In this article, we are going to compare two popular shifter / gearbox models for racing games, which are Thrustmaster TH8RS and Logitech G29’s gearbox that is also known as Logitech G Driving Force Shifter. Of course, these shifters are actually designed to work with different wheels. Thrustmaster TH8RS is made for the T500 RS racing wheel, whereas Logitech G Driving Force Shifter is made for the G29 and G920 racing wheels. However, by equipping an adapter, you can make the shifter operates as an independent device that is compatible with any racing wheel, which is very convenient if you want to customize the setup. So, between Thrustmaster TH8RS vs Logitech G29, which one does have the best shifter?
The Thrustmaster TH8RS shifter has attracted lots of people. Many gamers are even willing to replace their existing shifter with this shifter because of the superior performance and build quality. All of the internal parts, lever, clamping system, and outer housing are made of 100% metal. So, Thrustmaster TH8RS is incredibly robust and rugged. It is quite heavy, indeed, and it is able to deliver extremely realistic feel and sensations.
Thrustmaster TH8RS is made using the Hall Effect AccuRate Technology (H.E.A.R.T), which implements a magnetic sensor without using any tact switch or potentiometer. This design simply eliminates the possibility of wear that is caused by contact and friction. It is even said to be able to last for a lifetime.
In addition, the manufacturer has indeed made Thrustmaster TH8RS to last for a long time. The firmware is upgradeable. So, you can simply renew and update the firmware to keep up with the latest features and technologies. It assures the users that Thrustmaster TH8RS can be used for future racing games as well, making it an excellent long-term investment.
Note that Thrustmaster TH8RS connects using USB. For PS3, Thrustmaster TH8RS can only work with the T500 RS racing wheel. However, for PC, Thrustmaster TH8RS is compatible with all the available racing wheels on the market.
See also : Thrustmaster TH8A vs TH8RS.
Logitech G29 Shifter
The Logitech G29 racing wheel is equipped with a shifter named Logitech G Driving Force Shifter. The company is known to limit their products only for their specific brand, so it is not surprising that Logitech G Driving Force Shifter can only work with Logitech G29 and Logitech G920 racing wheels. It cannot work with any other racing wheel on any platform.
One difference of Thrustmaster TH8RS vs Logitech G29 shifter in terms of design is that the Logitech shifter comes with a hand-stitched leather boot and knob cover. The leather covers are indeed very nice and elegant. The gear shifter is also made of durable solid steel, but there are some plastic parts as well. The performance is pretty good, but the feel when shifting is not as great as Thrustmaster TH8RS.
The Logitech G29 shifter is also not as durable. The build quality is not as great. This shifter still relies on physical components for shifting the gears, so it will eventually wear down.
If you are specifically looking for a decent shifter, you should choose Thrustmaster TH8RS. It has much better build quality and durability, thanks to the magnetic sensor. It is also compatible with any racing wheel if you are using it on PC.