For fans of racing games there’s very little in terms of racing wheel setups. There’s the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, but it’s been discontinued so you’re stuck hunting down a used one on Amazon.com or eBay. Then there’s the Wireless Speed Wheel coming out this October, but it looks more like a gimmick than something race fans would want. That used to be it; an impressive but out of production wheel or a toy that you hold up in the air. XCM aimed to change that. Earlier this year they released the XCM F1 Converter to very little press and fanfare. What this does is allow you to use your Logitech G25 or G27 racing wheel (PlayStation 3 hardware) on the Xbox 360.
Initially we brushed this off due to some of the issues it presented, but with recent firmware updates we can say folks seem to really like this little dude. It should be noted, however, that this thing still has its ups and downs. On the upside not only can this be used with Logitech racing wheels, but PS3 SIXAXIS controllers can also be used. Not enough? Well, with your wired Xbox 360 controller (required) you can also store button macros. What does that mean? It means one button fatalites and finishing moves, that’s what it means. The downside to this is the sheer cost. One of these will set you back 85 USD on eBay. Don’t have a wired Xbox 360 controller? That’s another 20-25 USD at your local used game store. Don’t have a Logitech wheel? Oh boy, you’d better sit down. You’re looking at around 200 USD, and that’s for a used one.
The verdict is simple: if you’re a racing nut who already has a Logitech G25 or G27 and wants to use it on your 360 then this is for you. For those who don’t yet own a racing wheel hunt yourself down a version 1 model of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel (V2’s don’t have force feedback). The additional features such as a clutch and H-pattern shifter can’t be used on a 360, so spending the extra dough for both the Logitech wheel and converter just isn’t worth it. Now if by some chance you’re still reading and still interested we’ve posted a list of features after the jump.
- Compatible with all versions of Xbox 360/Xbox 360 Slim, PS3/PS3 Slim consoles.
- Built-in converter allows you to use GT, G27 and G25 racing steering wheels on Xbox 360 with Xbox 360 racing games.
- Plug and Play.
- Supports Rumble.
- Built-in Combo Attack function on 5 Memory Buttons – Program up to 20 button combos to a single button to pull off devastating moves at will!
- Enable Rapid Fire/Turbo on wired Xbox 360, Original Xbox and PS3 controllers when connected to your Xbox 360/Xbox 360 Slim, PS3/PS3 Slim consoles.
- Supports PS3 SIXAXIS games.
- Supports analog stick tilt functionality on Xbox 360 controller for the PS3 console.
- User controlled Rapid Fire/Turbo firing rates (High Speed, Medium Speed, Off).
- Supports wired Xbox 360 controller (NOT wireless controller/wireless controller connected with play and charge cable), PS3 controller and Original Xbox controller on Xbox 360/Xbox 360 Slim, PS3/PS3 Slim consoles.
- Get another friend to get a F1 converter and you can both share saved combos! (PC required).