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It'll drive you to poverty

Addicted to Gran Turismo? If you're a genius at the Real Driving Simulator, you'll probably be frustrated with controlling it with your crappy PC gaming controller or a keyboard and mouse. You need the official driving simulator of the Real Driving Simulator. In other words, you need the Thrustmaster T500RS, the premium, officially-mandated steering-wheel controller for Gran Turismo 5.

We say 'steering wheel controller,' but really that's not the half of it. The Thrustmaster is a full car-cabin simulator, complete with pedals. And it features force-feedback features to replicate the real driving experience. As Engadget, er, helpfully explains:

A contactless magnetic sensor system known as HallEffect AccuRate Technology gives gamers sixteen-bit precision input that represents a significant upgrade over the twelve-bit version in the Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition. Additionally, 1080 degree wheel rotation gives drivers a half-turn more than Logitech's Driving Force GT, and the system comes with fully adjustable pedals configurable for floor mounted (F1-style) and suspended (GT-style) positions.

No, we don't understand either, but it all sounds very nice. Fancy one? Ah, well, there's the catch: all this high-tech will set you back a cool $599. Maybe for birthday plus next Christmas plus the birthday after...

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