Are racing sims playable without a racing wheel?

by: Nathaniel -
More On: Ferrari Gamepad GPX Lightback Ferrari F1 edition
I submit that they are not.  It's impossible to hit an apex when you can only accurately steer in no more than about eight direction, or brake and accelerate as carefully and quickly as you should, especially when combined with the lack of inertial feedback you get sitting on your couch instead of behind the wheel of the car you're trying to drive.  Sure you can drop extra money on a racing wheel, but it's easier to just not play racing games than to deal with tracking down a racing wheel that isn't garbage.

Thrustmaster seeks to change this fact with the Ferrari Gamepad (a Thrustmaster GPX Lightback controller with Ferrari branding).  It's not a racing wheel, it's just a gamepad with that offers a higher degree of precision and feedback than a standard controller.  

The GPX  Lightback Ferrari  F1 edition will be available later this month for $49.99.  Visit for pic and more info.  You can also follow the jump to learn more.

RENNES, France - October 3, 2012 - Thrustmaster, a world leader in interactive entertainment hardware and accessories, is pleased to introduce its latest exclusive controller under its official Ferrari license, the GPX LightBack Ferrari F1 Edition. Designed to offer extreme precision, with built-in Light Feedback, speed gauges and Vibration Feedback, this new release also features an official license for Xbox 360®, and is honed to take the pole position in every race.

An unrivalled, truly innovative design:

The GPX LightBack Ferrari F1 Edition does not go unnoticed. Boasting a new design and looks inspired by the Musetto (i.e. the nose) of the Ferrari F1, it also proudly bears the signature of Scuderia Ferrari driver and Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso.

The GPX LightBack Ferrari F1 Edition's unrivalled looks become even more remarkable during gameplay, thanks to 2 exclusive features: Light Feedback and speed gauges. Light Feedback enhances the gamepad's ministicks with interactive backlighting, which illuminates with in-game events. The 2 speed gauges feature 8 built-in LEDs offering improved visibility and control over acceleration and braking. The Light Feedback and speed gauges can easily be enabled or disabled by way of 2 ON/OFF switches. These specific features allow players to visualize the game's essential parameters, such as engine speed and braking power, during races and improve their performance using precise indicators.

The GPX LightBack Ferrari F1 Edition also packs a punch under the hood, with a Vibration Feedback feature controlled by 2 high-frequency vibration motors built into the device's grips. These allow Xbox 360® owners, current users of Windows® 7 and Vista, and future users of Windows® 8 to truly feel the power of their cars' engines.

Optimized precision for ultimate performance:

In addition to the high-performance features described above, the GPX LightBack Ferrari F1 Edition offers unrivalled gaming precision. This is mainly due to its ministicks, which provide optimized precision, twice as much in fact, as any other currently available controller thanks to new firmware. These 2 ministicks also feature textured non-slip rubber cladding, ensuring optimal handling and comfort.

The 2 progressive triggers, which are long and curved, are designed to offer optimized ergonomics, allowing for enhanced adjustment and control of the actions applied. The cross-shaped D-pad is also designed to provide improved precision in all 8 directions. The controller's equipment is rounded off by an Xbox Guide/Windows Live button featuring 4 LEDs, along with a built-in headset connector.

The GPX LightBack Ferrari F1 Edition will be available in October, at a suggested retail price of $49.99 For more information on this product, or any other made by Thrustmaster, please see our website at

About Thrustmaster

Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under the Hercules and Thrustmaster brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries including France, Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Hong Kong, Romania and Italy, and distributes its products in more than 50 countries worldwide. The Group's mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products which maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment end users.

© 2012 Guillemot Corporation S.A. Thrustmaster® is a registered trademark of Guillemot Corporation S.A. All other trademarks and brand names are hereby acknowledged and are property of their respective owners. Illustrations not binding. Contents, designs and specifications are subject to change without notice and may vary from one country to another.
comments powered by Disqus