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Getting the Logitech G920 working on macOS 12

So I recently acquired a Logitech G920 which I wanted to use with Euro Truck Simulator 2 (ETS2) and also some other racing titles however, as some of you may know, gaming on macOS and Linux is quite limited. That being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun on your productivity machine!

It took quite a bit of investigation to get this working as I found that macOS 12 didn’t support the wheel out of the box with ETS2 or even with Parallels VM (using Windows 11 as a VM). That being said, I did some further testing and managed to get the wheel to work natively — here’s how!

Kudos to Feral Interactive

Firstly, you need to get a game that has been ported by Feral Interactive from Steam — here are a few examples:

  • F1 2017
  • Dirt Rally
  • Dirt 4

Now you’re probably thinking, how do you get trucking on a Mac with racing games! As funny as this may sound, the solution is to first load either of those games as they come with an initialisation screen that automatically detects the wheel — you will notice the wheel will go lock-to-lock, that is when I had my “aha” moment!

Most of the aforementioned games set the wheel to 300-350 degrees of steering lock so for ETS2, I recommend changing this to the full 900 degrees for a solid trucking experience!

You do not even have to launch the F1/Dirt game, just the setup screen is enough to preload the driver and you can then fire up ETS2 and enjoy!

F1 2017 launcher allows you to set the wheel operating range. I personally use Dirt 4 as I like to go for a drive at Finland before I go trucking 😛

The settings I use

Here are some of the settings I use in the “Controller” section with my G920. For any button bindings, this is all personal preference as I assume everyone will have a layout they prefer.

FFB doesn’t work

Unfortunately, I could not get FFB (Force Feedback) to work with ETS2 however, it’s not a major issue for me as all I wanted to do was use my wheel and H-shifter for driving around. Keyboard and mouse is fun and it is how I have been doing it for years however, having a wheel is a much nicer experience — especially rowing through those gears with the Logitech H Shifter! That being said, FFB does work with F1 2017 and Dirt Rally perfectly!

Conclusion

I’m very happy with the outcome as I don’t need a console anymore and I can go trucking in my favourite simulator on my comfy Apple M1 Mac. I would love to have Feral Interactive collaborate with ETS2 to get the G920/G29/G923 working seamlessly on Mac with FFB — one can only hope. 🙂

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