SteelSeries and Ignite Technologies reveal their Simraceway SRW-S1 steering wheel
Andy Ruffell / 5 years ago
After announcing their partnership back in August, SteelSeries and Ignite Technologies, two great companies in their respective fields have finally revealed what they had set out to do; the Simraceway SRW-S1 steering wheel.
This new peripheral aims at a precise goal: being a high performance PC controller opening a new racing world to players fed up with their joypads, all of which at an affordable price tag.
“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.”
This truly unique hybrid design brings the joy of racing without the trouble a wheel-and-pedal set would create thanks to its motion-sensor controlling the steering and a throttle and brake paddle system fully simulating the driving experience without any of the disadvantages.
Featuring more than 20 on-wheel buttons and dials each optimized for easy access and an ergonomically-designed rubberized grip, the driver is ensure to stay in complete control at all times.
While no complicated configurations and drivers are required to use this, a simple plug and play system is at hand, it still allows you to fully configure the controls to your likings with the in-game settings, although be warned that some features such as the shift indicator LEDs are not compatible with every game.
Not only does it include such a wide range of features, but it has also been designed and tested by some great names of the racing world including four-time IndyCar Series winner Dario Franchitti, double Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon and SimRacing stars David Greco and Bruno Marques.
“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 Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel is now available from the SteelSeries Web Shop for the retail suggested price of $119.99/€119.99.
For more information, please refer to the official product’s page.