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'Top Gear' Hosts Talk Gaming

10 Jun, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Foust, co-host of History Channel’s “Top Gear,” is excited about the show-themed gaming seats that debuted at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) because it adds another tie-in to gaming for “Top Gear,” with the show already featured in Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One.

However, his fellow co-host Adam Ferrera is excited for more basic reasons.

“I think it’s great because I get one!” Ferrera said.

Coming from the BBC Worldwide North America and racing simulator company Playseat, the “Top Gear” gaming seats are compatible with driving games on all platforms, including PC, Mac, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, and Wii U, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The simulators offer a realistic, responsive ride for driving games, and work with all wheels and pedals in the gaming market, including Thrustmaster, Logitech and Fanatec.

The Playseat Evolution Top Gear is meant for home use and retails for $399 while the Playseat Xtreme Elite is meant for arcades and other public uses, and retails for $1,950. Both will be available in July.

“Top Gear’ fans recognize that no one drives quite like the Stig, but we’re delighted to give them a new way to hone their skills as though they are wearing that white jumpsuit themselves,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP of home entertainment and licensing for BBC Worldwide North America, which has released four seasons of “Top Gear” on disc. “To us, ‘Top Gear’ is a brand that has always been on the cutting edge, representing quality and fun, and in Playseat we discovered a partner that brings the same attributes to the table.”

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