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Logitech Announces Force Feedback Wheel for PlayStation 2

(September 04, 2001)
Logitech announced its next-generation force feedback wheel for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system -- The Logitech Driving Force. Available in September at selected retail outlets and at , Logitech Driving Force will list at $99.95 (USD) / 259 DM or local equivalent in Europe.

"The predecessor to our new Driving Force wheel, the Limited-Edition GT Force for Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, was extremely well-received and sold out very quickly," said Ted Hoff, vice president and general manager of Logitech's Interactive Entertainment Division. "The Logitech Driving Force has the same impressive Logitech quality, realistic force feedback effects, convenient features and game support as GT Force, and also includes new features and functionality based on important user-feedback."

The Logitech Driving Force wheel for PlayStation 2 takes the driving experience to a new level of driving realism in Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, as well as other driving games that support force feedback. With its dual-clamp system, it can be easily and securely attached to a desk or table. Thanks to the unique lap attachment included (which clamps to the wheel and rests comfortably and securely between the gamer's knees) gamers can also enjoy driving with the wheel even when there is not a table to which it can be conveniently clamped.

There are eight wheel-mounted action buttons and an analog D-pad for easy control of car functions, while "start" and "select" buttons make game navigation simple. Realistic gas and brake pedals provide for easy acceleration and braking, while rubber hand grips offer premium comfort and precise steering control. Its two wheel-mounted paddles can be used as gear shifters or as gas and brake controls.

At launch, the following games support Logitech Driving Force: Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, Infogrames Entertainment's NASCAR Heat 2002, Motor Mayhem, Test Drive and Test Drive Off-Road: Wide Open, with additional titles to be announced soon.

GT Force, with worldwide sales of over 350,000 since its March 2001 release, was the first-ever force feedback wheel for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Both GT Force and Driving Force are the only third party peripherals endorsed by Gran Turismo 3 A-spec.

Logitech is also a participant in the Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. tools and middleware program. A free Logitech software development kit (SDK) is available, and includes a driver, sample code and full documentation. The SDK will enable developers to support Logitech force feedback in games for the PlayStation 2 platform.

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets human interface devices and software that link people to digital information and the Internet and enable them to work, play, learn and communicate more effectively in the digital world. The Company's product family includes Internet video cameras; mice, trackballs and keyboards; audio and telephony products; and interactive gaming controllers.

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