This new controller has an analog thumb steering 'wheel' on the left side and throttle and brake buttons on the right side. This removes the up -down function and basically keeps the left – right functions that we use to 'drive' the car in those games. The usual up,down,left and right buttons on the right side of the normal PS controller have been moved to the inner right side as it wouldn't be in used as much in a motor racing game. The throttle and brake 'pedals' are analog and it is touch sensitive as well as proportionate to the amount of input the gamer adds. All of the input is displayed via the funky looking gauge in the middle of the controller. It will be available in the United States only for the PS3 and is priced at US$54.99. Expect it to arrive over here soon.
Now this HKS Hipermax III is not a true replacement for the steering wheel and pedal setup that serious motor racing gaming enthusiasts usually use. It is however something like a half way option for those who do not want something bulky to carry around. A special controller like this actually makes sense as motor racing games like the Grand Turismo series, with its high level of realism, would work better with a specific controller like this. The official press release is stated below:
Performance Auto Label HKS USA and InterWorks Unlimited Partner to Innovate Precision Racing Controller
City of Industry, Calif.-June 2, 2010-InterWorks Unlimited Inc., the fastest-growing distributor of innovative gaming peripherals, today announced they have entered into an exclusive deal with HKS USA, Inc., the premier manufacturer and supplier of premium automotive performance systems, to co-develop for a line of professional racing video game controllers.
“HKS deploys advance racing techniques through their performance products,” said Michael Kidakarn, executive creative director of InterWorks. “We are sharing these professional racing technologies and precision control processes, such as heel/toe drifting, and integrating into our game controller.”
Only with these advanced racing controllers, gamers can easily execute these real-world racing techniques, gaining the competitive gaming advantage.
“InterWorks passion for innovation aligns with HKS passion for drivingperformance,” said Rick Lafferty, president of HKS USA, Inc. “Their newvideo game controller will take racing games to a new level of challenge andrealism by allowing players to replicate the bets driving techniques used byrace drivers.”
The HKS® Racing Controller for PlayStation®3 computer entertainmentsystem will be shown by appointment only at the InterWorks booth at theupcoming Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 15-17, 2010.
About HKS USA, Inc.
HKS USA, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium automotive aftermarket performance systems, parts and accessories. Delivering itsproducts to both the import and domestic car markets, HKS has beenrecognized for its engineering and performance excellence in the automotiveindustry since 1973. Established in 1982, HKS USA, Inc. is a wholly-ownedsubsidiary of HKS Company, Ltd. Japan and distributes its products throughits worldwide dealer network. For more information about HKS USA., visitwww.hksusa.com.
About InterWorks Unlimited
Based in City of Industry, InterWorks Unlimited Inc. distributes a wide rangeof high-quality gaming peripherals and software under several brands andlicenses, including Eagle3 and Photo World. For more information, please visit www.eagle3.com.