Hardware Tips for Farming Simulator Players

Photo: Saitek, Asus, Logitech, Yesmods.com

I started playing Farming Simulator on consoles. I quickly moved to pc. Because of the mods. I soon realized that many PC farmers were using steering wheels, pedals and joysticks to get a more realistic experience.

So, I bought a steering wheel with pedals.

Wow! What a difference! I dare to say you haven’t really played Farming Simulator until you’ve tried it with a proper steering wheel. And if you want to go all the way: A couple of joysticks, as well.

No PC Recommendations

I won’t recommend you a computer. Because there are too many to choose from. As long as you take the game’s hardware recommendation into consideration, you should be pretty fine.

But I will say this: The single core CPU performance is almost as important as to how well the graphics card is doing.

Here’s what Stegei (Giants’ staff) says:

So for smooth gameplay in Farming Simulator, I’d generally recommend going with a good CPU, mostly focused on the single core performance. So it’s better to have a higher frequency 4 core CPU than a lower clocked 8 core CPU.

So, with that out of the way, let’s have a look at other goodies, shall we?

FS19 Steering Wheels

Looking for a steering wheel for FS19? Farming Simulator 19 works with most steering wheels. It works better with some.

I consider the wheel rotation to be one of the most important things you should look at. The more the wheel rotates, the more “tractor feel” you’ll get. Here are some candidates:

Logitech Saitek Heavy Equipment Bundle (PC)

Photo: Saitek

The Heavy Equipment BundleThis is the only steering wheel made especially for the Farming Simulator games. It was created by Saitek. Logitech bought the Saitek company and started calling it the Heavy Equipment Bundle.

The steering wheel rotates 900° in both directions, giving you that “Big Equipment Feel.”

The pack includes pedals and a brilliant side panel (see below). I’ve seen some users complain about the quality of the steering wheel and the pedals. But everybody loves the side panel

Logitech G29 / G920 (PC, Xbox, PlayStation)

This is the G29. The G920 looks slightly different. Photo: Logitech

Logitech’s G29 and G920 is pretty much the same thing. The difference is which platform they work on:

  • G29: PC and Playstation
  • G920: PC and Xbox

Both wheels are popular among a lot of Farming Simulator players. One reason is the 900° rotation to both sides. Another reason is the option to adjust the steering sensitivity by using the Logitech software.

The only downside is that moving the camera feels a bit restricted. And the pricing of course. Because these wheels are expensive.

Joysticks (PC)

Works great when doing forestry. Photo: Thrustmaster

If you do a lot of work with front loaders, telehandlers, and wheel loaders, a joystick will add to the realism. And if you do a lot of FS19 forestry, say in a Ponsse, two joysticks will make it more fun.

Many players choose the Logitech 3D Pro. Some even use two of those.

But there’s also much talk about Thrustmaster’s T.16000M. This is the only dual joysticks I know of, which have grips made for both the left and the right hand.

FS19 Side Panel (PC)

Photo: Saitek

Logitech Saitek’s Heavy Equipment Bundle got mixed reviews when it was first released (Back then it was branded Saitek). Some players felt the steering wheel and pedal quality wasn’t particularly good.

But everyone loved the side panel.

When playing Farming Simulator 19, there’s a lot of stuff that needs your input. Attaching trailers and equipment, lowering equipment, tipping trailers, turning on seeders, and so on. Each one of those actions can be programmed into the Logitech side panel.

The placement is another great benefit. You can have it on one of your sides. Then you don’t have to stretch over the steering wheel to reach your keyboard.

And the joystick works very well, even if it’s a bit small.

The good thing about the panel is that you can buy it separately.

Monitor

Photo: Asus

Farming Simulator 19 is not an action game. If it is the only game you play, you don’t have to worry too much about stuff like Response Time and Update Frequency.

But, if you also play other games, where monitor performance is more important, you should look into investing in a gaming monitor.

I’ve always preferred BenQ. They make some pretty solid monitors.

But if you want an unbiased opinion, here it is: ASUS VG278Q is the best 27-inch gaming monitor. This monitor has excellent reviews from more then 3,300 customers on Amazon.

It offers Full HD (1080p which still works great), 144Hz refresh rate (you won’t need more in 2019) and 1 millisecond response time.

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