Thrustmaster's T500RS Is the Official Gran Turismo 5 Steering Wheel Controller

The perpetually delayed but now available Gran Turismo 5 probably doesn't need anymore teases associated with its namesake, but nevertheless here we go again. Thrustmaster, you see, has the "official steering wheel" rights this time around, and recently teased this:

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This brief, tantalizing screengrab—well, tantalizing to those who salivate over super realistic ways to control their super realistic racing games—is of the T500RS, and it's bloody expensive!

At $500 for the wheel only (H-pattern shifter is apparently extra), you 'll get something that resembles the maddening glimpse seen above.

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There will be more information at CES during the device's official reveal, so until then you'll have to make do sputtering along in the slow lane with your inadequate controller.

Updated: Additional pic with pedals from PlanetaDeJuego:

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The shifter is still extra, price unknown. [PlanetaDeJuego via GTPlanet via Thrustmaster via Engadget - Thanks, Mike]

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Though I can not justify the price tag for me not being a "hardcore" racing sim fan. Looking through Thrustmasters sight led me to the HOTAS Warthog. Then somehow onto the Project 727 website.

Now I am on a kick again to want to build a flight sim cockpit. And now that I have the room and tools readily available to me, it might actually become reality.

Just need to decide what type of airframe I want to go for. Though I will not go as fancy as the Project 727 guys and various others, I do want to build the interior fairly realistic. Just use wood to build a frame/exterior.

This is going to be an expensive project. My wife is going to kill me.