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More immersion when playing F1 2012
on December 28, 2012
Needless to say, this is an expensive "add-on" but still well worth it if you play Formula1 a lot and have some some spare change lying around. The firmware in the wheel has to be updated in order for the housing to recognize the wheel. The download worked exactly as described and the wheel functions normally. Far and away, the most significant feature of this wheel is the fact that the paddle shifters rotate with the wheel like every other wheel on the market (with the exception of the T500RS). I also discovered a feature not frequently talked about but true to actual F1 wheels ..... you can actually upshift and downshift with either paddle. If you configure the game to upshift with the right paddle and downshift with the left (customary) you can downshift with the right and upshift with the left by pushing the paddles forward instead of pulling them towards you. It may not sound like much but it can free one hand while you answer the phone or take a sip of coffee and still being able to up and down shift when needed with the remaining hand. The large rotary dials in the center section are non-functional and are visual esthetics only. The push buttons, toggle switches and two rotary thumb-wheels provide all the functions normally programmed by any game. Some people have complained about the buttons being hard to access while driving but this is a subjective perspective. It feels difficult at first, especially if you are switching from a wheel with the buttons closer, but after a couple days of racing, they fall into place accordingly. Same can be said for the D-Pads .... they are smaller and stiffer and feel different, but they just require getting used to them, that's all. Also, and very importantly, the GT wheel and the F1 Ferrari wheel can be switched out with each other in about 30 seconds once you've done it once. The wheel comfort isn't as good as the GT wheel but nothing to be concerned about.
UPDATE .... one of the toggle switches failed within 6 months. It wasn't like it failed to the point where it wasn't operational, it shorted out somehow in a way that affected nine other buttons on the wheel. When I contacted Thrustmaster they made me provide a video uploaded to their server with the unit connected to their online control panel in order to prove to them that it was indeed defective. Then I had to pay shipping cost to return it to their service facility in Montreal. Apparently, it wasn't a simple matter of replacing the toggle switch as they sent me a complete new wheel about 2.5 weeks later. Still I'm removing one star for the defect and difficulty that I had in getting the issue resolved.