Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel

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Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
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Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
Manufacturer Microsoft
Type Steering Wheel controller
Generation Seventh generation era
Retail availability
  • NA November 2006
Power

Standard Xbox 360 Controller battery (2 AA battery)

  • Standard Xbox 360 Controller buttons
  • 270° steering angle
  • Manual paddle shifters
  • Brake and accelerate pedal
  • Digital D-pad
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.[1]

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.

Supported games[edit]

The following games are "fully supported" with force feedback for Xbox 360:

† Bundled Xbox 360 race game.

The following games are supported on Windows Vista x64. This does not include force feedback- steering and rumble only:

The following original Xbox games are "fully supported" with force feedback via Xbox 360 backward compatibility:

Criticism[edit]

The Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows information page[2] 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.[3] Others have criticized its lack of a clutch pedal.

Recall[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

End of life[edit]

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.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yu, James. "E3 06: Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 accessories". GameSpot. Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows". Microsoft. Retrieved 2009-12-10. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Microsoft Gaming Forums". Microsoft. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Wireless Wheel Retrofit". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Wireless Wheel Retrofit Info". Microsoft. Retrieved 2009-10-29. [dead link]
  6. ^ Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel for Xbox 360. GameStop. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.

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