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Logitech debuts force feedback wheel for Wii

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To give users a more realistic driving experience on their Wii consoles,
Logitech has announced the Logitech Speed Force WirelessT racing wheel – the
first force feedback wheel for the popular gaming platform.

Licensed by Nintendo, Logitech's newest force feedback wheel works with
Electronic Arts' Need for Speed Undercover and paves the way for more force
feedback racing titles on the Wii.
"We're excited to team up with Nintendo and Electronic Arts to bring driving
realism to the Wii and Need for Speed Undercover", said Romain du Gardier,
sales and marketing manager for Logitech South Africa. "Logitech has been at
the forefront of force feedback technology for more than a decade, and we're
confident that our driving platform will be an indispensable part of the
racing experience on Wii as more titles that support it become available."
Easy to set up and store, the Logitech Speed Force Wireless features a
one-piece design that is convenient to use whether the user is sitting on a
couch, arm chair or living room floor. The built-in gas and brake controls
are located on the wheel itself and the expandable lap rest is easily
adjusted – allowing for comfortable game play without the need to use a
table or a desk. Plus, familiar Wii controls make navigating game menus a
snap.
To help minimise clutter, the Logitech Speed Force Wireless eliminates the
console cable. With Logitech's 2.4 GHz wireless technology, users enjoy
lag-free racing from up to 30 feet away from the console.
To start racing, they simply connect the USB receiver to the Wii, plug in
the wheel's power cord, put in Need for Speed: Undercover, adjust the lap
rest to a comfortable position and wait for the race to begin. There's no
mounting or assembly involved. And the USB receiver can be stowed in a
convenient compartment on the bottom of the wheel.
Having introduced its first force feedback products in 1998, Logitech has
designed 19 models of force feedback wheels. And more than 100 racing titles
have supported Logitech force feedback technology on a variety of game
platforms.
When playing a racing game, standard controllers don't let users feel all
the excitement that makes racing with force feedback technology the closest
they can get to the real thing. Force feedback, unlike vibration feedback or
rumble technology, creates directionally precise, tactile feedback that
accurately simulates forces experienced in the game. Through the use of
advanced software and electronics, force feedback moves a steering wheel as
if the device were subject to real external forces.