Mad Catz Force Feedback Wheel for Xbox One Shown Off
Posted by Ken Barnes
We're preparing our wallets...
A few days ago, Microsoft's Larry Hyrb (Major Nelson) sat down with Branden Powell, the company's Director of Strategic Alliances to discuss hardware. Namely, steering wheels.
In the video (which you can see below), Branden introduces two new wheels. The Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel: Ferrari 458 Italia Edition (which will be released on November 22nd, as far as we know), and the Mad Catz Force Feedback Racing Wheel. Today, Mad Catz have released some high-res shots - although they're blatantly renders - of the wheel, so you can check out some of the detail.
To our eye, the Mad Catz wheel looks to be the higher-end model when compared to the TX, and comes with what we think are some really nice looking pedals. Those pedals can be moved too, so you can have more width between them, and you can even replace the springs to control the level of travel you get from them. The wheel itself uses the Xbox One's Hardware Equation Language, which allows game developers to send more data to the wheel, rather than commands. This means that a game can tell a wheel to simulate the effects of ABS when the car is on a right-hand band with a 13 degree camber for example, and the wheel itself will do the processing and work out exactly how to "fight back" against the driver.
The Mad Catz wheel also allows users to replace the entire wheel assembly - which looks pretty sharp in suede leather and CNC anodized aluminium - easily enough. Codemasters could release a more rectangular-style wheel attachment for the next version of their F1 game for example, so you would pop the round GT-style steering wheel off the wheel base, and click the F1 wheel into place - potentially making the Formula One experience far cheaper than having to buy a whole new wheel and pedals set.
Pricing and a release date have yet to be announced, but we're really looking forward to seeing if Mad Catz have made a must-have piece of kit. We'll bring you a review just as soon as we can.