Xbox One Racing Accessories Video

I sat down with the Branden Powell,  Director of Strategic alliances on the Xbox One partner development team to learn more about racing accessories coming to Xbox One.

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  • Arminator

    Customizable controllers? I’m very interested how this will work. It’d be extremely cool to have a H-style stickshift for classic cars in Forza and sequential shifting for modern performance cars.

    While I’m sad, that my original Xbox 360 wireless steering wheel won’t work on the One, this makes me happy (and my wallet *very* sad)…

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  • mcmax3000

    I’ve never really done the wheel thing, but after playing Forza 5 with one at PAX, I’m kind of considering trying one out, so this video was very informative.

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  • Arminator

    Do the “blinkenlights” on the soundbar serve any gameplay purpose? Like flashing police lights, or the LEDs changing color depending on the motor’s RPM’s?

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  • Avatar Roku

    Wish Xbox would make it’s own soundbars and speakers.

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  • http://www.yakkowarner.com/ Yakko Warner

    I have the 360’s wireless wheel, and while it’s great, I just didn’t use it enough to justify the cost. Guess I’m just not a “hardcore” racer.

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  • Jeremy Anderson

    Guess that means support for the existing Fanatec wheels is out, huh?

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  • erale

    Yay, no Fanatac -> no Forza for me then. Crappy move Microsoft…

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  • ungeheier

    When did Mad Cats start making good accessories?

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    • FourthStooge

      About 5 years ago.

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      • ungeheier

        Interesting. Their brand has been ruined in my mind from years of gaming. I’ll have to check out their new stuff.

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    • mcmax3000

      Seemed like they started with Fighting Sticks, and slowly improved the rest of their accessories. My only experience with them this generation is the Rock Band 3 keyboard, and it’s pretty well made.

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  • bigkid66

    That was not a clear answer at all on whether 360 wheels will work with Xbox One. He mentions the new features won’t work but doesn’t specifically say the old wheels won’t work at all.

    If the Fanatec CSR (branded specifically for Forza 4) doesn’t work then I’m out on Forza 5 and probably Xbox One (at least at launch). Forza 5 was the only launch game I was interested in.

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    • Guest

      “Xbox 360 wheels are not compatible with Xbox One”

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  • MobileVortex

    no clutch pedal?

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  • Jeremy Mattsen

    Man you have been busy Larry lol

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  • Trag3dy

    MadCatz… no thanks.

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  • krz

    Making my current wheel useless is a dealbreaker.

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    • Areen Khachadouri

      good, nobody wants to make a deal with you anyways.

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    • Kinectamaniac

      Who says the old wheel is now useless?

      You are gonna blame Xbox, just because you’ve decided to stop using your Xbox 360?

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      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        go back to the cabbage patch.

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  • ElektroDragon

    Well it certainly looks realistic, but does anyone really play racing games with these? I’ve never had better luck with these accessories vs a standard controller, and isn’t that the point, to do better? Or is the point to make it feel more real at the cost of doing worse? Because I can’t imagine using these and being better than with a normal controller except through month or years of practice. (Just like learning real driving for the first time.)

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    • ryder4life22187

      I used to play with this setup on the playstation 2 playing gran turismo all the time had a blast will def be looking into getting this.

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    • GmailIsDown

      so basically it is like playing games with Kinect versus using a standard controller?

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  • Jamie Hall

    Seriously….so you don’t believe them when they say things work and you don;t believe them when they say they DONT work. Basically you just want to complain for the sake of it? Why are you wasting your time on here? Go off and do something you actually enjoy. Life is short.

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    • bigkid66

      I don’t even know what you’re talking about. That was my first post here ever?? I just registered…nice welcome. I’m not complaining for the “sake of it” but specifically because the expensive wheel I bought for the prior version of Forza won’t work on the new version and I find it hard to believe there’s no way to make it work via USB.

      If you haven’t noticed MS doing a bad job communicating lately and flip-flopping all over the place then you just haven’t been paying attention.

      I do agree it’s a waste of time to post here though.

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      • Alex_Atkin_UK

        What idiots are down voting this?

        The wheel is branded Forza and CAN work over USB, so no good reason NOT to have them work on Xbox One except Microsoft greed.

        I don’t spend £250 on a racing wheel to not be able to use it 10 months later. Its pretty simple really, if it doesn’t work I’m forced to move to PS4 where there is a 99% chance it will still work, as Sony have supported PC compatible USB wheels since PS2.

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      • Jamie Hall

        Actually since gamescom they have been doing a great job… and the stuff they have put out this week has been brilliant.

        That billboard advertising campaign though… is terrible.

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  • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

    I assume you got it working Tom?

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  • http://www.theageofknights.com/ NoThru22

    I will “upgrade” to the Xbox One to “downgrade” my racing wheel. Until Fanatec is allowed to have the official Forza 4 wheel work on Xbox One, I am not interested.

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  • http://www.theageofknights.com/ NoThru22

    They are specifically BLOCKED from working with the Xbox One because they don’t have an identifier chip inside.

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    • Arminator

      Well if *I* were working at Fanatec, I’d modularize the wheel. I mean, it wouldn’t make sense to have expensive mechanics for only one specific console, and scrap everything for another console, especially if such “non console specific” functions like actuators and motors for the force-feedback are the same. I mean, yes, there are differences like a Guide button on Xbox, and PS Button for Playstation and such. But in the end it’s just normal buttons, and it doesn’t matter if I play on PlayStation or Xbox, because the wheel pulls force feedback the same in similar situations. It’s not like I make a left turn on the Xbox or Playstation, and the Xbox pushes the wheel to the right to simulate the steering wheel resisting my turn, and the Playstation pulling the wheel further to the left. Both behave the same.

      For *very* expensive wheels I’d guess they could to an adaptor box that contains the identifier chip, and just relays/translates the input output signals to and from the wheel.

      For example let’s assume the Xbox 360 tells the wheel to “pull on motor 1 and rumble motor 3”, and the wheel tells the console “button 4” (let’s say “Start”) was pressed.

      On the Xbox one it could be that the console sends the information “Pull motor A, rumble the Right trigger”, and the adaptor box will translate that to “Pull Motor 1, and rumble motor 3”. Then the wheel sends “Button 4 is pressed” and the box translates that to “Menu button was pressed” to the console.

      So I guess specific functions like a rumbling brake pedal from a simulated ABS System like the controller triggers won’t be possible with an expensive Xbox 360 wheel, as the function wasn’t there in the first place. There simply is no motor to rumble the pedal.

      But if a cheap adaptor box is able to translate the ABS rumble to a wheel rumble (or maybe ignore it gracefully), it would allow one to keep the expensive 360 wheel.

      I mean, if I just bought a $300-500 Fanatec wheel, and now learn it’s just scrap metal and plastic with the Xbox One console, I would NOT buy an expensive Fanatec wheel ever again.

      On the other hand, if Fanatec made such an adaptor box, I would know that my wheel is future proof, and if that eventually breaks several years later, I’ll be again buying a Fanatec wheel, as I know it’s well built, and supported in the future.

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  • Jo5h01

    whats the turn radius on these wheels? do they do 900 degrees?

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  • MobileVortex

    Ohhh rearry?

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  • david_hoyland

    Why no gearbox and clutch pedal? I’m not an American!

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  • Florida Tryhard

    they didn’t give a price that means its going to cost like $300

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  • agentbb007

    Already have my Thrustmaster 458 italia wheel pre-ordered on Amazon. Can’t wait for November!!

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  • evilfangs .

    What about other accessories like current gen headsets? Last I heard you was trying to make a adapter for them to work on the Xbox one, is this still the case or do I think to fork out even more money for another headset?

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    • StudioMultimédia Gon'Interacti

      turtle beach won’t certainly disapoint their costumer i don’t see why they wouldn’t complete the adapter.

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    • mcmax3000

      Well, the system comes with a headset now, so you won’t HAVE to spend more money for another headset.

      Yes, they are still making the adapter, but no information at the moment as to when it will be available.

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      • Alex_Atkin_UK

        Not necessarily. I know I have a headset for every person who might use my console but only one of them will use it at a time, so the adapter is useful there.

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  • StudioMultimédia Gon'Interacti

    too bad Ubisoft is pushing back release of all the game we were waiting😦

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    • evilfangs .

      Yep. I had a £40 deposit down for Watch dogs. Going to use that £40 now to get a different launch day exclusive, not sure what yet. I was getting AC4 / Dead rising 3 and Watch dogs.

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    • Kinectamaniac

      GTA V was delayed, and look how great that turned out. I’m sure Ubisoft just wants to make Watch Dogs as good as they can possibly make it. I applaud their decision to keep it in development, rather than release it on Nov 22nd…inferior to what it could be.

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      • StudioMultimédia Gon'Interacti

        not sayin game will turn out bad, just saying that it’s unfortunate that it is not ready in time. Watch dog was something i wanted to try, but not as much as the division. Ubisoft Montreal have a very solid background so no doubt it’s going to be nice

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