Force-feedback driving for the Wii.
Swiftly following up Logitech’s announcement of an official Wii Keyboard and rumours of ‘premium’ Guitar Hero: World Tour instruments, the company is adding yet another peripheral to its ever-growing line-up. Dubbed the Speed Force Wireless, and packing force-feedback, it certainly looks a more professional steering wheel than Nintendo’s solution.
Of course there are always caveats, in this case Logitech suggests on its site that the speed Force Wireless is only compatible with EA’s forthcoming Need for Speed: Underground. Of course, there’s nothing we know of stopping developers updating older games such as Mario Kart Wii (which I still haven’t played, much to my shame) to use the new wheel. Forthcoming titles should be able to offer support, too, we’d hope.
For games it is compatible with, the wheel uses 2.4GHz wireless to communicate with the console, so there’s no cable going to your console – although you’ll still need a power cable attached to the device itself. Unusually there are no pedals, although the A button is over-sized and serves as such in just about every driving game. There are flappy-paddle gearbox levers, at least, for those who want some semblance of realism.