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10-11-2017, 21:28

I'm really having a difficult time with PCars2. Is there any good xbox controller settings for PC out there?

All I'm doing is spinning out on basically every corner. I tried putting assist back on - did not help. going slow-it still happens.

I don't understand it. I never had this bad of a problem before. I tried the community event time trial. I couldn't complete one lap. I spun out on virtually every corner!

Very frustrated. I can't seem to drive any car here.

Is it my controller settings, is it bugs in the game or is it me? Never had this problem with PCars1 and there was a point on Pcars2 where I felt the handling was improved. I just don't know what happened.

Any assistance will be appreciated.


10-11-2017, 21:41
You can look in the reddit thread with the title: "How I stopped spinning out and started enjoying the game on an Xbox pad"
I cant post the linik here since im new to the forum.

ABS: low
Stability Control: authentic
Traction control: low

Steering deadzone: 0
Steering sensitivity: 2** (personally changed to 35)
Throttle deadzone: 0
Throttle sensitivity: 1
Brake deadzone: 0
Brake sensitivity: 20
Clutch deadzone: 0
Clutch sensitivity: 25
Speed sensitivity: 92**
Damper saturation: 100
Controller damping: 37**
Controller vibration: 50
Minimum shift: 0

Only thing I changed was the Steering sensitivity: 35, because 2 was really low for me.
Hope it helps.


10-11-2017, 21:55
I am playing this on the ps4 and I gotta admit I tried so many controller setups. It's just to hard and unforgiving to play it on a controller. It may be that the complexity of this game is the reason for all of this.
If you enjoy the game and are sure that you want to get into simracing I suggest buying a wheel.

Roger Prynne
10-11-2017, 22:06
These might or might not help you.......




How I stopped spinning out and started enjoying the game on an Xbox pad (https://www.reddit.com/r/pcars/comments/7buzr7/how_i_stopped_spinning_out_and_started_enjoying/)

11-11-2017, 00:11
I like how everyone's response when it comes to racing games is "Gotta buy a wheel"..Well there are some people like myself, with a disability, where a wheel isn't an option, so I just do the best I can :)

11-11-2017, 00:41
You don't need a wheel to enjoy this game. I've spent over 50 hours on the PS4 version with a pad and love it.

Not sure if the settings are transferable but here's what I use if it helps:-
Steering deadzone 6 (controller is a bit beat up which is why it's not 0)
Steering sensitivity 48
Throttle deadzone 0
Throttle sensitivity 10
Brake deadzone 0
Brake sensitivity 10
Clutch deadzone 0
Clutch sensitivity 10 (obviously these 2 don't matter with auto clutch)
Speed sensitivity 95
Damper saturation 100
Controller damping 79
Controller vibration 100
Minimum shift time 0
RPM/Gear display yes (not that it matters with a controller)

11-11-2017, 01:14
Yeah I got it about a week ago, and have about half that many hours, but yeah I love it, and racing games in general. I researched PC2, and the new Gran Turismo Sport, and decided to go with this one..I think I made the right decision :)

11-11-2017, 01:30
Yeah I was in a similar boat, couldn't decide between PC2 or GTS but luckily I got onto the beta of GTS and within 10 minutes I had decided that I would pre-order PC2 lol

11-11-2017, 09:17
I find the default controller settings to be very, very good indeed, would love to buy a wheel for the full experience, but i have no room, and funds dont allow for one.

11-11-2017, 16:24
I play with an Xbox One controller on PC and a G25 (controller when playing on TV for fun runs, G25 and VR for serious bidness) and personally the default controls feel fantastic for me in both cases. I dunno maybe its your driving style? Past experience maybe is forza/gt where its more forgiving on overtly aggressive and improper driving (fast in, hard out : instead of slow in fast out).

Dunno there are a few threads here that maybe will help you dial in the controller to your liking :)

11-11-2017, 18:37
I alternate between a dfgt and xbox 360 pad and find default settings to be great. So good in fact I had a few top time trial times with a controller in a few classes until i beat them with a wheel a short time later. I wish the leaderboard would show both times and not just your quickest time.
Practice, practice and more practice.

11-11-2017, 20:00
Default controls are useless for me, way too slow, filtered and damped. Gtr2 was sharper on keyboard:


11-11-2017, 22:25
I have gotten very fast with the controller. It just takes a lot of time to personally learn how each car handles and behaves.

11-11-2017, 22:57
I’ve tried about three different settings with a controller and I’m still struggling-it’s a little better where I’m not constantly spinning out but only on a few fast corners. I’ve been testing with the community challenged with the Renault. I haven’t been able to complete one good lap and I feel like I’m about to lose control of the car constantly during the run.

Forget about taking an apex at full throttle on a fast curve, this just doesn’t feel good and I’m losing patience and it’s just not fun.

I never had this sort of problem before... I’ve played pcars1 constantly and was somewhat good. This has become more aggravating than its worth.

I’m done venting my frustrations now.

11-11-2017, 23:26
It is very fun on controller. I barely spin out. The hardest car for me to learn was the Vulcan but now I have it perfectly mastered.

12-11-2017, 21:13
It is very fun on controller. I barely spin out. The hardest car for me to learn was the Vulcan but now I have it perfectly mastered.

If you have time, could you send me your controller settings? Thanks

13-11-2017, 01:28
I would say I am marginally fast with a controller. I play a lot of TT on Nordschleife and it is very common for me to find myself as the top guy playing with a controller and average a top 10 time. No Im not bragging, just saying with the right settings you can be competitive with one. I used the settings in the video below as a baseline and made minor changes here and there to suit me. They feel pretty damn good and a hell of a lot better than PCars 1, which I put tons of time in to.


14-11-2017, 19:45
That YouTube settings are great! Makes such a difference! Thank you!