Video Game Steering Wheels
The steering wheel system includes wheel (with button controls and normally shift paddles), gear shift lever and pedals set. This is the video game control accessory that allows gamers to control their virtual car or other video simulated vehicle. Many are force feedback enabled, designed to give the same feedback as would be experienced when driving a real car, but the realism of this depends on the game. They usually come with pedals to control the gas and brake. Shifting is taken care of with either paddles, a simple shifter which is moved forward or back to change gears, a paddle shifting system, or a shifter which mimics that of real vehicles, which may use a clutch. Most wheels turn only 200 to 270 degrees lock-to-lock, but some models, such as the Logitech Driving Force Pro, Logitech G25 and G27, can turn 900 degrees, or 2.5 turns lock-to-lock.
The Namco Jogcon paddle was available for the PlayStation game R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. Unlike “real” video game steering wheels, the Jogcon was designed to fit in the player’s hand. Its much smaller wheel (diameter roughly similar to a soda can’s) resembles the jog-and-shuttle control wheel used on some VCRs.
The game Mario Kart Wii is bundled with the Wii Wheel, a steering wheel-shaped shell that the Wii Remote is placed inside thus using the Wii Remote’s motion sensing capabilities to control the game.
The steering wheel systems are very sensitive in the confusing meaning of the word. Not every wheel can be called a steering wheel solution. Maybe just 2 manufacturers and only a few models can be actually used as proper wheel controls. Logitech and ThrustMaster are the only two with near realistic wheel specs. And the second is more like PC orientated. That leaves Logitech the only one solid contender at present. Microsoft have their own wheel solution but it is only compatible with their Xbox360. Not that PlayStation owners will miss it. They are the people who profit the most with Logitech’s top models been only compatible with PS3 and PC.
Wheels like any other video game accessory very much depend on the game software itself. You can not expect the perfect race simulation just because you have the latest force feedback steering wheel and the best race seat simulator. All these units are just a pile of junk without the gameplay.