Now, let’s try force feedback! And an honest to goodness sequential gear shift, the same type they use in CART racing wait’ll I review that! It means you have to either glue it to the floor and I’m not quite ready for that or hold it down with your other foot. You don’t get a lot of feedback for instance, when you slam into a wall you’re not jerked the opposite direction like you would be in real life , but the feel is still pretty good. The games we tried only let us configure the rear buttons, however, but if we had to make a choice it would be those buttons anyway, since your fingers fall to them naturally when you’re holding the wheel.

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Of course, you may not get any work done On the whole, however, once we got the EXL clamped to the desk which as mentioned was quite the operation due to the construction of the deskit performed well, as we expected from a CH product. EXL comes complete with pedals and a sequential gear shift that’s mounted on the right of the steering porducts console.

The wheel’s mounting system is designed for desktops of all thicknesses, and includes clamps and suction cups to keep it solid.

Not only do they let you fly using a rudder for a change at least a proper rudder, instead of using keyboard keysbut they did an excellent job when tear-assing around the racetrack, whatever its configuration might be. I tried the Racing Wheel with various racing games and simulations and the only thing lacking was the smell of gasoline or methanol, a virtual reality helmet, and a comfortable driving position.


This means you can’t left foot brake without the thing flipping up and barking your calves.

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Microsoft’s Sidewinder Force Feedback Wheel isn’t exk500 – but it is one heck of a wheel. Okay, this is an overstatement. Or shut off the force feedback if you want, though this seems like a waste. And an honest to goodness sequential gear shift, the same type they use in CART racing wait’ll I review that!

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More frustrating, but still not enough to cause my love for this machine to fade, is the way the leading edge of the floor unit comes off the floor when you tromp on either pedal. Virtual Pilot Proand the Pro Pedals, double as both flight yoke and steering wheel, so you can producrs and drive yourself silly.

It’s a nifty idea, but easier said than done! It means you have to either glue it cb the floor and I’m not quite ready for that or hold it down with your other foot. Pedal feel is quite good. Force feedback, at least as displayed in the Sidewinder Wheel, isn’t that real.

How about a desire to “tilt” at windmills? There are also connectors for exl00 port or USB universal serial busboth of which worked fine.

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It clamps easily onto your desk’s edge with what ThrustMaster calls a “Cam-lock” system that gapes wide enough to chomp onto four inch thick desktops. That didn’t spoil my produxts, however. The Sidewinder Force Feedback Wheel is expensive, but to help cure buyer’s remorse Microsoft throws in two complete games: It’s a minor criticism, though.

Just pretend you’ve sprung for an cg three games. There are also four buttons to use as you see fit, whether for shifting gears, changing views, or other functions. Ditto for the flight yoke, which doubles as a steering wheel.


As we’ve come to expect from CH products, it’s a well built prodcts that seems as if it’ll be around for the long haul or at least until you throw it aside for a “force feedback” version!

Sure, produxts do the job and give you a good feel for the game or simulation. There’s lots of cord for the upper deck, but the way my desk is set up I found the basement unit’s cord could’ve been a couple of feet longer. I used the wheel mostly with Microsoft’s CART Precision Racingmy favourite driving simulation, and discovered that the most realistic feedback was actually during normal driving – if there’s any such thing when you’re screaming around a race track!

That’s because this piece of two fisted excitement comes with a motion sensor built into it, so when it’s activated you can lean, twist, bob, and weave to your heart’s delight – and the machine passes your body language on to the player you’re controlling.

Producst thing missing from the Sidewinder is a sequential gearshift, and this is a shame. With the Microsoft wheel, you shake upon skidding, rattle over rumble strips, and roll when you – well, roll.

Now, let’s try force feedback! Besides the sensor which can be turned off, rendering the controller more conventionalyou get six programmable buttons, a pair of triggers and there’s even a throttle wheel mounted just out of reach of my thumb.