Thrustmaster has released the T248 Hybrid Drive racing wheel for Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and PC. So how does it compare to the competition? We checked to find out.
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The Thrustmaster T248 Racing Wheel is available now for Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, having previously released for PlayStation in November 2021.
Thrustmaster has priced the T248 at £299.99 (both the Xbox/PC and PlayStation/PC versions), with the price ranging between entry-level and intermediate sim steering wheel and pedal sets. But for the extra money you get a lot of cool new features that are worth the extra effort. The T248 features a full dashboard display, dynamic force feedback controls, 25 “action buttons” that offer a variety of customization options, magnetic paddle shifters, a magnetic pedal set, and most importantly, Thrustmaster’s hybrid propulsion system.
Thrustmaster claims their hybrid drive system, which features a mixed belt and gear mechanism, delivers up to 70% more force feedback compared to previous TMX models. This technology is interesting because most entry/intermediate wheels have either a belt or gear mechanism to generate their force feedback, not both.
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And the results are impressive, as the wheel not only generates more force feedback than other wheels in this price range, but also more detailed force feedback, giving you an advantage in traction zones and sideways moments. It’s not nearly as powerful or detailed as direct drive wheels, but these advanced wheels come at a much higher price point. You can also customize the force feedback to suit your preferences or the game you’re playing, with three preset modes included.
Also included is the superb T3PM pedal set, which features Thrustmaster’s proprietary HEART magnet technology and offers 12-bit 1/100th of a second braking precision that really enhances the immersion and racing experience. You also get four different spring configurations that can be used to optimize performance for different setups. The magnetic paddle shifters feature similar technology, giving you quick gear changes that feel very satisfying.
The steering wheel itself, which is leather wrapped and suitable for all racing disciplines, has a really cool interactive racing dashboard that also doubles as a menu allowing you to change settings quickly and easily. It also acts as an in-game tachometer, gear indicator, and speedometer, which is a really nice touch.
Thrustmaster’s T248 doesn’t look or feel as premium as the Logitech G923, its closest competitor, but all the extra features more than make up for that small flaw, and who’s looking at the wheel while racing, right?
Though there are plenty of cheaper racing wheels out there, and even ones that look better to the eye, the T248’s hybrid drive technology helps it outperform the competition. The Thrustmaster T248 is currently one of the best entry/intermediate racing wheels on the market, both in terms of performance and additional unique features.
You can get the Thrustmaster T248 Xbox version from Amazon and others while the Thrustmaster T248 PlayStation version is available from Argos, Ebuyer and others.
Get ready to conquer any track with the new T248: Thrustmaster’s next-generation hybrid impeller, officially licensed for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Compatible with PC. The Xbox version is available on March 15, 2022, the PlayStation version is available now.
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