Thrustmaster T248

The next generation of racing is here, and Thrustmaster is coming in hot with the announcement of the Thrustmaster T248 racing wheel. Retailing for $399 USD, the Force Feedback racing wheel is compatible for PC as well as the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

Designed for dedicated racing gamers, the Thrustmaster T248 features a “hybrid drive” system that combines belt and gear mechanics. With this combination, Thrustmaster states that the Force Feedback provided will give players a “unrivaled” experience on any track.

 

This Force Feedback comes with three feedback types that are all customizable directly on the wheel itself.

  • FFB 1: linear Force Feedback, with the force felt by the user being 100% proportional to the force requested by the game.
  • FFB 2: enhanced Force Feedback, for better skid control.
  • FFB 3: boosted Force Feedback, allowing users to clearly feel all racing effects from the track (rumble strips, skidding off-track, etc.).

Info at your fingertips

The Thrustmaster T248 features a PlayStation button layout, but, again, it is fully compatible with your PC. On the wheel itself you’ll find 25 different action buttons, nearly double the amount of prior Thrustmaster wheels. The new magnetic paddle shifters also aim for quicker gear shifting at a 30ms response time.

Also on the wheel is the dashboard display. Offering more than 20 different displays — depending on the game — users can set the wheel’s rotation angle and Force Feedback type, or view information such as lap times, position, and more. 

Thrustmaster T248

The pedals allow for customization and comfort (Credit: Thrustmaster)

Included with the wheel is the new T3PM pedal set. Like the paddle shifters, the pedals — gas, brake, and clutch — are magnetic. There are four different spring configurations, allowing for adjustments rarely available to those at a $400 or less price point. 

The Thrustmaster T248 launches October 21, 2021 in North America, Europe and the Middle East. The rest of the World will see it available in late 2021.

Mike Straw
Michael Straw is a gamer who just happens to be an experienced journalist. In his near decade-long career, Mike has covered some of the biggest events in the world from E3 to the NFL Draft. He was once the second-ranked player in the world in NHL 09 on Xbox Live, and is a trained professional wrestler. In addition to being the Hardware Editor of PCI, Mike is also the Managing Editor of Sports Gamers Online.

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