• Dec 9th 2010 at 10:01AM
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Let's face it – driving games are best enjoyed when your control surfaces are in the shape of a proper steering wheel. Naturally, we'd rather have a nice set of pedals and a manual-ish shifter to go along with it, but we'll take what we can get.

And so we present to you the Thrustmaster T500RS, which will apparently be an officially licensed steering wheel accessory for Gran Turismo 5. At present, Logitech's Driving Force wheel is the only available steering wheel controller for the real racing sim.

Obviously, we haven't yet sampled this controller and therefore can't cast our own judgment, but Thrustmaster claims its new T500RS will be the most precise wheel on the market. Such precision won't come cheap – current speculation has this peripheral coming in with a $500 price tag. Be prepared to cough up extra for the shifter accessory.

Surely, you've got to pay to play, as they say, but can we just remind you that you could theoretically put together a LeMons race car for about that same kind of dough? Just sayin'.

[Source: Thrustmaster via Engadget]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I got a dented box deal on my g27. Dented box deals from Logitech mean that, obviously the box was dented but the product is brand new and in perfect condition. They did 50% off w/ free shipping, so I got it for 180.

      Then I bought a 120gb slim for 210 w/ Bing cashback and finally gt5 collectors for 100.

      That's a total of 490... lol. Everything had free shipping.

      I'll tell you guys, the g27 is great and miles better than the gamepad. This is my first ever racing wheel and I love it. You wouldn't regret this purchase.

      The thrustmaster on the other hand is late to the party and just because the buttons are marked with the ps3 buttons doesn't make this worth it. Remember the g27 works with PC as well, I played shift and race 07 before gt5. I just wished it worked on 360 as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what no mannetino?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't this old news? Very old news?

      $500 is a bit extreme, I don't think I'll be buying one. A G27 can't be that much worse, if it is worse at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With $500 I could buy a PS3 and GT5 and a Logitech Driving Force GT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'll live with my G25 which was less than half the price several years ago.

      I'll tell you, Kaz really has a set on him to ask that anyone spend that much on a wheel to go with his half finished game.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's actually a good wheel, and not just an expensive one, it would probably be worth it for anyone who enjoys racing sims. I've been using a Logitech Momo for the past few years. Infinitely better than the cheapo one I had before it. Still, at $500, it has to be really really good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Logitech isn't the only wheel that bolts up the the PS3. My Fanatec 911 Turbo wheel handles PS3 driving duties quite well...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll stick with my G27

      $300 is enough in my book, but I hope GT5 will actually find time to support my wheel to its full capacity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Logitech wheels are damn good, but there's nothing like a little competition to light a fire under their asses.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      you can buy a steering wheel thats all fine and dandy, to bad the people developing these race games besides gran turismo are not supporting any steering wheels so kinda pointless to even talk about these overpriced steering wheels, i mean $500 for a steering wheel you can play one game with, all set with that.
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