Brum, Brum, Brum, screech around a corner, tilt back and forth, side to side, that was me being a big kid with my new Thrustmaster T300RS Racing Wheel, oh yeah, fun times are back again.
Now when the Thrustmaster T300RS arrived, I instantly notice that the wheel supported the PS3/PS4, I could not find anything, anywhere that said it would work for the PC, but I was told it would work perfectly ok, with the publishing agency, so going from that here we go.
So, I set it up, on my computer desk, put the cables into the PC, everything was going well, even installed on Windows 8.1, Great news. Then I thought, Damn, I need a Racing game. I have not purchased a racing game in ages, just had no real need or a taste for one. So I turned on my, many applications that hold my games, Uplay, Origin and Steam, found there to be nothing on Steam, Uplay, I had The Crew, and on Origin, I had Burnout Paridise and Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Not exactly new games, so I went on the browse for a cheap copy of Bandai Namco’s latest release ‘Project Cars’ found it on a CDKey site for under £20.00 bargain, next was asking my partner, does she mind me purchasing. With a look that could kill, and with me begging like a child wanting sweets, she caved in and I was allowed to purchase. She loves me really see.
ANGRY RANT SECTION
After waiting forever for the game to download, thanks to the internet speed around here, which is all thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taff, Superfast Cymru and BT.s pathetic two years of doing nothing, all because of a Royal Mail post box that needs to be moved,
AHHHH LEARN TO COMMUNICATE GOD DAMN YOU.
Enough of the rant, hours have passed, the game is installed, time for the kid in me to come out and play. But before he does, let us back tracked a little and talk about the box and the contents.
What’s in the box?
The Thrustmaster T300RS weighs in at just under 9KG, that’s the same weight as 3 Playstation 4’s if you were wondering. The box is well designed and the Wheel itself is well protected, within the box, with plenty of padding and bags covering each component. I found the instruction manual rather helpful, as I found out fast, that this was no ordinary plug ‘n’ play steering wheel, it requires a brain.
The Construction and Baisc Setting up
This wheel is no cheap pile of rubbish, it weighs a ton, looks very impressive and the quality is beyond anything I have seen in the past, back when I used to own a console. Setting it up is as easy, USB to PC, pedals to Steering column and wheel to steering column, connect and turn to tighten, grab the desk mount and metal screw tightener, choose a suitable place to mount, screw tight and away you go.
How is this next gen?
For the purpose of this I also borrowed, the so called next gen system Sony Playstation 4, ‘Cough next gen my arse’, more like last gen compared to a £500 PC gaming rig ‘Alienware Alpha for an example’. I must stop with this ranting, but it’s true for both rants so far.
Updates Required and a Brain to use
Now this is not like any standard wheel, plug ‘n’ play and away you go, no need to do anything, this wheel needs to be calibrated to each game, even to the extent of updating the software within the wheel, to get it to work with newer games. Gone are the days, of the simple plug ‘n’ play and welcome to the days of perfection, where you spend hours and hours configuring the wheel for the perfect gaming experience.
Now you might be thinking stuff like, I just want a wheel I can plug ‘n’ play, stuff all the calibration nonsense, but I can tell you now, you can calibrate this wheel, to perfection, and as soon as you are happy, using the wheel becomes so much better than using a controller, or a mouse and keyboard in my opinion.
Sitting in my room, PC Game Running, sitting on my office Racing Chair from Element Gaming, feet on the pedals, hands on the wheel, Brum, Brum, as I grind my teeth ready for the start of the race. And off we go, each turn I would not only turn the wheel, I would ark to the left or right, slamming on the break, I would push myself back in the chair, slamming on the accelerator, I would see myself edging forward, then back again. I do not drive, but if this is anything like driving for real, then please oh please, I never wish to drive, as I suck.
Rules must be obeyed, yeAh right
Rules of the road, keep to the speed limit, nope, I went way over the speed limited, keep to your side of the road, nope, both sides where my aim, do not use a mobile while driving, failed that as well, stop when cops signal you, nope decided to out run them instead. Chancing of me passing my test, not likely ever going to happen, if I drive like this.
Playing with a wheel and pedals is so much more fun than sitting there with a boring controller, or keyboard and mouse, its bring the game to life, in a whole new way, it also makes it a lot harder I personally found.
I did find an issue with the Pedal base, as it seemed to go on its on trip under the table, as the grips were not great, when using on carpet or wooden floor, I fixed this by purchasing a rubberised mat. Once you have found a base for the pedals, it’s time to configure the wheel, maybe even a software update from Thrustmasters website, then load up your game and enjoy.
The wheel uses its own force feedback, so you will feel every break, every tight corner and each crash, it’s not as good as the standard controller feedback, but it’s better than nothing at all.
I found the biggest issue, to be, the support required for these types of wheels, from the game developers themselves. As games get more powerful and technical, so have wheels, and due to the fact that many wheels are no longer plug ‘n’ play, the functionality for them to work needs to be built into the game as well.
My final thoughts and suggestions
I reckon I will keep the setup of the Thrustmaster T300RS, for some time and start to play more racing games, as I don’t actually own a PS4, PC will be its soul gaming platform, which is ok, as there are plenty of great games out for it, including many F1 Games and Rally Games to dig my teeth into.
I do think however this wheel is expensive, is it to tech fiddly, maybe for some, should wheels be plug ‘n’ play, maybe, or maybe games need to catch up with wheels, whichever the reason, the Thrustmaster T300RS is a solid piece of kit and once calibrated and working, it is something you will not want to put down for a very long time.
I will rate the wheel 4.5/5, its construction is damn impressive, works well, when updated and calibrated, one of the best wheels I have used, since my last wheel, way back when. If you want the perfect experience, high quality, great Precision, and have the spare cash, then please, go out and purchase one of these, if you are a little skint, then look for something else or save.
Check where to buy the wheel from here: http://www.thrustmaster.com/en_US/products/t300rs
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.