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Wondering if keyboards and mouse can be used to play racing games like ' Dirt ' - ' Grid ' ?

Got some good deals on Steam and don't have or willing to buy a USB Wheel.
     
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They can, but they are awful. Your best bet is to buy a wired Xbox 360 controller. Means you don't need a wheel but the analogue sticks are much easier to play with.
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Thanks for the info +1 rep for quick answer. I'm taking it the Xbox 360 controller plugs into my USB port on my computer?

Any other types of controllers, like PS3?

Any type of drivers I need to install to make them functional?
     
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The XB360 controller is plug and play IIRC and will work fine for games like GRID.
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Microsoft has made USB drivers for the Xbox 360 controller built into Windows, so it is literally plug and play. A lot of games automatically detect Xbox controllers as well and assigns buttons correctly.

PS3 controllers are different. I think they require custom drivers and setting up.
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I bought a wireless 360 "made for windows" version of the controller, it comes with a receiver and works with the 360 and the PC.

Just install drivers and click the detection button on the controller/receiver or console and it will instantly detect it.

This way I get to use the controller I like for both platforms, and it uses the same battery pack, and it's wireless. And there's no need for multiple controllers/battery packs/chargers.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 7/21/11 at 11:19am
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I finished Grid with a keyboard, im now halfway through Dirt 3.
Grid and Dirt are easy with a keyboard but NFS Shift is impossible to play with a keyboard.

The trick with the keyboard is quick tapping so you dont slide because turning with a keyboard always go full turn.
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i use a program called motionjoy to install drivers for ps3 controller it also has an option to emulate xbox controller in the settings
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im a grid and dirt2 champ with the K/B
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Another vote for a 360 controller. I picked up a MadKatz 360 pad (wired) for $16 shipped the other day, because my old one broke after 3 years of heavy use. Keep in mind, I don't own, and never will own a console.

Keyboards WORK for racing games if you HAVE to. But you have SOOOO much better control of the car with an analogue device.
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