It was announced today that Fanatec’s current line of wheels which were originally released for PC and “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) will be compatible with “current gen” (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) versions of Project CARS once it releases. This is a pretty big deal for Fanatec, well, fans.
One of the biggest questions that gamers had in the months leading up to the Xbox One launch and PlayStation 4 luanch was if their steering wheels that they purchased for last gen consoles, would be compatible on the new consoles. For the most part this question was met with silence. On the Xbox side it was indirectly addressed when Thrustmaster was announced as the “official wheel of Xbox One” which lead us to assume that wheels from other companies such as Fanatec would not work with next gen Xbox racing games such as Forza Motorsport 5. For PlayStation 4 the only major racing games to date have been DRIVECLUB and The Crew. DRIVECLUB, like Forza 5 is only compatible with Thrustmaster wheels and The Crew on PS4 doesn’t seem to work well with any official PS4 wheels according to owners of the game.
This left many Fanatec owners in kind of a crappy place. Fanatec wheels aren’t cheap (around $300 on the low end) so to know that such a large purchase wouldn’t work with the new crop of consoles was disheartening for some to say the least. The news that one of the most anticipated games of the year will work with Fanatec wheels is likely very well received with that crowd.
The announcement also makes me wonder if Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft may move to make future Forza games compatible with Fanatec wheels as well. It likely won’t happen but its nice to hope!
Although I have to say there is some extreme irony in this situation since the compatibility list (seen below in the official announcement) states that the Fanatec CSR and CSR Elite will work on the PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS but not the Xbox One version. This is ironic because some may remember there was a “Forza Motorsport Edition” of the Fanatec CSR series wheels. That means owners of those products will be relegated to a PlayStation console to use their Forza branded wheels. Awkwarrrrddd! For the official Project CARS announcement with the full compatibility list, scroll below!
“Wheels, pedals, and gear sticks are the natural input devices for racing games; we have an innate knowledge of how they work from real life and they provide the most immersive, authentic experience for gamers.” said Andy Tudor, Creative Director. “So as we near the launch of Project CARS we’re pleased to announce additional support for the following Fanatec hardware on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One…”
PC & PLAYSTATION®4
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche 911 GT2
Porsche 911 GT3 RS V2
PC, PLAYSTATION®4 & XBOX ONE
ClubSport Wheel Base
ClubSport Wheel Base v2
“Gamers have been enjoying the solid build quality, integrated technology, and pure driving sensation of these fantastic products for a while now on PC and previous-generation platforms but through a continued collaboration with the team at Fanatec players are now going to be able to use the wheels they already own or are thinking of purchasing with Project CARS via an update on day one.”
“The quality of the input devices play an important role in the immersion factor of a simulation and especially our ClubSport series delivers an automotive quality and experience level. We are now bringing this level to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and Project CARS is the perfect title to make best use of our technology. This combination is a new milestone on gaming consoles.” (Thomas Jackermeier, CEO Endor AG / Fanatec)