more than a nasty rumor making the rounds as a cruel joke on sim racers who have chosen Sony’s PlayStation 4 as their home gaming platform. If you haven’t figured it out by now, there appears to have been a falling out of sorts between Sony Entertainment and Fanatec, leading to a situation where all Fanatec products are no longer compatible for a console a whole lot of people bought. There wasn’t any official announcement and no major report from mainstream racing game publications on the matter (N4G actually links to us of all people), nor did any developer explicitly come out and say there had been a major shake-up behind the scenes, so sim racers were just sort of expected to infer from the official wheel compatibility list of each title that Fanatec owners would be left in the dark for the foreseeable future. Sure, there was a blog post on the official Fanatec message board, but let’s be honest- how many people actually read those?

Codemasters subtly warned people ahead of time that their Fanatec gear wouldn’t work with Formula One 2016, but Assetto Corsa fans weren’t so lucky – their Fanatec products were fully compatible with the Italian racing simulator provided they did not connect to the internet and download a day-one patch, adding to the already growing array of launch-day complaints. Yet through this madness, there appears to be at least one developer who have intentionally avoided this situation altogether by purposely not updating their game – at least according to today’s Reader Submission here at PRC.net. And surprisingly, that developer is Slightly Mad Studios..


Fanatec-pic-01Hey PRC. First of all, I’m a long-time “lurker” fan of this place. You guys really do shine some much needed light on the cockroaches in this industry. Please don’t attribute this to me or my email/domain in anyway should there be something legitimate to it. I completely quit participating online about two years ago, and have never partaken in social media.

Earlier I was talking to a friend about the recent split between Sony and Fanatec. Now according to what I’ve read about Assetto Corsa, Fanatec products work fine with Assetto Corsa before the day one patch. But, if you apply the day one patch, it breaks compatibility. So something happened between Fanatec and Sony between the time Assetto Corsa went gold about four weeks ago, and last week or so.

Now as you know, Project CRAP desperately needs updates on the PlayStation 4 to fix many bugs, and I’ve read on many places people are getting antsy because nothing has been forthcoming since the last DLC pack. My theory is that the friendship between Ian Bell and Thomas Jackermeier of Fanatec goes back a long ways, and they were warned ahead of time not to update Project CARS on PS4 specifically to avoid Sony forcing them to patch-out support for Fanatec products, as Sony had requested with Assetto Corsa.

As for the bugs found in the PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS, the game still isn’t where it needs to be. One of the easiest to verify is the lack of ghost entries on the long courses, not to mention the recurring audio/FFB drop-outs… If you’ve got access to a PlayStation 4, visit the time trial leaderboards for the Nordschleife, and the full versions of either the French or California coastline tracks. You’ll notice there aren’t any ghosts available for many of the top 30 runs… It’s just basic stuff like that popping up everywhere that gets in the way of Project CARS being really enjoyable. And people really want one or two more patches to get all of this in order, but I believe they won’t just to avoid the Sony drama.


8996061_origI can believe it. Sony is being absolutely ridiculous right now and royally screwing over customers, so it wouldn’t surprise me if at least one dev team tried to put a stop to it just to keep some people happy. You’re looking at a situation where you have these extremely niche games being released for your system that require expensive toy steering wheels just to play them in the desired fashion – equipment costing hundreds of dollars, I might add – and Sony has effectively stepped in and said “spend more money on yet another toy steering wheel which in theory you shouldn’t even need to begin with, or else you can’t play your favorite game.” That’s fucking horrible. I mean yeah, Fanatec owners can still boot up Assetto Corsa on the PlayStation 4 with a gamepad, but let’s be real about this situation – these are games you should by all means be playing with a wheel.

If you’d like to simplify the situation a bit further, look at the Rock Band franchise. Don’t lie, you’ve got a couple of plastic guitars kicking around somewhere, that shit was awesome. Harmonix actually sold a special adapter for Rock Band 4 so you could continue to use your old instruments from the previous generation of games on what are now current generation consoles, and weren’t forced to let the plastic guitars keep piling up in your living room to play what was effectively the exact same five-button rhythm game. Here you have a developer bending over backwards to ensure everyone can play the game in the desired fashion, and yet in sim racing land you literally have a console manufacturer demanding developers to release patches which break wheel compatibility for certain users, and forcing them to drop $400 more on a new wheel despite their current wheel working perfectly fine 24 hours prior.

Ugly and unacceptable. I’m not even a Fanatec guy, but this is just wrong.

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93 thoughts on “Reader Submission #116 – A Strategic Lack of Updates

      1. I see from your twitter profile that you support trump.
        So you’re ok with murdering millions of black people in Tazmania and Lebanese babies?
        I guess some people never learn from history.

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      1. Are you the fuckface who sucks dicks on RD?
        I’m going to kick you in the balls SO hard that I’m going to create a vagina.

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  1. Oh that’s it, James, I just made your mom pregnant!
    I told her not to swallow my cum!
    Now she’s gonna have to give birth through her mouth!
    It’s not gonna make her prettier, will it?

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  2. That dude impersonating PJ, if he didn’t deserve his ban then, he deserves it now. I don’t know who he is or what he has done, but good job taking him out of RD.

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  3. I’ve got a Fanatec CSR Elite, you know the Forza 4 official wheel for Xbox360 but also compatible with PC and PS3 (g25 mode)!
    Wheel compatibility in all Forza games always sucked but that’s not the point! A few months after buying it, Forza 5 came out on the XBone, and guess what? the Official Forza wheel wasn’t supported.. Can you imagine how CSR owners felt? We had to buy the official Forza wheel – the Elite cost me €700 with shipping – and then they decided that on the next title we should buy another freaking wheel!!!!! You cannot fathom the frustration :// of course I’m an avid PC and PS3 user and vowed never to buy anything Microsoft again (except of course win10, office and a bunch of other shit that make up about 90% of my hard drive but especially no Xboxes)! Sony was my favourite new player, the Elite is just awesome on gt6 and it plays amazingly well on the PS4 PCARs (from what I heard)! Along comes a spider with news that the Fanatec products will not be supported anymore.. WTF? So, they’ve been working fine for years but now they don’t? Wtf were you thinking Sony? Wasnt there one person sane enough in Sony who could guess the dissatisfaction and discontent of their clients? Since when pissing on your loyal fans is considered good business policy?
    On another note, my Microsoft Force feedback 2 joystick still works perfectly almost 20 years after its release (I sure hope no one from Microsoft sees this post and release a patch to address this)

    Microsoft employee: hey, is it true that the Microsoft Forcefeedback 2 joystick from the 90s is still working in W10!

    Microsoft something manager: WHAT? OUTRAGEOUS! We were supposed to release a patch to hinder compatibility more than a decade ago!! Do it NOW!!

    Microsoft employee: ON it sir!!

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  4. I’m going to sue this website very soon now, for defamation and impersonation.
    I’m starting to get tired of seeing this joker impersonating me, and seeing his comments surrounded with porn pics and all doesn’t help me.
    This website is a joke and should be taken down now.
    Why do you allow anybody to comment is beyond me.

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      1. what about your asshole reconstructive surgery assface.
        I don’t even know who u are but i hate your guts.
        I’m a jewish muslim and great bloke btw.

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        1. Jewish muslim? Now I’ve seen it all.
          If you were a real jew like me, I would have introduced you to my sister,
          but instead I’ll introduce you to my asshole!
          Say hello, asshole! *oily fart to his face*
          Wow it looks like a brown cumshot!

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    1. lol I know you, you’re the piece of British shit who can’t even finish a race.
      Last time, we taught you a lesson though, huh?
      See you in Brands Hatch again, faggot!
      When I see you, I’ll make sure to send you on the grass.

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  5. This is what happens when you support anti consumer corporations…. arh fuck it,whats the point with these fucking spastics posting, its like a fucking kindergarten in here, I love a bit of shit posting, but this aint even funny, its lame as fuck, its like listening to 8 year olds that have found their first big boy words, this is what happens with single “mom” kids and a lack of physical violence for discipline, get off the PC join a mma gym or sports team, I can almost smell your pathetic hollow lives through your posts, and it smells like shit, knob cheese and fast food.

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    1. If you need physical or verbal violence to educate someone, then you failed big time and should stop right now educating people or kids. All you create is an oppressed or revolted person that “respects” because it has no choice.
      I understand Hash that you grew up in a different period and society, but as we can see it didn’t do much for you. You only respect when you’re with fear of being banned but then in a free for all you disrespect and insult a lot of people. So you have no choices, you only react according to the place. In the place where you fear you are well behaved, and outside that zone you’re revolted with others and disrespect almost everyone.

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    2. No Hash, you are the immature one, you’ve dragged all these idiots down to your level and they are beating you with intelligence.
      They are under your skin and you’ve got no come back.
      Hash you have destroyed PRC.

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      1. lol,”you’ve dragged all these idiots down to your level and they are beating you with intelligence.”

        what….the…actual…..fuck,this genuinely made me chuckle, hows your proxy holding up?, Im not even gonna break down how retarded this sounds, you fucking clown,at least try to be funny if you cant even make a point,you have the personality of a damp cum rag.

        like I say the knob cheese is strong in you, you can eliminate knob cheese by trying to stick it in a human,try to get permission first, and try to avoid animals, can bring complications,this will not only clean up the cheese and the rank smell you leave here, but also help you with stepping away from PRC for 5mins in a day, will do you a lot of good.

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        1. There you go again Hash, bringing this comments section to its knees with your foul disgusting 4chan comments, you really let James down and I’m feeling sorry for him
          Just when i think the PRC comments section couldn’t get any worse, have you got some sort of Autism or mental issue Hash?

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    1. This is over the line, you are doxing Paul Jeffrey from RD, I will contact the moderatos of PRC and report your outrageous behavior.

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        1. lol you’re a real faggot, aren’t ya?
          If you do something, do it right.
          Go get the dude and break his legs with a 2×4 nails.
          Then tie him to the rear of your car and drive in the countryside for an hour or two, until
          what’s left of his legs are just two bloody bones.
          Youngsters… No balls anymore.

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  6. Google “PAUL JEFFREY BRABBAN – SHEFFIELD – IT PROFESSIONAL” and you’ll find this fucker.
    I don’t live too far and I’ll pay him … no I’ll pay his CAR a visit soon. πŸ™‚

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  7. SMS just gave up on project carshit after version 10. My question is that when ps games start to show up on pc will fanatec s support still be absent. My last question is if fanatec or a third party can modify the driver to be recognized as a compatible wheel?

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      1. PlayStation went live on PC today. so fuck you and your uniformed response. (cant post links in comments) when will cobetti get his brain? before or after Apple goes open source?

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    1. This isn’t SMS “doing something right”. This is SMS not releasing a patch because they are done with the game and no longer support it.

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        1. DAMN, RIGHT, THAT BALD HEAD IS SMOKING….THAT SAID, HIS WEEKLY EMPLOYEE BONUS AS HE CALLS IT, IS A 15 HOLE GLORYHOLE SESSION, NEEDLESS TO SAY, SMS HAVE PLENTY OF WOODBE WANKERS LINE UP TO FILL IANS MOUTH WITH YUMMY BRITISH COCK JUICE.

          IAN IS ON A FIRST NAME BASIS WITH THE STOMACH PUMPING STAFF AT HIS LOCAL CLINIC.

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  8. People here having psychotic breaks and meltdowns, doxing some dude and threatening him because he makes the AC news posts on RaceDepartment. Holy shit

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      1. mwa ha ha you’ll get ONLY rf2 news from now on!
        EVERY other game will be banned forever!
        Ashitto Corsa, I dumped bigger logs than you! Time to flush you down, little piece of shit!
        Automomodebilista, you’re sent to Simberia foreveeeeeeeeeeeer! MWA HA HA HA HA
        In my world, there is only… THE RFACTOR 2.. Raaaaah… Aaaargh… *fap fap fap fap fap*

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  9. It’s just basic stuff like that popping up everywhere that gets in the way of Project CARS being really enjoyable. And people really want one or two more patches to get all of this in order, but I believe they won’t just to avoid the Sony drama.

    The above statement

    ” what a load of pure rubbish” ! They stopped working on the game months ago and don’t plan to patch the game anymore. It has nothing to do with avoiding anything , the game is finished .

    How do you come up with this shit!

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    1. Sub, go back and blow off the pc forum suckholes like cheesman and Cluck, its just a wank fest over their of guys trying to get their mouths on the end of ians little cock.

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      1. ? you serious , I wasn’t defending Project cars in anyway ( I fuckn hate the broken game)

        I was stating that the OP was saying that they are holding off patching the game so guys can still use there fanatic gear , which is complete Bull shit .

        I don’t get where you are coming from as I have been banned there 3 or so times for speaking my mind about the broken product.

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  10. Just for reference james, does the email address input work as a trip code? (ie. hashes to an avatar, and the address isn’t publically visible)

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  11. “So something happened between Fanatec and Sony between the time Assetto Corsa went gold about four weeks ago, and last week or so.”
    Or, more likely, Kunos never got around to it kind of like they never got around to making the game not suck.

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    1. IF TRUE, YOU COULDN’T HAVE BEEN IN IANS GRAND CANYON OF A BUSTED ASS…..THE TEAM AT SMS HAVE HAVE FUCKED HIS ASS PORTAL INTO SUBMISSION. ….BTW, THEY ONLY BAN THE ONES WHO WON’T DOGGY IAN.

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  12. There a fair chance GT SPORT had to delay after seeing what code masters can do with working race rules and flag system.

    Yep I am definitely a codemasters SHILL!

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