More Reviews
REVIEWS Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunk Review
I was confident in my Dark Souls abilities. Then From Software released new Dark Souls II DLC.

The Swapper Review
One of 2013's best indie games swaps its way to Sony platforms.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14

Madden NFL 15
Release date: 08/26/14


LATEST FEATURES Interview: Forging the Rings of Power in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Tolkien fans may now either squeal with glee at getting to play interactive fanfiction... or condemn it to the watery grave of Numenor.

How Bioware Creates Romances
Bioware's games have romances where you might save the world, on the side of course.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition Review

Jesse_Costantino By:
Jesse_Costantino
10/01/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Racing Wheel 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Thrustmaster 
DEVELOPER Thrustmaster 
RELEASE DATE  

Portable wheel for those with big (and deep) pockets.


Whether by choice or by coincidence, Thrustmaster is a lewdly appropriate name for a company that makes joysticks. And what better way to show off the size of your virtual “prowess” than to have a large, high-end driving wheel in your living room?

click to enlargeThrustmaster’s newest Ferrari-styled wheel won’t get you the same come-hither glances that a real Ferrari might, but the Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition wheel is nevertheless a sexy-looking piece of gaming hardware.

A self-contained, portable, wireless cockpit is a major sell for anyone who’s ever had to manhandle a clunky wheel in and out of a closet over the years. While it may not be the chick-magnet that an actual sports car is, the women (and statistically some of the men) in your life will nevertheless appreciate how easily you can pack it up and get it the hell out of the living room.

Wireless portability does come at a cost—both financial and feature-wise. Retailing for $250, this isn’t a purchase you make lightly. At that price, the wireless Scuderia wheel is approaching the cost of some of the real bad boys of the steering wheel market. And those other guys offer a handful of important things that Thrustmaster’s Scuderia wheel does not.

But make no mistake, everything about this wheel screams quality. The base is solid and stable. The wheel itself feels amazing to the touch. The pedals are sturdy and firm. Hell, the thing is modeled after the interior of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia, so it looks like hot sex—or at least a reasonable plastic facsimile thereof.

click to enlargeIt’s also ridiculously easy to move. The wheel detaches from the cockpit, the steering shaft folds in on itself, and there’s a convenient handle on the front. Unfortunately, with convenience come heavy casualties.

First of all, the Scuderia wheel has to sacrifice force-feedback in order to be wireless. There’s a reason the other wheels use all those wires. Wires mean power. Power means force-feedback. And force-feedback means feeling the virtual road. Instead, Thrustmaster substitutes moderate mechanical resistance that kicks in as the wheel approaches the edges of its rotation.

Which brings me to the second point: there’s minimal wheel rotation. Where most other wheels in the same price range (and even lower) offer much fuller 900 degree rotation, the Scuderia wheel barely gets half that amount. I’m not sure why this is the case, but if I had to guess, I’d say it has something to do with the detachable wheel. Like force-feedback, this seems like yet one more feature tossed into the fire for the sake of convenience and portability.

Third, the pedals are in awkward positions. Having the accelerator and brake on opposite sides of the steering shaft feels plain weird. Ultimately, it just seems like a design necessity so that the wheel shaft could fold down between the two pedals. It’s a shame because those pedals otherwise look and feel great.

click to enlargeLast, you’re stuck with only paddle shifters. Yeah, I know, plenty of high-end cars use paddle shifters—including the 430 Scuderia itself—but the lack of the option for a more traditional shifter means most of the cars you use in most of the games you play won’t be as authentic as most sim fans would hope or expect. Race in a Ferrari 430, and maybe you won’t notice the difference. But switch to an Elise or a Ford GT, and you might reach for a phantom shifter (you may want to warn your guy friends not to sit too close to your right-hand).

For serious racing fans, I can only imagine this would be a supplemental wheel, the one you use in the living room while your real wheel sits permanently in the designated “game room” where it can breathe. For less serious fans, you may not care about some of the absent features because it looks and feels great, and it can be carried around like an oversized lunchbox.

Ultimately, if convenience and portability trump realism and functionality—and you’ve got a spare couple of c-notes—then give it a whirl.
B Revolution report card
  • Portable and wirelesss
  • Solidly built
  • High-end look
  • High-end price
  • Design sacrifices
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition


More On GameRevolution