Fanatec just recently released the CSP V3i pedals and metioned in their blog that the pedals or the first of 2 new products coming this year.
Being that I’m already in the Fanatec hardware family and love the versitility of it to be played on consoles as well I just couldn’t justify buying a Direct Drive wheel from other companies and loose out on the console side of things. Grant I primarily sim race on PC, but still I want the best of both worlds and was willing to wait.
Well Wait no longer as Fanatec CEO Thomas Jackermeier has shared some hot news on the iRacing forums recently, confirming a long-running rumor about developing a Direct Drive wheel and will be available later this year.
The new DD wheel having to be developed from the ground up is not meant to replace the existing Fanatec wheel bases, but merely expand on them with a top tear product. Just think as you progress through the sim racing products of Fanatec you will not waste your money along the way by ditching all your old products like pedals, rims, ebrakes and shifters just to upgrade to a direct drive Fanatec wheel base. You can retain all your gear and most likely be able to have a (DDW) Direct Drive wheel for your console racing as well.
Fanatec is evolving to keep up with the competition from Thrustmaster and the likes. Thrustmaster have been developing a new Direct Drive wheel that they quietly had on display during a Playstation event show casing the new Gran Turismo Sport that is coming this fall. Then you have other options from Sim Xperience, Bodner and OSW when it comes to direct drive wheels. The one issue I have with the later companies is their ability or license to be integrated with consoles and the fact that among the masses of game developers they are not included like Thrustmaster and Fanatec are currently even in the PC realm.
I can’t wait to hear more details on the Fanatec DD wheel later this year and I’ll bring you more as I learn it.
Stay Tuned and See ya on the Track!