各種コントローラを設計する際、いくつのボタンを備えていれば十分かというのは、なかなか悩ましい問題で、たとえばマウスでは18ボタンくらい必要だろうという急進派もいます。同じようにハンドルコントーラーにおいて、多いは少ないを兼ねるの方向へぐっと舵を切ったのが、SteelSeries 社の Simraceway SRW-S1 です。大小20以上のボタンやノブが取り付けられており、良く言えば F1 風のデザインに仕上がっています。名前どおりオンラインレースゲーム Simraceway とのコラボ製品ですが、PC向けなので、設定によりほかのゲームでも利用可能。モーションセンサーを備えているため、Wiiハンドルのように台座が不要なほか、背面にはアクセル・ブレーキ用のレバーもあって、大がかりなペダルを設置できない環境でも楽しむことができます。一方、Wiiハンドルと異なるのは有線であること。USB接続です。直販サイトでの価格は119.99ドル。各国への配送も受け付けているようです。
STEELSERIES AND IGNITE GAME TECHNOLOGIES INTRODUCE THE SIMRACEWAY® SRW-SI STEERING WHEEL
High-Performance, Low-Cost Motion-Sensor Wheel to Bring Authentic Racing Experience Within Reach of a Whole New Audience
CHICAGO and SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 17, 2011 – SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium-quality, competitive gaming peripherals and Ignite Game Technologies, creators of groundbreaking auto racing platform Simraceway®, today introduced the Simraceway® SRW-S1 Steering Wheel, an affordable, high-performance PC controller that aims to open up a whole new racing world to players frustrated by the limitations of joypads.
A handheld hybrid racing controller that combines the features and functions of a high-end wheel with the portability and convenience of a joypad, the SRW-S1 includes a motion-sensor for steering and a patent-pending throttle and brake paddle system for a fully simulated driving experience without the need for floor pedals.
Designed, tested and approved by a team of champion drivers, including four-time IndyCar Series winner Dario Franchitti, double Indy 500 Champion, the late, great and much missed, Dan Wheldon, and SimRacing stars David Greco and Bruno Marques, the new wheel brings racing game players complete customizability and original features that will enhance their PC racing experience.
"When we set out in 2008 to create a new kind of racing game, one of the first issues we had to confront was the age-old 'interface problem'," said Ignite CEO Jonathan Haswell. "For decades now, racing game players have been faced with the unenviable choice of spending a huge amount of money on a wheel-and-pedal set that is tricky to set up, store and transport or settling for a binary joypad that simply isn't fit-for-purpose.
"It soon became clear that the only solution was to produce something completely new and unique. A controller that would be affordable enough for those who can't justify spending fortunes on top-end racing wheels but authentic enough to convey the full exhilaration of the virtual racing experience. We were honored that a company with the reputation of SteelSeries understood the direction we wanted to head in and we're overjoyed with what they've managed to produce for us."
"We've been working with the Ignite team and their professional drivers for the past year to really perfect the wheel's design and functionality," added SteelSeries CEO, Bruce Hawver. "We're confident in the success of this peripheral; we've combined feedback about its design from its rubberized grips to shift lighting along with the features that are found in true racing wheels, that Indy 500, F1 and simulated racing drivers need and use. The wheel's original functionalities, price and its compatibility with virtually every PC racing game on the market, makes it a truly unparalleled product."
The SRW-S1 Steering Wheel features include:
Portability and Authenticity
Unique hybrid design brings a true-to-life racing experience to your laptop or desktop computer without the set-up, storage or transportation hassles of a wheel-and-pedal set.
Full Range Acceleration and Braking
A patent-pending, hand-controlled paddle system on the rear of the wheel produces full-range acceleration and braking, providing drivers with the same subtlety of control as high-end wheel sets and real-world cars.
Over 20 on-wheel buttons and dials, each one optimized for easy access, and two ergonomically-designed rubberized grips ensure drivers stay in complete control.
Plug-and-Play with Simraceway
No complicated configuration required when used with Simraceway. No device drivers to load, no bamboozling set-up process to follow-simply plug-and-race.
Compatible with PC Racing Games
Can be used with most PC racing games although some features, including the Assists dials and the shift indicator LEDs, may not be compatible with certain titles.
Many of the SRW-S1 Steering Wheel's controls can be customized to suit the driving and gaming preferences of individual players.
Find out more about the simulated racing experience at http://simraceway.com
The Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel is available now online in the SteelSeries Web Shop for $119.99 / €119.99 MSRP. For more information about the Simraceway® SRW-S1 Steering Wheel please visit http://steelseries.com/srws1. Be sure to follow SteelSeries and Simraceway on Facebook at http://facebook.com/steelseries and http://facebook.com/simraceway.