American Truck Simulator and its older sibling, European Truck Simulator

Get ATS. The European roads can be a pain to navigate. Also, at least make sure you get the Northwest DLCs including Montana and Wyoming. They are REALLY nice.

Thanks, guys! I was planning on starting him off in ATS and then if he wants to go explore Europe after he has a chance to see if he likes it.

ATS takes some setting up and the default gamepad settings basically don’t work. Can he use a gamepad at least? The keyboard experience is poor, tapping to turn.

If he goes gamepad, I will send you a PM with how I have mine set up, at least for sensitivity.

I will buy him whichever gamepad works best. Thanks, @Mark_Crump I’d appreciate it.

New ride available in ATS

How do you guys manage your air brakes in ATS with air brake realism turned on? I’m using my Xbone elite controller so I have analogue braking but whenever I’m in the city with stop and go traffic or backing up a trailer in the yard, I always run out of air in the tank. I can get maybe 4 or 5 brakes to stop before the tank runs dry.

Do real trucks have to manage their air brakes so meticulously as depicted in ATS so they won’t hold up traffic with an empty air tank?

I’d love to see your sensitivity settings. Steering with a controller will never match a wheel of course, but I’d like to mitigate the darting back and forth I experience when trying to stay in my lane especially in long curves on the highway.

I use the jake brake a fair amount and the only time I even notice my air pressure is first starting after a rest - because I have to idle for a bit and build pressure before I can move. No idea if the two things are related though.

Re gamepad, make sure it’s set up as a gamepad, not a wheel, which it defaults to for some reason.

ATS 1.47 open beta is here - ownable gas cisterns, adaptive cruise control, auto emergency brake, sound, ui and map improvements:

Adaptive cruise control/auto braking will come in handy when I play ATS on my Steam Deck and I’m trying to drive while watching TV at the same time. :)

about the gamepad, i’d deactivate the steam driver thing too: it messed up the controls badly here when they tried to support it in this game.

The new update is supposed to have some real nifty things going for the sound. can’t wait.

Yeah, even on normal PC Steam messed up gamepad controls.

No idea what I did special but my 360 USB controller works fine.


You probably don’t use the silly Steam input thing, as we are saying.

I think it might be different for wireless controllers.

Probably not because I don’t even know what that is!

Steam has its own system that sits between controllers and games, which can be helpful for non-Xbox controllers that games don’t often natively support. A while ago Steam defaulted to emulating mouse behaviour with gamepads, which really messes up certain games that do natively support gamepads, including ATS/ETS. But I think it may be less of an issue in ATS with wired Xbox controllers.

It actually was with my own wired Xbox one: on top of not recognizing my configuration, it would not acknowledge the triggers as axis!
When I disabled the Steam input thing, thankfully, ATS reverted back to my former control scheme without me having to painfully reconfigure it. Brilliant game.