Fanatec Wheelbases causing freezing in GT7 with PS4 since update 1.26
When update 1.26 rolled up, I started experiencing freezing when playing GT7 in Sport mode. It was pretty bad, I would freeze for 1.5 to 2 seconds, then the game would continue. This was causing me to lose positions against other people, specially in races with 10+ laps as I would experience multiple freezes per race and lose 3 to 6 positions per race.
Speaking with other people on this issue on reddit, I learned that this was mainly a PS4 problem, with further discussion, people believed this was a hardware limitation problem, PS4 being inferior to PS5. Some proposed that maybe my internet connection was the issue, or that the read/write speeds of the HDD in my PS4 was lagging behind. One guy even said the problem was me using a fanatec wheel base as his research into the problem made him realise that everyone having the problem had fanatec wheels, which I ignored outright as ridiculous.
I ordered an SSD hoping this would fix it, fresh install of the PS4 firmware and fresh GT7 install, problem still persisted, connected my PS4 with Lan to my router instead of Wifi, upgraded my internet plan with a 1 Gbps plan, speed test on PS4 showed roughly a 400 Mbps Up and Down, problem was still there.
Gave up and started just playing offline, freezing problem was also occurring in offline races against AI, started getting frustrated. Update 1.27 rolls up, did not fix the problem.
A couple of days ago I joined the GTPlanet forum to discuss the freezing problem, many people there also having the issue and getting very frustrated with this and radio silence from Sony/Polyphony Digital. After talking with one person from the forum, I discovered that he also had a Fanatec wheelbase, this made me remember the dude at reddit mentioning this freeze was being caused by Fanatec hardware.
This morning I booted the PS4 with my Fanatec Wheelbase disconnected, played GT7 for 1 hr with my controller and not one single freeze.............. turned on the PC in the hopes that there would be new firmware for the Fanatec Wheelbases, perhaps all I needed was a firmware update to resolve this issue so I could get back to racing online, no firmware updates are available.
So I am writing here in the hopes that Fanatec has a landline to Polyphony Digital and they can check this freezing bug to see if it is from Fanatec firmware or from Polyphony Digital doing a bad update. Though my 2 cents is on the side of Polyphony Digital screwing up, since GT7 was working fine with Fanatec wheelbases with update 1.25 and before on the PS4.
Maybe some conflict with the Playstation chip in the wheelbase lagging behind in communication? I don't know, I'm not a software or hardware engineer, just speculating.
I am using the DD GT wheelbase with 8Nm bundle + CSL Elite Pedals V2 + 7 speed shifter + handbrake.