Xbox One Thrustmaster TX Costs $399, May Not Come With Pedals, Gearshift
New information has emerged for the proprietary gaming wheel for the Xbox One, the Thrustmaster TX from Guillemot Corporation. The Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia is designed to offer Xbox gamers the same level of prestige and high level of quality that you would find from a real life racing wheel.
Veni Vidi Vici managed to uncover some extra details on the new racing peripheral that were previously hidden under secrecy and exclusivity.
So what did Team VVV find out? Well, the new Thrustmaster TX comes with full-on force feedback. Originally, it was speculated that maybe the Thrustmaster TX would be force-feedbackless and that gamers would simply have to settle for sitting there in their chairs, experiencing the thrill and exhilaration of racing without any of the pumping, thrusting and gyrating from their Thrustmaster.
Well, as noted by Team VVV, the Thrustmaster TX features an...
"industrial-class brushless motor" that will deliver a "super smooth and seamless force feedback effect" and "ultra responsive and realistic force effects."
Well that's a huge relief, eh? One might have thought that for the price of a PlayStation 4 and featuring the absence of a rumble motor was some higher-up's idea of a sick joke. But alas, for the $399.99 price tag you will at least get some rumble from your thruster.
However... there is a potential downside. Despite having the rumble confirmed for the Forza Motorsport 5 compatible racing wheel, Team VVV notes that there has been no confirmation on a pedal setup, which should include a gas, brake and clutch pedal, nor was there any confirmation on a gearshift setup, which should at least allow gamers to manually shift. Then again, if you don't have a clutch you can't really shift gears, or vice versa.
Even more than this, there has been no confirmation as to whether or not the Thrustmaster TX will even be compatible with existing gear shifts and pedals.
The reason for a lot of this uncertainty is because Microsoft changed the way peripheral makers design hardware for the Xbox One. In fact, there's no such thing as simply making third-party peripherals for the Xbox One independently in the way that they were made for the Xbox 360. Instead, all peripheral makers have to become certified by Microsoft to make devices for the Xbox One, as evidenced when Turtle Beach was revealed to be the first third-party hardware manufacturer to sign on and make certified devices for the Xbox One. PDP was the second peripheral maker to also sign on as a certified hardware maker for Xbox One utilities as well, and apparently this Thrustmaster has been given the greenlight as well.
This certainly does limit what sort of devices gamers can expect to see arriving on the Xbox One and it also puts a damper on gamers looking to get ancillary accessories for the Xbox One since there's such a huge walled garden on what can be made available for the system. Hopefully, at the $399.99 price tag the Thrustmaster TX will at least come with pedals and a gearshift, otherwise it would just be more efficient to buy a PS4... or even join the Glorious PC Master Race for that price.
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