Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Review: Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel

12:00 PM on 10.07.2011 // Dale North
  @DaleNorth

Do you remember that strange U-shaped wireless wheel at E3? Microsoft calls it the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel. Even though I first thought it looked like a Wii accessory, I found out then that it's actually quite a bit more useful than it initially appears to be.

Now I have one in the office, and I've been able to put it to a proper test with several racing games. It turns out that air steering works pretty well! 

Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel (Xbox 360)
Microsoft
MSRP: $59.99

The Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel...isn't really a wheel. It's a wireless, motion-sensing, U-shaped controller that works through feedback. You simply turn it on, hold it up, and make in-the-air steering motions like you did on the playground in your little toy truck back in the day.

Does it work? Yes, and it's actually quite responsive. I was able to negotiate everything from subtle bends to sharp turns easily, with no issues. The wheel held up fine even in high-speed races in Forza Motorsport 4. In fact, it seems to work for every racing game. I tried an older game, Dirt 2, and the game just seemed to know that the wheel was the controller, and worked fine with no setup required. Sega Rally Revo worked exactly the same way.

The controller layout is pretty strange, but it works. On the left you'll find the four face buttons for navigating the interface. They're a lot smaller than your standard Xbox 360 controller buttons, but I had no issue with them. In the middle you'll find a round hub, where I suspect all the motion-sensing tech. Here is where you'll find the Xbox button, as well as the Start and Select buttons.

Shifting? The right hand grip is where the d-pad is placed. You'll have to use this pad for shifting gears in manual shift mode, as the controller has no L and R bumpers. I love that paddle shifter feel you get with the standard controller's L and R bumpers, but there likely wasn't a good way to work those into this controller's design. The d-pad works, but it's not quite as fun.

Gas and Brake are controlled by two really nice analog triggers. They're curved enough that you never feel like you're going to lose grip, which is nice in a tense race. The long travel time on these triggers means that you can be very precise in your gas and brake motions. They work very well.

As for the rest of the wheel, on the very top of each side of the "U" you'll find translucent rings. They...light up. Microsoft says that these lights can be programmed for different uses, but they serve no real purpose. On the back, right under the round hub, you'll find a controller sync button, and directly under that, on the bottom, you'll find a port where you can insert two AA batteries.

The best part about this wheel? No mounting or wires or any of that nonsense. Any in-air vertical placement is fine, meaning that you have plenty of room to whip the wheel around like a crazed driver when you hit a sharp corner too quickly. I love that you can feel free to relax on your couch, put your feet up and cruise.

That's kind of the point with this wheel -- simple fun. It's not a steering wheel replacement, and it's not really trying to be. Sure, you won't have the benefit of dedicated pedals, but this controller's nice analog triggers will get you most of the way there. And air steering, much like air guitar, proves to be pretty fun. Would I use the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel in my most critical Forza 4 races? No, but after the race I'd definitely pick it up to take virtual versions of my dream cars for a spin. 

Photo Gallery: (4 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Dale North, Former Dtoid EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DaleNorth Tips
I am Destructoid's Editor-In-Chief. I love corgis. I make music. more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Just came across someone who tried to debate that people don't hate change - They hate BAD change - Ahahahahahahah!
Agent9 avatarAgent9
I miss Crash and Spyro. They had a fantastic trilogy on the ps1 and I loved every minute of it. Here's one of my favorite Spyro tracks, why not post one of your favorite tracks from wither of these great games.
Larxinostic avatarLarxinostic
Many thanks to a pal from time immemorial for his sneaky late birthday present to me of a digital Amazon gift card, which I promptly redeemed for this alluring beaut. Cheers! Viva la PS Vita~ [img]http://i.imgur.com/Cx3fPPb.png[/img]
Parismio avatarParismio
So I played xcom eu last night to get that xcom hype back. Half hour ago I already lost my brother, my best friends and my dog. Its been a stressful evening.
Nick R P Green avatarNick R P Green
Asides from a last proof read and any final edits, the script for my final 2015 reflection video is now complete. I will see this through to its conclusion. There'll be a blog version as always and once it's done and over with, I'll finally update my bio!
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Gore Magala set complete! That only took like 15 or 16 tries!
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
AT LAST, THE FOUL SEEDS OF RAGE BORN FROM THE WITHERED PLANT OF LOVE BREAK THROUGH THE EARTHS CRUST TO GIVE RISE TO A HARVEST OF RAGE. A NEW BLOG WILL BE THE GRAIN AND THE BREAD, TO FEED THE GNAWING HUNGER OF HATRED ALL VITA LOVERS HARBOR.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
I'm glad that the Amiibo stock situation got much better. Because Hasbro sure as hell didn't get the memo with their Marvel Legends figures. These two seem more elusive than a western Lucina Amiibo!
taterchimp avatartaterchimp
Yay, finally beat the Necrodancer!
Jinx 01 avatarJinx 01
The next time you're getting riled up about game news, politics, drama, etc. just step back and be like The Dude.
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
So #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan ?
Gundy avatarGundy
*Neps Internally*
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Seeing as how SMT is nowhere near as massively popular as Pokemon, this probably won't become a thing. Still, I'm curious about whoever's favorite demon/persona. Mine's probably Trumpeter! Without 'em, I would've never aced P4G on Very Hard.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
Playing Tearaway Unfolded without glasses on makes it looks even prettier, gives it a glossy papercraft or almost dreamlike feel to it.
Parismio avatarParismio
eating cold pizza RN. i would warm it up but eeeeeeeeeehhhhh.
Kieronpowell14 avatarKieronpowell14
Just some Marvel stuff
EAPidgeon avatarEAPidgeon
Have a good one everyone. May you enjoy bountiful carbs and fats this Super Bowl Day.
Heat avatarHeat
someone asked me what i am going to do on my vacations... "playing like 6 hours of XCOM 2 daily, then some Diablo 3. Later, Darkest Dungeon and some beers, and to end the night, i'll watch some anime and eat instant noodles" "Perfect"
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
I've beaten the Gaping Dragon and finally got the key to Blight town, whats the first thing I immediately did when I got there? Fall right into a endless pit and died.
Bardley avatarBardley
I scanned some pages from issues of Nintendo Power from the early 90's and saw this back cover ad. I thought it would be appropriate to post today. Who's everyone rooting for tonight?
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -