If you are an Xbox 360 racing gamer, you may already have heard of the Ferrari 458 Italia gaming wheel because there are relatively few wheel and pedal combinations designed to work specifically with the Xbox. The wheel itself is patterned after the actual Ferrari 458 Italia steering wheel; it’s just a slightly smaller version. This wheel and pedal set will also work on a PC and requires Vista or Windows 7.
Unfortunately, this quality steering wheel and pedal kit has no force feedback or rumble. Without the rumble effect when the virtual tires are skidding on a rough road, it’s hard to immerse yourself in the game. Using the bungee cord centering system, this wheel offers a good amount of resistance on tight turns and will automatically center. It handles smoothly, but we hope Thrustmaster develops an updated wheel with feedback.
Customization is not the focus of this wheel. There are eight buttons in total, and they can be reprogrammed depending on the game. The adjustable dial will let you switch camera views. Beyond those aspects, there is little room for adjustment as you play.
Thrustmaster excels when it comes to help and support issues. The company offers a limited two-year warranty and can be reached by phone or email. There are also FAQs specific to each product, and Thrustmaster recommends you start there for troubleshooting help.