Gran Turismo official steering wheel

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The Gran Turismo official steering wheels (such as the GT FORCE or Driving Force, see the trademark symbols difference) are a series of steering wheels designed by Logitech (a.k.a. Logicool in Japan) in collaboration with Polyphony Digital. These racing games controllers are designed to be used with the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 systems but later models can be used on PC as well due to their USB connection. The GT Force is the central part of a driving simulation cockpit installation. Official kits are co-designed and released in Japan by Logicool and Sparco[1] (distributed by import tuner Endless in North America), while compatible kits are designed and released worldwide by European manufacturers such as Playseat®[2] and MoveTech.[3]

Model comparison[edit]

Features common to all models include:

Features that vary between models are:

Feature GT Force Driving Force Driving Force EX Driving Force Pro Driving Force GT G25 Racing Wheel G27 Racing Wheel G29 Racing Wheel
Currently available no no no no no no yes yes
Clutch pedal no no no no no yes yes yes
Gear stick no no no yes yes yes yes no, sold separately
Six-speed shifter no no no no no yes yes no, sold separately
Sequential shifter yes yes yes yes yes yes no no
Real-Time Adjustments Dial no no no no yes no no yes
Wheel size TBC TBC 25 cm (10-inch) 25 cm (10-inch) 28 cm (11-inch) 28 cm (11-inch) 28 cm (11-inch) 28 cm (11-inch)
Steering range (degrees) 200 200 200 900 900 900 900 900
Steering wheel cover Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber Leather Leather Leather
D-pad / action buttons yes yes yes yes 20 12 16 19

History[edit]

The original GT Force first came out in Japan and South East Asia in 2001. It was later released in North America and Europe. The brand soon evolved to "Driving Force" in these Logitech distributed territories. Code product is "LPRC" for Logicool PlayStation Racing Controller.

In 2007, the GT Force line-up was made of three wheels, the entry-level GT Force RX replacing the discontinued Driving Force type (79.99 USD/EUR), the medium-level GT Force Pro (129.98 USD/EUR) and the G25 Racing Wheel which replaced the first as the top level (299.99 USD/EUR).[4]

Both are compatible with PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC systems and are supported by Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.

GT Force[edit]

GT Force (LPRC-10000) with Racing Cockpit (LPSK-01002) bearing the Gran Turismo logo.

The GT Force (LPRC-10000) is a rebranded Logitech Wingman Formula GP, with a blue rather than a yellow rubber grip. It was released on April 28, 2001 as the Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec official wheel[5]

GT Force for Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (LPRC-10001)[edit]

A "GT Force for Gran Turismo 2000" (Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, LPRC-10001) was scheduled for 2001,[6] however due to a game title change it was replaced by the "GT Force Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec" custom version released on April 28, 2001.

GT Force Initial D version (LPRC-10002)[edit]

On June 26, 2003, Logicool released an Initial D Special Stage custom version of the GT Force (LPRC-10000).[7]

Driving Force[edit]

The Driving Force is the first evolution of the GT Force announced at the London Games Convention in early September 2001.[8] This model is discontinued since it was replaced by the Driving Force Pro in 2003.

Driving Force Pro[edit]

The Driving Force Pro (also known as the GT Force Pro (LPRC-11000)) is the Gran Turismo 4 Prologue official wheel released in December 2003.[9]

GT Force Pro for Sega Rally (LPRC-11000S)[edit]

A Sega Rally 2006 custom version named was released on January 12, 2006.[10]

GT Force Pro (LPRC-11500)[edit]

Manufactured by Logitech for the PlayStation 2 primarily as well as being compatible with select PC games, the wheel featured force feedback and 900 degree rotation. The wheel offers analogue accelerator and brake pedals, a sequential gear shift to the side and paddle shifters mounted on the back of the wheel in addition to the standard PlayStation 2 buttons. The controller was jointly designed by Logitech and Polyphony Digital to be used with Gran Turismo 4, however works in games not compatible with the 900 degree rotation by switching into a 200 degree mode. The wheel received strong praise from reviewers at launch for being an overall good experience when paired with Gran Turismo 4. [11] [12]

The Logitech website [13] lists PlayStation3 under System Requirements, indicating it is supported. 900° support will be software dependent.

Driving Force EX[edit]

The Driving Force EX (also known as the GT Force RX (LPRC-12000) or Driving Force RX (Retail Version)) is the PlayStation 3 official wheel released on the console's launch date, November 11, 2006.[14] It features force feedback and was succeeded by Driving Force GT. The wheel came bundled with Formula One Championship Edition.

Driving Force GT[edit]

The Driving Force GT was released on December 13, 2007.[15]

Developed in conjunction with Polyphony Digital, first introduced at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show and intended for use with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Gran Turismo 5 and all PlayStation 3 auto racing games, the Driving Force GT is the fifth entry in the company's Driving Force series of game controllers.

G25 Racing Wheel[edit]

The G25 Racing Wheel (LPRC-13000) was unveiled on October 25, 2007 and released on December 13, 2007. It currently has no matching official racing cockpit available. It's not an official GT steering wheel but is fully compatible and after some updates, officially supported in GT5 and GT6.

G27 Racing Wheel[edit]

The G27 Racing Wheel is based upon the previous G25, with some new features. Like the G25, the G27 is also not an official GT steering wheel but is fully compatible and after some updates, officially supported in GT5 and GT6.

G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel[edit]

The G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel is based upon the G27 and the Driving Force GT and it is compatible with the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC. It was released in 2015 to replace the G27. Like the G27, it is also not an official Gran Turismo steering wheel. However it is supported in Gran Turismo's latest installment, Gran Turismo Sport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ GT Cockpit official website
  2. ^ Playseat®'s official website
  3. ^ GTC Professional Racing Cockpit by MoveTech
  4. ^ Logitech official website - products line
  5. ^ http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/172/1311&cl= Archived 2013-01-28 at Archive.today
  6. ^ Logicool official website - "プレイステーション2対応 GT Force for Gran Turismo 2000(仮称)(ジーティーフォース グランツーリスモ 2000(仮称))のプレスリリース"
  7. ^ Logicool official website - "「GT FORCE 頭文字Dバージョン」予約受付開始"
  8. ^ Logitech Driving Force - Press release "Logitech Lengthens Lead With Driving Force - The Newest Force Feedback Wheel for PlayStation 2"
  9. ^ Logiccol official website - "“PlayStation2”対応「GT FORCE Pro」を2003年12月発売開始"
  10. ^ Logicool official website - "ロジクール、「セガラリー2006」完全対応GT FORCE Pro限定モデル「GT FORCE Pro for SEGA RALLY」(LPRC-11000S)を発売"
  11. ^ https://www.cnet.com/products/logitech-driving-force-pro-ps2/review/
  12. ^ http://uk.ign.com/articles/2005/02/19/logitech-driving-force-pro
  13. ^ http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/SE/EN,CRID=2905,CONTENTID=11097 Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Logicool official website - "ロジクール、PLAYSTATION3対応ステアリングコントローラ「GT FORCE RX」を発売"
  15. ^ "Peripherals - Driving Force GT". Sony. Retrieved September 15, 2010.

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