E3 2011: Wireless Speed Wheel

By DavieMarshall,
E3 has been chock full of software announcements, but new hardware has been hard to come by. However, there is one item out there which fits the bill!

Say hello to the racing gamers new friend, the Wireless Speed Wheel.

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The Press Release gives us some more details on the make up of the controller and the kind of functionality we can expect.

the Wireless Speed Wheel is completely wireless and controlled intuitively with precise steering, standard controller buttons/triggers, and haptic feedback with rumble. The device is compatible with all racing games right out of the box. With trigger buttons for gas and brake, combined with a rumble feedback, the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel provides intuitive standard controller buttons that immerse the driver into the game, whether you like to white knuckle it down the race track with your hands at “10 and 2” or “9 and 3.
The Press Release does however note that some games may have 'limited functionality' in some titles. If you're interested in picking one of these up, the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel will be releasing later in early October this year for $59.99 (US). No word on EU pricing at the moment.
Posts on this article have been added to a thread in the Industry News Forum.
  • SmedsSmeds275,456
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:34Permalink
    Dear God, want so insanely bad. Cheap as hell too. Perfect for Forza 4.
  • RaeivetRaeivet60,375
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:35Permalink
    Looks very sleek!
    'Chievos. :)
  • Phr4nk0Phr4nk0597,681
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:36Permalink
    what is this? Just a wheel you hold out in front of you, is it attached to anything? No force feedback? I hope this isn't what microsoft was hoping to replace their racing wheel with...
  • K0B1U5K0B1U5299,084
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:37Permalink
    That is sexy.
  • Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:40Permalink
    I see an immediate problem. Racing games usually take a long time. Holding this thing out in front of you, no matter how light it weighs, is going to give you serious arm ache. I also think it looks funny.
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  • LavindatharLavindathar1,323,597
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:42Permalink
    Got to agree. If its not attached to anything and is just free-floating, its more suited as a gimmicky Kinect kind of thing than a serious wheel for racers.
  • GMNGMN317,828
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:49Permalink
    kinect users this is aimed at , glad i have forcefeed back wheel instead
  • Posted on 08 June 11 at 14:52Permalink
    hmmm might actually get this this looks pretty good :D
  • CRAWFORD696CRAWFORD696317,552
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:06Permalink
    Not going to get it if you have to hold it in front of you...
  • Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:13Permalink
    I think the games industry is being paid by the health industry to come up with this shit. Think how strong your arms will be after completing a Forza Campaign with this held out in front of you.
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  • BeanpotterBeanpotter1,002,316
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:14Permalink
    Lavindathar said:
    Got to agree. If its not attached to anything and is just free-floating, its more suited as a gimmicky Kinect kind of thing than a serious wheel for racers.
    My thoughts exactly.
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  • JodmeisterJodmeister570,923
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:20Permalink
    Just think of the forearms you can build up holding this in front of you for hours on end.
  • Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:39Permalink
    Holy Crap I got Credit For Something!!!! I am so proud of myself.

    @Jodmeister.... yea that thing looks huge
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  • Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:50Permalink
    Cool must buy.
  • ScuzzyBunnyScuzzyBunny946,267
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:52Permalink
    So how do you guys play games now...you rest your controller on a table? Due to the shape and design, you hold this almost exactly like a regular 360 controller, and it probably weighs the same, so I don't see where all the "arm fatigue" issues are coming from.
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  • JOHNNYKATJOHNNYKAT195,935
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:54Permalink
    Sister Sledge said:
    I think the games industry is being paid by the health industry to come up with this shit. Think how strong your arms will be after completing a Forza Campaign with this held out in front of you.
    I have to agree. However, half of the gamers out there already have one arm that is way stronger then the other.
  • ScuzzyBunnyScuzzyBunny946,267
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 15:56Permalink
    ...also, the press release says "shipping to retailers worldwide on 26 Sept 11", so early Oct should be for everyone.
    Killer Punks...all that needs to be said.
  • Posted on 08 June 11 at 16:01Permalink
    pretty cool, I wonder how much it'll cost
  • mydefpossemydefposse437,739
    Posted on 08 June 11 at 16:12Permalink
    The Wireless Speed Wheel is completely wireless
    no way! really!?

    KP ScuzzyBunny said:
    So how do you guys play games now...you rest your controller on a table? Due to the shape and design, you hold this almost exactly like a regular 360 controller, and it probably weighs the same, so I don't see where all the "arm fatigue" issues are coming from.
    I rest my controller on my lap like I'm assuming everyone else does. With this however, guessing you'd need to hold out on front of you.
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