Full details about the new “official” GT5 steering wheel, the Thrustmaster T500 RS, have now been released, and it looks like Kazunori Yamauchi’s original tweet hinting at the price was actually correct. It will be released on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in North America and Europe for $599.99, £449.99, or €499.99 (it’s coming Jan. 25 in Japan). Thrustmaster is clearly targeting the higher end of the market with this price range, especially considering the T500’s H-pattern shifter (to be released in the next few “months”) is not included with the package.
It is also still unclear if the T500 will be compatible with platforms other than the PlayStation 3, a luxury that owners of Logitech and Fanatec wheels have enjoyed for many years now. With the second batch of Fanatec’s new 911 GT2 wheel also shipping next month, it will be interesting to watch these two high-end devices go head-to-head in 2011.