If cruising around in your Porsche 911 in the latest installment of the Gran Turismo series lacks a certain realism, you may be ready for the officially branded Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo Racing Wheel gaming peripherals. Consisting of a wheel, shifter and pedals, the driving set is available as wireless controllers for the PlayStation 3. It includes support for force feedback and more. For all this performance, expect to pay a $350 entry fee for the privilege of using official Porsche branded racing peripherals. Unfortunately the setup won't help improve the realism of the whole "parent's basement" gaming environment. [Fanatec via SlipperyBrick]
The prototype version of this wheel that was sent out to testers had a lot of problems. They agreed that the wheel itself was better than the Logitech G25, but they had driver issues (not the person driving) and the pedal assembly sucked on all counts. All the testers agreed that the significant flaws of the wheel outweighed any advantages it held over the G25.
Considering that this unit is $100 more than the street price on a G25, I don't think Logitech will be losing a lot of sales since Fanatec didn't reinvent the wheel.
Look for the G25 replacement to come next year with the release of the full GT5.