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August 15, 2002|By Michael James

Mad Catz creates first steering wheel for all racing games

Racing wheels are popular add-ons for Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube. Unfortunately, if you own more than one of these consoles, you've had to spend up to $100 apiece for proprietary steering wheels.

Here's a more affordable solution: a $60 one-size-fits-all gadget from Mad Catz: the Universal MC2 Racing Wheel.

The MC2 is compatible with the Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PS One and PlayStation, with ports that connect to each type of system (just one at a time). The MC2 is the first universal wheel, and it works surprisingly well. Project Gotham on the Xbox, for instance, is one of the most popular racing games, and the wheel allows nice cornering around the track.

We found occasional glitches, and it took a while for the Xbox to recognize the wheel was plugged in. But the GameCube and PlayStation 2 picked it up right away. Most games will even provide vibration feedback through the wheel.

With 10 buttons, a decent stick shift, and good wheel rotation, the MC2 is an affordable solution for racing on more than one game console.

Information: 800-831-1442 or www.madcatz.com

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