Official launch for 'Gran Turismo 5' wheel and pedals

The creators of
Gran Turismo 5 have teamed up with accessories manufacturer Thrustmaster to launch the game's official steering wheel and pedals for PlayStation 3, retailing for a cool $599, €499, or £449 - nearly twice as much as the console itself.

"The goal that I set for the Thrustmaster team was to design for me the most precise wheel ever developed," said Gran Turismo series producer Kazunori Yamauchi of the Thrustmaster T500 RS, "to accurately reproduce the sensations of GT5, and let users truly feel the emotions experienced by drivers on real racing circuits."

Force feedback, magnetic steering sensor technology, the extensive use of metal throughout, and adjustable positions for the three floor pedals are part of the package that Thrustmaster hopes will convince GT5 fans to splash out.

The kit is certainly at the top end of the scale, even more expensive than two other established scene standards - Fanatec's well respected Porsche 911 Turbo S setup and the Logitech Driving Force GT, Gran Turismo's only other licensed wheel & pedal combo.

Thrustmaster's new offering launches in Europe and North America on January 5, with a Japanese retail release on January 25.

Thrustmaster T500 RS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thrustmaster-T500-RS/177715455589531

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