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Logitech Shifts Into High Gear — WingMan® Formula™ Force GP and Formula™ GP Racing Wheels Hit The Road

 



Re-engineered, $99.95 USB Force-Feedback Racing Wheel Now Available

Fremont, CA — August 30, 2000 — Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGIY)(Switzerland:LOGN, LOGZ), international market leader in human interface devices that define the way people link to information and entertainment in business, at home and online, announced that both of its new racing wheels —WingMan® Formula™ Force GP and WingMan® Formula™ GP - are now available. The Formula Force GP, with a suggested retail price of $99.95, and the Formula GP, with a suggested retail price of $49.95, are available at retail outlets, at various Internet locations and at http://www.logitech.com.

WingMan Formula Force GP

The Logitech WingMan Formula Force GP, the new standard in USB force-feedback racing wheels, replaces the WingMan® Formula™ Force with a similar feature set but at a significantly lower price. Force-feedback technology provides a heightened level of realism and interactivity in racing games by letting gamers feel the bumps on the road and the impact of hitting a wall or crashing without ever spending a dime on gas.

With a full-size 10-inch wheel, the WingMan Formula Force GP offers an extremely realistic feel, comfortable rubber handgrips and precise steering control. Two wheel-mounted gear shifters let gamers keep their hands on the wheel while changing gears quickly, while four fully-programmable buttons make for simplicity in controlling the horn, lights and other car functions. For those who like to put the ‘pedal to the metal,´ the Formula Force GP offers realistic gas and brake pedals, a weighted pedals base and a non-slip textured floorboard. A dual clamping system holds the wheel base tight and secure — all that´s missing is the checkered flag at the finish line.

The Formula Force GP racing wheel is easy to set up and use. Its USB interface provides plug-and-play performance with the Microsoft Windows® 98 and Windows® 2000 operating systems. With TouchSense™ technology licensed from Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), force feedback is available in all PC games written to support standard force feedback for either joysticks or racing games. It comes bundled with Sports Car GT™, a racing game by Electronic Arts™. Sports Car GT provides high-speed racing in the world´s fastest sports cars on a variety of tracks.

WingMan Formula GP

The Logitech WingMan Formula GP, a gameport-interfaced non-force feedback wheel, replaces the WingMan Formula with a similar feature set at a much lower price. It offers the same 10-inch wheel size and features stylish yellow rubber hand grips. It also includes two wheel-mounted shifters, four action buttons, a solid dual clamping system, and the same realistic gas and brake pedals as the WingMan Formula Force GP.

When using either of the joysticks with the included Logitech WingMan® Profiler software, players can double the number of programmable functions by using the shift button option, create and save customized button functions for their favorite games, print out profiles for a quick reference and even download new game profiles from http://www.logitech.com.

System Requirements

The WingMan Formula Force GP requires a PC with a Pentium 166 MHz or faster processor, 32 MB of RAM, 20 MB available hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive, an available USB port, and Windows 98 or 2000.

The WingMan Formula GP requires a PC-compatible computer with an available gameport connector. Supported operating systems include DOS, Windows-based operating systems, and Linux.

About Logitech

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets human interface devices and supporting software that link people to the Internet and enable them to work, play, learn and communicate more effectively in the digital world. Logitech´s interface products include Internet video cameras; input and pointing devices such as optical mice, corded and cordless mice, keyboards and optical trackballs; multimedia speakers; and interactive entertainment products such as joysticks, gamepads and racing systems.

With operational headquarters through its U.S. subsidiary in Fremont, California, and regional headquarters through local subsidiaries in Romanel, Switzerland, and Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded in Switzerland under the symbols LOGN and LOGZ, and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGIY). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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