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Review: Th8S Shifter Add-On – Movies Games and Tech

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The TH8S Shifter Add-On from Thrustmaster is an incredible way to alter your driving setup. This robust but easy-to-use tool is straightforward to install. Moreover, it adds a layer of realism that I didn’t experience with the flappy paddle gearshift. Thankfully, this smooth but obvious addition is perfect for gamers that love a more old-school time.

This great device can be added to any Thrustmaster steering wheel on PC or any console steering wheel that has the Force Feedback racing base. For this review, I was kindly provided with the T248 PlayStation and PC wheel. I won’t be covering this particular device, as Andrew covered it in 2022. If you wish to know his thoughts, click the link here. I used the complete setup on PC, and I was thoroughly impressed with the realism. What’s more, the incredible build quality took me by surprise.

What’s in the box of the Th8S Shifter Add-On?

  • The box is as loud and garish as you’d expect. The red and black livery is combined with striking images and key selling points. Moreover, it is completely recyclable, and that was great.
  • The Th8S Shifter Add-On is surprisingly lightweight. This moderately sized device is easy to handle and can be connected to any flat surface. Thanks to its clamp connection, you are assured of a sturdy and secure unit.
  • Gaming cables. Thrustmaster provides a USB cable as well as a cable to connect the unit to the steering wheel base. Both items have a rubberised finish and appear to be hard-wearing.

Technical aspects.

Racing games demand quick reactions and seamless controls. Thankfully, Thrustmaster has this covered with its incredible steering wheels. Yet, I wasn’t happy with the modern flappy paddle gear shift. Though they work perfectly well, I love that arcade clunk that a manual shifter provides. Fortunately, the Th8S Shifter Add-On replicates this experience.

With 7 forward gears and 1 reverse gear, you have plenty of scope for a realistic driving session. Additionally, it mattered not what style of racing you undertook. As long as you map the controls correctly, the Th8S Shifter Add-On works perfectly every time. What’s more, every gear change worked in conjunction with the study pedals. As such, it enhances your simulation gaming session.

Build quality.

I adored the responsive and smooth movement of this gear shift. Yet, I know that racing games can be hard work on your peripherals. Therefore, it is essential that they are hard-wearing and built to last. Fortunately, the Th8S Shifter Add-On ticks both of these boxes. Thanks to the H.E.A.R.T technology that is derived from Thrustmaster’s top-end shifters, this is built to last and with precision in mind.

On top of this, this gear shifter looks amazing! The 4 cm shift lever is ergonomic whilst maintaining a sport-style finish. As such, it is the perfect accessory if you love rally racing, F1, NASCAR, or truck simulator. Alongside this, the excellent clamp system was easy to use and sturdy. Once the device is attached to your desk or table, it doesn’t move. This was incredible, as the gear shifter got an absolute beating once I got carried away. Consequently, no matter how harsh I was with it, the device never faltered and I never had a problem.

Is the Th8S Shifter Add-On worth it?

If you love the racing genre, then you need the right tools for the job. Accordingly, Thrustmaster is your go-to brand to have the best racing experience. Not only do they provide the best steering wheels, but their add-ons are equally good. Subsequently, if you already have a compatible wheel, then you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this peripheral. However, if you love the genre but don’t have a steering wheel, what are you waiting for? The Th8S Shifter Add-On is a game-changer that shouldn’t be avoided! Furthermore, it is built to last and is easy to use. As such, I loved it and I recommend that you buy it here!

(More information on Thrustmaster can be found here!)


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