Thrustmaster Demos $45K Simulator Platform, New Headsets
You'll need a dedicated room to house this racing simulator.
During CES 2013, Thrustmaster was reeling in quite a lot of traffic thanks to the $45,000 VRX iMotion Z-55 simulator. As seen in the photograph, it came with the simulator seat made with 3M DI-NOC carbon fiber and high quality, lockable castors, three screens, and a PC powering everything.
According to the spec sheet, the simulator had a four actuator, commercial D-BOX motion system capable of producing 2G's of acceleration and 3-DOF. This design makes it highly compatible with any form of racing game including Formula1, Indy, ALMS, GT, Rally, NASCAR, Vintage Racing Series, and Exotic Super Cars, ther company said.
"Precision manufactured and hand-polished stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum components provide a lifetime of durability," the sheet reads. "Each simulator is assembled in Canada with the same care and attention to detail, and with professional and discrete wire routing technique throughout."
Other models include the VRX iMotion Z-27 for $40,000 USD, the VRX Viper Z-27 for $19,000, and the VRX Viper for $9,000.
Also on show in the Thrustmaster booth was a variety of new headsets for the PC and Xbox 360 including the cool white Y-250X headset featuring premium 50-mm drivers, a unidirectional mic that's detachable and adjustable, and a multifunctional controller on the cable allowing users to adjust audio levels and voices independently. The similar Y250C headset came in black and was designed especially for the PC.
Also new at the show were the GPX and GPX LightBack controllers, the GP XID controller, the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition controller, the Ferrari Challenge Wheel, and loads more.