Compatible with PC and Xbox, the surprise direct drive wheel base from the headset and gamepad manufacturer will be released later this year.
Headsets, gamepads, microphones and now direct drive sim racing steering wheels – Turtle Beach has expanded its range with the direct drive VelocityOne Race.
Initially, it ticks many boxes – a complete set with a desk mountable wheel base, built-in display, PC software, console support, magnetic gear shifters, two additional Hall effect paddles and load cell pedals.
There’s also a programmable control unit with six buttons, four toggle switches and three rotary encoders. Their function can be customised within the ‘Tuner’ companion app, alongside the hue from the device’s LED backlights.
Similarly, wheel base settings such as force feedback strength, centre spring level and dampening can be altered.
The LCD screen will display real-time telemetry for supported games – which titles specifically is not clear at present.
Together, the package will be priced at €699.99/$649.99/£629.99. Compare that to the gear-driven Logitech G923 wheel and pedal set for £299/$349/€429 and there’s still a noticeable jump in price to acquire direct drive and load cell technology.
The Moza Racing R3 (3.9Nm) is supposedly a more direct competitor for $399/£399/€439 – although customer shipments of the Xbox-compatible direct driver device appear to be missing in action.
The VelocityOne Race, however, is bereft of finer details at present. Yes, you can use it on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, but a PlayStation-compatible version is not yet confirmed. Neither is the torque output (Nm) of the ‘K:Drive’ force feedback motor, nor the maximum force (kg) of the ‘Dynamic Brake Tek’ load cell brake pedal.
The VelocityOne sub-brand is currently used for flight simulator accessories such as flightsticks and rudders. This new wheel marks its first appearance in sim racing. Pre-orders are live now ahead of availability 26th February 2024.
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