Since the demise of Microsoft’s own Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, the choices for anyone looking to move away from a pad towards the finer control and immersion of a good feedback steering wheel set-up have been limited. Seriously limited.
As the PlayStation 3 maintained a compatibility with a healthy range of wheels available for the PC such as those from Thrustmaster and Fanatec or the likes of Logitech’s G27 and its ‘official’ Gran Turismo wheel, the Driving Force GT, most players’ feedback considerations were aimed at either finding an old Microsoft wheel or moving to the Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios-partnered Fanatec spread that starts with the more wallet-friendly Forza Motorsport CSR and steps through the CSR Elite to conclude with the Porsche 911 GT2 model. Right now, even a hint of an alternative would be a welcome sight to many an Xbox 360 racer (and competition is good!).
With this in mind and following its earlier non-feedback Ferrari and Microsoft-licensed Ferrari 458 Italia wheel, Thrustmaster recently started to throw a spotlight on its next steering device.
Thrustmaster Teaser Trailer One:
Thrustmaster Teaser Trailer Two
The pit lane door is slowly opening…
To quote Thrustmaster’s last update, “expectations” are currently for a full press release to happen either on Wednesday, 15th August or with it being the week of Cologne’s Gamescom, at some point over the next few days.
Alongside the currently available PC and PS3-compatible TH8 RS shifter and T500 RS wheel and the 360-compatible Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel, Thrustmaster will highlight “some brand new products!” – including this barely-glimpsed Ferrari wheel with its “TOTALLY NEW SENSATIONS” and “MULTIPLE FUNCTIONALITIES”. More optimistically than the text update, the second video’s caption tells us that all will be unveiled on Wednesday.
Thrustmaster will showcase their products throughout Gamescom 2012 in Hall 7.1, at Booth C031.