Top positive review
Good wheel at a great price.
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2016
I'm a casual gamer looking for an entry level force feedback wheel for the PS4, specifically for playing DriveClub. I play about 2-3 times per week, usually 1-3 hours per session. I have no intentions of dominating leader boards or online races, and I wanted to stay under $200. I chose the Thrustmaster VG T150 which I purchased from Amazon on March 24th 2016. The following are my impressions after about 20 hours of use.
What I like:
+Force feedback/vibration - I was surprised by how strong both the force feedback and vibration are. The defaults in DriveClub are “70” and “Medium” respectively. I ended up setting the wheel to “10” and the vibration to “low”. They both feel accurate and enjoyable. Going off road or into a slide both give great feedback to the player.
+The pedals - I had read quite a lot of reviews and many complained of the brake pedal. However I felt they both work and feel great. I understand that a more sim-type player would have issues with them but for a casual player on a budget there are no complaints from me.
+The paddle shifters - Not much to say here, they are metal and work well. They're large and easy to reach and make a satisfying “click” when engaged. They certainly add to the overall fun factor.
+Price - This set can now be purchased for $150. I had paid $200 originally (Amazon since credited me back the difference). I thought $200 was borderline as far as value. At $150 it's a great deal and well worth the price.
What I didn't like:
-Cord lengths - The USB cord is painfully short. I don't see any realistic means of using it as is. I highly recommend purchasing a USB extension cable to go along with this. The power cable is also too short. You'll likely need an extension cord or power strip, so be prepared.
-D-pad - The D-pad is of very low quality. Luckily you'll not likely need it for much other than navigating menus which it is acceptable for.
-Wheel size - The diameter of the wheel is relatively small. An inch larger would have given it a better feel.
-The plastic - The whole wheel is made of plastic (with the exception of the paddle shifters, and the internals I assume). At this price I suppose it's to be expected. There are rubber grips at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions which helps some.
-No power switch - Although I did not have any sparking issues some reviewers have reported with the power brick, a power switch would have been nice. In lieu of this I am using a surge protector and turning off the power using its switch.
I am enjoying the wheel quite a lot. Although it may not make me a better racer I can certainly say I'm enjoying racing more than I ever had. No going back to the DS4 with racing games for me! At the $150 price point I think it provides a great value. “Serious” gamers and sim enthusiasts however should probably look elsewhere. For entry level racers and casual gamers alike I think it is a good wheel at a great price.