Mad Catz Pro Racing Force Feedback Wheel and Pedals - Xbox One
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- Quieter, stronger, next-gen force feedback featuring helical gears and dual motors
- Removable, racing-inspired aluminum steering wheel wrapped in genuine suede leather
- 2-way switch provides your choice of 270 or 900 degrees of wheel rotation
- Individually adjust pedal spring tension, pedal height, pedal spacing, and wheel rake angle to suit your racing style
- Includes lap rests and mounting hardware to securely attach to table, desk, or racing simulation cockpit
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Simulator-grade Racing Performance
Mad Catz' Pro Racing Force Feedback Wheel and Pedals for Xbox One is the culmination of extensive teamwork alongside racing drivers from every genre of the sport. The wheel and pedals system is a highly realistic racing simulation accessory, ready to mount into your racing cockpit or clamp onto a desk. Operating from the UK – the heart of the global motorsport industry – Mad Catz' engineering team worked with the very best rally car drivers and endurance racing teams.
Next-gen Force Feedback with Dual Motors and Helical Gears
Helical gears deliver three distinct advantages to provide a competitive edge. They are stronger, more precise, and far quieter than their straight-cut counterparts. The leading-edge force feedback mechanism delivers a higher level of realism than previously possible.
Created for Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One
The Xbox One console has created a communication protocol for wheels which delivers improved accuracy. Mad Catz' new Pro Racing Force Feedback Wheel and Pedals system makes the most of this new protocol, while satisfying hardcore and casual racing fans alike. Mad Catz worked closely with the Forza Motorsport development team to craft a wheel that matches the level of racing simulation taking place in the game.
Dual Rotation Settings Ideal for Simulation and Arcade Games
Switchable between 270 and 900 degrees of lock-to-lock rotation, the Pro Racing Wheel is genuinely dual purpose. For arcade-style driving games, the 270-degree setting makes turning faster and allows you to focus on the action. Switch to the 900-degree setting and engage full simulation mode, which replicates the authentic challenges facing professional racing drivers. You can effectively test your mettle without compromise, but also have the option to lower the difficulty.
Highly Adjustable to Match Personal Racing Styles
Mimicking the adjustability commonly found on race-prepared coilover suspension, the pedals' spring force and travel both conform to individual preferences. The pedals' spacing can be set to nine different lateral positions, and they're also height adjustable to offer a choice of upright or reclined configurations. And, the pedal frame introduces the sensation of footwell limits, replicating the unique perspective of pro racers. Ergonomic adjustability doesn't stop with the pedals. Set the steering wheel's rake angle to one of four settings – ranging from zero to 15 degrees – with the included Allen key.
Long-lasting and Reliable Construction
Genuine suede leather covers the aluminum steering wheel. The aluminum-faced pedals employ non-contact, position-sensing technology to increase longevity and reliability. Twin paddles promote instant gear shifting and are made of solid aluminum. Durable metal and strong ABS plastics impart the feeling of quality and craftsmanship, while high-precision internal components – like the wheel shaft's dual roller bearings – boost racing efficiency.
Versatile Mounting Options
For a completely stable response, attach the wheel to your table or desk with the included clamps. And when driving from the comfort of your couch, detachable lap rests keep the wheel securely nestled in your lap.
Supports Future Updates
Two facets of the wheel are primed and ready for potential updates farther down the road. The wheel face, mounted on a removable boss, easily detaches from the shaft to allow uncomplicated swapping. The internal computer chip's firmware is also upgradable via USB connection to a PC.
Ideal Companion for Playseat Gaming Seats
Taking a decisive step beyond commonplace installations, the Mad Catz Pro Racing Force Feedback Wheel and Pedals system easily integrates into Playseat's Revolution* and Evolution* gaming seats. Providing the means for the ultimate home-racing rig, you benefit from uncompromising performance coupled with striking aesthetics.
* Each sold separately
Top Customer Reviews
Darin from InsideSimRacing published his full video review today. Watch it here: http://www.isrtv.com/reviews/mad-catz-pro-racing-force-feedback-wheel-review/
He has similar views on the same major points that I mentioned. Interestingly, it seems that his wheel had NO vibration at all. Changing the vibration amount in Forza 5 seemed to have no affect for him. In the wheel I recieved, changing this setting had a very obvious affect... varying levels of noise/grinding. Makes me wonder if vibration motor is actually working on the wheel that Darin got...
I normally don't write reviews, but I felt that this wheel warranted some comments. Hopefully this helps some people make their own decision. I pre-ordered this through Amazon and received my wheel on August 1st.
I had high hopes for this Mad Catz wheel given the reported quality issues with the Thrustmaster TX and the fact that Fanatec hasn't yet stepped up with an Xbox One compatible wheel. To the point where I've been holding off on buying the TX in favor of what the Mad Catz looked to deliver on paper. Unfortunately, I don't think this wheel hit the mark for the price point they are demanding.
Initial impressions were pretty good. The wheel base is small but has a decent weight to it. I hard mounted it to my Playseat Challenge after fighting a bit to get the holes to line up.
The wheel rim is a bit on the small side for my taste, but quality seems good in general (buttons on the rim face feel a little cheap though). I'm on the fence with the suede covering... It doesn't give the premium appearance that I think it was meant to. I would probably prefer something more leather/rubber like.
I really like the adjustability and feel of the pedals, even though they are largely made of plastic. I was able to dial them in to be perfectly comfortable in my setup.
So far, so good for the most part. Until I hooked it all up and fired up Forza 5, that's when some of the issues started to surface...
The wheel did an initial calibration by itself by automatically turning from lock to lock then back to center. I noticed right away that the wheel rim ended up being slightly right of center. Maybe about 5 degrees.
Turning the wheel very slowly, I could definitely feel the notchy-ness of the helical gears. The feeling was sort of like the scroll wheel on a mouse but more granular. Turns out I'm not too fond of that feeling... So maybe wheels with helical gears are not my thing...
Getting into the game, it was immediately apparent how noisy this wheel is. The vibration when shifting gears / hitting rumble strips / rubbing other cars is quite loud. I'm not entirely sure if this is by design (if so, bad design IMO), or a defect in the particular wheel that I got. To me, it sounds like the vibration motor is rattling around, or the cam lobe is hitting some plastic inside or something to that effect. Whatever the cause, it's quite loud and I have no interest in cracking it open to find out why. From the limited reviews online for this wheel, this seems to be a common issue. I dialed the vibration down to 25% in Forza 5 and that makes it audibly more bearable.
The force feedback of this wheel is ok, I guess, but definitely on the weak side. I have it all the way up to 100% in-game and feel it could be stronger for my liking.
On the plus side, while there is a physical switch on the wheel to select DOR (270 and 900 degrees only), you can also set this in Forza 5 to any value between 270 and 900 in 30 degree increments. Just set the on-wheel switch to 900 and set whatever value you want in the game settings. Of course, changing this setting in-game is less convenient than a physical switch/button (i.e., as with the Thrustmaster TX), but at least you're not locked to just two DOR settings.
Aside from the issues with the wheel itself, the pedals feel quite good during gameplay. The heavier spring on the brake pedal is nice and both pedals are responsive.
The last major downside, in my opinion, is there are currently no PC drivers for this wheel. While a driver might be released by Mad Catz in the future, there is no indication from them if/when this will be available. To me, that's a pretty big price tag for a one-trick pony. Even their direct competition, the Thrustmaster TX, has PC drivers...
The marketing for this wheel claims "Quieter, stronger, next-gen force feedback..." I have to wonder what their benchmark was for those claims. Bluntly put, this wheel is neither quiet, nor strong.
To sum it all up, my experience with this wheel was rather disappointing after all the delays and hype. Ultimately, there should be no excuse for that at this price point. So this wheel is going back. I will give the Thrustmaster TX a shot and hope that I get a good copy.
- The wheelbase is very sturdy and well made.
- Unlike some that has the wheel, I used the clamps provided and experienced minimal noise. Barely audible when played in low volume.
- The pedals themselves have excellent depth, very good to modulate your throttling and braking.
- The various types of customization of the pedals and of the wheel itself are very useful.
- I really like the Alcantara-type fabric used to cover the wheel with. Feels very nice.
- The plasticky base that the pedals are in doesn't inspire much confidence in it, I had no problems with it so far, but if feels fragile.
- The wheel rim is a tad small, not too much though.
- The force feedback is certainly on the weaker side, i'm not the biggest fan of arm-wrenchingly strong FFB, but a little more would be nice.
- I'm satisfied with using de 900 degree setup, but undoubtedly having more options would've been handy.
Anyway, I'm really enjoying it. It could be a little better, but it's not crap at all like some reviews have stated. If you're worried about the reliability of the TX, this is a solid option.
What really tipped the scales for me was that Mad Catz allowed for lap use where the Thrustmaster did not. I've been quite happy racing from my couch over my many years of gaming and find that a good force feedback wheel can be used without having to buy/build a solid object to mount to. Mad Catz gets this and provides literally everything in the box you need to use this wheel in whatever setup you happen to have.
This wheel has exceptional build quality, attention to detail and enough adjustability that anyone can tailor it to their own style. The real suede leather cover on the aluminum wheel is top notch. Just watched some of the 24 hours at Daytona over the weekend and saw similar stuff in the real cars.
I struggled with Forza 5 using a controller after having wheels for previous Forza releases. Yes, the vibration was nice, but you just can't get the feedback or control you need with a thumb stick and trigger system. Think about it, you're trying to muscle a car around a track all with the inch or so play in a thumb stick. There's a reason the wheel was developed for full sized cars. I had trouble making the small adjustments in steering input and throttle to effectively control the car. Now, with this wheel, I have tons more information about what the car is doing and the ability to make those fine adjustments to steering, throttle and braking. I know precisely when the car is loosing grip as I can feel the opposite force in the wheel. It allows me to back off just enough to stay on the edge without losing control.
The strength of the force feedback is excellent, though I have noticed that it varies by game. Forza 5 force effects are lower than Forza Horizon 2. I actually prefer the Forza 5 effects. Can't wait to see what Project Cars brings.
Maybe a bit pricey for some, but don't look past this product for that one reason. This is a high quality wheel that will drastically improve your enjoyment of racing games on the Xbox One.