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GT Omega Racing Simulator Review - The Gaming Experience

By: Chris Ramseyer | Game Controllers in Peripherals | Posted: Jun 22, 2011 2:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GT Omega Racing

The Gaming Experience


I don't know about you, but most of the pedals I've used don't feel right. I'm not talking about an authentic feel when you press on them; I just mean the simple task of making them comfortable. My Logitech G25 when used in an office chair is about as uncomfortable as you can get and it actually hurts my left ankle after 20 minutes or so. Obviously that puts a strain on my office chair gaming experience; it is pretty bad even though I'm using one of the most popular steering combinations available.




The GT Omega Racing Simulator puts your pedals at an angle and this gives you a more natural, more real pedal feel. It also took care of my left foot ankle pain. If that wasn't enough, you bolt the pedals onto the plate so no matter what you do, you're not going to move the pedals back when slamming on the brakes.


Another feature I really liked with the GT Omega Racing Simulator pedal plate was the ability to position the pedals where you want side to side. You have around three inches of adjustability here and it comes in handy if you use two feet for your gas and brake.




When gaming on your computer desk, you are pretty much stuck to a single wheel angle. Just imagine buying a car where you can't move the steering wheel up or down, in or out. The GT Omega Racing has you covered here too. The wheel plate has a lot of adjustability. In, out, up or down and you can even change the angle since the thru holes are oversized.


All of that adjustability does have a downside. If you like your wheel low like I do, you have to be careful getting in and out of the seat. The lower extension brackets are somewhat sharp and it's possible to scratch your legs on the 90 degree corners. I'm not sure why these weren't made with rounded edges, but they weren't. All it takes is one good scratch and you remember to avoid the sharp edges.




Speaking of sharp edges, the speaker mounts also have 90 degree edges that can cause you to dish out a few four letter words if you're not careful. With the speakers mounted it isn't an issue and if you're not using speakers you can take the speaker mount off.




On the seat and in the game the GT Omega Racing Simulator feels great and increases your immersion. There is one thing that didn't feel right and the culprit is right here.


When you are racing and the force feedback is on, the two halves can flex. This was amplified by a bend in the wheel side, bottom chassis that makes contact with the ground. After spending some time with it, I finally started looking for a way to shim the wheel side of the Simulator. By placing two magazines at the furthest point of the chair, the chassis flex was eliminated. This might be a little more difficult if you're using the system on carpet. No matter how tight I screwed the included fasteners, the flex was there and only eliminated after I propped the front end of the Simulator up a quarter inch.


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