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Thrustmaster To Introduce Direct-Drive Wheel

Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed that Thrusmtaster is bringing a direct-drive wheel to consoles.

This month’s Gran Turismo Sport reveal did not only show off a first glimpse of the Playstation 4 racing franchise but also allowed us a peek at what Thrustmaster is working on as the French company showed off their upcoming Gran Turismo-branded wheel.

Hidden behind glass, visitors could take a first peek of the new wheel but the most interesting detail was not visible to the naked eye as in a recent interview with GTPlanet, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed that the upcoming wheel will be bringing direct-drive technology to the consumer market.

Until now, direct-drive has been confined to semi-pro simulation solutions from companies like SimXperience and Leo Bodnar but the on-going arms race among the wheel manufacturers will now bring this pro-level technology to a mass market product.

One of the advantages of direct drive is a steady torque, as Yamauchi explained:

“I always felt with other wheels that something was wrong – that something was off. When we actually used the torque meter to measure the torque on those other steering wheels, there were some that had a high peak but would then drop off – they would only give the torque in spikes. So we went and redesigned it so that the torque delivery is linear. Even when you play with the wheel for hours at a time, the torque delivery will remain stable.”

Currently there are no further details on the wheels planned retail price or the release date, but a release in connection with the launch of Gran Turismo Sport later this year seems highly probable.

Via GTPlanet

  • jason Subic

    Exciting times to be enjoying sim racing at the moment , sims are hitting consoles at a steady rate and now this wheel , day one buy for me .
    My girl is not going to be happy thrustmaster .

  • RapidRefund

    Direct Drive???

    • The Turtle

      The steering wheel hub connects directly to the shaft of the electric motor. No linkages, gears or belts.

  • Brooke Derry

    All of these wheels coming out over the last while and I am still using my G25. It makes it hard not to spend money on something like this. I wonder if this addition to Thrustmaster’s wheel lineup will drop the prices of the other wheels they have to offer.

  • Depco

    I will be watching this wheel as a replacement to my trusty G27, if the price is right of course.

    • unretrofiedforu

      Same here! For my trusty CSR , I always will love my little wheel with the old forza motorprts logo that just won’t die…

  • ImageArtSigns .

    This is the most logical step for Thrustmaster as they have got most areas covered with their other wheels and depending on the cost of this and where it will sit. I personally would like something between the T500 and the Accuforce, may be a good option eventually…medium high end Direct Drive wheel….really great move Thrustmaster

    • Richard Hessels

      I think they stop the production of the T500, than this will be the next top-dog from Thrustmaster.

  • mathew7

    So….after ditching my Fanatec GT3RS because of (among other things) having the sensor on the motor shaft (connected by belt to the wheel), I got a Clubsport base (v1) which has it on the wheel shaft. I’ve contemplated changing it due to PS4 compatibility (and it’s size) and I’m just waiting for GT6/S as a trigger. Thought about T300, but now I’m gonna watch this one.

  • Babis Rataplan

    I hope it can gets Ferrari 599 Alcantara wheel add on .

  • steve30x

    I can see this being very expensive but I hope not, I want this wheel.

    • Bulle

      yeah – hope so, too. As it is for the console-market I guess and hope it is in a more affordable Price-Range than other DD-Wheels at the moment.

      That Wheel looks really interessting for me…

  • Me

    Curious to see the quality of pedals they’ll pair with this wheel, if it really is direct drive I’d expect a load cell on the brake…we’ll see.

    • Richard Hessels

      Steeringwheels like these needs a proper pedal set. Enough companies that offer those.

  • Chillisteak

    Oh this could be a game changer from Thrustmaster, providing they get the price right.
    Look forward to hearing more details.

  • SimSport

    Did the guy doing that story stop developing mentally at about 6 years of age or something? Whats the reasoning behind InsideSimRacing using him? just my thoughts but surely I am not the only one thinking this?

    • emilblixt


      • melanieuk1

        Agree, there was no need for that comment, and considering this is Sim sport first post, he should have read the blog rules, instead of insulting Aussie Stigs intelligence, at least Aussie stig has contributed more to sim racing than he will ever contribute.

  • Easy DaRon

    Buying it for 500€ for a PS4 and then PS5 doesn´t support it would be a joke.

    • M_thoroughbred

      I’m with you on that.

  • Natsuki Natsuki

    I hope that hit the shelves at 599~699$

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