• Jun 23, 2010
A steering-wheel-and-pedal setup for your PS3 starts at around $50, but you'll spend at least double that to get into the good stuff. HKS has teamed with InterWorks on a game controller solution that stays at the $50 mark but could work just as well as a wheel while being a little less intrusive.

The hot-coal red Hipermax III replaces the analog joysticks with a thumb wheel on the left side and throttle and brake buttons on the right side. The wheel has center stripe to aid steering, and the precise inputs of the throttle and brake controls are registered in the digital readout in the center of the controller. For the moment this is PS3-only, and while HKS hasn't released a price, it's pegged to come under $55.

[Source: Motor World Hype]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd have to try it for myself first before I bought it--but if it works well, this could be a great alternative to a wheel and pedals.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GETTING THIS.






      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks interesting. Especially for those of us that don't have room for wheel and pedal setups. On the steering side I'm wondering how far lock to lock is and what would happen to it once it got a little dirty in there?

      I have a PS3 and a Xbox so if it turns out to be good for the PS3 I would definitely look into it for the Xbox. Nothing more annoying than trying to slightly steer a Peugeot 908 at full speed down the Mulsanne straight and having it jump all over the place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool. but can use the PS3?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't see the point of making one for the 360. The triggers are ergonomically perfect for brake and throttle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that's nice. Must resist urge to buy PS3!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting...definitely waiting for some reviews but this looks like it would be great for people who live in apartments (or at home in their bedrooms still) :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want one and I have a wheel and I play in my den. But it is cumbersome and I don't always want to drag it out. Plus I don't have one of those racing sim seats designed to work with wheels so its not always comfortable trying to use it with a regular chair. I'd love to just kick back on the couch and play.

        I would have thought this would been done long ago except I figured somebody would have made it in the style of RC controllers with the triggers and the analog wheel on the side.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just hope it is larger. I can't for the life of me figure out why companies don't sell controllers in S, M, and L sizes. Or offer adjustable snap-on handles to comform the controllers to different hand sizes. The main problem I see is that these controllers are a compromise, that is too large for children's hands, and too small for adult hands. I really wish they'd offer different sizes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        See, I live in a small apartment so I don't have the room for a full wheel/pedal setup. Not to mention that if I'm going to get a wheel I'm going to also get a racing seat so it just isn't feasible right now. This looks like a perfect in-between for the time being. Would love to see this at $49.99...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Neat idea. Looks like it might be a good alternative for sessions when you don't feel like dragging out the racing controls. The price is right. Sold.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I have to have one of these?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather have an updated NeGcon.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeGcon
      • 4 Years Ago
      not bad. somthing to try when you don't want to set up the driving force beast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I Guess it needs SVT and Shelby Stickers huh?
        One of the things that make made about this country
        is the whole Ricer Thing
        The Imports world and the rest should stay apart....

        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh almost forgot,get rid of the ricer look.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow....your comment would hold water except for the fact that I am the proud owner of a 1992 civic dx hatch...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok thats probably the niftiest controller i've seen in a while. It's not one of those over priced gimmicky controllers at all. It actually serves a purpose and looks to be a pretty good alternative to an actual wheel... I mean It's no G27 but then again it's definitely not even close to the price range.

      I have a few concerns with it however that might make the experience a little less "enthusiastic" such as (and this is probably just a PS3 thing) I think the joystick should move up to where the turbo is rather than the current setup. Call me a xbox fanboy but I like that the joystick is easier to reach and just feels comfortable up there. Also I wonder what the resistance is like on both the throttle and brake. Theoretically the brake should have much more resistance so I wonder if they incorporated this into the controller.

      All in all it looks pretty cool and if you're a casual racer, this would be a great alt controller if you don't want to spend $300 on an actual wheel but want to feel like you're bangin' gears like a pro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea the logitechs are pretty pricey and are really for guys who have money just layin around or are pretty hardcore about their racing. I have a G25 myself for PC sim racing. I bought it brand new a few years back for $300 but I don't regret it. You definitely get what you pay for. It's still running strong today even after countless days of use.

        I have also used the official Microsoft wheel for the xbox and it is pretty solid. Not nearly as good as a G25 or G27 but, again, you get what you pay for.

        But you can definitely get crazy with wheel prices. There is a company called Thomas Enterprises Inc. (TSW) that make very professional wheels. They can also drain your bank account with prices in the thousands for a good wheel and pedal setup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oops disregard that comment. It was supposed to be posted on the replys below.
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