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Fanatec announces official Forza 4 wheels

On the heels of the MadCatz announcement, Fanatec has announced their own line of licensed wheels for Forza 4. Fanatec is famous for making high-quality racing wheels, including authentic reproductions of Porsche wheels that are compatible with most 360/PS3/PC racing games. The new line is called "CSR", and will include five products:

  • Forza Motorsport CSR wheel
  • Forza Motorsport CSR Elite wheel
  • CSR shifter set
  • CSR pedals
  • CSR Elite pedals

Fanatec reports the CSR will fall in the middle between their Porsche and Clubsport products. Here are the main differences between the CSR and CSR-Elite wheels:

CSR:

  • Improved force feedback electronics and mechanics make the wheel stronger and faster
  • Metal CSR shifter set and large metal paddle shifters make shifting gears easier than ever
  • Lightweight aluminum wheel rim with Alcantara inserts allow faster, more responsive turns

CSR-Elite:

  • Wheel base fully made of metal with carbon fiber and Alcantara wheel rim
  • DirectSensor™ technology with sensor mounted directly on the steering axis. This avoids all the interference and performance loss you get from the belt/gear drive found on traditional motor-mounted sensor systems
  • Dual force feedback motors with 120Watt (silent big fan cooling) and very low cogging force to avoid “notchy” feeling

Engadget got to spend a bit of time with the CSR pedals, and found they share a number of similarities with it's Clubsport Pedal brother, including a adjustable load-cell brake sensor and the ability to mount pedals vertically (via an optional kit). A "load-cell brake sensor" essentially means means the pedal converts force applied to the brake to the strength of braking in game, so the brake pedal acts more like it would in a real car. This is great for the precise braking required to tame the most savage of automotive beasts, and is something other major wheel manufacturers have yet to adopt.

It appears players will be able to combine any wheel, pedal and shifter set they want, letting them customize their setup to suit their needs and pocketbook. Speaking of pocketbooks, no price has been set, though a Fanatec representative has stated

We will keep our fully modular ordering system so the pricing depends on the options you take. It will range between 320 and 700 for a set with pedals.

No word if this is in Euro or USD. A release date has not been set, but they expect to have it out on the market by the end of the year.

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Gran Turismo 5 patch 1.10 is released

Plenty of bug fixes and a couple new features, including a limited time event with triple prize money, and all cars in the Online Dealership will have zero mileage and be half price. Go hog wild, and click the read more link to get the full release notes.
 

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Aggregated E3 news links: day one

Forza 4:
IGN – The Parallel Paths of Forza Motorsport 4
Jalopnik – How Forza Motorsport 4 Will Change Car Culture Forever
RaceDepartment – Forza 4 footage from E3
Youtube video – Forza 4 E3 conference
GameTrailers – Forza 4 video trailer
Electricpig Exclusive: Behind the scenes at Turn 10 Studios and the making of Forza Motorsport 4

Need For Speed The Run:
E3 press conference & gameplay video
Youtube video – more gameplay video

F1 2011:
Sim Racing World – game screenshots
VideoGamer – F1 2011 preview
VirtualR – interview with developers

Hardware:
Kotaku – Microsoft's New Offical 360 Steering Wheel Cuts the Cord

 

With luck there will be more to come tomorrow!

GT5 updates coming out soon?

Kaz Yamauchi put a quick blurb up on twitter:

さて、久しぶりにGT5のオンライン・アップデートです。24時間後です。オンライン・スペシャルイベントも開催するよ。

Google Translate shows this as "Now, after a long time online updates to GT5. 24 hours after. I also hold special events online."

Perhaps we will soon be seeing the long awaited endurance savegame patch?

Just like that, GT5 1.07 patch drops

Well, this was a pleasant surprise from Polyphony Digital:

[Major Changes and New Features]
Friend Rankings
In Drift Trials and Time Trials, you can now display leaderboards that shows only your friends. While it was difficult before to locate your friends in the general leaderboards, this now makes it easier to compare your lap times and points with them.

[Fixed Issues]
– Performance points (PP), which is an index of a car's overall performance, is now calculated regardless of your tire selection. You can now set performance point restrictions and tire restrictions separately when you race in a lounge.
– Fixed the issue where the performance of electric cars increased/decreased after a certain amount of driving.
– Downloaded replays from Seasonal Event Rankings can now be viewed properly.

[Other Changes]
– Cars worth over 1,000,000 Cr. (including gift car coupons) are now prohibited from being traded to prevent issues during the trading process. When lending and borrowing cars between friends, please use the car loan system.