Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel - coming in time for Forza 4

There's no doubt about it, driving games are best played with a force feedback steering wheel. However, there's not many of us with enough room to fit one, or a table to stick it to, so many of us make do with the standard controller.

Wii owners laugh at this, as a simple plastic extension to the Wiimote turns it into a wireless steering wheel. But what about the rest of us? What about the legions of Xbox 360-touting racing game fans?

Microsoft has the answer with its Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel, announced at E3 in Los Angeles. It's a motion controlled accessory featuring haptic feedback with rumble that allows you to waggle it about like a steering wheel, without the need to strap it to furniture.

It also has green lights at the top of each handle, the use of which will become apparent as developers figure out what to do with them.

And, as it uses essentially the same internal directional controls as a conventional Xbox 360 joypad, it will work with any driving game already out there, as well as those coming up.

For Microsoft, that means the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 4, with the Wireless Speed Wheel also making its debut in October (Forza 4 is due on 14 October in the UK, 11 October in the US, and 20 October everywhere else).

It'll cost $59.99 in the States, with UK price yet to be revealed (we expect it to retail for around £40).

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