Fanatec Podium Series - UPDATE

edited September 24 in Blog


image

Introducing the new Fanatec Podium Series.

The Podium products will be our hardcore range of products and positioned above the ClubSport Series. Of course the compatibility throughout the whole product palette will remain.

We try to set new standards in terms of functionality, performance and durability combined with the typical Fanatec attributes plug&play comfort, compatibility and a great price performance.

We will show the first Podium product at the Simracing Expo: Our new  direct drive wheel base

UPDATE

Some interviews:
1080 x 1080 - 92K
«13

Comments

  • Finally!! Would love to see FANATEC DDW and product above clubsport. Can't wait to see.
  • can't wait to place the preo
  • I am eager to play GT Sports with amazing force feedback and quietness more than Thustmaster's T-GT. And I hope that even a little cheaper.
  • I am eager to play GT Sports with amazing force feedback and quietness more than Thustmaster's T-GT. And I hope that even a little cheaper.
    I highly doubt the direct drive wheel will be available for consoles to be honest. The price point wouldn't be low enough to get enough sales. Furthermore with Fanatec only just coming to console markets with the CSL series I don't see new products being compatable yet as they would have no time to work with the developers arguably in advance of release with how long it took to develop.

    Be interesting to see what happens. 
  • Is there going to be any mention of pricing at the Simracing Expo?  I'm not looking for exact, just more of a range.
  • Nice one! Im really looking forward to see the new DD Base :) I will be at the Simracing Expo on Sunday  ;)
  • You have my attention! 
  • I am a lucky man, because I am not married and can buy my wishes itself. ;) See you at the Simracing Expo. :)
  • I am waiting for that for so long... :)
  • Great News!!! I want 1!!!
  • That's got a nice ring to it. Looking forward to some reveals.
  • I am eager to play GT Sports with amazing force feedback and quietness more than Thustmaster's T-GT. And I hope that even a little cheaper.
    I highly doubt the direct drive wheel will be available for consoles to be honest. The price point wouldn't be low enough to get enough sales. Furthermore with Fanatec only just coming to console markets with the CSL series I don't see new products being compatable yet as they would have no time to work with the developers arguably in advance of release with how long it took to develop.

    Be interesting to see what happens. 
    Fanatec can achieve console-compatibility with separate wheel rims/hubs, so I can't see any reason why they couldn't make compatibility to their DD-bases too. And have to say that this is important for me too. I use wheel both with pc and comsoles and I need one base which, in perfect world, would be for all platforms.

    And besides that, would pc-users lose something if same base would be console-compatible? Apart that ppl who hate consoles.
  • edited September 14
    please...Show us a Picture :-)
  • The Wheel Line Name is Really Good also!!!
  • This is the news I have been waiting for, this is going to be a huge game changer! :smile: Can't wait! :smiley:
  • I am eager to play GT Sports with amazing force feedback and quietness more than Thustmaster's T-GT. And I hope that even a little cheaper.
    I highly doubt the direct drive wheel will be available for consoles to be honest. The price point wouldn't be low enough to get enough sales. Furthermore with Fanatec only just coming to console markets with the CSL series I don't see new products being compatable yet as they would have no time to work with the developers arguably in advance of release with how long it took to develop.

    Be interesting to see what happens. 
    Fanatec can achieve console-compatibility with separate wheel rims/hubs, so I can't see any reason why they couldn't make compatibility to their DD-bases too. And have to say that this is important for me too. I use wheel both with pc and comsoles and I need one base which, in perfect world, would be for all platforms.

    And besides that, would pc-users lose something if same base would be console-compatible? Apart that ppl who hate consoles.
    That's only true for XB1, the PS4 needs the CSL Elite base to work. Pros and cons to both approaches because XB1 doesnt work with any rim whereas PS4 does but needs the base. Anyway as to your asceration it has no negatives for PC players that is absolutely untrue, the biggest negative of all is the licensing fees to the console manufacturers which bump the prices up quite substantially. Just compare the price of the original PC only universal hub to the XB1 compatible version. I don't really think this is a product for console players when they already balk at the idea of paying for a wheel that costs the same price as the console let alone 4x +.
  • Very excited by this. Been waiting to step into the DD world!
  • Fotos + price ?
  • Good news Thomas! Congratulations like any FANATEC product will be outstanding!

    Shame not a PC racer but someday...


  • I am sure there are a decent amount of console players out there like myself who would certainly upgrade to a DD wheel. It is true that the DD base will probably be much more expensive than the consoles themselves, but to me that does not matter. I choose the simplicity of a console, but I still want the best wheel available to maximize my experience. My CSW v2 + XB1 Universal hub is awesome, but if there is something that is better, then I need it in my life!

    I know that I could move to PC racing to enjoy a richer experience, but for the moment I like being able to hook up to my consoles and a big TV.

    Looking forward to the unveiling!



  • Wooohoooo! great news! couldn't go to see the new products and say hi to Thomas at the expo....! but have fun you guys that are going  :-bd hope the products come soon and that we have a chance to purchase them.
  • edited September 14
    I am eager to play GT Sports with amazing force feedback and quietness more than Thustmaster's T-GT. And I hope that even a little cheaper.
    I highly doubt the direct drive wheel will be available for consoles to be honest. The price point wouldn't be low enough to get enough sales. Furthermore with Fanatec only just coming to console markets with the CSL series I don't see new products being compatable yet as they would have no time to work with the developers arguably in advance of release with how long it took to develop.

    Be interesting to see what happens. 
    Fanatec can achieve console-compatibility with separate wheel rims/hubs, so I can't see any reason why they couldn't make compatibility to their DD-bases too. And have to say that this is important for me too. I use wheel both with pc and comsoles and I need one base which, in perfect world, would be for all platforms.

    And besides that, would pc-users lose something if same base would be console-compatible? Apart that ppl who hate consoles.
    That's only true for XB1, the PS4 needs the CSL Elite base to work. Pros and cons to both approaches because XB1 doesnt work with any rim whereas PS4 does but needs the base. Anyway as to your asceration it has no negatives for PC players that is absolutely untrue, the biggest negative of all is the licensing fees to the console manufacturers which bump the prices up quite substantially. Just compare the price of the original PC only universal hub to the XB1 compatible version. I don't really think this is a product for console players when they already balk at the idea of paying for a wheel that costs the same price as the console let alone 4x +.
    On the direct drive post from June 4 Thomas specifically stated the following

    Compatibility
    PC for sure as this is the main market and there is no reason that it should not work on Xbox One. The first generation will not be compatible to PS4. 
  • Oh man ...take my money

  • I am eager to play GT Sports with amazing force feedback and quietness more than Thustmaster's T-GT. And I hope that even a little cheaper.
    I highly doubt the direct drive wheel will be available for consoles to be honest. The price point wouldn't be low enough to get enough sales. Furthermore with Fanatec only just coming to console markets with the CSL series I don't see new products being compatable yet as they would have no time to work with the developers arguably in advance of release with how long it took to develop.

    Be interesting to see what happens. 
    Fanatec can achieve console-compatibility with separate wheel rims/hubs, so I can't see any reason why they couldn't make compatibility to their DD-bases too. And have to say that this is important for me too. I use wheel both with pc and comsoles and I need one base which, in perfect world, would be for all platforms.

    And besides that, would pc-users lose something if same base would be console-compatible? Apart that ppl who hate consoles.
    That's only true for XB1, the PS4 needs the CSL Elite base to work. Pros and cons to both approaches because XB1 doesnt work with any rim whereas PS4 does but needs the base. Anyway as to your asceration it has no negatives for PC players that is absolutely untrue, the biggest negative of all is the licensing fees to the console manufacturers which bump the prices up quite substantially. Just compare the price of the original PC only universal hub to the XB1 compatible version. I don't really think this is a product for console players when they already balk at the idea of paying for a wheel that costs the same price as the console let alone 4x +.
    On the direct drive post from June 4 Thomas specifically stated the following

    Compatibility
    PC for sure as this is the main market and there is no reason that it should not work on Xbox One. The first generation will not be compatible to PS4. 
    Of course that could happen. But it would quite short sighted and stupid from F, doing that they give possibility for third party companies to make adapters which in end make those wheels work on consoles, sooner or later. In example soon I'm back driving witth my CSW v2 on PS4 too when I get my DriveHub from CronusMax. Up yours, Sony!
  • edited September 14
    @"Rami Ahola" it's from Collective minds, and You allready Could be using your csw v2 if you'd bought a Cronusmax plus. And it isn't up to Fanatec to make the DD compatible for PS4, buto to Sony. It doesn't mean that while they've got approval for the ps4 elite base that they can make any future base ps4 compatible. But tbh it don't like it as well that it will be X1 compatible and not ps4
  • edited September 15
    Okayy not long to wait now, And with a all new DD wheel motor made just for sim racing, Fanatecs RnD lab techs have really been busy these past few years. And a new era of sim racing  dd motors will make history.     ;)             
  • I'll be running LIKE HELL to Fanatec stand when the doors open tomorrow :D
  • I'll be running LIKE HELL to Fanatec stand when the doors open tomorrow :D
    I'm jealous!
  • edited September 15
    Bump
  • I am sure there are a decent amount of console players out there like myself who would certainly upgrade to a DD wheel. It is true that the DD base will probably be much more expensive than the consoles themselves, but to me that does not matter. I choose the simplicity of a console, but I still want the best wheel available to maximize my experience. My CSW v2 + XB1 Universal hub is awesome, but if there is something that is better, then I need it in my life!

    I know that I could move to PC racing to enjoy a richer experience, but for the moment I like being able to hook up to my consoles and a big TV.

    Looking forward to the unveiling!



    I've got my PC plugged into the exact same HDMI port on my AV receiver as I used to have my consoles feeding my 5.1 speakers and 60" TV, it's literally no different in that respect. Getting FFB settings right takes a lot more time than setting up a PC and feels a lot better on PC than consoles because of the adjustability. I've switched to VR now which can only be properly be experienced on PC and honestly it's a game changer, a TV/projector, triple screen whatever the size just doesn't even compare to being literally sat in the car. I'd certainly recommend getting a PC and VR headset just for that experience although maybe wait for second gen headsets. That and there are much better sims on PC, Forza has god awful FFB if that is your reference, not realistic at all.
  • Good afternoon,
    I would like to congratulate Fanatec for its products designed and made with the utmost professionalism.
    On the other hand comment that I am a user of PS4 for its simplicity and I have the pack of CSL PS4, but to see that the most powerful bases are only compatible with PC and XBOX makes me think of going to XBOX to sell CSL PS4 and buy the base V2. 5 or the new DD.
    As I read in many forums the XBOX does not get to get the full potential as in a PC of Fanatec products, is that true?
    I do not want to change to XBOX and buy a base like DD or V2.5 and then it does not yield 100% by being connected to a console.
    I hope your comments will help me.
    Note: I have no option to put a PC in the room connected to the TV
  • edited September 15
    Good afternoon,
    I would like to congratulate Fanatec for its products designed and made with the utmost professionalism.
    On the other hand comment that I am a user of PS4 for its simplicity and I have the pack of CSL PS4, but to see that the most powerful bases are only compatible with PC and XBOX makes me think of going to XBOX to sell CSL PS4 and buy the base V2. 5 or the new DD.
    As I read in many forums the XBOX does not get to get the full potential as in a PC of Fanatec products, is that true?
    I do not want to change to XBOX and buy a base like DD or V2.5 and then it does not yield 100% by being connected to a console.
    I hope your comments will help me.
    Note: I have no option to put a PC in the room connected to the TV
    I play PC, PS4 and Xbox1 and Pcars ---> with the right FFB tweek the FFB feels almost identical on all of them... The Biggest Diff is the Graphics of course PC blows both systems away.... The FFB strength on XB1 is Much stronger than PC and PS4 but once you adjust the Game Master FFB correctly FFB Feel is almost identical on all 3 systems ....Ex: PC,PS4 GM FFB = 75 -vs- XB1 GM FFB = 20---> all other FFB tweek settings are the same... allthough PC puts out finer more detailed FFB feel its Not Night and Day Difference... Console has come a long way. I used the v2 on all 3 systems and v2.5 on PC and XB1 and the Feel is Really Good across the board... IMO PS4 and XB1 are even when it comes to FFB feel...I spent alot of time Tweeking FFB and playing Pcars on PC and PS4 the FFB feel is Very Close... Now I spend More time Playing Pcars on PC and XB1 and again the FFB feel is Very Close ---> The Biggest difference between the 3 systems is the Graphics... XB1 Pcars Graphics are 3rd place out of the 3 systems but they are still Good Enough to Really Enjoy the Game.... If you havent played all 3 systems then this fact you would Never know.... Hope this Helps \m/
  • Great naming for this new product series. I have to wait for the second generation of the DD wheel as I'm racing on PS4 only. But I will keep on tracking this product...
  • Préco to come !!!
  • First pics of the base, courtesy of Team Redline @ the SimRacing Expo 


  • Ok we see new DD. More specifications are welcome Thomas.
  • That camouflage paint needs to come off now, its now been officially revealed, but the size does look nice and compact oowweee  :-c
  • edited September 16
    So here it is.and about to feel it too. Yeah
    4640 x 2610 - 3M
    4640 x 2610 - 3M
  • edited September 16
    Same mounting holes/pattern than in CSW's? And does it have separate box for electronics like every other DD-wheel in market has?
  • edited September 16
    Someone who can translate from German?
    about four hours from the start of the live broadcast:


    ..


  • edited September 16
    Someone who can translate from German?
    about four hours from the start of the live broadcast:


    ..

    Heyho hristo,

    a few words about this interview with Thomas ... and sorry, english isnt my mother tongue ;-)

    2 different versions of Fanatecs DD wheel will be available and can be tested at Simracing EXPO. Both versions of Fanatecs Podium-Wheelbases differ in strength and price. Thomas mentioned compatibility of all Fanatec wheels with DD- Wheelbases and announced other simracingperipherals of Fanatecs Podium (hardcore) series like wheels, pedals, shifter and handbrake.

    Thomas underlined the collaboration with Porsche and he "gave us a secret" about developing brandnew Porsche Wheels ;-)

    A community event will possibly take place in November, where simracing community will be able to compare Fantecs brandnew DD-wheel to other simracing competitors.

    Thomas said that prices of DD-Wheels will be within the expected range of the simracing community. Nothing new about release date ... its ready when its ready, like Thomas said.

    Greetings



  • Someone who can translate from German?
    about four hours from the start of the live broadcast:


    ..

    Heyho hristo,

    a few words about this interview with Thomas ... and sorry, english isnt my mother tongue ;-)

    2 different versions of Fanatecs DD wheel will be available and can be tested at Simracing EXPO. Both versions of Fanatecs Podium-Wheelbases differ in strength and price. Thomas mentioned compatibility of all Fanatec wheels with DD- Wheelbases and announced other simracingperipherals of Fanatecs Podium (hardcore) series like wheels, pedals, shifter or handbrake.

    Thomas underlined the collaboration with Porsche and he "gave us a secret" about developing brandnew Porsche Wheels ;-)

    A community event will possibly take place in November, where simracing community will be able to compare Fantecs brandnew DD-wheel to other simracing competitors.

    Thomas said that prices of DD-Wheels will be within the expected range of the simracing community. Nothing new about release date ... its ready when its ready, like Thomas said.

    Greetings



    Thank you very much!
  • oohhh! the camouflage haha can't se the esthetics, guys make a review of the ddw, how is it? It doesn't look like a prototype anymore, I like it !

  • Same mounting holes/pattern than in CSW's? And does it have separate box for electronics like every other DD-wheel in market has?
    Yes, it has the 3 hole pattern like CSW base, without angle mount, and CSL E bases. It only has an external power brick. All electrics inside are wireless!!! It also has a display to navigate trough different type of settings like torque, with telemetry, temperature etc I'm hyped!!!!!

  • I am sure there are a decent amount of console players out there like myself who would certainly upgrade to a DD wheel. It is true that the DD base will probably be much more expensive than the consoles themselves, but to me that does not matter. I choose the simplicity of a console, but I still want the best wheel available to maximize my experience. My CSW v2 + XB1 Universal hub is awesome, but if there is something that is better, then I need it in my life!

    I know that I could move to PC racing to enjoy a richer experience, but for the moment I like being able to hook up to my consoles and a big TV.

    Looking forward to the unveiling!




    Oh man ...take my money

    I agree with and support both of the opinions above!
  • Nice beast :)

    Curious to see how your own designed motor compete against other DD on the market.

    Also curious to see what ffb settings/filtering/post processing you have included (is FEI supported ? I'm guessing it could be useful if a dd is even more analytic than your current belt driver bases).
  • edited September 17

  • The one question that still needs to be asked is what is the torque difference between the 2 DD wheels. The price will be what it will be, but the torque will give us a better idea of the power of the DD wheels vs the V2.5. 
Sign In or Register to comment.