Logitech Driving Force GT Wheel Delivers Powerful Force Feedback, Brake Bias and Traction Control Adjustment
Game Developers Conference 2008
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), Logitech (SWX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI), the world’s leading developer of force feedback gaming wheels, announced the Logitech® Driving Force™ GT racing wheel, the official wheel of Gran Turismo™. Featuring powerful force feedback and an innovative 24-position realtime adjustment dial for on-the-fly control of brake bias, traction and damper settings, the Logitech Driving Force GT gives gamers the most accurate and authentic PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) racing experience.
“We’re excited to be working with Polyphony Digital again to deliver a wheel that will satisfy the needs of car enthusiasts, like me, around the world,” said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s director of product marketing for gaming. “People who love the striking realism of the Gran Turismo racing series will discover that Logitech’s latest wheel will allow them to experience the cars the way they were meant to be driven. With the Logitech Driving Force GT, you’re not playing games anymore – you’re racing!”
Logitech’s latest racing wheel was meticulously designed by Logitech and Polyphony Digital, Inc., the developer of the Gran Turismo series. The companies worked together to add the unique realtime adjustment dial, a first for force feedback wheels, allowing people to fine tune the car’s balance by adjusting the brake bias, traction control and damper settings. Now Gran Turismo drivers can have precise control over the car’s setup to achieve maximum performance.
“The Gran Turismo series has always been designed for racing enthusiasts,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital. “The Driving Force GT racing wheel was designed to perfection by our team, specifically for the next generation of Gran Turismo.”
Logitech’s newest force feedback wheel 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 11-inch wheel with rubber-overmold rim, providing exceptional comfort and 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 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.
The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is engineered for use with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on PS3, which will be available on Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) and as a download on the PLAYSTATION®Network in North America on April 17 and in Europe on March 28. The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is also compatible with Gran Turismo™3 and Gran Turismo™4 on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in May. The suggested retail price is $149.99 (U.S.).
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Price in Europe will be 150€ and also available in May, according to this German source.
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The price is good, a G25 is more expensive (well but it has a clutch and better materials....).
What i dont like is the plastic, a bit metal wouldnt hurt, but since i cant use a wheel, i dont give a damn. lol
The horn feature is cool. (^o^)'
yes... yes i am i have bett waiting for this anoucement 50% of GT is the logictech wheel they make for it.
BTW [@/killingmoon] this is why GT is the best. great software coupled with great hardware. if your playing GT with a paddle your just not getting it.
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I wish it would be Bluetooth, but I will buy it regardless. This is soooooo sweeettttt!!!!!! GT5 with a steering wheel!!!!! AHAHAHAHAA!!!!!
My birthday is 15th of April... guess what I am gonna get bitches
Kept you waiting
It comes in MAY so you need a giftcard. lol
least this one is cheaper than the g25, although i dont think it looks nearly as good. you get what you pay for i guess.
Well the G25 has a 6+1 (reverse) shift layout and a clutch.
Problem i see there is with cars with a 7 speed transmission, i dont know how it is when you drive cars like that.
But this here has all these setting stuff and the horn features...
If you want a more mainstream and "easy" kind of wheel this here is the best, for all that want real car feeling a G25 is highly recommended.
Anyone have photos of how they setup their stuff in an average living room? I know I saw Jax I believe with the full on car like setup but i neither have the time, talent, nor space to make such a cool device.
I believe the G25 also has the paddle shifters option, so 7 speeds transmissions would be better served using that.
I always use paddle shifters....
I might add that my table is stainted cherry red, and has brass accents on the corners making it look very nice for its dual purpose.
Nice, in truth id rather have the G25 (h-pattern stick shift and build quality)
But, this is priced much better so i may just pick it up
I agree the price is right, but a clutch would have been nice...
I have the feeling another version will release with the final version of GT is released.
Btw. here you have the complete buttonlayout from a SIXAXIS the G25 has only 2 buttons.
So you have to switch to the controller everytime you finished a race, i would find this annoying in longer sessions.
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