Review of the PXN V12 Lite gaming wheel – A worthy representative with direct drive

Review of the PXN V12 Lite gaming wheel A Review of the PXN V12 Lite gaming wheel - A worthy representative with direct drive

After the successful release of a budget gear-driven steering wheel (V10), PXN has announced very interesting devices: PXN V12 and its simplified version PXN V12 Lite. Compared to the PXN V10, the manufacturer offers a more serious product, namely a full-fledged Direct Drive system. Such devices are suitable for both quiet rides and the professional sim racing scene.

We also received the younger version, namely PXN V12 Lite. This device has been tested for three weeks, and now we are ready to give our verdict.

Review of the PXN V12 Lite gaming wheel A Review of the PXN V12 Lite gaming wheel - A worthy representative with direct drive

Equipment

Let’s be honest, unboxing the PXN V12 Lite was a very positive experience. All parts of the bundle are packed in separate boxes, and the “steering wheel” is completely placed in a black velor bag. In some places it even seems that PXN went too far with the amount of foam, but in such packaging you don’t really have to worry about the integrity of the product.

So, what do we get by purchasing this set? The kit includes the DD-base itself with a power of 6nm, a steering wheel with a diameter of 30 cm, three pedals, a clamp for attaching to a table, as well as a special receiver for connecting the device to the PlayStation 5. Among other things, the kit includes a large power supply, cables for switching, as well as a mod to enhance the brake. The last point turned out to be a very pleasant bonus, which we will talk about in more detail in the section about the pedal unit.

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Base

As you already understood from the introduction, this is a Direct Drive base, that is, the motor acts directly on the shaft. Thus, you get the softest but strongest feedback with excellent information content: you will feel bumps, drifts, curbs, leaving the highway and off-road conditions as clearly as possible, which is important not only for a realistic perception of the car, but also for a better experience in sports car simulators (eg in Assetto Corsa Competizione).

Regarding the feedback strength, the manufacturer states that the base of the PXN V12 Lite has a force of 6nm and this is slightly more than that of its direct competitor MOZA R5 – 5.5nm. It’s clear that for hardcore sim racers such an effort will not be enough, but for those who like to ride in some kind of simulator or novice racers this will be more than enough, especially considering the difference in price. It is also important that with 6nm you can comfortably play on the table without purchasing an expensive cockpit. By the way, the maximum degree of rotation of the steering wheel of this base is 1600 (can be configured inside the software).

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The PXN V12 Lite base is made of durable metal and has an impressive weight. On the rear panel there are inputs for connecting pedals, a gearbox, a handbrake, a USB input for connecting a gamepad, an input for a power supply, and a power button for the device. At the front there is a shaft on which a head for a quick release (quick-release adapter) is installed. For those who like to use different steering wheels, there is good news: you can buy a similar quick release from a third-party manufacturer, screw it onto another steering wheel and install it on the base without any problems.

A few words about the size of the base: it’s big! The PXN V12 Lite is twice the size of the same base MOZA R5. Can this be considered a disadvantage? Absolutely not. Due to the large case, the manufacturer was able to install a fan in it, which draws cool air from the front and “expels” warm air through the back of the base. Thus, PXN were able to avoid problems with overheating and subsequent loss of feedback during long races, which is a big plus for engineers.

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In the official application, you can adjust the fan speed, namely, select one of three options: “Strong”, “Light” and “Off”. Honestly, the options feel more like “Very Powerful” and “Powerful”. That is, even on a quiet tincture you can hear the base. The sound is not loud, but I would like to see more subtle speed settings. At the same time, even at the lowest speeds, the engine heats up no more than 45 degrees.

Steering wheel

For a relatively low price, PXN offers a very nice steering wheel with an abundance of functional buttons and a quick-release adapter. The total weight of the steering wheel is 1.4 kg, which, taking into account the quick release and the functional unit, is quite a bit. The wheel itself is covered with eco-leather and stitched. The stitching is generally well done, but there are also sloppy places that can rub your fingers, for example, during drifting.

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On the front there are a considerable number of buttons, which can be seen in the photo, as well as a stick and two knobs for setting various parameters on the go. By the way, the large circle with the PXN logo is also a button that can be assigned to any function. Speaking of the stick, in fact it only has four positions, like a d-pad: up, down, left and right. It also functions as a button, since it is possible to press in the center.

The encoders turned out to be pleasant: nothing is loose, steps when turning are felt clearly. They work according to the “+/-” type, that is, you can add or decrease parameters. But, unfortunately, it was not without its drawbacks. If you want to sharply turn the knob after several steps in order to get a higher percentage, for example, of brake balance, then the parameter will increase only by 1-2 steps (depending on your luck). To be honest, this minus is felt only with the brake balance in ACC, since it is adjusted there by 0.1% when scrolling, which is why it is better to set this parameter to the buttons. In other settings, the encoders work adequately.

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On the back of the steering wheel there are a quick release and four paddle shifters. The quick release is made using the same design as the MOZA R5, as well as the famous sports quick release adapters, which can be purchased separately on any well-known marketplace. This makes it possible to install absolutely any steering wheel, which is good news. The steering wheel sits firmly on the shaft with such an adapter, there are no creaks, backlashes, or tapping noises at all.

As mentioned earlier, the rear also houses four paddle shifters. Two of them are magnetic and produce distinct clicks when pressed, and the bottom two are axles that are most often used as a double clutch, but they can be adjusted even to the handbrake. The clicks of the upper petals are quite loud, so PXN includes small spacers in the kit that can be glued to remove the hard click. We left everything as is, since tactile sensations outperform noise.

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We completely forgot to mention two more important points. The front part of the steering wheel has an LED strip that acts as a steering tachometer. It works in almost all popular autosims. Using the official software, you can customize any colors to your taste: so that the entire line glows with one color or even with all the colors of the rainbow. You can also turn it off completely, but there is no separate button for this. You need to go into the parameters of each LED and set the color to black.

The second point is the presence of a USB Type-C input at the bottom of the functional panel. You will use it extremely rarely, since you only need it to update the steering wheel itself. That’s it, you won’t need this input anymore.

Pedals

The metal pedal block is supplied disassembled, but there is nothing difficult in assembling it. Moreover, the kit includes instructions. We built this constructor without any outside help, because everything is intuitive.

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All three pedals have the same force, but this can be changed with another nice bonus from PXN in the form of a special spring mod. It seriously increases brake pressure, so it will most likely be used by those riders who have a full-fledged cockpit at home. The pedal stroke is smooth and pleasant, pressing is read clearly and under control.

In addition, this unit can be adjusted to suit your needs and convenience. The pedal plates themselves can be mounted higher or lower, and the main part can be adjusted to the angle you want. Let’s note it right away! If you play without a cockpit, then it is better to tilt the pedals to the maximum value, since pressing them at an angle of 90 degrees is extremely inconvenient.

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Clamp for base

We won’t dwell long on the description of this product. What is there to comment on? The design is reliable, made of solid metal, assembles easily and perfectly fixes the base on your table. It is also possible to adjust the tilt of the steering base so that everyone can install it in a way that is convenient. This rack even has its own name – PXN Z9. Actually, that’s all that could be said about this little thing.

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Games

The PXN V12 Lite has more supported games than the PXN V10, which, by the way, we also wrote a review of. The wheel was tested on PC with the following list of games:

  • Assetto Corsa (2014) – excellent feedback. The parts are high quality and there are a lot of them.
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione is a capricious game in itself in terms of feedback, but it shows itself well with fine-tuning. The steering wheel copes well with drifts, driving off curbs, road surfaces, and so on.
  • Dirt Rally 2.0 – despite the fact that the steering wheel is supported and displayed in the game without some settings, you will not feel feedback (more details at the end of the chapter).
  • BeamNG.drive – amazing feedback with all kinds of details.
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 – there were also no problems with the perception of the car. Works great.
  • City Car Driving – there is feedback, it works out collisions, driving onto a curb, off-road conditions and accidents. It’s difficult to call the feedback detailed in this game, but this is already a feature of the project itself.
  • Project Cars – perfectly conveys all the details of the road surface, collisions, and so on.
  • Dakar Desert Rally – there are also absolutely no questions about the quality of feedback.
  • Wreckfest – requires fine in-game feedback settings, otherwise the steering wheel will be thrown from side to side even on a straight road. Otherwise, no problems were noticed.

Again, note that this is a list of the games we tested the PXN V12 Lite on. The list of supported games is much more extensive.

Review of the PXN V12 Lite gaming wheel A Review of the PXN V12 Lite gaming wheel - A worthy representative with direct drive

Now a small guide on the topic “How to get feedback in Dirt Rally 2.0?” In order for there to be feedback in the game, you need to go to the root folder of Dirt Rally 2.0, go to the Input folder, then to Devices, open a single file using notepad and at the end enter the following parameter:

  • “device id=”{111211FF-0000-0000-0000-504944564944}” name=”PXN-V12lite” priority=”100″ type=”wheel” ffb_force=”0.66″ /”

The source of this guide can be found at this YouTube channel. By the way, in the same video the problem of feedback in the new EA Sports WRC rally simulator is solved in the same way.

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Platforms

The manufacturer claims that in addition to PCs, the PXN V12 Lite steering wheel also works great on consoles. Among them: Xbox One, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The latest console (PS5) requires a special receiver, which, we repeat, is included in the kit.

Software

There are two types of software for PXN V12 Lite: for PC and smartphones. Both of them are functional enough to adjust the feedback, steering angle, light bar, and also test the functionality of the base and pedals. There are a huge number of settings, so everyone will find what they need. By the way, the application for smartphones has Russian-language localization, but on PCs it is available only in English.

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Bottom line

As you can already understand based on the review itself, this device left a mostly pleasant impression. For a relatively small price tag (compared to other DD bases) we got a high-quality device that can bring pleasure from rides and even serious competitions in the same ACC. You can check the price on marketplaces: OZON And AliExpress.

In general, I am very pleased with this trend, when the direct drive steering wheel market offers not only expensive devices like Fanatec or Simcub, but also more affordable bases from other manufacturers offering decent quality.

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