The Gran Turismo DD Pro is a ‘direct drive’ steering wheel, which means it uses next-generation force feedback technology to create more realistic resistance when racing.
Fanatec says that because the steering wheel is mounted directly to the motor shaft, “there’s no belt or gear drive to dilute the force feedback effects”.
This provides 5Nm of torque, which can be upgraded to 8Nm with a boost kit which is sold separately for $149.95.
Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro trailer
Fanatec says the wheel was designed by Gran Turismo studio Polyphony Digital. It contains a white OLED display and RevLED strip to give the player visual information as well as four 5-way sticks on top of all the usual PlayStation buttons.
The wheel comes with two pedals built from steel, and players can upgrade to a load cell brake, which acts more like a real-life car.
While most brakes in steering wheel peripherals measure how far back the pedal has been pushed to judge how hard to brake, a load cell brake instead measures how much force the player is using to press down on it.
Pre-orders for the wheel start on the Fanatec website on November 26. It costs $699.95 / €699.95 for delivery in March 2022, but players can also buy it for $849.95 / €849.95 to get one of the first units sent via special air freight for delivery before Christmas.
There’s also a $969.85 / €969.85 package which includes the wheel, the boost kit and the load cell brake.
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