Welcome to my review of the Thrustmaster T300 wheel and pedal set for the PS3. I will also be doing a similar review using it only on the PC and eventually the Playstation 4 when a racing title is available for it. This review will cover the pedals that come with the T300 where as my PC review will be about how the wheel performs only.
I did all my testing with Gran Turismo 6 and Dirt 3 on the PlayStation 3.
I compared it directly to the Thrustmaster T500 which I usually had to dial back a bit in regards to force feedback strength specifically in Gran Turismo 6. With the T500 I usually ran below 5 out of 10 total in Force Feedback strength. With the Thrustmaster T300 I’ve got it maxed on 10. I have Power Steering off and drive with no assists enabled. In Dirt 3 I pretty much have it maxed out as well.
One thing I had mentioned in one of my shows regarding GT6 was that the T500 had more damping or felt heavier than other wheels on the PS3. That is not the case with the T300. The T300 has a very smooth turning mechanism and I am able to turn the wheel easier when playing Gran Turismo 6 and Dirt 3.
While on the subject of the wheels, the rim is very similar in feel to the Ferrari 458 Italia GTE rim they released. It has the same diameter, similar weight with a different button configuration to suit the PS3 and PS4. The base is compatible with all the Thrustmaster rims including the 458 rim that came on the TX base. I tried all of them with GT6 and they all worked and functioned perfectly. Even the PS button functioned with the TX 458 rim. You can also use the original 30 CM rim that came on the T500 but you won’t have the static shifters so you would need a TH8RS or TH8A to handle gear changes
The stock rim or even GTE rim have a very positive solid feeling click on the shifters. One of my favorite paddle shifters on the market.
Next I’m going to talk about the adjustable degrees of rotation. Default is at 1080 and you can adjust it in 5 steps down to 270. If you’re not sure how to do that, you press the D pad to the left or right and the mode button at the same time. To the left to go lower, to the right to go higher. If you go to the right while at 1080, it just cycles back to 270.
The TX works the same way on the Xbox One and will stay at the rotation you set. It’s not the same on the PS3 with GT6. Every time I start a new event or even pause GT6, I have to re-select that degrees of rotation. For the most part you can keep your rotation at 1080 but for open wheel cars and the karts, I like to go down to 360 or 270 and it was a pain to have to re-do it every time. With Dirt 3, I could set it once and forget it so it was definitely the way GT6 resets the D.O.R. to default.
In regard to the cooling fan, some viewers asked me to compare it to the T500 that in all honestly was loud if I had no sound on. With a set of headphones on or a decent speaker system, I never heard it. The T300 has a quiet fan from my use with it and it rarely seemed to get up to full speed on the PS3. On the PC it was a different case but there’s a lot more going on in the force feedback department. I’ll discuss that in my review of the Thrustmaster T300 on the PC.
They have a decent feel and you can adjust the pedal faces, but the brake offers little to no progression and that’s important for hitting your marks consistently. The way these pedals are, you have to remember how far to press to hit your threshold versus using a lot more muscle memory to do that.
PS3 / PS4 & PC compatible
Good feeling Force Feedback
Comes with GTE or PS4 rim depending on which version you get
Compatible with all current Thrustmaster rims
Smaller base than T500. More practical
Same hard mount points as T500 on the wheel and pedals
No External Power Supply
1080 degrees of rotation down to 270
Pedals could have been better with some progression on the brake. I could live without a clutch, but really like a progressive brake.
Expensive for a set without a clutch and or gated shifter included. I woud imagine the price will drop in time.
I mentioned this in my TX review, that it would have been great to have a base to purchase separately, then you can buy your rim of choice and a set of T3PA pedals. If it was like that, a Rim, base and T3PA pedal set would go for about the same price as the T300 complete set.
Maybe even come up with a rim based on the TX 458 Italia without the Ferrari branding to have this package sell for under $300 with the 2 pedal set.
I could have also lived without a T3PA set if the brake had some decent progression.
Overall though, this is a great feeling Force feedback wheel and with a T3PA pedal set, or even a T500 set that you can find second hand, this is makes for one of the best packages on the market. I honestly prefer this wheel over all others on the PS3 currently.