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GT5's Top End Steering Wheel Will Set You Back $500

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Pictures have circulated of the new Thrustmaster T500RS, a high-end racing wheel for for Gran Turismo 5, but nothing's official yet and no one was clear on what it cost, until GT's creator piped up over Twitter.

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Five hundred bucks, said Kazunori Yamauchi to GTPlanet. It'll feature three pedals, a high power motor, backlash-free belt drive, and high speed processing with low latency. Yamauchi himself is fired up about it: "T500RS has great potential. I can not wait to launch the device." he said over Twitter.

It's a hell of a nice wheel but it's a hell of a pretty penny to pay, too. Pictures at the link below.

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The Thrustmaster T500 RS (New Official Wheel) Thread - Pics Are In! [GTPlanet, via RipTen]

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zacharyoberle
Zachary Oberle

$500? Seriously?

That's pretty ballsy when the Logitech G25 is looming large on the race wheel scene and you can get one of them for half of what Thrustmaster wants for theirs. Yea, the 6-speed shifter on the Logitech is pretty clicky and toy-like, but at least you don't have to buy it separately. I seriously doubt their wheel can be enough of an improvement over the G25 to be worth it. Other than top-hinged pedals (which, as a G25 owner, I would love to have) I don't see what else the thing's got. Three pedals, 900 degrees of steering travel, manual shifter, the G25 has all that stuff.

Unless the T500 has unbelievably good build quality (something the G25 lacks, although mine is still working great after hundreds of hours of use) I don't see it getting much of a foothold in the market.