Official Logitech Driving Force GT wheel announced for Gran Turismo on PS3

Today at the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), Logitech, the world’s leading developer of force feedback gaming wheels, announced the Logitech Driving Force GT racing wheel, the official wheel of Gran Turismo. Featuring powerful force feedback and an innovative 24-position realtime adjustment dial for on-the-fly control of brake bias, traction and damper settings, the Logitech Driving Force GT gives gamers the most accurate and authentic PS3 racing experience.

“We’re excited to be working with Polyphony Digital again to deliver a wheel that will satisfy the needs of car enthusiasts, like me, around the world,” said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s director of product marketing for gaming. “People who love the striking realism of the Gran Turismo racing series will discover that Logitech’s latest wheel will allow them to experience the cars the way they were meant to be driven. With the Logitech Driving Force GT, you’re not playing games anymore – you’re racing!”

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Logitech’s latest racing wheel was meticulously designed by Logitech and Polyphony Digital, Inc., the developer of the Gran Turismo series. The companies worked together to add the unique realtime adjustment dial, a first for force feedback wheels, allowing people to fine-tune the car’s balance by adjusting the brake bias, traction control and damper settings.

Now Gran Turismo drivers can have precise control over the car’s setup to

achieve maximum performance.

“We have always designed the Gran Turismo series for driving enthusiasts.

Realistic graphics, a technologically advanced physics engine and authentic

sounds for every car in the game make Gran Turismo 5 Prologue a true

driving simulator,” said Kazunori Yamauchi of Polyphony Digital. “Now, with

the Logitech Driving Force GT wheel, drivers can have unparalleled control

of their car, extending the realistic racing experience.”

Logitech’s newest force feedback wheel simulates understeer, oversteer, and

traction loss with frightening accuracy. While the full-size gas and brake

pedals deliver precise throttle and brake response, racers can use either

the sequential stick shift or the wheel-mounted paddles to race through

gears. The wheel also features a large 11-inch wheel with rubber-overmold

rim, providing exceptional comfort and control.

The Logitech Driving Force GT turns 900 degrees lock-to-lock allowing

drivers to navigate hairpin turns with greater accuracy. And with

anti-backlash gearing, there is no slack in the steering response, making

any race a smooth, realistic experience. In the center of the 11-inch

wheel, the Driving Force GT features an illuminated horn button with the

official Gran Turismo logo. Using the authentic sounds of the car being

driven, racers can quickly alert other cars when they are approaching fast.

Or when playing online, people can simply use the horn to taunt other

players as they speed by.

The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is engineered for use with Gran Turismo

5 Prologue on PS3, which will be available on Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) and as a

download on the PLAYSTATION® Network in North America on April 17 and in

Europe on March 28. The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is also compatible

with Gran Turismo™3 and Gran Turismo™4 on the PlayStation®2 computer

entertainment system.

The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is expected to be available in the U.S.

and Europe beginning in May. The suggested retail price is $149.99 (U.S.).

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