Fanatec Drops Details on Upcoming Direct Drive Wheel Base

Shortly after revealing its new PS4 wheel offering, Fanatec has dropped some new information on the team’s upcoming direct drive steering wheel.

Fanatec CEO Thomas Jackermeier took to the official forums to confirm the wheel’s existence and tease the features it will have. We’ve known for quite a while the DD wheel would be coming but now we have concrete evidence on what the team has been working on.

Surprisingly, there will be more than one wheel base, each featuring a different maximum torque output. The most basic of these models will still outclass the ClubSport range, bringing a more hardcore level of authenticity long-term. In addition, current Fanatec wheel rims will be supported by these new wheel bases.

To fully tap into the potential of direct drive, Fanatec will use custom motors. This decision gives the wheel a level of power tailor-made for sim racing. In addition, the range will also incorporate pedals, shifters and handbrakes further down the line.

In terms of compatibility, the range will initially support Xbox One and PC. PS4 players will have to wait for the next iteration of the range. As with any Fanatec peripheral, the DD offering will be plug and play with no external wiring required.

As reported earlier in the year, the first product will be aiming for a 2017 release in Q4. Pricing details are not available at this time but the range will cover a wide range of price points for players. Before that though, the direct drive base will debut at Sim Racing Expo in September.

Fanatec’s confirmation of the DD range means it joins Thrustmaster in embracing the technology. Details are still slim for both companies but one thing is clear, direct drive looks to be the future for sim racers. The higher torque output will certainly improve the driving experience and we can’t wait to try it ourselves.

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