I rushed home in eagerness to set up the Wheel and got a
feel of what my S$330 had put on my hands. Moreover, I had to attend a friends
wedding on that same evening. I had to work fast and set up the wheel so that I could get
a whiff of whats to come after the wedding dinner. Opening the box revealed the
items, which came with the MS Sidewinder FF Wheel:
- 1 steering wheel assembly with the desk/table clamp mechanism.
- 1 set of foot pedals
- 1 power supply
- 1 piece of plastic for the clamping mechanism on the steering wheel assembly
- Software Bundle (3 CDs) MS Cart Precision Racing, Monster Truck Madness 2 &
- Associated manuals, warranty card, etc.
All the parts looked well constructed with sturdy black plastic, very
traditional of MSs hardware. Unlike the Sidewinder Force Feedback joystick, the
wheel does not have a fan (which was said to contribute a lot of noise).
|"Tiptronic" gear change
The wheel has 6 buttons on each side at
the front and two other "lever-like" behind the wheel very much like the
tiptronic gear change buttons (found in F1 cars & the new Ferrari 450s). Smack in the
middle of the wheel is another indented button which toggles the force feedback. It does
this on-the-fly whether or not you are in/out of a game.
|6 buttons & Force Feedback Toggle
The foot pedals
look very much like those you might find in a high performance sports car (Ok, I have had
the opportunity to grace the seats on a Ferrari F40 & a Testarossa before). The
accelerator pedal has 6 holes while the brake pedal has 4 holes.