Sony PlayStation Move Racing Wheel is one crazy contraption

Motion-controlled gaming does function pretty well in many applications, but one area where it leads to nothing but confusion and frustration is in racing games. People hated Microsoft's Kinect-powered hands-free racing mini-games, Nintendo's Mario Kart on Wii only works well if you have a Wii Remote wheel attachment, and now Sony is going down that same path.

The company is launching the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel, which is an admittedly awkward-looking giant PS3 controller with a large hole in the middle for users to plug in their Move controller. It's designed to incorporate the motion-sensing functionality of the Move while also giving players a more rigid steering mechanic along with more functionally viable buttons.

"he PlayStation Move Racing Wheel will be available this fall for $39.99 and will support upcoming racing games like LittleBigPlanet Karting, in addition to PS3 racing favorites like Gran Turismo 5, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Burnout Paradise, MotorStorm Apocalypse, and more," Sony confirmed in a PlayStation Blog post. This is one of the few ideas Sony has employed to make PlayStation Move interesting again. The other major one is the augmented reality children's book platform called Wonderbook.

[via PlayStation Blog]