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Fanatec announces the Gran Turismo DD Pro for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles

The Gran Turismo DD Pro is a ground-breaking direct-drive force feedback racing wheel and pedal set for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles .
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Landshut, Germany – November 24, 2021 - Fanatec introduces the Gran Turismo™ DD Pro, the first official Direct Drive Wheel for the Gran Turismo™ series. The ready-to-race package, officially licensed for PlayStation®5 consoles and PlayStation®4 consoles, includes a high-performance direct-drive wheel base, steering wheel, and pedals. It was developed in parallel with the CSL DD, in close collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital.

 
When Fanatec was founded in 1997, the goal was to create gaming hardware that would elevate the user experience through innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Since then, the company has positioned itself as the leading brand in sim racing, consistently raising the bar with products that focus on ease of use and driving immersion. The Gran Turismo™ DD Pro is a milestone product, setting new standards for performance.

 
The collaboration between Fanatec and Polyphony Digital starts with the Gran Turismo™ DD Pro, the first ever Direct Drive system developed for a Gran Turismo™ game. The Gran Turismo™ DD Pro is compatible with Gran Turismo™ Sport and Gran Turismo™ 7, the latest game in the series, set to release in 2022, and has bespoke inputs, tailored specifically for that game.

 
Fanatec, CEO, Thomas Jackermeier:

“The community has asked for an affordable direct drive wheel with load cell pedal and we took a lot of efforts to make the impossible come true. The steering wheel was entirely designed in collaboration with Polyphony Digital and we worked closely together to make everything work perfectly with Gran TurismoSport and the upcoming Gran Turismo™ 7 which is announced for release in 2022. Direct Drive is the new standard in sim racing and every racer who tried it once will never go back to a belt drive wheel.”
 

Features

Gran Turismo™ DD Pro Wheel Base:
 
  • The first official Direct Drive Wheel for the Gran Turismo™ series
  • Officially licensed for PlayStation®5 consoles and PlayStation®4 consoles
  • Direct-Drive system delivers instant, detailed force feedback
  • Linear, consistent performance (5 Nm peak torque)
  • Optional Boost Kit 180 (sold separately) unlocks maximum strength (8 Nm peak torque)
  • Patented, exclusive FluxBarrier technology optimises motor efficiency and smoothness
  • Full Fanatec SDK support ensures game compatibility out of the box for all major racing games
  • Standard Tuning Menu allows beginners to get started quickly without having to worry about settings
  • Advanced Tuning Menu allows enthusiasts to fine-tune the force feedback characteristics to suit their driving preferences
  • High-resolution (contactless) Hall-position-sensor, same as Podium Series
  • Steering axis made from carbon fibre-enhanced composite
  • Fanless: wheel base housing is made from aluminium (passive heat sink, core structural component) with composite end caps
  • Slip ring system (life-tested for thousands of hours) provides cable-free delivery of power and data between steering wheel and wheel base
  • Automotive-grade quick release, exchangeable
  • T-nut rail system on sides and bottom for easily adjustable hard-mounting
  • Table clamp included, supports 5 to 60 mm table thickness
  • Ports: 
    • Power supply
    • USB-C to console / PC
    • Shifter 1
    • Shifter 2 (Sequential only)
    • Pedal
    • Handbrake
  • Front-mounted threaded inserts for Fanatec accessories (e.g. ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles, available separately). Not intended for front-mounting the wheel base to a sim racing chassis/cockpit.


Steering wheel for Gran Turismo™ DD Pro:

 
  • Designed in collaboration with Polyphony Digital
  • Tactile rubber grip with blue centre stripe
  • Compact 280 mm diameter and light weight for crisp response
  • Diffused RevLED strip (yellow, red, and blue LEDs)
  • White OLED display for Tuning Menu access and telemetry output (where supported)
  • 5-way directional stick for menu navigation
  • Four additional 5-way directional sticks
  • Ergonomic shifter paddles
  • 11 buttons optimised for the PlayStation® console control scheme interface
  • Fiberglass-reinforced plastic construction
  • Exchangeable QR1 Lite Wheel-Side quick release system
 
Pedals for Gran Turismo™ DD Pro:

 
  • Two-pedal set (throttle and brake), upgradeable to three pedals (upgrade kits sold separately)
  • All-metal construction (excluding pedal faces). Pedals are made from heavy steel, which helps to prevent the set from sliding on the floor (if not hard-mounted to a rig)
  • Optional anodised aluminium pedal plates (‘CSL Pedals Tuning Kit’, sold separately)
  • Contactless Hall sensors (12-bit) on both brake and throttle for high precision and durability
  • Brake pedal spring is stiffer than throttle pedal spring, PU foam damper adds additional resistance for progressive braking feel
  • Upgrade to a three-pedal configuration with Clutch Kit or Load Cell Kit (sold separately) 
    • CSL Pedals Clutch Kit provides a third pedal for the lowest price
    • CSL Pedals Load Cell Kit also provides a third pedal, and upgrades the brake and electronics
  • Pedal position can be adjusted sideways along heel rest
  • Height-adjustable pedal faces
  • Modular design means inverted mounting to a rig is possible
  • Vertical rear plates allow pedals to be easily braced against a wall or other vertical surface
  • Pearl chrome plating on pedal bases and arms
  • Black powder coating on heel rest
  • Pedals connect directly to Gran Turismo™ DD Pro Wheel Base


Price and availability 
EU – 699,95
US – 699,95
AU – 1.229,95
JPN – 92.900,00

 
Pre-order starts on 26.11.2021 on www.fanatec.com 


More information: gtddpro.fanatec.com


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About Fanatec
Fanatec is the leading brand for dedicated sim racing hardware, including force feedback steering wheels, pedals, and complete cockpits for PlayStation® consoles, Xbox, and PC-based racing simulators. Fanatec is a brand of Endor AG, based in Germany, the company has more than 20 years of experience in developing and manufacturing sim racing equipment, constantly striving for innovation and quality. Fanatec is the official hardware partner for several different esports series, including F1 Esports Pro Series, the eSport WRC Championship, and SRO E-sport GT Series, with the sim racing hardware being an integral part of the live broadcasts all over the world. Find out more at www.fanatec.com

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