Whether you’re a dedicated fan of racing games or just want to immerse yourself in a specific racing title, the Officially Licensed Compact Racing Wheel by Sony is a perfect compliment for your PS4’s DualShock 4 controller. Simply put, the controller slides into the specially-designed steering wheel-shaped shell, offering you more realistic driving mechanics. Just imagine how much more absorbed in that race you’ll be once you have an actual wheel in your hand to grab hold of. For some people, little additions like this can make all the difference in the world, essentially allowing them to fully relax and enjoy the game rather than having to focus on minute movements.
Since the DualShock 4 supports gyroscopic controls, aka – “tilt to steer” abilities in certain driving games, the addition of a conventional wheel to the mix enables you actually perform more accurate turning. For instance, since you’re essentially expanding the distance between your hands and controller, you have more room for error. This actually makes it much easier for some people to balance their vehicle on even the toughest courses.
In terms of its looks and design, suffice it to say that it looks very sleek. As a single piece which is added to existing hardware, it is sturdy and fairly resistant to dings and stuffs too. This particular design was made to harness a wireless DualShock 4 controller, so don’t expect it to work with any wired model right out of the box (the same goes for any non-OEM controllers as well). As far as its feel is concerned – it’s definitely comfortable, not to heavy or overbearing while maintaining an ergonomic appeal. You certainly won’t have any problems if you’re planning on using it for several hours at a time, in other words.
Regardless of their basic features, games like the upcoming Driveclub also make use of the DualShock 4’s tilt to steer control system and this wheel further enhances or exaggerates this ability. Moreover, there are also a number of other games in the works which will soon hit store shelves utilizing the same ability, so having this thing around is certainly a plus if you’re into racing titles. Furthermore, the compact racing wheel might actually help to improve some people’s in-game handling skills, which is certainly worth the price of admission.