Thrustmaster have had the next-gen wheel market to themself, with the release of the Ferrair 458 TX wheel and the forthcoming T300 RS. It's about to face some competition, however, as the Mad Catz Xbox One Pro Racing Force Feedback Wheel and Pedals has finally been dated after it was announced way back in August last year.
The Xbox One Force Feedback Wheel can be preordered from the official US Mad Catz site for $399.99, where it is expected to ship on July 3rd. Its European release date is currently unknown, however, but its listed on the European Mad Catz site for £349.99.
The peripheral has the feature-set we've come to expect from premium racing wheels: it has dual rotation settings of 270 and 900 degrees ideal for playing arcade or simulation racing games, aluminium paddle shifters and pedals and a suede leather rim. The pedals are fully adjustable - you can adjust the level of spring force and travel and set them to nine different lateral positions as well as being able to adjust the height.
Of course, for serious racing game enthusiasts, the main reason for buying this wheel is in the title: the force feedback. It's driven by helical gears, which Mad Catz claim are "stronger, more precise, and far quieter" than straight-cut counterparts, while its dual motor system promises a high level of realism.
What do you say, Xbox One owners? Does this new racing wheel take your fancy, or will you be opting for the Thrustmaster TX?
This looks like it could be good, but it has more than a whiff of Mad Catz trying to take advantage of the growing wheel market and get 'its slice' seeing as its huge in every other area of peripherals but has never put out a competitive wheel. If it's not half-arsed, there is some potential.
Glad this wheel is finally being released. Been delayed several times but I'm sure the Xbox One owners are clamoring for another wheel besides the TX. Whether or not this one will be better who knows but from an aesthetics point of view this wheel looks fantastic.
Apparently the beta is locked at 30 fps on PC. I really hope the full PC release is unlocked because 30 fps may be a deal breaker for me. Admittedly though some games are more playable than others at 30 fps, unfortunately didn't get into the beta so I don't know what it plays like.
Every car in AC is so unique and feels so natural that it's genuinely exciting when we see something new. I look forward to testing this and the eagle eyed will have spotted it racing round an as yet unreleased Spa.
Is 3 cars enough for a pack? Is £1 per car worth it? Hmm it feels like 5-6 would have made for a better selection, I hope to test these out next week.
Just a simply good bye fix then. Now the focus on GT7, lets hope we see that in late 2015, though 2016 still looks more likely.
Yes I'm sure we'll see wet weather tyres implemented on a later build, either way it looks stunning so far and I look forward to testing wet conditions more when they improve the frame rate for triple screens.