Just like the real 458 Italia, shifting is done via oversized paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. For added durability, the paddles are made of metal, not plastic, and the steering wheel itself is said to offer progressive resistance for a more natural driving feel. The Thrustmaster setup also includes a pedal assembly with a long-stroke accelerator and a stiffly sprung brake pedal.
While the Thrustmaster steering wheel and a good gaming system won’t provide quite the same thrill as running a real Ferrari 458 Italia through the corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it’s the closest that most of us are likely to get to the real thing.
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The developers of the Forza racing series have found a really interesting use for the cloud computing offered by Xbox One. Every single time you race, the game is recording your activity in real-time. The way you take turns, when you accelerate and when you brake, how aggressive you attack and so on and so on and so on…Seriously, the game tracks so much information it’s insane, and then it sends all that information up into the cloud where it’s crunched and calculated along with every other person that is playing Forza. After that, it’s fired back down from the cloud into your game.
What this all means is that no longer is there the predictable, line tracing perfection of racing game A.I. Instead, that A.I. is replaced with “Drivatars”, dynamic A.I. opponents based on the play styles of everyone else online. Every time you connect and boot up the game, more fresh information and new Drivatars are downloaded instantly in the background, then implemented into your game. Every race feels like your racing real people, because in a way, you are. This is a truly new and exciting feature for racing game enthusiasts
Forza 5 and the Ferrari Steering Wheel Xbox One version makes a winning combination!
Title: Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel Takes Forza Motorsport 5 for a Ride!
Reviewed by Mia Gamer-Girl on Dec 4
Summary: Winner’s Circle Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Steering Wheel & Forza 5 is a Winning Combo!
Description: Thrustmaster, the PC and game console accessory manufacturer, has worked with both Microsoft and Ferrari to develop a replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia’s steering wheel for use with the Xbox One and the Forza 5 racing game. Like the real 458 Italia’s steering wheel, the Thrustmaster version is plenty complex. It even includes Ferrari’s “Manettino” dial, although it’s not used for chassis setup as on the real Ferrari 458 Italia. Instead, the Thrustmaster unit uses the dial to quickly toggle between player views or other in-race settings.