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$700 Gran Turismo wheel makes us feel inadequate

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There are a lot of PS3 racing wheels out there, but there are only two that have actually received an official license from Gran Turismo. This is the second one.

It is the Thrustmaster T500 RS, and it's not for the faint of heart. With a nearly all-metal design, a super rugged exterior, precision controls, and weighing in at a whopping 26.5 pounds, it's controller is a beast.

And it has the price tag to match. It's about $700, and is currently only available in Australia, Europe, and Africa of all places. Apparently Americans aren't big enough racing fans to have it brought over here. At least not yet.

Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauichi himself was part of the design process for the wheel, and is proud enough to put his seal of approval on it.

"The goal that I set for the Thrustmaster team was to design for me the most precise wheel ever developed, without any latency - to accurately reproduce the sensations of GT5, and let users truly feel the emotions experienced by drivers on real racing circuits," said Yamauchi.

Jan 5, 2011

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8 comments

  • reaperman22 - January 6, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    the sad thing was i was just starting to look for a seat when this popped up in the gt5 news thing i thought it looked great so i looked it up and nearly collapsed when i saw the price, now when i buy my cheap ass logitech one im going to feel very inadequate
  • Crimmy - January 6, 2011 5:36 a.m.

    Where's Justin drooling over this?
  • sweetzombiejesus - January 5, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    When I saw this article the first thing that came to my mind was, I wonder what Justin thinks about it.
  • NightCrawler_358 - January 5, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    So wheres the red shell button?
  • cjwalsh7 - January 5, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Why does it have a clutch but only comes with paddle shifters?
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 5, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    yeah, really, everett. Newaiz, wow. That's probably the most expensive piece of gaming equipment, console or otherwise, that I've ever heard of. 0_o What's Justin Towell's thoughts on this?
  • grandinquisitor - January 5, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    I love my $700 ferrari.
  • everettmiller - January 5, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    first! and if u had 700 to spend on a racing wheel, wouldn't you already be occupied by your Ferrari or Lamborghini?

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