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02. 21. 2008

Logitech GT Driving Force Racing Wheel


A friend of mine was very excited about the announcement today at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco that Logitech unveiled the official wheel of Gran Turismo, the Logitech Driving Force GT racing wheel. She's a huge NASCAR fan and plays every driving game made, and you have to have a wheel or there's "just no point!" I've played with her and it's amazing how it simulates a real racing experience, though my racing is limited to go-karts and speeding on the freeway when I can.

With features such as powerful force feedback and an innovative 24-position realtime adjustment dial for on-the-fly control of brake bias,traction and damper settings, this wheel will really spoil her. (Sorry, it is only available for PSP3 right now.)

"Driving Gal" salivated over the new wheel which " simulates understeer, oversteer, and traction loss with frightening accuracy." While the full-size gas and brake pedals deliver precise throttle and brake response, racers can use either the sequential stick shift or the wheel-mounted paddles to race through gears. The wheel also features a large 27.9 cm (11-inch) wheel with rubber-overmould rim, which she says will provide "real control."

The Logitech Driving Force GT turns 900 degrees lock-to-lock, allowing drivers to navigate hairpin turns with greater accuracy. And with anti-backlash gearing, there is no slack in the steering response, making any race a smooth, realistic experience. In the center of the 27.9 cm (11-inch) wheel, the Driving Force GT features an illuminated horn button with the official Gran Turismo logo. Using the authentic sounds of the car being driven, racers can quickly alert other cars when they are approaching fast. Or when playing online, people can simply use the horn to taunt other players as they speed by. And unlike with real racing, Tony Stewart can't swear at you at the Winner's Circle.

The company that developed the Gran Turismo series, Polyphony Digital, Inc., worked with Logitech to design the wheel, adding a unique real-time adjustment dial, a first for force feedback wheels, that allows players to fine tune the car’s balance by adjusting the brake bias, traction control and damper settings.

I know what I'm getting her for her birthday. $149 at Logitech.

Posted by Evan    Category: gaming
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