Will a new Xbox One wireless racing wheel be heading to Xbox One courtesy of an E3 announcement? According to IGN it could be. The Project S wireless racing wheel is being created by the makers of the updated Xbox One version of the Duke controller – Hyperkin – and will connect via the “Xbox’s wireless chip” and charges via a docking station included with the wheel.
While the source is cited as anonymous, a wireless wheel isn’t a completely random announcement, Microsoft released a U-shaped wireless racing wheel for the Xbox 360, which was announced to coincide with the release of Forza Motorsport – could the Project S be linked to a new Forza at E3? It wouldn’t surprise me and given that Hyperkin were allowed to recreate the Xbox Duke controller for the Xbox One, this could be a good shout from IGN’s ‘anonymous’ source.
It’s almost time to Duke it out and get your hands on what is destined to be the best special edition Xbox One controller.
The big guy was officially launched April 30 and is compatible with Xbox One and PCs running Windows 10. Hyperkin are the brains behind bringing the original Xbox Duke controller into the modern day.
“It’s a bizarre experience, to see a joke on Twitter become a real product,” Blackley said. “Seeing all these gamers so truly happy to get the new Hyperkin Duke is pretty goddamn superb.”
The Xbox controller has undergone numerous changes over the years and while the Hyperkin Duke is a true modern day replica of the original, a few design tweaks have been made:
Original animated Xbox startup screen played right inside the Xbox button
9 ft. detachable USB cable (required to use controller)
3.5 mm headset jack
Option and View buttons
Thankfully the classic Xbox button layout returns, which includes the black/white buttons. But is big really better? Either way, this controller will have early adopters of the original console giddy with excitement – and for everyone else – that animated Xbox startup is pure genius.
If you’re racing to your favourite store to order and live in the UK then hold up, the new Duke won’t reach our shores until May 18.
The Duke controller went down in Xbox history, and not necessarily for the right reason – but it’s shaded past has made it one of the most sought after Xbox prizes and Microsoft are seeking to capitalise on its notorious past by creating an Xbox One compatible version of the giant controller.
Produced by manufacturer, Hyperkin, the new version of the Duke is a ‘faithful recreation’ of the original, with a new OLED screen that shows the original Xbox boot sequence. The controller has been available to pre-order in the US and Canada, now a listing has appeared that prices it at £69.99, with a release date of May 8, 2018.