It is really hard to find a good racing game wheel that works with the Xbox 360 gaming console these days. If you are looking for a satisfactory XBOX-compatible wheel, why don’t you try Thrustmaster’s F458 Italia?
It is a replica of the steering wheel inside the Ferrari 458 Italia sports car (the one that’s pictured on the cover for the standard edition of Forza Motorsport 4 - Microsoft’s definitive Xbox 360 racing game) and has been officially ‘blessed’ by both Ferrari and Microsoft.
Although the 28-cm-wide Ferrari 458 Italia wheel is intended, above all, for Xbox 360 players, you can download and install the necessary drivers and make it compatible with your PC racing games too.
Aside from the wheel itself, you will also receive a pedal set consisting of a large footrest, a gas pedal and a brake pedal offering realistic resistance levels.
On the face of the wheel you can see an Xbox Guide button, an Engine Start button, which acts as a D-pad on XBOX, as well as the so-called ‘Manettino’ switch, which is located to the bottom right of Ferrari’s prancing horse logo. The switch in question is meant to help you change camera views while playing certain Xbox 360 racing simulation games, including Forza Motorsport 4.
You will also find several action buttons, which can be easily accessed. You can upshift and downshift via two GT-style metal paddle shifters placed on the back of the wheel. The only shortcoming of Thrustmaster’s F458 Italia is perhaps the lack of force feedback support, which is compensated by the wheel’s solid build quality. Plus, its rubber surface will help you stay in control while taking sharp bends.
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The steering column and the pedal set are all part of one and the same stable unit, which is fully adjustable and foldable, and even comes with a carrying handle, which makes it easy to store.
The steering wheel itself is a replica of the wheel inside the Ferrari 458 Italia sports car and, just like the real Ferrari, features a Manettino dial. The gear shifting is carried out via two wheel-mounted sequential paddle shifters.
If you love to play Xbox 360 racing video games but do not have an appropriate XBOX-compatible steering wheel and racing seat, we have the right solution for you - the time-proven combination between the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia wheel and the OpenWheeler racing seat, which will help you release the true potential of your best-loved racing games.
If you order Thrustmaster’s F458 Italia wheel together with the OpenWheeler racing seat, which costs £270.00 if purchased separately, the bundle price will be only £340.00! What’s more, they will be delivered to your doorstep for free on the next working day if you live in the United Kingdom.
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