Thrustmaster has revealed its much-anticipated Gran Turismo Sport tie-in T-GT racing wheel this year’s E3.
Positioned as the company’s top offering, the T-GT will succeed the T500RS. The new peripheral is set to launch alongside GT Sport, an announcement scheduled for Sony’s E3 briefing later today.
The new wheel focuses on improved force feedback simulation. Thrustmaster claims that novel technologies, which include a new motor design and wheel linearity system, help the T-GT improve the driving feel.
The company equips the T-GT with its new T-40VE motor. This uses an integrated cooling system that the company calls T-MCE (motor cooling embedded), placed within the motor itself. It claims that this allows for better heat transfer and dissipation than previous models.
The Thrustmaster field oriented control system (T-FOC) uses Hall effect sensors to detect the wheel’s position more accurately than before.
A new feature dubbed ‘T-DFB’ (or ‘depth feedback’) aims to provide further clarity of feedback through the steering wheel rim. Thrustmaster comments that the system will allow users to better identify tire movement and surface conditions. The feature will be exclusive to GT Sport when launched.
Four rotary knobs dot the wheel’s hub. These can be used to adjust the game’s assists on the fly. Likewise, the two mini-sticks will allow easy navigation through menus, in addition to tailoring interior viewpoint positioning and perspective.
The T-GT racing wheel will initially retail for £699.99. This price includes the T-GT wheel base, T-GT wheel rim, T3PGT three-pedal set and power supply.
Thrustmaster has not confirmed an official release window, although the T-GT should launch at the same time as Gran Turismo Sport.