Seems we have been on a bit of a Thrustmaster kick as of late? We are not really complaining as there are certainly some interesting products that the company offers. The latest product is not new, but how it is presented is. Thrustmaster has traditionally bundled all of the different parts of the wheel together, but for the past few years they have worked on expanding the wheel ecosystem so users can upgrade certain pieces at will.
This is all well and good, but users might find that they are throwing their money away by not recycling or reselling the parts they were upgrading. Bought the TX F458 and want to purchase the shifter? Go for it, but you need to buy the 3 pedal unit as the F458 kit only includes a two pedal unit. Upgrade to the leather GT wheel or the new 599XX Alcantara edition? Might as well throw the stock wheel in the closet, never to be seen again.
Choice is a good thing, so Thrustmaster is now offering its more moderately priced base unit, the T300, as a standalone part. This will allow users to purchase a good quality base all the while picking and choosing what other components to use. The base price is $249 US.
The T300 base unit features a strong brushless motor with the dual belt pulley system. This base unit is an upgrade from the TX base that is included with my previously reviewed TX F458 Italia Edition wheel set. It features the full 1080 degrees of rotation vs. the TX’s 900 degrees. The motor also looks to be larger and stronger than the TX. The base unit is compatible with the PS3/PS4, and the PC. It also features the H.E.A.R.T sensor that utilizes the Hall Effect to provide a contact-less sensor that should last nearly forever. It features the 16 bit sensor giving over 65,000 values around the axis. Xbox 1 users will have to rely on the TX base unit as the T300 is not compatible with that system.
Thrustmaster's competitor Fanatec has been selling the base units by themselves for quite some time, so it is nice to see Thrustmaster offer customers the same flexibility. One thing must be noted though, the T300 is significantly less expensive than the lowest priced Fanatec base units that are currently available.
THRUSTMASTER T300 SERVO BASE RACING WHEEL NOW AVAILABLE!
THE “NEXT GEN FORCE FEEDBACK” CORE COMPONENT IS
DESIGNED FOR BUILDING A CUSTOM RACING SIMULATOR FOR PS4™, PS3™ OR PC
New York, November 6, 2015 — Newsflash: the base of Thrustmaster's acclaimed T300RS is now available as a standalone device! Automotive racing enthusiasts on PS4™, PS3™ and PC can now extensively customize and optimize their racing controller within the Thrustmaster racing ecosystem.
Featuring specifications found in the successful T300RS, such as the brushless industrial servomotor; an adjustable rotation angle up to 1080°; a dual-belt mechanism and built-in H.E.A.R.T (HallEffect AccuRate Technology™*), the T300 Servo Base is at the front of the starting line. With official PS4™ and PS3™ licenses and PC compatibility (via the Thrustmaster drivers, available for download from http://ts.thrustmaster.com/), the base ensures ideal conditions in every race and on every track so virtual racers can display their complete racing skills. It combines a seamless, silent and extremely smooth force feedback feature with powerful, highly reactive and latency-free force effects. H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology™*, which is based on a contactless magnetic sensor offering lasting precision and 16-bit resolution (i.e. 65,536 values on the steering axis) ensures perfect cornering. Finally, a 1080° rotation angle, adjustable on the fly, allows drivers to hone their racing technique on every kind of track, in every kind of car.
The T300 Servo Base Racing Wheel is fully compatible with the Thrustmaster Racing ecosystem. It can be combined with the Thrustmaster T3PA and T3PA-PRO 3-pedal pedal sets; the TH8A shifter (featuring sequential and H-7+1 modes), as well as with various detachable wheels featuring the Quick Release system, such as the TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On, Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On, Ferrari GTE Wheel Add-On and the brand new 599XX EVO 30 Wheel Add-On Alcantara Edition! Depending on their style and type of racing, players can now optimize their chances for winning the championship.
The T300 Servo Base Racing Wheel also comes with an attachment system and a power cable suited to each geographical region.
The T300 Servo Base Racing Wheel is now available at the suggested retail price of $249.99. More information about Thrustmaster’s entire lineuop of products can be online at www.thrustmaster.com
Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under the Hercules and Thrustmaster brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries (France, Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Spain, Romania and Italy) and distributes its products in more than 70 countries worldwide. The Group’s mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products that maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment end users. www.guillemot.com.
* U.S. Patent number 8,920,240
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