By Paul Hunter
Sony, always one to tout the technical features of their gaming products, has produced an in-depth video walkthrough of their latest creation -- the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel. Sure the device looks weird, but after watching the lengthy video overview I'm even more excited to give the wheel a test drive come this fall.
SCEA Research and Development representative Anton Mikhailov took to the PlayStation Blog to give fans a video walkthrough of the all-new PlayStation Move Racing Wheel which he himself played an integral role in creating. Take a look:
Mikhailov says that precision was at the forefront of his mind when creating the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel and that the new peripheral will be twice as accurate as the Dual Shock technology currently seen in the PlayStation 3 controller.
As you can see in the video, the racing wheel has a wide comfort grip with extendable arms, allowing it to easily morph from a driving wheel to a bike grip depending on the game played. The input buttons on the left and right arms are essentially the two halves of a standard PlayStation 3 controller, with D-pad on the left, and four face buttons on the right. The back of the two grips contain larger L1/L2 and R1/R2 buttons for more accurate brake and gas control.
The centre of the racing wheel houses the PlayStation Move controller which powers the entire device, thus extra batteries are not required. Flanking the circular casing that holds the PlayStation Move are two pedal shifters for racers who prefer manual driving.
In each handle is a Dual Shock-style motor enabling directional rumble in PlayStation racing games for the very first time. This feature will make it possible to "feel" when your left wheels are off the track, with the left side of the racing wheel vibrating, and the same goes for the right side. The Move Controller also retains its rumble capabilities, giving developers the freedom to explore a variety of rumble combinations.
Sony gave a "fall" release window for the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel and says the motion device will support upcoming racing games like LittleBigPlanet Karting, as well as fan-favourites such as Gran Turismo 5, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, Burnout Paradise, MotorStorm Apocalypse, and more.
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]