• 21
Alex just bought a PS3, John already has one, and I'm trying to convince the Misses that after Blu-Ray won the war against HD-DVD we're due to replace our aging console with a new unit from Sony. Logitech just upped the ante with the release of its new Driving Force GT Wheel, but I highly doubt that it's going to help my case.
Regardless, the new wheel carries over all the features we loved about the outgoing model, including 900-degrees of rotation, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters and a separate stick to swap cogs when we're sliding sideways through turn 11 at Laguna. But Logitech hasn't stopped there. The new wheel was designed in collaboration with Gran Turismo's developers at Polyphony Digital, and features a new force-feedback system that supposedly recreates the feeling of understeer, oversteer and all-out traction loss, along with new controls on the wheel that allow you to adjust brake bias, traction control and damper settings on the fly. Plus, the horn lights up.

The Logitech Driving Force GT Wheel will go on sale sometime in early May, carrying a price tag of around $150. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be released on April 17th on both Blu-Ray and through direct download, but for those of us that can't convince our significant others a new PS3 is worth the cash, the new wheel is compatible with both GT3 and GT4 on our existing PS2s.


[Source: Joystiq]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 21 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ Photogenetix. You should try Enthusia by Konami.

      The wheel looks nice though. Let's hope for something similar for the 360.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't hold your breath. MS could have added support for the G25, but has not. You can assume this is because they wanted to increase sales of the POS MS wireless wheel. Yup, I owned it for a couple months before it died. Thanks MS!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here that Micro$oft? Make an epic racing wheel for Forza Motorsport 2. Time to put it in GT5's grave already.

      Cue the flames.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, there is a wheel, but its for all racing games on the 360. I've used it, and I'd rather use a normal controller. The pedals are cheap, the wheel just decides to quit, its a mess.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should be cool to use. I think the physics in GT is just fine. As for the lack of vehicle damage... I always laugh when people complain about it. Who drives to crash... and do you really sit around watching replays of how badly you wrecked? Lame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not just make the Logi G25 wheel compatible? Pricier, but there are most certainly people who'd spring for it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is compatible. It even supports the clutch and gated shifting.

        But making the G25 the official wheel wouldn't yield a lot of sales since it is so expensive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, the Logitech G25 is going for $225 or less. Just google it and find a store like Provantage. A $75 difference in price is nothing compared to what you get in the G25. I have the old Logi GT wheel when GT3/GT4 were out for the PS2. This is pretty much the same wheel, except different button layout on the wheel. So the G25 isn't "so expensive" anymore...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great, now people can blow even more money on an overrated driving sim Demo!
        • 7 Years Ago
        What is wrong with being a Papyrus fan? It may be old school (1997) but look how many years it took for someone to make a more realistic sim. So far reviews of GT5 show it isn't on par with rFactor but much better then past GT games. I haven't played with a wheel so I can't really give my opinion. A true sim can't be judged with a game pad.

        Speaking of Papyrus. SCCA made a deal with iRacing a few weeks ago. I hear the track models are crazy accurate. An ALMS driver was saying that he drove a test version and said that every bump at Sebring is modeled perfectly in iRacing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Money they could instead spend on cat helmet editions.
        • 7 Years Ago
        its hardly overrated I dont see any other game that is comparable.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gran turismos physics are very overrated, and the lack of damage is pathetic. Yea its great they have a ton of real cars you can drive, but it's never impressed me to the point where I get why so many people sackride this game. Plus people are basically paying full price for this "demo" which is quite sad as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you an old school Papyrus Racing fan?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The "no damage" point has no point. In reality you drive from a defensive state to the edge of your car's limits, being the most obvious reason that you don’t want to wreck your car. In a virtual car the goal is the same but you approach it from the other extreme. You late brake into corners and crash many times before you get the motion of a turn. In gran turismo they just let you do that without having to worry about fixing your car. Damage is something that they recognize, I think, as a pain in the ass in reality, and they want to entertain the virtual drivers, not bother them. I drive to drive well, not to crash. I look for the perfect lap and not the one with less damage or any other criteria. Gran turismo is about that, making the less amount of time in any given car on any given course. No other car game lets me focus on this goal only. Other games just focus on bringing into the game the hassle of reality instead of the essence of it by creating damage physics and weather physics and driver AI. About the AI witch is another point of discussion on GT; what driver actually does crash into you or cuts offensively in your line? In GT you drive against F1 courtesy defensive kind of driving, instead of the “if-you-are-faster-ill-bump-you-out-of-the-race” nascar driving present in forza. If you do want to see damage play “burn out” or some other caricaturesque game, and not a simulator like Gran Turismo that allows people to drive cars in great places with only speed in mind.
      • 7 Years Ago
      great, now people can game w/a realistic sterile experience:

      o sequential style shifter
      o no clutch pedal

      Why don't we just get a Chauffer to drive in the games...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Protip:

      This is a DFP with a brake bias setting that you can change on the fly. If you're a casual gamer, you'd be better off with a second-hand DFP, or even a Driving Force EX.
        • 7 Years Ago
        DFP/GT-Force is still an awesome wheel. And it lasts quite well. Driving Force EX is probably a bad idea to buy 2nd hand since the bearings got sloppy with less than 50 hours use.

        I wish my GT25 had the buttons on the wheel that this or even the GT-Force have.
          • 7 Years Ago
          You can't beat the G25 for the money. They can be had for $249 (including shipping) now. They really do need more buttons on the wheel though. I got a soft rubber bouncy ball and cut it up so it would fit in the brake cylinder and now the brake is so stiff that when I pull it by hand it only goes down about halfway before it starts making my 45lbs cockpit start to slide. Not a problem when I am in the seat though. Thresh hold braking is much easier now. This mod wouldn't work with the typical desk chair setup though. You would fall out of the seat before the pedal goes all the way down.
      • 7 Years Ago
      does anyone know the diameter of the wheel?
      • 7 Years Ago
      OH man i cant wait for this!
    • Load More Comments