Finally Thrustmaster offers the TX wheelbase as a standalone unit. Now you can get the best part of the TX system and add whatever wheel rim and pedal set you want to it, without being forced into the Ferrari F458 rim and pedal set. This servo base is the heart of the Thrustmaster system.
This wheelbase is easily the best of all wheelbases in the mid priced range for the Xbox One.
In this review, I’ll go through the specs of the latest offering from Thrustmaster and give you your best options for building around this wheelbase.
The Thrustmaster TX servo base has been upgraded since it released the original TX Ferrari F458 Italia Edition in 2013. The original was already a great product, but now there is a new dual belt added inside and it utilizes friction free technology while will help the product last a lot longer.
So far in the mid-priced wheel options Thrustmaster is the only one to sell there racing wheelbase as a standalone device. Let’s get into the specs and see what it has to offer.
Thrustmaster TX Specs:
270 to 900 Degrees of Rotation (DOR), compatible with Xbox One and PC, compatible with the Thrustmaster eco-system (wheel rims, pedal sets, and shifter), force feedback, vibration, upgradeable firmware (via PC compatibility), no latency, heart technology (friction free), Xbox One guide button, table clamp, and pre-threaded holes for mounting on all major cockpit and wheel stand brands.
The servo base weighs about 15 pounds. It is encased in a well-built hard plastic shell. The front of it has a quick-release mechanism for easily attaching and detaching a wheel rim like you would in a real race car. There is also a mode button for adjusting the DOR right on the wheel base and a yellow button (unlabeled) for adjusting the force feedback sensitivity.
The one thing I need to be clear about here is that this is the wheelbase only. The TX Servo Base Racing Wheel comprises a wheel base, an attachment system and a power cable. Just add your choice of Thrustmaster Wheels, Pedal Set and if desired, optional gearbox, and you’re ready to race! The advantage of buying the Thrustmaster TX as a standalone unit is that you are not locked into any specific bundle that Thrustmaster offers, you basically can get the wheelbase and then customize the add-ons to what you want.
The force feedback is strong, smooth, and extremely quiet. I own and have used this wheelbase with several different racing games and you can crank up the force feedback to the point where it will make your arms sore or you can dial it down to a much more easy driving experience. The sensitivity is super adjustable and it really means that you can tailor it to exactly how you like it.
The friction free technology means the wheelbase will last a long time. This means there are no metal components inside grinding together. Thrustmaster uses sensors instead of gears, so that there is no contact between the internal parts and therefore will last for tens of millions of interactions.
Compatibility With Xbox One and PC
This wheel is compatible with the Xbox One and the PC. It is compatible with anything built for the Thrustmaster TX eco-system.
All of the Xbox One racing games (expect for Need for Speed Rivals), offer racing wheel support and this wheelbase will work with all of them.
Because this is a popular wheelbase all of the major cockpit and wheel stand makers are able to mount it. My best suggestions for mounting would either be the Playsteat Evoluton for a cockpit and the Wheel Stand Pro for a stand.
Of course if you weren’t interested in mounting the wheel on a cockpit or stand, the TX racing wheel servo base comes with the option for table mounting your wheel.
Delivers quiet, smooth, and strong force feedback
Uses friction free technology
Quick-release wheel rim system
Mountable on all the popular cockpits and wheel stands
Works with the Thrustmaster eco-system
What to Add to the Wheelbase for Xbox One
Here is what is cool about just buying the wheelbase, you can then add whatever eco-system components that you want that fit within your budget.
For example, there are Thrustmaster add-on rims, but currently no package that offers the wheelbase with the F1 rim, now you can buy the wheelbase and then also buy the F1 rim. In the past you had to buy the F458 Italia edition and buy the F1 rim, essentially you are paying for stuff you don’t even want like the F458 Italia rim.
Here are a few of the choices you have for building around the Thrustmaster TX wheelbase:
There are several choices for Thrustmaster rims, but here are two popular ones:
Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Rim
F1 Rim, is one of the coolest looking rims on the market. It is modeled after the 2011 Ferrari F1 Rim used in real Formula 1 racing. It has two brushed metal paddle shifters, a d-pad, dials, switches, and buttons. Of all the rims it is the widest diameter and it looks the most authentic. This rim instantly adds the immersion factor to your racing games. You can read more about it here.
Thrustmaster GT Leather Rim
GT 28 Leather Rim is the best rim for force feedback. It has a metal loop that is wrapped in premium stitched leather. It has two brushed metal paddle shifters, a d-pad, buttons, and a spring switch. It is a 7/10 size replica and is the rim I rate the highest on this site. You can read more about it here.
Thrustmaster T3PA Pro Pedals
The T3PA Pro Pedal Set offers a gas brake and a clutch. This set is invertable from F1 style to GT style. This set is made of all metal. It includes a conical rubber brake module and a spring brake module for adding progressive resistance to the brake. This is a high end pedal set and will mount to all the popular racing cockpits and wheel stands. You can read more about it here.
Thrustmaster TH8A Shifter
The Th8A shifter is the only shifter offered by Thrustmaster compatible with the TX. It has the options for a 7-speed H pattern shifter or you can change out the plate to make it a sequential shifter. It is made of 90% metal. It comes with a table clamp for mounting and will work with all the major cockpits. You can also change out the shifter knob and customize the look and feel of it. You can read more about it here You can read more about it here.
Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Servo Review Wrap Up
Without any doubt, the Thrustmaster TX Servo wheelbase is the best wheel base at the price point. It is not only the core of the Thrustmaster eco-system, but it is what makes the other Thrustmaster eco-system components so good.
For example, I love the GT 28 rim because it delivers great force feedback, but I wouldn’t love that rim attached to another wheelbase. The TX servo wheelbase is where all of the quality comes from in the Thrustmaster eco-system and I think it’s a great piece to build around for any new or experienced sim racer.
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