Update: Pre-orders have now officially opened on Fanatec's official Gran Turismo 7 racing wheel, with prices starting from $699.95/€699.95. Despite the initial sticker shock, this is actually a great price for the technology that the manufacturer is offering, and if you're planning to spend a lot of time with Polyphony Digital's sim next year, it may be worth taking the plunge.
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Original Story: After much engine purring, peripheral manufacturer Fanatec has officially revealed its official Gran Turismo racing wheel, which will release in time for the upcoming Gran Turismo 7. Fully named the Gran Turismo DD Pro, this is a beast of an accessory, and comes as a complete bundle featuring the wheel base, steering wheel, and pedals – with prices starting from $699.95/€699.95, and rising as high as $969.85/€969.85.
This absolute monster features Fanatec’s Direct Drive technology, which promises greater precision due to the force feedback transmitting directly from the motor shaft, meaning there are no gears or belts to dilute the experience. In layman terms, this is the gold standard for contemporary racing wheels, and as a baseline it offers 5Nm of torque, although more expensive bundles upgrade this to 8Nm courtesy of the Boost Kit 180 power supply.
In terms of appearance, there’s an LED strip atop the wheel which signifies speed, as well as a white OLED display for additional information. All of the familiar PlayStation buttons are present, with a control setup geared towards the Gran Turismo games. However, while this is obviously built around Gran Turismo 7 and Gran Turismo Sport, it will work on the PC as well as the PS5 and PS4. According to Fanatec on Twitter, it’ll also connect with Xbox consoles, assuming you use an alternative steering wheel.
The standard configuration includes two pedals, although you can upgrade to the Load Cell kit if you want a third pedal as well. Pre-orders will begin on 26th November, which is Black Friday, and you can even pay extra for express air freight in order to ensure delivery before Christmas. Obviously, this is a very specialist accessory, largely intended for players expecting to play Gran Turismo 7 competitively. It looks incredible, though, doesn’t it?