As driving real cars is losing steam with teenagers and young adults, playing with digital devices is gaining popularity. Instead of buying that aftermarket exhaust or an interior lighting package, you may head out and pick up the latest racing wheel to play your favorite racing game. In the case of Microsoft's forthcoming Xbox One, wheel and pedal setups for Forza Motorsport 5 will be modular and offer better force feedback than in the past, giving you more reasons not to go out and drive a real car.

The modular wheel and pedal setups solve that age-old problem of balancing wants and needs. If you want a nice high-tech wheel, such as the Ferrari 458-inspired wheel seen in the video, you can buy it, enjoy it and come back later to pick up the pedals, for example - or any other accessories that could help you set fast laps.

Xbox One accessories will also use new feedback equations that allow for more dynamic force feedback based on what's happening in the game. Microsoft's director of strategic alliance, Branden Powell, explains the concept much better in the video below.


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      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think some of us could use a clutch pedal rather than paddle shifters.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a confession. All these years I've called it "four-zuh" and not "forts-zuh". It just dawned on me after watching that video.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Also I wanted to note: not a fan of the two pedal setups of today's wheels...The video spoke about modularity and customizability but I heard nothing about 3-pedal setups most autoblog readers are probably interested in.
      Healthy Chap
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still won't buy a One. Stop trying, Microsoft.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      I already spent hundreds on a Fanatec just to work with 360 (PS3 already supported my G25). Both setups outclass this. Now MS wants me to buy again for PS One? Nope. Get straight, MS. Sony supports wheels across generations, you should at lest support the expensive ones across generations.
        TrippulG3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        I'm still holding out some hope that their *might* be some sort of adapter that Fanatec can make which will allow their wheels to work on the XB1, but my concern is whether it would work only for their latest-gen wheels (CSR, et al) or for older models as well (I own a GT2). I'm planning on holding on to my 360 for at least another year...if no solution materializes by then, I'll be making the move to the PS4 for sure.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TrippulG3
          To get to clutch mode you had to press some direction on the D-Pad before the start of the race, IIRC. That worked on the G25 at least. Clutch mode was a bit wonky on Gran Turismo, it allows no leeway. Even though you can usually do the "neutral" portion of the shift without the clutch all the way in, GT5 was having none of it. And there's no option to be like a straight-cut box where you can upshift without the clutch. Also, sequential RSR Porsches only require clutching on downshifting. All that plus the H-box on the G25 sometimes fouling up and needing adjustment and I just switched to all sequential shifting with either lever or paddles and skipped the clutch.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TrippulG3
          I own a 911 Turbo wheel! So they need to go even further back. I have the USB adapter that came with mine, it would plug right on in. For you, hopefully that same USB adapter used to make 360 wheels work with PC could work with XB One.
          StephenT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TrippulG3
          I've got a GT2 also and I'm going to wait around before getting a XB1. I think they will come up with a solution for Fanatec users at some point.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        "Now MS wants me to buy again for PS One? Nope. Get straight, MS." Autoblog needs an edit button.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          i agree. totally marketing BS.
      shawoo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow really no Fanatec Wheel. Way to loose the hard core group Xbox team.
      shawoo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh and MS/Turn 10 if you are reading this. You lost a cust that had 3 xbox ones preorderd. I have taken my money and moved it all over to the PS4. I can\'t belive you would go to a lower quality wheel. Fanatec CSRE was the ultimate in wheels!!!!
        JB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @shawoo
        thrustmaster is also the offical wheel provider for Sony PS4. Fanatec is working on a solution but it wont be available until after the consoles launch.
        Daekwan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @shawoo
        You are saying pre-ordeded 3 XB1's to play a racing game, without knowing if the wheel/racing rig you already had even worked with it. And now this news has magically changed all your preorders to PS4. Stop lying!!
          shawoo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Daekwan
          No lying at all. I have (had) 3 xbox on preorder and only one ps4 preordered. My entire family is into video games. And I have lan parties too. But to cancel your preorder with GS is really easy. Just cancel your preorder and add to your existing PS4 order. Now I wont get the other two PS4's right away but I will have at least one launch PS4.
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, that's awesome, so the$500 I spent on a wheel/pedal setup for my 360 is useless with the new system. Thanks, Microsoft. Looks like I'll be getting a PS4.
        FordGTGuy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
        To play what? Driveclub, a arcade game that rumored as of today has been delayed till 2014?
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FordGTGuy
          You know what?! GT6 on the PS3 is gonna be a better game than Forza 5 on the new ISCHbox
          FordGTGuy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FordGTGuy
          @Lachmund Give me a break? You mean that game with 800 PS2 cars?
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FordGTGuy
          Oh crap, I did it again. I mean Xbox One.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FordGTGuy
          There will be other games over time. Just as Forza 5 won't be the last driving game made for PS One.
      Autoholics Anonymous
      Hey Microsoft! Where is the clutch pedal?!?
        Fernando
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Autoholics Anonymous
        Clutch pedals are worthless on a set like this anyhow. The games don't do a good job at simulating the clutch pedal and the feel of the pedal itself is crap very linear nothing like a real clutch.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Autoholics Anonymous
        they needed to save money.
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm still hooked on my Logitech G27 and GT5 setup. I'm going to see what the reviews will be like first before I make the plunge into the Forza 5 realm.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      1454
      • 1 Year Ago
      MS, why not just support the G27? People don't want junk proprietary hardware. As someone who has a 360 and wasn't considering skipping the one anyway, this just confirmed my decision.
        1454
        • 1 Year Ago
        @1454
        I'll just stay cheap and buy a PS3 with the GT series. At least PS uses the G series wheels.
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how they're talking about how Kinect can detect who has the wheel, how one person can sit on the couch using the wheel, then pass it to your friend sitting next to you and Kinect will know, and change to all of their personal preferences. Who does this? Everyone I know who has a wheel setup has pedals that go along with it, and the whole thing is assembled in some sort of a rig that you don't just "pass" from one person to the next. This just reinforces my belief that Kinect is a useless feature that MS is trying to force on people who don't want or need it.
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