By: Laura Parker
A PlayStation 3 user has reportedly discovered a hidden benefit to Sony’s PlayStation Move Racing Wheel peripheral.
According to Albert Chen, whose discovery was reported on iWaggle 3D, the peripheral appears to add motion control to any game, even those that do not necessarily support Move.
Chen said that his tests with the PS Move Racing Wheel showed that it would work with any game, provided the Move was attached to the device and set to controller port 1. Chen reportedly tried the device with games including Need For Speed: Shift 2, Gran Turismo 5, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
He said that while the above games did not recognise the wheel peripheral, they were able to read the controller’s inputs as those coming from a normal DualShock 3 controller. (Chen said that his console registered the wheel peripheral’s face buttons as regular controller buttons, and the tilting of the peripheral as a normal controller’s left analog stick tilt.)
According to Chen’s reports, a PS Eye camera is not needed to make the wheel peripheral work with other games. His implication was that any racing game that uses the left analog stick to steer will already be compatible with the racing wheel peripheral.
The PS Move Racing Wheel peripheral is designed to work with racing, motorcycle, and flight games, and will support the upcoming title Little Big Planet Karting, as well as older titles, such as Gran Turismo 5, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Burnout Paradise, and MotorStorm Apocalypse.
The entire wheel is powered by the PS Move controller at its centre, and also features expanding handles, which can turn the peripheral into a motorbike racing handle; in this mode, the right handle of the peripheral features twist throttle.
It’s available for pre-order now in North America for $39.99.
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