Not everyone will agree with this statement, but I think the only way to truly experience the rush of racing games like Forza is to use a racing wheel, even if it's something as simple as Microsoft's wireless handheld deely. The dual sticks just don't cut it for trying to replicate the experience of driving racecars. Like tires need the road, you need something to grip to immerse yourself in the experience.
Thrustmaster agrees with me. As one of the companies that pioneered the racing wheel, they've introduced the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Racing Wheel for the Xbox 360. It's a fully featured racing rig (wheel, collapsible stand, and pedals) that brings the beauty and precision of a 458 Italia right into your living room. Well, not really, but it does have a stand!
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The stand is an important feature. With most racing wheel setups, the wheel rig and the pedal box are separate, leaving you to find a suitable solution for setting it up on your own. Thrustmaster has already released a version of its 458 Italia wheel just like this. In fact, the look of both editions' wheels are identical, featuring paddle shifters, a genuine "Manettino" dial, and an engine start button that doubles as a d-pad; however, the new cockpit edition vibrates and relieves your lap and/or table of wheel duty. It'll also relieve you of 300 of your big, fat American dollars.
So, the question becomes, is the convenience of a stand worth the extra money? Well, it depends on who you are and what you're looking for.
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