Mad Catz Unveils Xbox One Steering Wheel

Mad Catz has unveiled a new steering wheel for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One console.

The new wheel will come with a rather professional looking rim that is powered by dual Force Feedback motors. The wheel rim will be replaceable, a feature that has been made popular by Thrustmaster & Fanatec in recent times.

The wheel will come with a fully-customizable pedal set that lacks a clutch pedal though.

No pricing or detail features are available yet, the fact that Mad Catz is mostly active in the budget wheel market might indicate that this won’t be a wheel aimed at hardcore sim racers.

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  • Anonymous

    Ummm I don’t think so. I would recommend something else.

    • Realkman666

      Like what?

      • StarFoxySxv550

        lol Excellent question.

      • Anonymous

        Fanatec is working on compatibility for XBone and may even offer options for existing Fanatec Xbox 360 compatible wheel owners needed upgrades to make their wheels compatible with XBone. We shall see how it all unfolds but I would expect we will also see more options from different brands come to life in the near future.

  • Andy Thompson

    I guess the extra paddles are for the clutch, but this is useless unless they’re analogue.

    • StarFoxySxv550

      Not out of the question. older (PlayStation or xbox?) gamepads had analogue face buttons

      • Anonymous

        Yep, PS2 and PS3 pads are all analogue except Start, Select, L3 and R3. The original Xbox pads have analogue A/B/X/Y and triggers.

        The 360 has digital buttons and I think the XB1 does too, PS4 I’m not sure on.

  • John Krisfalusci

    What I really want to know is if the current Fanatec Clubsports will support PS4 and Xbox One. Thanks in advance!

    • Anonymous

      MS have said that no Xbox 360 accessories will work on the Xbox One. Fanatec I believe are trying to find a workaround via USB but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

      There’s no word on compatibility for PS4, but I’d actually suspect it will work since the Logitech wheels it emulates have worked since the PS2 days.

    • Anonymous

      _Fanatec on next gen consoles _

      A few people are wondering why we are so quiet.

      We will not make the mistake again to mention new things too early. We will announce something new if production is about to start. We are working on several products for several platforms and every one of our new products will set a new benchmark as they did in the past.
      We are also trying hard to protect the investment of our existing customers by making our current products upwards compatible. But we cannot confirm that before the final consoles are released.

      Thomas

  • Ross Siggers

    As cool as it looks, Madcatz steering wheels have never been mingling with the big guns….and without a clutch neither will this.

    • StarFoxySxv550

      Neither was Thrustmaster until the T500 were they? I can’t remember that far back into their wheel history.

      I have to admit this looks like a decent first effort into serious wheel hardware from them. It does actually have two clutches, but they’re paddles, so it seems it could possibly support a three pedal set.

      • Ross Siggers

        Good point. Although afaik Thrustmaster has a good reputation for gaming peripherals before the T500, at least a better one than Madcatz. They made great joysticks if memory serves…

      • StarFoxySxv550

        Madkatz have this too now with their current/past fightsticks, and with the acquisition of Triton, headphones too. They still have a way to go to shake that stigma of the madcatz name from what I can see though.

      • Mister_Q

        Thrustmaster may have had a lull before the T500, but they started PC wheel hardware back in the early 90s with the T1/T2

  • Randy Winston

    I love all the hipsters dismissing this thing for not being the T500. If it’s a good alternative to the dfgt, which it looks like it could be, then it will sell like hotcakes if the price is right. Less than 150 USD and this could signal MadCatz’ entry into the entry level sim racing market. Where there is a lot of money to be made.

    • steve30x

      Going from the specs it seems like a decent wheel. I hope its similarly as good as the DFP if not better.

      • StarFoxySxv550

        The thing that sells the DFP is 900°, the build quality and the good price point. If Madcatz has any sense those three things will be there, if not, then it could well be a failure.

  • Anonymous

    There’s also a similarly-specced Thrustmaster that has been announced at $399 US, using the Ferrari 458 wheel. That’s an awful lot of money for 2 pedals and paddles, so I hope the MadCatz undercuts it significantly.

  • steve30x

    It doesnt bother me if it doesnt have a Clutch pedal because I never use the clutch on my CSR Elite pedals anyway. I cant wait to see the reviews of this.

  • Roger Wallentin

    This looks like a quite nice design, hope the materials are up to par as well!

    Mad catz previous wheels have been really cheap and flimsy, though they do other premium gaming components like the Cyborg mice and keyboards. I have the Mad Catz “Strike 7″ keyboard which costs about €300 and is one of the (if not the) most premium gaming keyboards you can get.

    I think Mad Catz are pushing towards becoming a more premium brand in gaming, hope this wheel is more of a premium or at least mid level wheel like the G27.

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