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Thrustmaster Demos $45K Simulator Platform, New Headsets

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

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.

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    kikireeki , January 21, 2013 8:20 PM
    With that amount of money, I'd rather buy a real sports car!
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    wolley74 , January 21, 2013 8:11 PM
    Thrustmaster, why have you abandoned the flight sims :( 
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    wolley74 , January 21, 2013 8:11 PM
    Thrustmaster, why have you abandoned the flight sims :( 
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    Vorador2 , January 21, 2013 8:15 PM
    Too cheap.
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    kikireeki , January 21, 2013 8:20 PM
    With that amount of money, I'd rather buy a real sports car!
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    billyboy999 , January 21, 2013 8:30 PM
    I don't see how this is able to simulate 2 G's. The screens are fixed so the seat can't rotate or yaw too much. I found a video where it just looks like the seat jiggles a little.
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    jhansonxi , January 21, 2013 8:56 PM
    billyboy999I don't see how this is able to simulate 2 G's. The screens are fixed so the seat can't rotate or yaw too much. I found a video where it just looks like the seat jiggles a little.

    It's not the G force they can produce, it's the duration of that force which is the problem. They can only do short transients, unlike a car going around a curve at high speeds.
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    d_kuhn , January 21, 2013 9:11 PM
    For a measley 10g's more you could have a Force Dynamic's 401 Driving Simulator - the ultimate driving seat (this thing isn't even in the same state)... OR you could pick up an Ariel Atom or a Catterham and have about 100x more fun than EITHER.
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    abbadon_34 , January 21, 2013 10:02 PM
    Just the same stuff you see in high-end arcades for a couples bucks a play. Not really for home use.
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    memadmax , January 21, 2013 10:02 PM
    I rather hop in my Mustang and get the real deal... >_>
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    internetlad , January 21, 2013 10:03 PM
    I was going to make a comment about eyefininty, bezels, 46,000 etc. but it actually didn't turn out that bad. The bezels are rather thin and probably wouldn't draw the eye too much.

    This would work all too well with the Oculus Rift, though, i'm sure.
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    catswold , January 21, 2013 10:33 PM
    Wolley74Thrustmaster, why have you abandoned the flight sims

    You missed the joystick in the first picture, behind the arm of the girl in the chair. Apparently it will do flight sims as well.
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    invlem , January 21, 2013 11:13 PM
    45k for a 3 dof simulator... seems steep
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    weaselman , January 21, 2013 11:20 PM
    45k, phew. You could buy a half decent car and take it out on track days for that kind of money. The only good side about it is if you ding the car in simulator you don`t have to drag it to the body shop for a repair.
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    DRosencraft , January 22, 2013 12:26 AM
    QUite obviously this isn't for the average consumer in the least bit. Anyone who can afford to spend money on this likely already has a sports car of some sort which they love. And FYI, I don't believe the Ariel Atom or Catterham are street legal in the states, so aside from finding a track nearby to tow them to, you'd have to get ready to shell out on some traffic tickets. But, again, if you've got the cash for those cars you probably aren't wanting for money for a traffic citation.
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    alidan , January 22, 2013 12:29 AM
    kikireekiWith that amount of money, I'd rather buy a real sports car!


    but you couldn't race it... that takes skill and probably killing a few real cars before you are good.

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    that said, its going to be sad how all the immersion that these give wont be able to trump what the oculus rift does at about 300$

    sure you wont get bumps, but you will feel more immersed.
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    Flameout , January 22, 2013 1:15 AM
    pffft a car, wheres my xwing simulator!
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    calmstateofmind , January 22, 2013 2:20 AM
    Lol, page not found.
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    cpy , January 22, 2013 5:13 AM
    I don't know any good thrustmaster product, all i hear is don't buy stuff from thrustmaster and get logitech instead, so i think even if i had enough money to afford this, i still wouldn't buy it.
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    contrasia , January 22, 2013 6:03 AM
    not worth $45k. It's nothing more than an interesting project to see, but not even an enthusiast with money to spend is going to spend $45k for that. The price would drop considerably if you took away the monitors, and their stands (Replace it with the Occulus).

    To top it off it's incomplete. What's the point in the chair, and the screens, if you have no simulator-like shell to encompass it all. When it's open like that, it ruins the immersion and experience. It's half-done.
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    nino_z , January 22, 2013 7:08 AM
    I agree with the post above.
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    sna , January 22, 2013 7:17 AM
    lol $45K ... go buy a used sport car and enjoy the real thing hahahaha

    idiots
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