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August 22, 2008

Logitech Intros First Force Feedback Wheel for Wii

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Working with Electronic Arts’ highly-anticipated racing game, Need for Speed Undercover, Logitech (News - Alert) has announced its Speed Force Wireless racing wheel, the first force feedback wheel for the popular gaming platform. Paving the way for more force feedback racing titles on the Wii console, Logitech’s newest force feedback wheel is licensed by Nintendo and works with EAs’ Need for Speed Undercover.

Convenient to use whether you’re sitting on your couch, arm chair or living room floor, the Logitech Speed Force Wireless features a one-piece design which is easy to set up and store. Allowing for comfortable game play without the need to use a table or a desk, the built-in gas and brake controls are located on the wheel itself and the expandable lap rest is easily adjusted.
Getting rid of the console cable, the Logitech Speed Force Wireless helps you minimize clutter. You can enjoy lag-free racing from up to 30 feet away from the console with Logitech’s 2.4 GHz wireless technology. To start racing, just connect the USB receiver to the Wii console, plug in the wheel’s power cord, put in Need for Speed Undercover, adjust the lap rest to a comfortable position and wait for the race to begin. It doesn’t involve any mounting or assembly. The USB receiver can be stowed in a convenient compartment on the bottom of the wheel when you’re ready to put it away.
Logitech claims that the force feedback technology is the closest you can get to the real thing, as standard controllers don’t let you feel all of the excitement while you play the game. Accurately simulating forces experienced in the game, force feedback creates directionally precise, tactile feedback.
For a suggested retail price of $99.99, the Logitech Speed Force Wireless racing wheel is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in November.
“We’re excited to team up with Nintendo and Electronic Arts to bring driving realism to the Wii and Need for Speed Undercover,” said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s director of product marketing for gaming. “Logitech has been at the forefront of force feedback technology for more than a decade, and we’re confident that our driving platform will be an indispensable part of the racing experience on Wii as more titles that support it become available.”

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Eve Sullivan

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