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Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Steering Wheel review




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Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Steering Wheel


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The problem with a lot of steering wheel reviews is that they’re written by people who don’t know the first thing about driving. I despair when I read reviews that complain about wheels which don’t “shake” enough when crashing, or “pull” enough when trying to pile around a corner with your foot down. Unfortunately most of these reviewers have no idea of how a car should feel when piling into bend too fast, and would probably find themselves smashing into a gravel trap with a fist full of under-steer at the first corner in the real world. But as a result of this lack of understanding, a great many force feedback steering wheels lack any sense of realism in favour of artificially tugging, shaking and jarring the driver just to prove their force feedback credentials. I was therefore very pleased to find that Microsoft had not tried to please the driving ignoramus and instead had produced a steering wheel for the true driving enthusiast.

To be honest though, it’s probably not the realism and feel of this wheel that will attract buyers, it’s the fact that it’s wireless. Now, anyone who’s already got an Xbox 360 Premium Pack will be aware of the joys of wireless control. The X360 wireless controller is a real triumph and means that you can leave the controller on your coffee table and just pick it up and play without worrying about a cable dangerously draped across your living room. This steering wheel employs the same concept and uses the same wireless technology to communicate with the console, but it’s not what I’d call a true wireless controller.

The reason that I’d find it hard to label this wheel as truly wireless is that it still employs cables. The lesser of the two cables links the wheel to the pedal box, and to be fair, this isn’t much of a problem at all. But the second cable plugs the wheel into a mains supply, to enable the force feedback to operate. You therefore need to have a power socket somewhere near your sofa. If you’re lucky you’ll have a socket behind your sofa so you can keep the power supply plugged in and hide the cabling under the couch when the wheel is not in use.


October 8, 2009, 2:35 am

Fantastic review. I am thinking about getting this before Forza 3. I heard Microsoft might be releasing a steering wheel with a clutch pedal. Would you know anything about this? As I don't want to pay nearly £330 for the only steering wheel with the 360 with a clutch pedal.


June 18, 2013, 9:21 am

The best steering wheel for XBOX ONE and forza 5.


October 17, 2013, 5:09 am

Where can I find it in UAE ??


October 17, 2013, 7:46 am

They don't make them anymore, sorry. Might be able to get them second hand on eBay.


October 8, 2014, 3:04 pm

Hi, I was wondering if anybody has or knows of a Wireless Wheel with an audio port? I want to go with a wireless headset (Turtle Beach XP 510 Wi-Fi Blue Tooth wireless) BUT a XBA adapter needs to plug in the audio port of the controller/ Wheel !

Barry A Moulds

March 17, 2015, 8:32 pm

Looks like I'm a bit late reading this informative revue ... I'm using a wireless speed wheel 360 (model 1470) and only play driving/racing games ... I am just researching other wheels to see which are good/available ...
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