The Ultimate Gran Turismo 5 Racing Wheel Is Actually $US600

Would you pay $US600 for a more realistic Gran Turismo 5 experience? Thrustmaster has made the T500 RS racing wheel official, delivering new details and specifications on the accessory that costs twice as much as a PlayStation 3.

Earlier this month we caught our first glimpse of Thrustmaster's T500 RS, a racing wheel controller specifically created for use with Gran Turismo 5. Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi himself tasked Thrustmaster with creating the device to his exacting specifications.

"The goal that I set for the Thrustmaster team was to design for me the most precise wheel ever developed, without any latency – to accurately reproduce the sensations of GT5, and let users truly feel the emotions experienced by drivers on real racing circuits."

The end result is an absolutely gorgeous racing wheel, a weighty beast festooned with real metal parts and force feedback driven by a 65W industrial motor, providing 150mNm at 3000rpm. The wheel itself offers 1080-degree rotation (three full turns), with a motorised stopping mechanism allowing players to adjust the rotation to fit their driving style.

The metal pedal set is quite attractive as well, with adjustable resistances and two different positions: "Floor-mounted" F1 style, or "suspended" GT style.

This is the sort of racing setup that cries out for a full car cockpit with a widescreen LCD display where the windshield should be.

The high level of quality comes at quite a steep price. The suggested retail price is $US599.99, not counting the optional independent gear stick Thrustmaster plans on releasing in the coming months.

Is Gran Turismo 5 worth that sort of investment to you?

The T500 RS wheel and pedal set will be available later this month or in early January, depending on the region.


    Considering it would run about $700 here MINIMUM, id say its not worth it.
    I payed $400 for my G27 and that was stretching it.
    I suppose if you made a cockpit it would be fine, but as a normal living room thing it seems too much.

      From my own experience, I can't abide using driving wheels without a cockpit. Using it on a lap or clamped to a coffee table is a horrible experience and just feels 'loose', if you're not going for a cockpit/bucket seat combination with your already overpriced wheel, just use a controller imo.

    Not worth it, because of the lack of a seqential or six speed shifter.
    If you're going to pay $600 for a wheel, it needs some good extras.
    That's why the g25, g27 and Fanatec 911 wheels do so well.

      And will you have to pay for the shifter? If so, then I'll say. "no, thanks".

    I'd say that's pretty fething disgusting that they are charging that much, whilst slating it's the most authentic device on the market, and then not supplying the gear shifter...

    Paddles are all well and good, but there's a certain satisfaction from reaching down and slamming those gears home.

    But yeah, i'm no where near a hardcorse racing fan, so it's a masive no from me.. followed by a big long NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    You know, when it's released in Australia, you'd most likely be able to get 2 brand new PS3's for the same price.... just food for thought...

      The Logitech Driving Force GT might be worth a go for you. I'm not really a racing fan myself, I tend to play them for a bit but then get bored but a mate had just bought a G27 and was waxing lyrical about it so I decided on a gamble and bought the GT and the difference is just incredible. Its gone from feeling like "I'm playing a game" to "I'm driving a car" and that alone has managed to keep my interest from waning in the slightest

    I'll stick to my $135 Driving Force GT wheel thanks...

    Maybe I'm part of the minority here, but I dig Paddle shifters. It's not quite as a visceral experience as a stick, but "Look ma! No hands!", it certainly allows smoother shifting and without taking a single iota of concentration away from steering.

    It's pretty steep when the unit is incomplete. $600.00 US for the wheel and pedals then they rob you further to get a shifter. That's fucken pathetic.

    I have a G27 and a cockpit and it's brilliant. I shall never play a racing game with a controller ever again...

    You wouldn't buy something like this without an appropriate place (cockpit/ raceseat) to mount it. For many, this is just too far out of thier league.

    Pretty bloody ugly too I reckon.

    For god sake stop bitching about the price, if you're not going to buy it then fair enough don't buy it, but considering its not that much more expensive than the G27, yet it combines way more technology and features, with far better build quality it seems pretty right to me. Why not wait until you see the shifter unit before complaining about the fact you'll have to buy it seperately?

    If it's 'so expensive' as it is, then imagine how much more you would have to pay if the shifter was included! Its about acessing a wider customer base, and imho it is quite clever.

      Not much more expensive than the G27? Not sure what G27 you're looking at but the RRP for the Thrustmaster is DOUBLE the RRP for the G27(in USD anyway). You'll only find those with money to burn buying this new one. Still, it is cheaper than the real thing...

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