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Fanatec – Xbox One Universal Wheel Hub Unveiled

Fanatec has unveiled the Universal Wheel hub for Xbox One, revealing the first ever Fanatec product to be compatible to Microsoft’s current console platform.

Fanatec has unveiled the Universal Wheel hub for Xbox One, revealing the first ever Fanatec product to be compatible to Microsoft’s current console platform.

Instead of releasing a brand new wheel with Xbox One compatibility, Fanatec’s choice of making a new universal wheel hub ensures that many Fanatec owners can make use of their existing hardware including wheel bases and wheel rims.

The new Universal Wheel Hub works with Fanatec’s CSW & CSW V2 wheel bases and the company’s choice of wheel rims, including:

  • GT for supercars and road racing
  • Oval for NASCAR and similar series
  • Drift for rally, off-road and drift simulations
  • Classic for vintage race cars
  • Round1 for vintage open wheelers
  • Flat1 for modern open wheelers, F1, LMP1 or DTM series

Furthermore, users can of course mount any third-party steering wheel thanks to the wheel hub’s modular design.

Also compatible to the PC, Playstation 3 & 4, the new Xbox One Universal Wheel Hub guarantees complete cross compatibility across all of today’s relevant platforms.

Features

  • A connected wheel base will become Xbox One compatible
  • Fully assembled and pre-configured to mount the GT rim (or similar). Just attach a wheel rim with 6 screws.
  • Detachable button caps with Xbox One symbols
  • 16 integrated buttons on top of the hub
  • 4 button boxes with 3 buttons each
  • FunkySwitch(tm) with 4-way direction pad, 2-way turning function and push button. Comes with a metal knob
  • ​Small or big shifter paddles for different rim diameters.
  • The big shifter paddles are fully adjustable in distance, width and angle
  • Shifter paddle units can be taken off to save weight.
  • LED display for Tuning or telemetry functions. It can be installed in two positions: Standing or flat
  • USB port to charge a smartphone. No data
  • An additional 5th button box unit can be attached (not included)
  • Data port for future feature upgrades

The Xbox One Universal Wheel hub will be available starting May 28, selling for 349 Euros/Dollars, a 50 Euro/Dollar premium over the regular Universal Wheel Hub that lacks the Xbox One compatibility.

More information on the product is available in Fanatec’s webshop.

 

  • Glen Orpheus

    i know some people will be happy but for me a wheel that costs more than the system you run it on just don’t make sense.

    • SimRacer007

      I think it makes the most sense for people who already have the wheel with their PC but also have an Xbox and want to use it with that too. Like I had a PS3, and although my wheel was primarily for PC, one of my requirements when I was looking to buy a wheel was that it would work with the PS3 for occasional use.

      • RobertH

        In order to use your pc wheel you have to unmount it from your pc hub and mount it to this hub or buy another wheel..

      • ___ ɥqp ___

        I hate to say it but the guys at Fanatec seem to have lost all sense of reality with the pricing of their goods. Good luck to them surviving if anyone ever brings another quality wheel out at a sensible price.

      • Thomas Jackermeier

        No. With this steering wheel you can play on any System and you don’t need to mount and unmount anything.

      • RapidRefund
      • http://perfectsimracer.com Sebastian

        Dear god, that’s exactly what I was talking about (*).

        I want a Sparco or OMP or Momo wheel now.

        (*) http://perfectsimracer.com/best-xbox-one-steering-wheel-review/

      • RobertH

        So i can use my CSWv2 and BMW or Formula wheel with this hub?

      • RapidRefund

        No it does not work that way you can attach one of Fanatec’s Steering wheels offered to it or buy an aftermarket Steering wheel

  • Francesco Kasta

    Only €350 for the HUB?? That’s a bargain!!!

    • RapidRefund

      I’ll take 3!

  • coops17

    Great job by Fanatec……. Until the next generation console comes out and they crap on every1 again. I bet it will not work on the next 1 just like the past. xbox is $$$$ on steroids. Go to PC racing where all your current wheels will work, a lot better racing and more like a SIM than Arcade RACING.

    • Thomas Jackermeier

      It is very unlikely that this universal hub will work with the next generation as well but we can at least make sure that you can still use your pedals, shifters and even the wheel rims in future as well.

      What other company is offering you this and is not forcing you to buy a complete set of wheel base, pedals and steering wheel for every console you own?

      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH9mohZOUNvs8dn_hmGhylA Chillisteak

        Thomas I may not agree with everything Fanatec does, but then I can’t think of one company I would agree with everything on.
        But I totally agree with you there! You can’t expect old hardware/accessories to work with future consoles, given those consoles ain’t created by you.
        But what you do in terms of making pedals etc work with all your lines is fantastic, keep it up!

        Also love the fact that you are an active member on communities like this.

      • BackMarker

        Are you the chillisteak on youtube with the pCARS and ETS2 vid? I really like your vids!

      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH9mohZOUNvs8dn_hmGhylA Chillisteak

        Yep, there’s literally only one of me ( to my knowledge anyway)

      • http://perfectsimracer.com Sebastian

        Mmm … Chillisteak. Gotta get a bite of you one day.

      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH9mohZOUNvs8dn_hmGhylA Chillisteak

        Seb there’s only a select for people who’ve got to taste me and I’m sorry to say but you ain’t going to be one of them haha

      • ModernTimes2

        “You can’t expect old hardware/accessories to work with future consoles, given those consoles ain’t created by you.”
        Actually, you should be able to. Just like you’d expect that a mouse or a TV can be used with your next console. There isn’t a single technical reason why old peripherals shouldn’t work as long as plugs & protocols are the same (USB in this case).
        The “incompatibility” introduced with the new consoles are 100% about artificial obsolescence, forcing you to buy your peripherals one more time.

      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH9mohZOUNvs8dn_hmGhylA Chillisteak

        Yes forced by Microsoft, not Fanatec!

        This issue is 100% down to the console makers, and that’s just the way it’s pretty much always been and always will be.

      • ModernTimes2

        I’m not blaming Fanatec. Yes, it’s the console makers’ decision. It doesn’t have to be that way though; it’s purely a business decision, not a technical issue.

      • http://perfectsimracer.com Sebastian

        Indeed; Microsoft’s to blame here.

        Heck, I can even coax an old G27 onto my Linux boxes.

        … and that reminds me that I wanted to try the iRacing Linux Port again, given that my Fanatec setup has been completed quite a while ago.

      • coops17

        i know i can Thomas not having a go at FANATEC. Microsoft screwed you and others over every time they release a new console. i think it’s just blatant highway robbery on their part.They could have kept working with you right up and through their new release. But know **** every1 was their attitude. LASTLY love your products have bought a few and still own some older wheels.

      • goan

        >not forcing you to buy a complete set of wheel base, pedals and steering wheel for every console you own?

        Yeah, just a freaking $300 hub for each system…

      • http://perfectsimracer.com Sebastian

        Yes and no. Club Sport is not the same league as G27, G29 or even Thrustmaster. In my reviews, I am not even sure if comparing the <$500 sets with Fanatec's Club Sport is not like comparing apples and oranges …

        But if we face that the whole Club Sport line up is $1300 minimum (see also my review at http://perfectsimracer.com/best-xbox-one-steering-wheel-review/ ), the $300 for a CSL Wheel or the Xbox One Universal hub is just 20-25% of the price; it's like Logitech would offer G27 adaptability for around $50-80.

        Yes, at times I hate that simracing is quite expensive. But then, it's still dead cheap compared to real racing.

        —–

        edit: and sorry for necromancing this old post :S

  • Barry Woods

    As somebody who bought a Xbox1 over a PS4 after hearing Fanatec had struck a deal with Microsoft.. Can somebody just help my understanding a little please.
    I understand iam not one of Fanatecs biggest spenders and also understand now that my CSR wheel will not work on the Xbox1 (after they struck that deal)
    BUT… it turns out my wheel WILL now work on the upcoming P-Cars… on the PS4!! (So possibly other upcoming PS4 titles?)
    Is all that correct or have i got the wrong end of the stick anywhere?
    Also..
    Even though i feel somewhat shafted despite only spending about £400 on my Fanatec gear, I will consider buying this new Xbox1 hub.
    So this is around £350… but does this come with any default rim? Or must i pay another couple of hundred for a rim? Or is there even anything else i need on top of that??
    I may sound i little sarcy but would honestly appreciate any help or opinion.
    I understand PC racing is where its at… but i don’t have much spare cash right now and wanting to play a next gen racing game on my wheel…
    I honestly feel my best option may just be to trade my Xbox1 or a PS4 and enjoy P cars. If anything the first thing i want to spend any money on right now is some clubsport elite pedals… but instead iam having to sort this out.

    • Thomas Jackermeier

      Your understanding on compatibility is correct but you need to buy a wheel rim and a Clubsport wheel base on top. You can use the pedals you have but if you are on a tight budget, I recommend to wait for our new CSL product line which will be more affordable than the Clubsport line.

      This range will be unveiled later this year.

      • Charlie Gould

        oooh that sounds intriguing, is the CSL range going to be on par with my current CSR wheel then, in terms of wheel price and ffb quality etc?

        If so sign me up because I don’t want to have to go thrustmaster! (shivers)

      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH9mohZOUNvs8dn_hmGhylA Chillisteak

        I’m intrigued! We talking E3 reveal?

      • RKipker

        Thomas, can you clairfy something for me/us please:

        If someonebuys the GT XBox One GT wheel at 399.00 does that include the universial hub to? It’s confueing as the hub is 299 and the gt wheel is 399. I’m sure that’s not just the Wheel but it’s not clear.

        I have an invite, but can not get this clarified!

        Also as an owner of the CSR wheel… is there any plans to support that wheel in the future with updates?

      • Thomas Jackermeier

        The wheel RIM itself is just 99 USD so the 399 are for the bundle.

      • RKipker

        Thanks… Thomas; as I wasn’t sure but assumed as much… very good. Awesome actually!

        I’ll get my order in soon.
        RKip

      • Barry Woods

        So i need to by a Clubsport Wheel Base, The Xbox Wheel base and a wheel rim to use a Fanatec wheel on XboxOne? How much will all this cost roughly?
        If its 3 things i need to buy here iam almost certainly going to just swap the Xbox for a PS4 🙂
        I do like Fanatec products though and sure i would enjoy this variety and customisation when iam in a better position financially.

  • James R XBox Racing Pro

    Fanatec has some great options. “Universal hub” can sometimes feel misleading but its certainly a good direction to go in. You certainly have a chance to get your moneys worth, and there are always other options (like here http://xboxracingpro.com/) for people that don’t wanna go that far.

    – j

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