(www.fanatec.com)  Many of us Xbox 360 gamers have always wondered when would come the day that we’d get a quality driving simulation wheel peripheral available to us that would have a full clutch and manual shifter available to go along with all those racing games that we love so much.  For many years this was always a question that crossed our minds with a hope that one day we too can play driving simulations with a clutch and manual shifter like the PC and Playstation gamers.  Rest assured the wait is finally over.  Fanatec, a German company responsible for the creation of many high-end input devices for serious gamers on both game consoles and PCs has finally answered this prayer with their newest multi console driving simulation wheel, the Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel.

(www.fanatec.com)  Many of us Xbox 360 gamers have always wondered when would come the day that we’d get a quality driving simulation wheel peripheral available to us that would have a full clutch and manual shifter available to go along with all those racing games that we love so much.  For many years this was always a question that crossed our minds with a hope that one day we too can play driving simulations with a clutch and manual shifter like the PC and Playstation gamers.  Rest assured the wait is finally over.  Fanatec, a German company responsible for the creation of many high-end input devices for serious gamers on both game consoles and PCs has finally answered this prayer with their newest multi console driving simulation wheel, the Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel.

 

Aesthetics:

This wheel can only be described with two words, Quality Elegance.  These are not common terms to describe a gaming peripheral, but wheel is truly built with quality feeling extremely rugged.  At 300 millimeters in diameter, the wheel is wrapped in genuine leather, modeled after the actual Porsche 911 Turbo S wheel.  Much detail was put into this product from thee stitching to even a mini metal Porsche emblem at the center of the horn button was a nice touch.

 

Usability:

For the very first time this is the only wheel available on the market today that is compatible with PS3, Xbox 360, as well as PC.  To cater to all sorts of different racing games on the various systems, an external onboard tuning menu is available for the wheel.  You will have the ability to adjust the settings of turning sensitivity (up to 900 degrees), forced feedback, ABS vibration, and shock level independent from the ingame menu to make the wheel better suit your gaming needs.  Later available this year in correlation with Forza Motorsport 3 onboard tuning menu display on the wheel will support ingame readings as well such as speed, RPM and much more available for DLC on Xbox 360 early next year.  Depending on the mode set for the wheel the corresponding console specific buttons are also integrated onto the wheel itself so that there will be no hassle or confusion in finding the correct buttons while ingame.  Another great feature that I also loved very much was the integrated D-pad built into the wheel making navigating menus in between races a breeze.

 

Wheel:

Powered by a belt driven motor, no wheel peripheral has ever felt so precise especially in Forza Motorsport 3.  Having a lot of substance to the build nothing about this wheel feels fragile giving me as the driver/gamer great confidence when playing that I can fully concentrate on my gaming and less on the reliability of the hardware.  It’s also very well-padded much like E46 M3 steering wheel to handle a tight grip, excellent for fast high speed turning maneuvers.

 

Shifters:

Out of the box you are provided with two shifting modules: a 6 speed shifter and a up-down SMG style sequential shifter, modeled after the look, shape and feel of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Shifter.  The shifter has a nice spring loaded like tension built into it mimic a real gearbox.  Both shifters click when pushed into a gear, making the gear changes precise and audible.  Be sure to time your clutch release and shift timing correct though for if you don’t you will hear your gears grind within Forza 3 which adds to the technical factor to the game as well.

 

Pedals:

All three pedals have a solid real life feel to them.  The accelerator pedal has long travel range, which make it convenient to gauge the level of acceleration.  However, at times the accelerator pressure is a bit on the light side which can cause the player to too easily floor the pedal unintentionally.  Both the clutch and brake have a nice realistic hydraulic like pressure to them like a real car.  Fanatec went as far as angling the base of the pedals making it feel more natural to the player, like how a real in-car cabin is which only added to the realism of my gaming experience when using the Fanatec Posche 911 Turbo S setup.  If these pedals aren’t enough for you, you can upgrade to the Clubsport Pedals.  Made of full aluminum with in-depth pedal distance and resistance setting on each individual pedal as well as ABS vibration built in, these pedals are not meant for the weak hearted racer, providing the true racing experience.

 

Conclusion:

If you’re serious about racing games and want to truly immerse yourself further into the game, the Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel setup is the way to go with.  Not only is this catered to the long list of Xbox 360 gamers, but this is a perfect setup for someone who has multiple consoles at home for you no longer need multiple wheels to play across your systems.  Limited to only 10,000 units in total production be sure to pick up this wheel while it lasts exclusively from Fanatec.

 

       

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