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Thrustmaster VG Thrustmaster TH8RS Gearbox for PC & PS3

Platform : PlayStation 3, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • The internal mechanism, the lever, the outer housing, and the clamping system are 100% metal -This robust design significantly contributes to the extremely realistic in-game sensations delivered by the TH8 RS
  • Unrivalled precision with H.E.A.R.T (Hall Effect AccuRate Technology-) featuring a magnetic sensor without any potentiometer or tact switch - Eliminates wear due to contact for an unlimited product lifespan
  • The firmware can be upgraded to offer all foreseeable evolutions assuring users that the TH8 RS is here to make a lasting impression
  • The TH8 RS with USB connectivity is compatible with the T500 RS racing wheel on PlayStation3 (a list of compatible games is available on the Thrustmaster support website) and with all currently available racing wheels for PC

Product Description

Product Description

To meet the expectations of numerous motor racing fans, Thrustmaster is launching the TH8 RS - a high-end, separate and versatile gearbox. The device’s two configurations - H-pattern and sequential - enable drivers to select their favorite driving style. Some virtual drivers cannot imagine shifting speeds otherwise than with a specific gearbox. With the TH8 RS, which boasts unrivalled technical innovations supported by pending patent applications, Thrustmaster now offers a device that is realistic enough to satisfy even the most demanding drivers. At first glance, the TH8 RS looks realistic enough to be fitted to a real car. It features a 13 cm (5.12 in.) tall stick with a removable knob; the stick is compatible with real-life universal gear shift knobs. The TH8 RS includes two interchangeable shift plates, each suited to a specific configuration - "H-pattern" (7 gears plus 1 reverse gear) and "Sequential" (pull the lever towards the "+" mark to gear up, and push it towards the "-" mark to gear down). To allow users to freely adjust the TH8 RS to their convenience, the position and the rotation angles of the shift plate and clamping system can be adjusted by 360 degrees. The removable clamping system, optimized for any type of support, is also open to customization: it is suited to both table tops and shelves (1 to 55 mm thick) and cockpits alike (built-in "screw threads" are located under the TH8 RS). Gear strokes can also be adjusted (via a downloadable PC application and the device’s internal memory), as well as the gear shift’s resistance.

From the Manufacturer

To meet the expectations of numerous motor racing fans, Thrustmaster brings you the TH8 RS--a high-end, separate and versatile gearbox available for the PC and PlayStation 3. The device's two configurations (H-pattern and sequential) enable drivers to select their favorite driving style.

Thrustmaster TH8 RS Gearbox
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Some virtual drivers cannot imagine shifting speeds with anything other than a specific gearbox. With the TH8 RS, boasting unrivalled technical innovations supported by pending patent applications, Thrustmaster now offers a device that is realistic enough to satisfy even the most demanding drivers.

Extreme Realism

At first glance, the TH8 RS looks realistic enough to be fitted to a real car. It features a 5.12-inch tall stick with a removable knob; the stick is compatible with real-life universal gear shift knobs. The TH8 RS includes two interchangeable shift plates, each suited to a specific configuration: an "H-pattern" (7 gears plus 1 reverse gear) and "Sequential" (pull the lever towards the "+" mark to gear up, and push it towards the "–" mark to gear down). Pick the shifting style to match your preference, and drive on. Shifting gears with the TH8 RS feels just like in a real car.

Thrustmaster TH8 RS Gearbox
High-quality construction and convenient adjustability.
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Absolute Precision

Thrustmaster built the TH8 RS with unrivalled precision in mind, by including H.E.A.R.T (Hall Effect AccuRate Technology) technology featuring a magnetic sensor without any potentiometer or tact switch. This design eliminates wear due to contact for a potentially unlimited product lifespan. In addition, the firmware can be upgraded to evolve with your system, assuring you that the TH8 RS is here to make a lasting impression.

Full Adjustability

You can freely adjust the TH8 RS to your convenience. The position and the rotation angles of the shift plate and clamping system can be adjusted by 360 degrees. The removable clamping system, optimized for any type of support, is also open to customization: it is suited to both table tops and shelves (1 to 55 mm thick) and cockpits alike, with built-in "screw threads" located under the TH8 RS. Gear strokes and shift resistance can also be adjusted via a downloadable PC application and the device's internal memory.

USB Connection

When used with a PC, the gearbox is compatible with all racing wheels and games on the market that support multi-USB and gearboxes. When used with the PS3, the gearbox is compatible with racing wheels such as the Thrustmaster T500 RS and games that have been developed to be compatible. Find a list of compatible PS3 games at http://ts.thrustmaster.com.

Durable, High-Quality Construction

The internal mechanism, the lever, the outer housing, and the clamping system are 100% metal. This robust design significantly contributes to the extremely realistic in-game sensations delivered by the TH8 RS.


Product Information

ASIN B005QIO40S
Release date October 31, 2011
Customer Reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #32,071 in videogames
#13,241 in Video Games > Accessories
Pricing The strikethrough price is the List Price. Savings represents a discount off the List Price.
Product Dimensions 13 x 10.2 x 6.4 inches
Media: Video Game
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By dh on November 14, 2011
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I'll write a fuller review in a few days, but out of the box this stick is quite impressive. The cover of the box advertises that it is 90% metal. It was easy to assemble (just screw on shift nob). But it comes preassembled with the 7 gear shifter installed. If you want to use the +/- shifter, you have to use the allen key it was supplied with and unscrew the 7 shift plate, and replace it with the +/-. The 7 sift plate is metal, whereas the +/- is plastic, but it feels like sturdy plastic. There is a metal spring-like clip on the +/- shifter that springs your stickshift back to the middle once you've disengaged it. The shifter has a USB cable which you connect to a separate port on your PS3.
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If you are looking to get past the flimsy H Pattern shifter the Logitech G27 comes with, this is the stick you want to buy. There are better sticks out there but NOT for this price point. The stick is sturdy and feels very comfortable in the hands. Each shift is very prominent and its very difficult to mis-shift with this thing. All in all I am very happy with the product and now have my eyes set on the Thrustmaster T500RS based on my experience with this shifter.
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This is a really nice shifter and works well for iRacing and other racing sims. The shifts feel smooth and crisp.

It's a bit of a nuisance to switch it to sequential mode, but I never use that anyway.

The only thing I wish it had is an optional 4-speed plate for NASCAR-style cars. (Some third-party companies and enthusiasts make such a plate, but they are not always available because it's such a niche item.)

If this is out of stock, look for the Thrustmaster TH8A which is, from what I can tell, virtually identical except that it has an additional method of connection. (It has the USB connection like this one, but can also be attached directly to certain Thrustmaster wheels.)
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I purchased this shifter unit as an upgrade for my Logitech G27 which has a pretty good H shifter but I was after a little more robust "real car feel".

My rig is PC based and my main sim platform is GT Legends. I did a little research on a couple of forums to make sure this unit would be compatible with my G27/GTL combo.

A pleasant surprise after I mounted the shifter and plugged in the USB cord was that this unit worked perfectly the first try. No supplemental download nonsense, no mystery reconfiguring of the universe........plug and play for real!!

The mechanism can be converted to a modern style sequential shifter if desired but that process is a little tedious requiring removal of the gate plate, manipulation of a very tiny, fragile appearing switch, and installation of the included sequential gate.
I have not used the sequential mod as my sim racing pursuits are confined to pre-'70's automobiles.

The shifting action has a nice feel, smooth and consistent. The supplied shift knob is threaded with a common pitch and almost any aftermarket knob is said to fit. There is a tension adjustment for the shift action but I've not needed it. The instruction manual is thorough and provides a link to proprietary software that can be used tune the unit. Since it works so well out of the box I haven't tried the downoad.

Mounting is simple using the clamp for most any table or desk top. The clamp can be removed and the unit mounted with screws into the body casting.

Since I'm a born hot-rodder I have to take everything apart to see how it's built and the internal mechanism of this shifter is well designed and simply executed with good materials. I expect it to be very durable and easily repairable if needed.
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I have the THRS shifter hooked up to a Logitech G27 and it is awesome. The THRS is a perfect replacement for the stock G27 shifter. Its so much better. I noticed a big difference right off the bat when I took off on a green flag start in NASCAR 2003 Season.
It almost has a realistic feel when going through the gates in a shift. I was able to pull away a lot faster on the green flag restarts also. It was easy to calibrate an hook up.
Also I have the 3/8-16 Hurst 5 speed shifter knob an it looks great and feels authentic while shifting gears.
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This shifter arrived quickly and I am very impressed with it. It's solid piece of hardware with very little plastic. The shifts are effortless and quiet with good resistance. The shifter plate can be unscrewed thus allowing you to rotate the actual shifter 360 degrees and this allows for several mounting angles and possibilities.
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I play mostly RBR, now with RSRBR2013 mod. I use Thrustmaster F430 wheel, Logitech G27 pedals set, and used Act-Labs shifter until it gave up on me due to short term reliability design with plastic internals. I found this TH8RS as returned item on sale here on amazon, decided to get it for under $100 as used. When i received this shifter everything was packed and looked as it was brand new, and it works perfectly for me. I love it. from failed ActLabs shifter i've made a handbrake with little redesign.
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I purchased this back in January 2012 to go along with my Thrustmaster T500 wheel and a nice playseat and I am still using this today! When they said the sensors never wear down, they really mean it! (And sometimes I really thrash this stick around in time trials!)

I played games ranging from Gran Turismo 5 on PS3 to Live for Speed on PC and it works flawlessly. USB connection and driver is recognized immediately. Calibration on PC is a snap and you can even set different gears for reverse and etc.

Now I know pedal shifters is the new thing and what not, but I just love driving manual and shifting gears the classic way. When I was a kid I would dream about owning a car rig and this is it! For example, on the Tsukuba Circuit in GT5 I would race around shifting and having loads of fun just cruising and testing out various Honda's tricked out like in the real world.

And yes, it does take a little getting used to because you do mis-shift if you don't depress the clutch all the way, and/or shifting into the wrong gated slot, or just timing it wrong. It can be embarassing and a little bit annoying but hey, at least it's in your own home and not at a 4 way stop sign on the way to work or something Lol!

BTW, the gated plate is very strong, and flows into each slot with no problems. After all this time, the part around stem where it hits the gate has worn a little on mine but still is solid and sturdy! I haven't tried sequential yet because I'm that much of a H shifted lover but all the parts are included for that as well.

Only minor gripes I have is that the shifting seems too loose, but I never tightened them up because I heard something can break in there or something.
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