Turtle Beach Drives Into Sim Racing With VelocityOne Race Wheel

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Compatible with PC and Xbox, the surprise direct drive wheel base from the headset and gamepad manufacturer will be released later this year.

Images: Turtle Beach

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.

Turtle Beach VelocityOne Race K Drive Direct Drive Motor
Turtle Beach VelocityOne Race K Drive Direct Drive Motor. Image: Turtle Beach

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.

Turtle Beach VelocityOne Dynmic Brake Tek Load Cell Pedal
Turtle Beach VelocityOne Dynmic Brake Tek Load Cell Pedal.

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.

Do you think this looks like an ideal entry-level direct drive wheel base? Or are you awaiting further details and a review? Let us know in the comments below.
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I made the snarky comment when Track Racer announced their DD that we already had hit the diminishing returns on hardware in sim racing. Now that Fanatec has decided that they can't/won't supply people with what they want, bravo to new companies popping up.

The sum gain will be zero as usual. Some are born, some die.
 
Wheel size is weird...it looks really small.
Its cool to have button box.
They should lower price a bit because fanatec seems better option for xbox
 
Wheel size is weird...it looks really small.
Its cool to have button box.
They should lower price a bit because fanatec seems better option for xbox
Looks like the standard 300mm rim to me.

Also... How can you tell the Fanatec is the better option? Assuming this TB comes out with a similar entry level 5nm force... you'll get a clutch, a loadcell brake, and an actual screen... for $30 dollars less. :rolleyes:
 
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I'm definitely surprised, that's for sure. Trakracer better watch their backs. Turtle Beach ain't messing around!

[runs]


On a more serious note, this reminds me of that old Microsoft WRW. It may be the wheel shape, or the perforation at 9 & 3? I can't place why I look at this and feel that Turtle Beach is running wild with permission to use the WRW's design. Edit 2, this is very odd because I just checked, and they look nothing alike. Don't mind me.
 
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Also... How can you tell the Fanatec is the better option? Assuming this TB comes out with a similar entry level 5nm force... you'll get a clutch, a loadcell brake, and an actual screen... for $30 dollars less. :rolleyes:
And it's not Fanatec which is the most important feature in my book...
 
This looks like exactly what I've been looking for. I'll probably ask for it for my 40th birthday in March. I hope it will be good. Though I guess I'll still need to get a rig of some kind for it since I heard you can't use DD on a normal desk, though maybe I'm wrong.
 
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Maybe you are looking at the canadian price $899.99, usd $649.99 , in UE page is €699.

Easy to verify just looking at the correct page and give the correct info, it is on top right dropdown menu
 
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Maybe you are looking at the canadian price $899.99, usd $649.99 , in UE page is €699.

Easy to verify just looking at the correct page and give the correct info, it is on top right dropdown menu
Yeah, looks like you are right
 
Those prices are line ball ie 649US = 871CAD so only $20 out.
As usual aussies get shafted
649US = 982AU
What are shops here pre order ?
Yeah right, $1,299AU :coffee: That is a $300 markup.

 
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If they integrate that button box into console games I can see this getting some traction in that market

There is always some conversation around non-supported or non-assignable buttons on wheels that are marketed as console ready.

And no one has yet cracked the off-the-shelf at the local shop direct drive device as yet.
 
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Those prices are line ball ie 649US = 871CAD so only $20 out.
As usual aussies get shafted
649US = 982AU
What are shops here pre order ?
Yeah right, $1,299AU :coffee: That is a $300 markup.

And they have it under flight simulation.
 

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