Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
|Type||Steering Wheel controller|
|Generation||Seventh generation era|
|Connectivity||Wireless (2.4 GHz)|
The Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel was developed by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 and was introduced at E3 2006. Released in November 2006, the force feedback steering wheel controller includes the standard gamepad buttons along with floor-mounted accelerator and brake pedals. Although the wheel is capable of running truly wirelessly from a standard Xbox 360 battery pack (rechargeable or two AA batteries), use of the force feedback and active resistance features requires an external AC adapter.
The original limited edition of the force feedback wheel included a force-feedback capable version of the racing game Project Gotham Racing 3. This was discontinued in November 2007 when the price of the wheel was dropped to $99.
The wheel was developed in conjunction with the video game Forza Motorsport 2.
The following games are "fully supported" with force feedback for Xbox 360:
- Burnout Paradise
- Dirt 2
- Dirt 3
- F1 2010
- F1 2011
- Forza Motorsport 2†
- Forza Motorsport 3†
- Forza Motorsport 4
- Forza Horizon
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane
- Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
- Midnight Club: Los Angeles
- NASCAR 08
- NASCAR 09
- Need for Speed: Carbon
- Need for Speed: ProStreet
- Need for Speed: Undercover
- Need for Speed: Shift
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- Project Gotham Racing 3†
- Project Gotham Racing 4†
- Race Pro
- Sega Rally Revo
- Sega Rally Online Arcade
- Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
- Stuntman: Ignition
- Superstars V8 Racing
- Test Drive Unlimited (Hardcore mode is recommended)
- Test Drive Unlimited 2
- WRC 2010
- WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship
† Bundled Xbox 360 race game.
The following games are supported on Windows Vista x64. This does not include force feedback- steering and rumble only:
- Colin McRae: Dirt
- Sega Rally Revo
- Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
- Race Driver: Grid - Need to 1.2 version patch
- 007: Nightfire (cars only)
- 4x4 EVO 2
- Auto Modellista
- Burnout 2: Point of Impact
- Burnout 3: Takedown
- Colin McRae Rally 04
- Colin McRae Rally 2005
- Crash Nitro Kart
- EA Sports F1 2001
- EA Sports F1 2002
- F1 Career Challenge
- Ford Mustang Racing
- Ford vs. Chevy
- Forza Motorsport
- Grand Theft Auto III (cars only)
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (cars only)
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (cars only)
- Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge
- IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition
- IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005
- IndyCar Series
- IndyCar Series 2005
- Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (cars only)
- NASCAR 06: Total Team Control (during gameplay, glitches mode on can make car's speed into 300 mph)
- NASCAR Thunder 2002
- NASCAR Thunder 2003
- NASCAR Thunder 2004
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
- Need for Speed: Underground
- Need for Speed: Underground 2
- OutRun 2
- OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
- Project Gotham Racing
- Project Gotham Racing 2
- Rallisport Challenge
- Sega GT 2002
- Sega GT Online
- Sonic Heroes (bobsled only)
- Street Racing Syndicate
- Test Drive
- Test Drive: Eve of Destruction
- TOCA Race Driver
- TOCA Race Driver 2
- TOCA Race Driver 3
The Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows information page specifies that there will be future drivers available which will enable force feedback in Windows Vista. However, as of May 2013, no drivers with force feedback are available in Windows. Others have criticized its lack of a clutch pedal.
On August 22, 2007 an announcement on the official Xbox website stated that Microsoft will retrofit for free all the Wireless Racing Wheels that were manufactured during 2006 and 2007. This is due to a component in the wheel chassis that in rare cases may overheat and release smoke when the AC/DC power supply is used to power up the wheel.
According to Microsoft the retrofit of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel is only required on products with SKU numbers 9Z1-00001, 9Z1-00002, 9Z1-00003, 9Z1-00004, 9Z1-00009, 9Z1-00011, 9Z1-00012, 9Z1-00013, 9Z1-00017, 9Z1-00018 and Wheel part numbers X809211-001, X809211-002, X809211-003, X809211-004, X809211-005.
The SKU number can be found on a label on the bottom side of the retail carton and the Wheel part numbers are found on a label on the bottom side of the dashboard assembly. Any SKU or Wheel not included in this list will not require the retrofit.
End of life
The Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel no longer seems to be supplied to stores, and Microsoft has removed mention of it from the official Xbox web site.
The new Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel was released on September 26, 2011.
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- Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel for Xbox 360. GameStop. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.