How To Play ACC with Controller (Proper Settings Included)

How To Play ACC with Controller
Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
April 9, 2022

While the majority of sim racers tend to prefer racing on ACC with a wheel, there are still many controller users in the Assetto Corsa Competizione community.

In this quick guide, we’re gonna go through the essential settings to get you started with using a controller on ACC.

Is ACC properly playable with a controller?

Yes, ACC still feels really good to drive on controller, despite not being as fast as racing with a proper wheel.

You can still feel the grip from the track and drive the car to the limit, especially after some hours of training.

Is ACC properly playable with a controller?

Be aware that the default settings tend to not be exceptional and that’s why we recommend following our favorite controller settings below.

Remember though, that despite controllers being way more affordable than purchasing new fancy steering wheels, they still have a limitation in terms of pure driving performance.

How much lap time gap there is between wheels and controllers?

It’s difficult to quantify the gap but we can expect controllers to be around 1.5 seconds off from steering wheels in majority of tracks.

If you don’t really care about setting world records and instead just wanted to have some fun, then you should probably stick to a controller.

How much lap time gap there is between wheels and controllers?

On the other hand, if you’re looking to be really competitive then a steering wheel is still the way to go.

What’s the best driving technique with a controller?

If you wish to be fast in ACC while using a controller, you’ll want to make sure you brake really late, stop the car nicely in the apex of the corner and then be aggressive on throttle.

You’ll want to think of the speed trace as a “V” line so that you can maximize both the braking performance and traction which is quite easy to do on a controller.

You’ll have to sacrifice the rolling speed compared to driving on a wheel, though the time loss should not be huge.

What's the best driving technique with a controller?

Make sure that you set TC1 and TC2 fairly high since you’ll struggle quite a lot to control the throttle without using a set of pedals. TC1 = 3 and TC2 = 7 should be a good starting point.

Now let’s get into the controller settings.

How to change ACC controller settings?

You can change the controller settings by following these instructions:

  1. Launch ACC
  2. Go to the “Options” menu
  3. Select “Controls”
  4. Select “Controller”

After following these simple steps you’ll be now able to configure your controller.

What do the main ACC controller settings refer to?

Let’s have a look at the main controller settings available in ACC and what each of them does.

Vibration intensity

This feature indicates how much vibration the controller will output.

Deadzone

With this feature you can control how big or small the “deadzone” is. Deadzones are the areas around the center of the sticks where the game doesn’t register any input.

Speed Sensitivity

With this feature you can control how sensitive the steering is related to the speed of the car.

Steer Filter

This feature will determine how “filtered” the input from your sticks is. A lower value will result in a more direct and responsive steering, while a higher value will result in a more “smooth” steering.

Steer Speed

This feature will determine how fast the car will turn based on how much you move the stick.

After learning more about the main controller settings in ACC, let’s now have a look at our recommended controller settings.

Recommended controller settings for ACC

Below you can find our recommended controller settings that seem to be working best both on Playstation and on Xbox.

  • Vibration Intensity: 80% (Default setting)
  • Deadzone: 35%
  • Speed Sensitivity: 30%
  • Speed Filter: 80%
  • Steer Speed: 50%
  • Steer Gamma: 1.8
  • Steer Assist: Enabled

You can of course adjust these numbers to better suit your own driving style but these settings should be a good starting point.

Conclusion

So here was everything you need to know about setting up your controller in ACC and being fast on it.

We hope that our guide will help you get the most out of your sim racing experience.

As always, happy sim racing! 🙂

ACC Controller FAQs

Is Assetto Corsa Competizione Playable with a Controller?

Yes, Assetto Corsa Competizione (ACC) is quite playable with a controller. While it may not be as fast as racing with a wheel, you can still effectively feel the grip from the track and drive the car to its limits, especially with practice.

What is the Lap Time Difference Between Using a Wheel and a Controller in ACC?

The lap time gap between using a wheel and a controller in ACC is roughly around 1.5 seconds on most tracks. Controllers are more suited for casual fun rather than competitive racing, where a steering wheel would be more advantageous.

What Are the Best Driving Techniques for Using a Controller in ACC?

To be fast in ACC with a controller, focus on braking late, stopping precisely at the apex of the corner, and then being aggressive on the throttle. Think of the speed trace as a “V” line to maximize braking performance and traction. Set TC1 and TC2 fairly high to manage throttle control.

How Do You Change Controller Settings in ACC?

To change controller settings in ACC:

  1. Launch ACC.
  2. Go to the “Options” menu.
  3. Select “Controls”.
  4. Choose “Controller”. This will allow you to configure your controller settings as needed.

What Do the Main ACC Controller Settings Refer To?

The main ACC controller settings include:

  • Vibration Intensity: Determines the amount of vibration feedback.
  • Deadzone: Adjusts the non-responsive area around the center of the sticks.
  • Speed Sensitivity: Controls steering sensitivity relative to car speed.
  • Steer Filter: Sets how direct or smooth the steering response is.
  • Steer Speed: Determines the car’s turning speed based on stick movement.

What Are the Recommended Controller Settings for ACC?

Recommended controller settings for ACC, suitable for both PlayStation and Xbox, are:

  • Vibration Intensity: 80% (Default)
  • Deadzone: 35%
  • Speed Sensitivity: 30%
  • Speed Filter: 80%
  • Steer Speed: 50%
  • Steer Gamma: 1.8
  • Steer Assist: Enabled These settings can be adjusted to better fit individual driving styles.

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Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.

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