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.
For racing game fanatics there is no more coveted item than the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel. Truly it was a racer’s dream, and a peripheral on par with Logitech’s craftsmanship. It was wireless, had a 270° steering radius, force feedback, and sturdy construction. Sadly the wheel has been out of production for some time. The only way to find one new is to scour the depths of the internet in hopes of finding one hiding in some corner of Amazon, eBay, or some other commerce site.
But in the wake of racers’ sadness comes simplified hope: The Wireless Speed Wheel. Sure, it’s certainly not a hardcore device, but it looks to be much more robust then Nintendo’s “stick the wiimote in the middle of a plastic circle” solution. It features rumble feedback plus the slick D-Pad/face button combos right at the top. Plus it actually looks like a racing wheel, which adds to the cool factor. Gas and brake are presumably handled by the triggers found on the underside of the grips. Finally racing fans have some renewed hope. Learn more about it in the abbreviated press release after the jump.