June 6th 2011 9:00 pm PT

Announcing the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel

As we get ready for the Xbox E3 Briefing to begin later today, let’s kick off the week with a hardware announcement. It’s the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel and it goes on sale later this year for US $59.99. I‘ve uploaded a few photos so you can take a look at it for yourself.

 

Here are some details from the press release:

Launching in early October, the Wireless Speed Wheel is completely wireless and controlled intuitively with precise steering, standard controller buttons/triggers, and haptic feedback with rumble.  The device is compatible with all racing games right out of the box*. The Wireless Speed Wheel will be available for $59.99 (U.S. ERP) and will ship to retailers worldwide beginning September 26, 2011. This device combines a fun and immersive driving experience with the biggest racing game of the year, the best rated “Forza Motorsport.”

With trigger buttons for gas and brake, combined with a rumble feedback, the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel provides intuitive standard controller buttons that immerse the driver into the game, whether you like to white knuckle it down the race track with your hands at “10 and 2” or “9 and 3.”

The new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel balances the realism of a wheel with the feel of a controller for greater user edge in game play.  It includes buttons for game specific functions including triggers, ABXY and D-pad along with green bands of lights on each handle to provide visual cues when necessary.

For more information on the Wireless Speed Wheel, visit www.xbox.com.

*Limited functionality in some games. See www.xbox.com/wsw for details.

If you have any questions about it, post in the comments and I’ll try and answer them.

 

Update: The Wheel can now be pre-ordered.

E3, Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Anonymous

    I gotta say the past few E3′s I have been pretty disappointed in MS.. we used to get themes, videos and greet demos all during E3.. now we barely get anything.. hell there wasn’t even a Wednesday arcade release

  • http://twitter.com/Stonie_uk Roy Holland

    Is Playstation taking up the whole internet with downloads of free games since PSN came back up?

    I have to ask, as since PSN store has come back online, we have had no wednesday Arcade release. That’s poor on Microsofts part to be honest.

    • http://twitter.com/justinj1983 Justin Johnston

      not just one week but two weeks, its ridiculous. no word even from the microsoft staff about why there is no new games either. not to mention 2 weeks of rubbish deal of the week, who the hell is buying the DLC from a game that has seen 2 new iterations in its series?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rabbitc-Finklestein/100002063064487 Rabbitc Finklestein

    LOL! A whole week of E3 goes by and Larry’s blog has 3 posts???  Xbox is dead.

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  • Anonymous

    pff already got my pre-order for the PS VITA.

    I really wanted a new xbox for 2012 but microsoft stabs it’s loyal costumers in the back. We bought the hardware for games. Not for kinect bullshit that non of us is ever going to play.

    It was a fun 5 years microsoft. Going back to my PC with BF3 and all the RPG’s that are coming. After that probably the wiiu but not sure yet, never owned a nintendo console.

    How you guys even dare to come the the E3 with no games to how at all. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Logic Squirrel

    Microsoft has gone soft i am afraid, this year there was nothing really interesting with ms and e3, Sad to say this but Sony whooped Microsoft’s butt this year.

    More products, more media including live streaming, more downloads and demos.. everything maybe next we are going to hear on the news Xbox and live rolled over and died as it was really pitiful this year.

    Even the majors blog here froze up, maybe the major’s blog caught the RROD lol, oh wait thought they fixed that. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandonxgarvin Brandon Garvin

    Microsoft definitely didn’t deliver at E3 like everyone… thought… they… would… sorta. Halo 4 wasn’t really that big of an announcement, seeing as the series is kind of overstaying its welcome (at least IMO). There are a bunch of Kinect games though. Some of them actually look cool, but if I only had enough floor space to be able to get use out of it to warrant a purchase. I didn’t see the Sony conference, and from what I’ve read, I’m not impressed. A new handheld, games we were already expecting, etc. Nintendo stole the show, but not by a huge margin either. I like the idea of the Wii U, just gotta see what it plays like first. Overall, a pretty “meh” E3 this year.

  • Anonymous

    Is this some sort of joke? It’s not even wheel shaped, has no visible base… shifter? pedals? on top of it all you can’t even get a wheel controller for the 360 at all unless you want to shell out $400 for a fanatec. I just want a decent wheel controller for Forza…  I don’t even… um… wth???

  • Patrick Tam

    Hmmmmm, interesting. Will be interesting to see if actually holding this thing in the air will become tiresome and more hassle than worth. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe for Mario Kart but is pretty useless on Forza, whats the point of sim  racing game if you are going to play it like Mario Kart?

  • http://twitter.com/Gokai_Marvelous André Barreira

    It’s sad that MS are abandon the core gamers for the second year straight, the people that bought the xbox 360 before this crazy flow about kinect and made the console have a awesome begining, MS forget that and make two E3 only for kinect. Sad so sad, Major and MS knows this, what they do?? NOTHING!!!!

    It’s pathetic that we only have Gears 3 and Forza4 (two big games and i love them both) as AAA exclusive this year, people want more 1ºparty games !!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been holding off from buying an Xbox 360, due to Microsofts intransigence, by petulantly refusing to allow logitech to produce an ‘affordable’ force-feed-back wheel for the Xbox 360… The new fanitec wheel is startlingly expensive, and far beyond to pockets of most gamers… Why Microsoft stopped supporting the 360 wheel is beyond comprehension, and frankly The Wireless Speed Wheel is clearly aimed at kiddies and not the vast majority of Forza enthusiasts… We want to be sat behind a force-feed-back-wheel and pedals to give us a visceral experience in our racing games. Sadly I will be giving Forza 4 a miss again this year. 

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  • Benjamin Dover

    It says “whether you like to white knuckle it down the race track with your hands at “10 and 2” or “9 and 3.” 

    With the design of this, how do I put my hands at 10 and 2?

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  • http://twitter.com/trindermon richard trinder

    Nice little device – but REALLY uncool that there isnt a offical REAL MS wheel anymore. the old one was really nice. and with forza4 in the prime seat to be the best console sim MS really need to get there head out of the sand and make it happen. Its a CRYing shame that should differentiate them from the competition. not enough concentrating on the good things xbox has to offer recently and more demos from *creepy family*.

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