Images that seem to reveal Fanatec’s promised PlayStation 5 Direct Drive wheel have surfaced on different social media sites over the weekend, and it looks set to be an official Gran Turismo product too.
Although it’s not clear how the wheel has ended up in circulation — though in one case it was suggested the wheel was being sold on Facebook Marketplace — there’s been two separate instances of users posting the wheel’s packaging which clearly show both the name and design of the unit.
It shows a largely white box with PlayStation blue borders — a rather different approach to packaging than Fanatec’s usual — with a picture of the wheel rim and base printed on the side. The name on the box is “GT DD Pro”, with the “GT” portion being the Gran Turismo logo.
This image shows a full size, circular but flat-bottomed wheel rim, that’s rather festooned with buttons, but most interesting is the GT logo in the middle. Combined with the official PlayStation accessory packaging — as you’d find on PS5 headsets and controllers — and the GT logo on the box, this strongly suggests that the wheel is set to be an official Gran Turismo item.
That’s backed up by the four controls labelled with red, green, blue, and yellow rings. These dials, which also appear on the Thrustmaster T-GT and T-GT II — the official wheel of Gran Turismo Sport — correspond to controls found in GT Sport’s multi-function display and allow for adjustment of the individual functions without having to scroll.
Indeed in many respects the wheel rim does resemble the Thrustmaster item, rather than usual Fanatec fare. That could mean that the wheel is a pre-production test piece rather than the finished product, or that Polyphony Digital has major input on how the official GT wheel looks and is laid out.
While the wheel itself is interesting, the base to which it’s mounted is of at least equal significance. The form appears identical to that of the recently revealed CSL DD wheel, a $350 direct drive unit compatible only with PC and Xbox, which would mean it’s the announced but not revealed PlayStation 4/5 version of that wheel. That is of course backed up by the “DD Pro” naming on the box.
For now, we don’t know if the wheel is the genuine article or not, and Fanatec hasn’t made any official statements just yet. Watch this space for more as this develops.
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