Thrustmaster VG TS-XW Racer Sparco P310 Mod 2020 Latest Updated Review
The Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer Sparco P310 Competition Mod is the perfect go-to racing wheel. Very costly, indeed, but its quality and its feedback justifies its price tag five times over
The back I/O panel features a fan, modular power and USB connections, and connections for the included Thrustmaster T3PA pedals and optional TH8A shifter.
Pro – Design
We liked the design of the TS-PC Racer so we like the design of the TS-XW Racer.
The base is quality feeling with a metal bottom that continues to the back and thick plastic sides.
Visually, the TS-XW Racer sets itself apart with beautiful candy apple red accents and of course the Xbox One button on the front.
You also can’t talk design without mentioning the turbocharger shaped power supply that is fun, has holes that you can take advantage of for mounting, and comes with a much longer power cable than the one that arrived with the TS-PC Racer.
All-in-all, the TS-XW Racer design is the TS-PC Racer with red accents, and that’s not a bad thing.
Pro – Force Feedback & Smoothness
Keeping with the theme, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” the TS-XW Racer has the same force feedback strength and smoothness as the TS-PC Racer.
This means it’s stronger – about 50% if we had to put a number to it – and smoother than the mid-range Thrustmaster T300 and TX wheels, but it still has a familiar feel.
The belt drive is noticeable – thus “familiar,” – but consistent through the turn and there is enough force feedback strength to compensate for the larger diameter wheel.
Unlike in the past when you were best to run Thrustmaster wheels turned down a bit, the Thrustmaster VG TS-XW Racer has no problem being ran at 100% force feedback strength in the Thrustmaster profile.
At 100% the force feedback strength detailed and strong enough to translate
Pro – Sparco Wheel
Unsurprisingly, the Sparco P310 Competition Mod wheel is the star of the show.
Thanks to the design and size I felt comfortable driving any type of car with it, from GT to open wheel to stock cars. It really is the perfect compromise.
The wheel feels nice to the touch thanks to the suede wrap that has just the right amount of cushioning to keep you comfortable but in control.
The buttons are a refreshing departure from past Thrustmaster buttons with a concave shape and more positive spring back.
There are two sets of holes to move them in and out depending on your finger reach and it’s a nice detail to the nicely shaped paddles.
Neutral – Pedals
In isolation, the T3PA pedals are good for the price. For at or around $100 you get three pedals Internal Memory and Upgradeable Firmware
The Thrustmaster VG TS-XW Racer SPARCO P310 Competition Mod features internal memory to save the user’s settings, as well as upgradeable firmware so that the wheel can always take advantage of the very latest updates.
Robust and Versatile Attachment System
The wheel’s clamping system designed to be both sturdy and versatile, for quick and easy attachment to any type of desk, table etc.
with a brake pedal that features the rubber “conical brake mode” that provides some resistance to the pedal’s travel and makes it feel more believable.
The issue is, we’re not in isolation.
While the T3PA’s felt at home being bundled with the T300 or TX wheels, it feels pretty outgunned when bundled with the TS-XW Racer.
Neutral – Price
Which brings us to our next topic, price. Originally, I was going to list the price as a con.
$650 is a lot for a package that doesn’t include a load cell brake. But then I stepped back and did some research.
The Sparco P310 Competition Mod rim retails for $250. $250 just for the rim!
Compatibility with Xbox One
The wheel’s built-in software certified for Xbox One: the wheel automatically recognized by the console.
The wheel compatible with the console’s menus, and used with all Xbox One racing games supporting racing wheels.
The wheel includes all official Xbox One buttons for easy navigation: Xbox Guide, View and Menu.
The Thrustmaster VG TS-XW Racer is also compatible with PC (Windows 10/8/7/Vista), thanks to the Thrustmaster drivers available for download from https://support.thrustmaster.com/.
The drivers allow users to make sure that they always have the latest firmware version available for the racing wheel.
Internal Memory and Upgradeable Firmware
The TS-XW Racer SPARCO P310 Competition Mod features internal memory to save the user’s settings, as well as upgradeable firmware so that the wheel can always take advantage of the very latest updates.