26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2012
My wife bought this steering wheel for me for Christmas. The pre-order date kept being put back so presumably Thrustmaster were struggling to fulfil the order.
Anyway, I got my steering wheel for Christmas and when I opened it I was really happy with the quality of the product. The rubber grip for the steering wheel is excellent and the gear shifters are second to none, I have used the official Xbox steering wheel and both of these components wipe it clean out of the water. The pedals, again are excellent quality. I have seen some reviews on here about broken brake pedals. I actually am slightly confused how that could happen, they are solid! I do only wear socks though when using them, maybe people are wearing shoes. The pedals offer good feedback and resistance, meaning that you can really control the speed around corners, rather than being like an on/off switch.
I have only used this wheel for F1 2011, which is what I wanted it for and it offers a great driving experience. OK, it hasn't got force feedback, but I used to race on the PC and had a logitech G25 which at the time was the creme de la creme, but after a while with force feedback it can really make your arms hurt, restricting game time in my opinion. I can play F1 for hours at a time, with no vibrations through my fingers and really decent control of the steering wheel.
Now for the negatives. Within 2 weeks, the downshift was becoming irresponsible, at first I thought maybe I had a gearbox failure on the game (no joke), but then it started to get worse. To the point where it didn't work. Another reviewer said that people with this problem must be hamfisted, I don't think this problem is to do with how it is used, more down to the contacts within the wheel to be dodgy. I noticed that this wheel actually comes with 2 years manufacturers warranty. Usually i'd just send it back to Amazon, but I contacted Thrustmaster customer services, who were excellent and I sent my wheel postage paid to France for repair. They sent me another wheel within the week. I personally feel the wheels were initially rushed out of factory to meet the Christmas deadline and therefore quality control points may have been skipped. I am hoping this wheel will prove to be more reliable. If so, then fantastic, for £60 you really won't find a wheel of this quality anywhere!
To sum up: -
Great gearshifters, really good quality.
Great steering wheel grip
Pedals are better than anything else i've used on the Xbox 360
Buttons are really well placed with ease of use.
Suspect reliability (however this does come with 2 years manufacturers warranty)
No force feedback (Not a con for me, but maybe for the purist)
Microphone socket - Not a problem for me as I use a Turtle Beach headset, but normal Xbox 360 headset will require an adapter. Also get feedback when speaking into the microphone using this wheel.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2012
when buying this product i intended it for playing dirt 3 , f1 2011 forza 4 etc and this worked very well . I decided to then plug it into my pc and found out it was xbox and pc so i know have started to play Rfactor aswell
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2012
I purchased my wheel last month from my local Game store for a rather cheap £80
I hadn't really read reviews of it but having previously owned a couple of thrustmaster wheels for my ps2 and ps3 I felt confident that it would be worth the money.
Initially, it was extremely impressive as I took it out of the box, the wheel diameter is quite big which makes it easier to use, and coming from a cheap Madcatz MC2 that I bought to fill in until I could get a better wheel, the quality of the wheel through the plastic on the rim to the metal on the shifter paddles was astounding! The pedals have great resistance which give a better gaming experience and the resistance on the wheel, though non force feed back, is good enough.
Setting up the wheel was easy, there's a great claw like clamp included in the box which helps you clamp the wheel down to a table or a playseat and the wheel connects to the xbox via USB. Controls are easy to use apart from the D-Pad being quite hard and fiddly to use and in my case, the xbox button not working unless the wheel was turned to a certain angle.
Using the wheel, the resistance felt great and the whole driving experience is a lot better than using a controller or the MC2 wheel, initially, my lap times were a lot slower with the new wheel, but after about a week of Forza playing, my laptimes were better, having reduced 5-7 seconds a lap on most circuits! Downside is that there's no vibration so I have to rely on the sounds of the game to see when I'm losing grip or understeering a bit. The shifter paddles have a great feel and the metal that they're made of helps the game feel a lot better, they have a super satisfying click when changing gear and feel weighty and superb. Again, there's quite a bit of resistance in the pedals which make for a better gaming experience, there's also a headset jack on the base of the wheel so you can listen to 11 year olds whining about racecars or talk to friends whilst driving around in Forza.
Now to the bad bits, the pedals tip forward if you are one-footing the accelerator and the brake because there's not much weight on the base due to it's plastic construction, the plastic on the pedals aren't very kind to your feet. The accelerator is also "backset" in relataion to the brake pedal, as in its further behind it so it's quite hard to not left foot brake which for me is annoying, the mannetino switch is actually just a toggle switch which does the same thing as the button on the back left of the wheel which I find frankly stupid, the D-Pad is horribly hard to use and I find myself having to switch back to the controller to navigate menus and tune menus.
And the even worse bits!
My wheel is three weeks old, two weeks ago, the wheel started to lose tension in the first 15 degrees of rotation either way which was a minor annoyance but noting much, after an enthusiastic drifting session, I found my wheel to have completely lost tension in it's zone of action so the whole wheel had become loose and floppy and it was completely unusable, to add to this the xbox button decided to completely stop working and the downshit paddle has gotten a mind of it's own, it won't downchange when you pull the lever and then out of nowhere, it will randomly downshift two gears causing you to lock up your driving wheels and skid, so, so far I've had a weeks worth of use out of an £80 wheel which is utterly ridiculous, I'm currently midway through the process of fixing or repairing my wheel via Thrustmaster Customer service and it's horrible, it's been three days and I haven't even recieved conformation on whether or not I'll be getting a new wheel or getting mine fixed;
All in all, if you've already purhcased the wheel, it's awesome and works super well- When it is working- Be firm with the customer support team as they aren't very good with communication
And those of you wanting to purchase it, though it's a good wheel, it really is, I'd say avoid it and get the new F458 GT Cockpit from thrustmaster, sure it costs more but it's got vibration, sturdy pedals a better build quality overall from what I've experienced, however stil no force feedback. The problem with reliability in my mind is too much for anyone to handle, especially if they're super obsesed with driving/racing simulators and I've been without a wheel for 2 weeks now which has forced me to go back to playing Gran Turismo 5 on a controller :(
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2014
After reading the reviews for every xbox 360 wheel, I finally came down to buying this one. The fact that it doesn't have force feedback is nothing to me, you soon you get used to it. It's a perfect wheel for everything, I used it when I race on Forza 4, but it's also great when I cruise on Horizon. I have driven a paddle shift car before, and I can say that this wheel is very similar. It's an all round perfect wheel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2014
Won this as a prize the build off it is good there's no vibrate built in which is a shame as its really good steering wheel and feels like a real car with power steering. I have tested it on forza 4 and has won me a lot off online races compare to a pad which I used to love using .driving on for a 4 and this wheel is ace and smooth even on high end cars .also tested on forza horizon which is OK
There's no battery's just plug it into your USB on your Xbox and off you go the engine start button is a d-pad so no need to use the Xbox pad other all if you love for a you love driving this
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2015
The Ferrari F458 arrived safely and looks really good. The buttons on the wheel are nice and clear and the grip on the wheel is perfect. The two metal paddles for gear change are really nice and smooth and feels great. But there is a real problem, the cord that connects to the xbox 360 simply isn't long enough, unless you have your TV about a metre away, which I'm sure most families don't, so you'll have no choice than to purchase an USB extension kit to make the cable longer, so this delays your enjoyment, because you don't know this until you try, like I did. I think this is poor, I think that another metre would of been perfect. I think it's bad for you, if you watch your TV or play games that close to the screen. So as I didn't want to move the sofa forward, I got a USB extension kit and now the Ferrari Racing Wheel works and is amazing. I'm finding at I'm quicker around the tracks, especially in Forza 4 and really enjoying the experience of this new Ferrari F458 Racing Wheel. Come on Thrustmaster, supply the steering wheels with longer cable. Please note that the cable is 1.7 metres and from the back of my xbox 360 to the front of the sofa is 2.5 metres. I hope this helps and you'll know if you need to purchase an extension kit.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2012
Honestly, I was worried about this product after reading reviews stating the brake pedal and downshift paddle broke easily. I'd like to argue this...the brake pedal looks extremely sturdy, and I believe you'd have to be extremely heavy footed to snap it. Downshift paddle breaking...again, as long as you don't pull hard on it it should be fine. I've driven a flappy paddle gearbox and applying the same amount of pressure as you would in the real car should cause you no trouble at all.
So what I'm saying is...as long as you don't get really stressed and angry and take it out on this piece of kit, it's an absolutely brilliant product. It looks phenomenal, just like the 458's wheel, and it responds brilliantly. I have yet to use this product on Forza 4 but, after a few laps on F1 2011 (the game I got the steering wheel for) to adjust, I was hitting lap times similar to the AI, and in no time at all I was back to being 2-5 seconds clear on pole.
£60? Bargain. I would highly recommend this product. Unless you have a tendency to hit the brake pedal like you're in the Flintstones.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2014
READ LOTS OF REVIEWS,SOME GOOD SOME BAD,I WAS WORRIED AS I HAVE WINDOWS 8,NO PROBLEMS AT ALL,WORKED PERFECTLY STRAIGHT AWAY.I ALSO READ THAT TRACK TIMES WERE SLOWER BUT AFTER A FEW LAPS I WAS BEATING MY OLD TIMES,THE WHEEL AND PEDALS ARE MUCH BETTER QUALITY THAN EXPECTED AT THIS PRICE,I KNEW IT DIDN'T HAVE FORCE FEEDBACK SO I CAN'T COMPLAIN BUT MY SON HAS FORCE FEEDBACK ON HIS AND IT REALLY IS IMPRESSIVE SO THINK BEFORE YOU BUY.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2012
This was really disappointing, I'm just sending my second one back to amazon, both for the same fault. The downshift gear paddle doesn't always work, rendering the whole thing useless. Apart from that, it's a really nice peice of kit. When it works, it feels great, thoroughly responsive and enjoyable, but without being able to change down a gear, the game is obviously ruined. Real shame.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2012
I really wanted this product to be amazing, I wanted to ignore all the bad reviews...the price was too good. At first I thought this wheel was brilliant, but, as time went on, i started to realise my lap times in forza 4 where slower by about 4-5 seconds a lap! A decided this was down to practise, and really gave it a shot, I reduced the steering feel from simulation to normal (in forza 4) and put in many hours, but, however my lap times where slower than using the regular control pad. I put this down to two reasons; There is a resistance in the wheel provided by a bungie cord, which is great (it really give you a sense of turning in), it however doesn't "kick in" straight away, meaning when you turn the wheel slightly- trying to correct for example, your left with a floppy mess that has no resemblance to actual driving. The other reason, unfortunately, is there is no force feedback or vibration, which when I was looking to buy this wheel I ignored the fact, thinking that it wouldn't make much difference. Going back to the pad made me realise how much importance vibration has in driving (particularly in forza and f1 2011). The pedals are fine and aren't too stiff, you just need to adopt a good driving position. In summary if you want to have fun then give this product ago (my girlfriend loves it) It turns out I'm more hardcore than the wheel is, which surprised me! I'm back to using the pad and am enjoying top 1% lap times, who knew? I've tried this wheel on Forza 4, F1 2011 and dirt 2.