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Thrustmaster VG Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Racing Wheel for Xbox

Platform : Xbox 360, Windows
Rated: Everyone
3.9 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews

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  • The world's first wheel with official licenses from Ferrari® and Microsoft Xbox 360®
  • Replica of the wheel on the latest Ferrari 458 Italia, star vehicle of Forza Motorsport® 4!
  • 11" XXL size (7/10ths of the original) with rubber texture cladding for optimal handling on Xbox 360®.
  • Wheel-mounted sequential gearbox: 2 Ferrari GT-style metal paddle shifters.
  • Pedal set featuring pedals with long range of travel, plus realistic resistance and angle
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Product Description

The Thrustmaster Racing Wheel for Xbox360 is a replica of the "Ferrari 458 Italia" wheel. For the first time ever on Xbox 360 - A replica Ferrari wheel at an attractive price, for passion and racing excitement. Never before has a true replica wheel been so accessible for Xbox 360 gamers. The genuine "Manettino " dial offers a 2-position switch allowing users to directly change game settings while they race (example: changing views in Forza Motorsport 4); It automatically returns to neutral position. There are 8 easy-access action buttons + one 8-direction D-pad in the form of an "Engine Start" button. The Xbox Guide button with illuminated ring indicates the player number. The super-stable, practical V-shaped clamping system can be attached to any table or desk. The Xbox 360 USB 2.0 Full Speed cable with InLine Quick Release connector (3 meter length), makes for a totally safe connection. The Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel is both Xbox360 and PC compatible.

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Thrustmaster Racing Wheel for Xbox 360
Replica racing wheel is based on the unique design of the Ferrari 458 Italia. View larger

Thrustmaster Racing Wheel for Xbox 360
Genuine "Manettino" dial enables users to directly change game settings while racing

The Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Wheel for Xbox 360 is a replica of the steering wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia. For the first time ever on Xbox 360 Thrustmaster delivers a replica Ferrari wheel at an attractive price for passion and racing excitement. The genuine "Manettino" dial offers a 2-position switch allowing users to directly change game settings while they race (such as changing views in Forza Motorsport 4). A centering mechanism automatically returns the wheel to neutral position.

There are 8 easy-access action buttons, plus one 8-direction D-pad in the form of an "Engine Start" button. The Xbox Guide button with illuminated ring indicates the player number. The super-stable and practical V-shaped clamping system can be attached to any table or desk. The included Xbox 360 USB 2.0 Full Speed cable with InLine Quick Release connector (9' length) makes for a totally safe connection. The Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel is both Xbox360- and PC-compatible.

Designed in Collaboration with Ferrari

A new competitor on the crowded Xbox 360 track which offers an increasing number of quality racing games, the Thrustmaster crew is well-equipped with expertise and leadership in the field of racing wheels. To reach the pole position, a specific development process was initiated in close collaboration with Ferrari. The Maranello engineers' latest flagship, the Ferrari 458 Italia, was chosen as a basis for the creation of this replica racing wheel--a logical choice owing to this unique car's design and character, on par with the Xbox 360's specifications.

Thrustmaster Racing Wheel for Xbox 360
The first Thrustmaster replica Ferrari wheel designed for Xbox 360

On one side, the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Wheel for Xbox 360 features an exclusive racing wheel with a large number of controls, without sacrifing the ease of navigating the Xbox 360 with a native controller. The Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Wheel for Xbox 360 embodies the symbiosis of these two components, combining truly unique design with exceptional ergonomics. The different action buttons and controls are within easy reach of the user's fingers, making it simple to customize settings while racing, or access the Xbox 360 interface. Most importantly, this lets gamers get comfortable with the controller quickly, and focus on immersing themselves in the total excitement of racing.

Aggressive and Complete

The racing wheel's 11 inch diameter wheel and rubber-textured grip will enable drivers to improve their best lap times consistently, with optimum comfort. Gears are shifted up and down using the wheel's built-in metal gear shifters. Unrivalled realism and detail are supported by the presence of a "Manettino" dial enabling users to modify certain in-race settings (such as changing player views in Forza Motorsport 4).

Extensive equipment is available out of the box with 8 action buttons, an Engine Start D-pad, an Xbox 360 Guide button and a connector for the Xbox 360 headset and microphone. Under the bonnet dwells a "Bungee Cord" automatic centering system offering progressive resistance over a 270-degree angle, for a more immersive racing experience. The pedal base hasn't been neglected: it features a wide footrest, a long-stroke accelerator pedal, and a resistant brake pedal for more precision.


Product Information

ASIN B005K1SI8A
Release date October 31, 2011
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,261 in videogames
#1 in Automotive > Interior Accessories > Steering Wheels & Accessories > Steering Wheels
#22 in Automotive > Replacement Parts > Steering System
#154 in Automotive > Replacement Parts > Body & Trim > Trim > Interior
Pricing The strikethrough price is the List Price. Savings represents a discount off the List Price.
Product Dimensions 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.3 inches
Media: Video Game
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I got this for Christmas from Walmart and I love it. I have been wanting to get this since its inception and finally got it. Below are the pros and cons I have. Please feel to comment and ask me any additional questions you have.

Pros
1) Compatible with PC/xbox360
2) Using almost a month now with no issues and dont know how long it will last.
3) Pretty sturdy build
4) If its your first wheel, you'll love it
5) Incredibly fun and works awesome with forza 3, 4
7) I've played for over 7 hour stretches with rough handling from children and it seems to have not broken and works well

Cons)
1) Force feedback isn't its strongest point (but I wasn't really wanting it since I get plenty of that when I drive to work)
2) No stick shift (only paddle shift,,again this was actually a pro for me, I didn't want a goddamn stick shift)
3) Small dialup like wire that connects the accelerator/break at the foot to the steering wheel, try not to get this pulled off and keep it safely, (I haven't had issues with it but it looks like it can get damaged)
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Many people are talking bad about this, but I can see no reason for it. Yes, there is a 10 degree or so area in the middle of the turning radius, but I stopped noticing that within less than an hour. After that this has been pure fun.

Keep in mind you can not play with this wheel in your lap. You have to have a stand for this. I built a cheap stand from PVC and haven't looked back. I picked this up for Forza 4 and could not be happier for the money.

That is where the problems come in for most people. This is much easier to buy than a unit for clutch and shifter, force feedback, and full turning tension. It is unfair to hope for this wheel to do all the things for the $300 plus wheels do. For the money you simply can not beat this steering wheel. It could be better, but it could cost twice what it does too.
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Waiting for this to finally be available after several delays, got it delivered today.

Opened the box and was impressed with how the wheel looked...however it does feel pretty flimsy. Has some nice rubberized grips and the shift paddles are metal and have a nice chunky clunk when you shift them. The pedals and base are a little awkward...unless you have a lot of weight resting on the pad they tend to lift off the ground under heavy brake or accelerator application. The clamping mechanism works pretty well, it stayed securely attached to my table for the 10 minutes I could stomach using it.

In terms of actually in-game use, I'm incredibly dissapointed. I guess part of it is my fault...I knew this wheel had no ForceFeedback but I assumed no one would build a controller without rumble. In the first few moments I realized I shouldn't have assumed this. There is ZERO feedback from games. If you play Forza 4 or F1 2011 in simulation mode, you know how critical it is to have feedback from the tires even if there's no official "Force Feedback". I found myself actually being significantly slower than I am with a regular controller, which is a pretty sad statement. Force Feedback adds a lot of cost to a unit, but for the gains in playability vs cost I can't understand why this doesn't have a rumble feature.

Another huge drawback is the motion of the wheel itself. It has some kind of spring or elastic material that increases tension as you increase steering angle. Right around the middle there is probably a 30 degree "dead zone" where the wheel just effortlessly floats back and forth. Trying to keep a car stable going down the straight at Silverstone on approach to Stowe is essentially impossible...
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Purchased one for my Grandson two years ago and he said it was the best gift I ever got him. After two years of daily use I had to replace with a new one because it was something he could not live without.
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In terms of design, this wheel is just about perfect for my uses. The hand grips are very ergonomic and comfortable to hold. All the buttons are easily reachable and intuitively placed. The paddle shifters feel crisp and snappy. All-in-all the tactile experience is very satisfying.

That said, I've had 2 of these wheels, and both of them have had build quality issues. The first wheel felt great, all the buttons were firm and snappy and the elastic resistance in the wheel was perfectly balanced and consistent. Unfortunately it soon became totally unresponsive and could not be detected by any PC or Xbox.

I sent it back and received a replacement, but this one had problems of its own. Inside the wheel there are 2 elastic tensioners which are supposed to provide equal resistance so that the wheel snaps back to a neutral position when not being touched. One of the tensioners on the replacement wheel is loose however. There is about 6 inches of slack in the wheel and a clacking noise every time it turns, which spoils the feel just enough to make it not worth using. It would be easy to fix the loose tensioner, but annoyingly the wheel is assembled with locking clips that will break if you open the shell. I got it open enough to see inside and identify the problem, but any more and it would have broken.

So to sum up, buying this product is essentially a crap-shoot due to poor manufacturing standards/shoddy build quality. I'm still debating whether to have mine replaced again.
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