Confirming last week’s leak, Thrustmaster has now officially unveiled the T-GT II steering wheel.
As the name might suggest, the T-GT II is a successor to the original T-GT, revealed at the GT Sport announcement event at the Copperbox in 2016, and launched in time for the game in 2017.
The first T-GT has long been the official wheel of not only Gran Turismo Sport, but the FIA Certified Online Championships. Competitors at the live finals events all use the wheel, and with the shift to online for 2020 and 2021, Sony sends out a T-GT to all finalists as mandatory equipment for the events. That includes today’s Olympic Virtual Series final.
With all of those highly rated drivers getting to grips with the T-GT, Thrustmaster has been able to take their feedback as market research. After pouring 23,000 hours into development, it’s now able to launch the second-generation wheel.
For the most part, the T-GT II features the same technologies as its predecessor. That means that it’s a belt-driven wheel, with driver input translated to a motor by a connecting belt and game feedback delivered in the opposite manner.
The controls and dials remain the same too. That includes the specific GT Mode which enables the four colored dials to set individual controls within the multi-function display, and which adds the T-DFB force feedback system unique to the game.
However there’s also two new features too. These are the T-DCC and T-RTF functions, as teased by Thrustmaster over the last few weeks.
T-DCC is an abbreviation for “drift curve calculation”, and seems to refer to an input smoothing technology. According to Thrustmaster, T-DCC allows players to manage their drifting — whether intentional or not — with a real-time drift calculation in order to maintain “the responsiveness of both the wheel and the car in the game”.
The T-RTF feature also involves real-time calculations, this time of force feedback. A dedicated, built-in processor manages the force feedback effects rather than relying on communication from the game. Thrustmaster says this creates a force feedback model with neither dead zones nor latency.
One last new feature is actually the wheel’s construction. T-AEC-Q refers to an automotive electronics standard used by almost all car manufacturers worldwide to ensure that things like vehicle infotainment can survive the rather harsh automotive environment. The T-GT’s internal electronics meet the same standards, so should prove more durable.
You can pick up the new T-GT II, bundled with the T3PA pedal set, for $799.99 (€749.99/£699.99). However Thrustmaster is also making the T-GT II base available as a separate item priced at $499.99 (€449.99/£399.99), allowing users to swap their existing T-GT rim onto the new servo unit, and as the wheel and base without pedals for $699.99 (€649.99/£599.99). Other add-ons, such as shifters and the T-LCM pedals, are also compatible.
Players in Europe will be able to pick up the full bundle starting today, with UK buyers to follow in September, and North America from October — and the rest of the world to follow thereafter. The separates will become available in late 2021.
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