Playing racing games with a controller is okay, but playing them with a steering wheel and pedal setup really adds another layer of immersion. The peak of this concept would be controlling the virtual vehicle with your actual car, but that’s impossible. Or is it?
Using the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a Macchina M2, and a clever breakout board, it’s entirely possible to play a realistic racing sim like Forza Motorsport while sitting in the front seat of your car.
The breakout board in particular gives you a 3.5 mm trigger output, which interfaces with the Adaptive Controller. We covered this amazing design back when Microsoft released it, and this is one example of what can be done with it.
Using a Macchina M2 with this breakout board and the aforementioned controller, you can use the CAN bus signals from your car to actuate both the throttle and brake. It’s really something when you see it in motion, so check out the video below to see this concept in action!