For Microsoft, the new console means new wheels.
Microsoft has produced a new video showcasing several accessories for the Xbox One. There's the Thrustmaster 458 Italia, the Mad Catz Force Feedback Racing Wheel, the Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick, and the Polk N1 Sound Bar.
The new wheels will take advantage of Microsoft's new force feedback system, which is promised to exceed the current state of "canned" force feedback options. The wheels will also be able to detect which player is at the wheel through the Kinect controller recognition feature.
These new features spell incompatibility with any 360 wheels, "With that level of innovation, means some things are not going to function going forward."
The Mad Catz Force Feedback Racing Wheel is being teased as modular and customizable along the line of fight sticks, including the Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick. It's even suggested that players would have multiple wheels to attach to the base motor for different racing game styles.
And then there is the Polk N1 Gaming Sound Bar. In the video the sound bar is shown with a 'Knight Rider'/'Battlestar Galactica' style set of LEDs revving in sync with 'Forza.'
From Polk, "Get into your game, really into it, with a Polk single-speaker gaming audio system that immerses you in dynamic, lifelike sound. The full range Dolby Digital N1 Gaming SurroundBar is the first-ever sound bar designed and engineered in collaboration with Microsoft and the brains behind the incredible sound design of best-selling games like Halo® and Forza®. With customized, built-in gaming EQs for optimized audio, you will be living the game like never before."
Of course the sound bar will support any device though optical, analog or bluetooth connections, but it has specific sound presets for 'Forza' and 'Halo.'
Author: Brian Hoss