HKS Racing Controller Updates The PS3 Controller With Vehicle-Friendly Replacements

If you've always thought racing games deserved a better peripheral but couldn't care a lick for a steering wheel and pedal set, you might want to try your hand at the HKS Racing Controller for the PS3, an alternative controller with a layout that's better suited for racing titles.

Created by Eagle3, it comes in a shiny red and black finish, complete with racing style decals.  More importantly, though, it gets rid of the traditional PS3 buttons, in favor of a more racing-friendly control system designed to execute real-world driving techniques in a quicker and more precise fashion.

The HKS Racing Controller retains the familiar PS3 controller's form factor, so it requires little adjustment in the way it's held.  They added a small display in the center that shows an exact numerical value for how hard you're accelerating or braking, along with a visual graph for the steering.  All direction buttons have been moved to the right analog's spot, which has been completely banished from the system.  An unusual steering "dial," which you can flip left and right to drive the vehicle, now occupies the left-hand side.   The X and square buttons on the right have been traded up for miniature gas and brake pedals (they're analog, so you can control how hard you want to "step" into each).

It's the kind of controller that should prove a headache to use for regular games, but looks mighty convenient for all varieties of driving titles.  Most racing fans should probably be intrigued enough to try one - it looks really, really clever.

Eagle3 hasn't announced a release date yet, but pricing for the HKS Racing Controller is being pegged at $54.99, which sounds perfect.  No word on whether a version will come out for other platforms,  either.

[Eagle3 via MotorWorldHype]

4 Responses

  1. Ryan

    Does it say its not wireless? I think it is.

    Anyway, that thing is AWESOME. Biggest problem since ps2 was that the ps2 had pressure sensative buttons. Even the D pad was pressure sensitive. But ps3 controllers arent. And you can only go 0-100 with no inbetween. Which is not possible playing a game like Gran Tourismo.

    From experience the pressure sensitive D pad was better for racing than the joystick. But this wheel seems that it will beat them both.

    As far as the gas pedals? I mean thats cool. Didnt really need it. They coulda just went back tot he pressure sensitive buttons from the dual shock 2. But these seem that theyll be easier to control. However the regular pressure buttons worked on DS2. But these should work a little better.

    This controller now opens the door to that game(GT5) being fully incredible and combined with this controller(should it do what i think it will, and it looks good enough that im hoping a lot for it) will be my most anticipated title for ps3, by far.

    Cant freakin wait. Although i just hope it doesnt suck. But looking at it i dont see how it can.

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  2. jack

    HKS Racing Controller Updates The PS3 Controller…?I don’t think it is true, if at all.

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  3. rayray

    I just got this controller today and wow. It is very precise. Long sweepers on gt5 feel a lot more stable. It took me about an half hour for me to learn and get the controls completely dialed in. 2 of the biggest down falls with this controller is one, it is NOT wireless though it does have a 10ft cord which helps. Second, being that it does not have the right analog so taking pictures is very difficult to almost imposible unless your shot is already lined up. But it’s not made for picture taking, it’s made for racing which it does brilliantly especially for the price.

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