SteelSeries Simraceway S1 Steering Wheel
|SteelSeries Simraceway S1 Steering Wheel|
|Closer Look and Features|
|Testing the SRW-S1|
Gamers of all ages can get ready, get set - and Go!! SteelSeries has entered the racing market and brings the Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel to the PC. SteelSeries is a gaming peripheral company that has products for the gaming enthusiast's needs and desires, and over the years we've reviewed several products such as mice, keyboards and mouse pads.
We have reviewed gaming controllers in the past - such as the Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 Gamepad. This is our first controller review from SteelSeries as this is a first for them. The SRW-S1 racing wheel controller is motion sensitive and it's almost like a good controller and the Wii came together. This makes the SRW-S1 their love child and it's built specifically for the Simraceway game available for the PC.
Instead of pressing a button or moving an analog stick - like you would on a keyboard or a controller, you are able to steer it like a real vehicle. This unit is made for simulation racing games, and I found myself using the brake more often than I do during NFS games. Normally I don't "have time for braking". The SRW-S1 should also work for other games that are more arcade style.
It's not wireless but rather uses a USB connection. The steering wheel is quite a bit different of a product than we are used to seeing from SteelSeries but it shows that they can round out their mice, keyboards, headsets and gaming surface products. This just complete the entire gamut of PC input devices for gaming.
There is not a lot that it came in the box other than the wheel itself. The only things of note are a mini instruction book that tells some info about it, and how to get it going as well as a Simraceway $10 game card that can be redeemed online at simraceway.com. This can be used to buy some cars, tracks or even a few races that have an entry fee. Of course, you'll need an account in order to play. There is no installation disk or drivers required, and if you want to play the game, you have to go download it.
The Simraceway game is free to install and play. Once you follow the instructions to download, you should be good to go. It took me about 1.5 hours to download it on my ADSL connection. It's about a 1.0 GB file. Before starting be sure to check your system requirements so that don't waste your time or your bandwidth. I found that there was several different options during the game installation that made it a bit of a pain. Make sure to have the controller setup and installed properly on your computer so it shows up when you launch the game.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the SRW-S1 before we jump into the specifications then on to testing.