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Thrustmaster Ferrari Force Feedback Racing Wheel Review - Thrustmaster Ferrari Force Feedback - Page 3

With the recent rise in popularity of driving games, there has been great demand for a higher level of realism. Titles that come to mind are the Need For Speed series, the Nascar series and the Formula One series. While these games can be fun to play with a gamepad or keyboard, let's face it, playing a racing game using the arrow keys on your keyboard is no where near as fun as using a full sized racing wheel with pedals and a gear stick. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a look at the latest edition to the Thrustmaster range, the Ferrari Force Feedback racing wheel.

| Steering Wheels in Peripherals | Posted: Jan 15, 2002 5:00 am

Taking A Closer Look

 

- The Wheel

 

 

This wheel isn't named Force Feedback for nothing. It features a technology called "I-FORCE" which basically makes driving games more realistic by vibrating the wheel at certain times in the game; for example when you crash into an object or wall. An interesting thing to note is that I-FORCE technology is also used in various medical equipment.

 

Looks-wise, the Ferrari Force Feedback wheel is very attractive indeed. The silver face plate and Ferrari logo add to the professional look of the product. While aesthetics are important, they mean nothing if the product itself doesn't function correctly, right? Well you will certainly not be let down with this product because the Ferrari Force Feedback wheel has a heap of buttons for you to make use of. Firstly, on the front face of the wheel there are four buttons. Two of these are regular buttons, and there are another two directional button pads. One being "4-way" and the other is "8-way".

 

On the back of the wheel itself there are two levers that are positioned right where your hands are when you are holding the wheel. I found these to be quite useful and have been using them as alternative gear shifters instead of the gear stick. Thrustmaster included so many buttons on the Force Feedback racing wheel that I could not even find a use for some of them. Don't get me wrong though, extra features are always welcome!

 

 

To the right of the wheel you will notice a gear stick, which is obviously used to toggle between gears in driving games. I found this to be very handy and it was positioned well, allowing easy access while in a race. Although it only features a back/forward configuration, it is a nice addition and is more than sufficient for today's racing games.

 

Another thing to note is that instead of the wheel being made of pure plastic like we have seen on some competing models, the Ferrari Force Feedback wheel is covered with rubber. This ensures that you have a strong grip on the wheel at all times. It also adds to the realism of the game, as a lot of car steering wheels are covered with rubber as well.

 

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