Thrustmaster recently took the wraps off its latest sim racing item. Dubbed the BT, it’s a Bluetooth-enabled LED display unit, and it’s exclusive to the PS4.
One of the most unusual aspects of the BT is that it’s not for wheel users only. No, Thrustmaster points out that since it runs via Bluetooth, those with a DS4 can set it up wherever they’d like as well. The BT carries a lithium-ion battery good for a day or two of straight use between charges — charges that use the same micro-USB cable as the DS4 itself, actually.
Flanking the central gear indicator are two alphanumeric displays, which players can alter via rotary dials. There’s also a 15-LED rev strip up top, and a set of marshalling lights at each lower corner.
Most importantly, a significant chunk of modern driving games already support the BT. At the time of release, players can utilize Thrustmaster’s newest in the following:
- DiRT 4
- F1 2017
- Project CARS 2
- WRC 7
It’s a little surprising to see GT Sport absent from the list, given the T-GT is the game’s dedicated wheel. Perhaps BT implementation will be coming in the next update, alongside the new Supra or Audi Vision GT…
We actually got the first hints of the BT way back in October of last year, when a GTPlanet member discovered a price list. That had the new display unit listed at $149, whereas Thrustmaster’s official press release puts it at €169.99. Look for it at various retailers in the near future.