Here is our review of the Thrustmaster T248 Racing Wheel and Peddles (Xbox and PC Version).
Designed for all gamers looking for performance and immersion and wanting to free themselves from their keyboard, mouse or gamepad, or improve their skills after starting out with a beginner’s wheel, T248 is a racing wheel officially licensed for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and compatible with PC.
What’s in the box?
The box contains the T248 wheel and base, T3PM pedal set, 48 W power supply + power cable, attachment system + screws, USB cable, Allen key and Quick start guide.
A Closer Look
The Steering Wheel
Both the steering wheel and the peddles are very well made and feel solid. The steering wheel feels very responsive and is comfortable to use. You will need to clamp it to something to use – you might want to consider the various racks and stands you can buy specifically for the wheel and peddles.
The steering wheel has all the usual Xbox buttons on it, plus a number of other controls (25 action buttons it total to be accurate) . There is a display screen on the wheel with more than 20 different displays, including settings adjustments, telemetry information and more.
There are also 3 different force feedback options available to choose from – decide what type of driving experience you want and set the force feedback for a more enjoyable drive.
The wheel also has magnetic paddle shifts which are really responsive which really adds to the experience too.
The peddles are very responsive and you will probably want to fit them into position somewhere so that they don’t move around if you have a particularly intense race.
The list of compatible games on PC and Xbox console are available on the Thrustmaster technical support website, and regularly updated. Some games provide more information than others and some games require manual settings in order to use it.
After connecting it all up, the first thing I had to do was update the firmware on the wheel. It’s fairly easy to do by following in the instructions on the Thrustmaster website, but it does assume you have access to a PC to do it (which you would have if you wanted to use the wheel on a PC), but in my case I use a Mac and they don’t provide any software for the Mac so I had a sort out a PC in order to do the firmware updates. Hopefully this is something that Thrustmaster will address in the future.
The only issue I had setting up the wheel was that when I first plugged it into the Xbox Series X the wheel kept saying it was PC – which meant it wouldn’t let me use it on the Xbox. You can change the settings on the steering wheel to force it to be Xbox, which only took a moment, but the instructions stated the wheel defaults to Xbox (which in my case it didn’t).
Once I had played on the steering wheels and peddles I don’t want to go back to a controller.
The Thrustmaster T248 Racing Wheel and Peddles is available now priced around £299.99 and is a must if you play lots of racing games! This version was designed for the PC and Xbox, but there is also a PlayStation version too.