Thursday, November 17th 2011

SteelSeries and Ignite Technologies Introduce The Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel

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.
  • Optimized Design: 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.
  • Complete Customizability: Many of the SRW-S1 Steering Wheel's controls can be customized to suit the driving and gaming preferences of individual players.
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 this page.
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18 Comments on SteelSeries and Ignite Technologies Introduce The Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
LOL they cant be serious with this design.

It reminds me of them toy steering wheels you get for your kids that flash and make a lot of noise when they press a button on it made by companies like playskool or fisherprice.

I mean, cool a steering wheel but that design is just lol...

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On a more serious note - I know that F1 drivers use a similar style wheel with less bottons on it - all the buttons on it makes it seem like something you'd give to a 3year old to keep him quiet.
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#2
H82LUZ73
from the website ...Good find Bta Thanks dude :toast:

Used by the Pros

The SRW-S1 Steering Wheel has been tested and approved by professional racing drivers including four-time IndyCar Series winner, Dario Franchitti and double Indy 500 Champion, the late, great and much missed, Dan Wheldon << (Amen to that ) as well as SimRacing stars, David Greco and Bruno Marques.

FreedomEclipse said:
know that F1 drivers use a similar style wheel with less bottons on it
Uh nope they have so many buttons in F1 for kers ,DRS that they have wheels just like that.Cost I think I heard for one wheel in F1 was 20 grand Yikes.....Look up ha here watch the Great Nigel Mansell take his 84-85 Lotus F1 wheel back from the host..... lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wyKJiuTWdk:respect::respect::respect::respect: Nigel the Great:respect::respect::respect: yeah I`m a Fan lol ...:D
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#3
RejZoR
Pointless. It's just a gamepad with an accelerometer. You're not holding your car steering wheel in mid air either and as such it's crap to use. The feel is just not the same. Also imagine driving long rally routes where you drive for 15 minutes. Or long circuit races. The arms need to rest on the steering wheel, holding it in mid air is just lame.
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#4
n-ster
would have been OK with stand like a real steering wheel... It is just so stupid to be steering in mid air like that
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#5
AsRock
TPU addict
Stand addon $40 you watch :P.. They should of hooked up a TIR as well then again that would take all the attention from the wheel lol.
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#6
MustangGT2142
It would be cool if you could mount this on a g25.
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#9
Benetanegia
n-ster said:
would have been OK with stand like a real steering wheel... It is just so stupid to be steering in mid air like that
Like this maybe? :rockout:



I would love so much to have it, but I already own a G25 which is amazing too and that one is just too expensive... It's probably worth every penny tho, the G25 costed a mini-fortune too and it's totally worth it.

People who have never played with a wheel like that know nothing. It makes me laugh everytime someone tells me racing games are better on consoles because of the analog stick, dual-shock and such. :roll:
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#10
n-ster
Benetanegia said:
Like this maybe? :rockout:

http://www.thrustmaster.com/Upload/1/thrustmaster/products/241/4/Files/4108/FerrariF1WheelIntegralT500_product5.jpg

I would love so much to have it, but I already own a G25 which is amazing too and that one is just too expensive... It's probably worth every penny tho, the G25 costed a mini-fortune too and it's totally worth it.

People who have never played with a wheel like that know nothing. It makes me laugh everytime someone tells me racing games are better on consoles because of the analog stick, dual-shock and such. :roll:
Wait, what are controllers for? I have no XBOX 360 but I have an X360 controller for my PC, and just recently received a Razer Onza :D

But yea, wheels are amazing, and yes, that looks like an awesome wheel :p
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#11
KashunatoR
if you're serious about simracing the best option out there is the soon to be realesed fanatec clubsportwheel combined with iracing.
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#12
m4gicfour
Oh yeah, motion sensor based steering, since nobody uses the analog sticks on a DS3 anymore.
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#15
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
FreedomEclipse said:
LOL they cant be serious with this design.

It reminds me of them toy steering wheels you get for your kids that flash and make a lot of noise when they press a button on it made by companies like playskool or fisherprice.

I mean, cool a steering wheel but that design is just lol...

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On a more serious note - I know that F1 drivers use a similar style wheel with less bottons on it - all the buttons on it makes it seem like something you'd give to a 3year old to keep him quiet.
F1 cars have far more complicated steering wheels. including setting brake balance etc.
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#16
micropage7
they design it pretty well but the upper part of the wheel looks like a toy with many buttons, they should add led for rpm meter or small lcd for displaying the track and info
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#17
Widjaja
The first thing I thought was, this looks like a toy for a toddler but then again I can't see this being a full sized wheel due to not being attached to anything mounted to the computer desk.

There would be plenty of sore arms if it was a full size wheel.
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