I’m sure this won’t be popular posted in an FM7 forum, but I’m jumping ship.
I’ve grumbled for a while on here about my disappointment with the X1 and FM7 online experience. To recap, I feel like I got my monies worth FOR THE GAME with the offline mode. But I didn’t invest in this hardware for offline play, or for other games. I invested in X1 and TMX-Pro plus FM for online play, which without using profanity has probably probably best described as a very bad joke. They (T10) just want to cater to the kiddies to broaden the sales appeal (ooh mommy!I want the racing game for my birthday!), and I get that. It’s about the money, and I’m just not their target demographic. I simply should have been more educated when buying in, and should have ignored the morons that write game reviews for the various online sites. Got it, done…
I don’t think I’ve even turned on the xbox in the last 2+ months. I’ve been out riding my sport/adventure bike and working on my real desert trucks while the weather was oh so nice (Phoenix AZ). Now the furnace has arrived, and I’m interested in something to do under AC mid-day. Clearly FM7 isn’t it.
I tried to sell my whole setup for a fair price beginning many months ago. Got a few “I want it”, but no follow through. FM7 is done for me, written off, and I’m fine with that. I can probably sell the X1 by itself easily enough. But nobody that wants to invest in a decent entry level wheel is interested in xbox (or so it seems from my experience).
So with that background, more to the point.
As I see it, I’ve got a few options.
It’s a little late in cycle for buying a PS4 AND new wheel/pedal/shifter set to go with it PLUS GTS. So maybe wait for and next gen? But that doesn’t give me anything for the summer heat.
And I really don’t want to build yet another PC to deal with. However, my TMX Pro works on PC, and that opens up a much better (wider at least) set of options (circuit, rally, etc). But I just want a low stress jump on and play (online) when it’s just too hot to do what I need to be doing outside. But at over $1k (DIY) for what I would consider entry level rig with HD (or better QHD) monitor, I just can’t get behind this one. Since the 90s I always build my own work computers and built game computers in the past, so I’m up to the task, just not really what I want to be doing for my mid day break games. But not closing the door on this option just yet.
And, I think the TMX Pro setup I have is a good level of wheel for me. I’m never going to spend what it takes to get a Fanatec, just not that interested. And a poster here put me onto the Drive Hub a few months back when I was grousing about this locked-in issue and was daydreaming about switching to PS4. It sounds good, but I learned my lesson with X1 and FM7 about listening to anything the online sites say, so I want to ask here whether anyone has specific experience with it, particularly with respect to using it on PS4 with GTS? I know buttons won’t be 1:1 like a dedicated PS wheel would be, but would I just be buying into grief beyond that?
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give some decent background to see what any of it might trigger for recommendations I may not have considered.
One other thing I will toss out there is that I’m very drawn to FM7 divisions like Muscle Cars and Road Racing. Trans Am racing type of stuff. Mainly due to my age and the fact that I owned/raced several of them. My driving experience was just beginning (early 80s) when the cars of that era were readily affordable and those were “the good times” for a late teens boy with invincibility issues. That was one of the draws to FM, and ideally whatever comes next will have support for that era AND online racing that helps eliminate the trash.