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This colorful controller is designed for ‘Forza Horizon 5’

It comes with free special in-game items

The beauty of a game pad is the ease with which it can be transported. PHOTO FROM MICROSOFT

Playing any of the latest racing video games almost always necessitates the use of a driving wheel. Artificial physics has become so realistic that traditional controllers simply won’t cut it anymore. However, there are players who do not have the space and/or the budget for a proper sim rig. And if you have preordered Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft has something special in store you.

That’s because you can now get a matching controller for the game: the Xbox Wireless Controller Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition. Admittedly, the device’s combination of a translucent yellow casing and white, blue and pink buttons and joysticks is an acquired taste. But it is far more interesting to look at than a regular black game pad, and should make the playing experience just a little more fun and engaging.

If you don't like the theme, you can avail of Microsoft's personalization service. PHOTOS FROM MICROSOFT

Other than that, it doesn’t have any performance advantages over standard Xbox controllers. But at $74.99 (P3,800), it is a lot less expensive than a basic racing wheel like a Logitech G29 ($350 without the gear stick). For every purchase of the colorful controller, Microsoft will throw in free in-game items like special cars, parts and characters.

You can preorder the game and the controller on Microsoft Store. Forza Horizon 5 will be out on November 9, 2021.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.