How To Setup Thrustmaster Steering Wheel on PC & PS4

How To Setup Thrustmaster Wheel
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Thrustmaster make some of the best racing wheels around. Products such as the Thrustmaster T150 and TMX offer great product quality for a budget sim racing wheel. These steering wheels are often the starting point for many sim racers. Then there are the higher quality products such as the TS-XW, which offer great force feedback for those who are looking to improve their sim setup.

If you are racing on PS4 or Xbox, you should scroll down to the calibration section as you wont need to worry about drivers.

How do I install the drivers for my Thrustmaster racing wheel?

When you are trying to setup your Thrustmaster racing wheel on PC, like more input devices, you will need to install the correct drivers. These will allow the PC to recognize your racing wheel. After you have installed the drivers you should look to update the firmware to ensure you are running the latest version. We will cover the firmware after we have installed the drivers.

  1. To start, you should go to the Thrustmaster support page.
  2. On the support page, select your wheel
  3. Then scroll to the drivers section of the website. You will find a file for the the up to date drivers and firmware.
  4. Download the file and double click the icon to start the install.
  5. Once installed, you will be able to connect your wheel to your PC via USB, and it should be recognised.

A note, in case your wheel isn’t connecting correctly, some Thrustmaster wheels have a mode select. This will switch the wheel base from Xbox, PS4 and PC. When connecting to your PC, ensure you have the PC mode selected.


How do I update the firmware of my Thrustmaster racing wheel?

Moving forward, you may want to periodically check to ensure there isn’t a newer version of firmware available. If there is, you should always look to update to it, as each firmware version fixes certain bugs.

Thrustmaster Firmware Update

  1. If you haven’t installed the drivers for your wheel, scroll back up and follow our drive installation instructions above.
  2. Once you have the drivers installed, you can open your Thrustmaster control panel any time. Simply press the “Windows” key and search for Thrustmaster.
  3. Within the control panel, you can see your current firmware version in the top right hand corner.
  4. If you know there is a newer firmware version available, press the “Windows” key and search Thrustmaster firmware.
  5. Click on the Thrustmaster firmware update and follow the on screen instructions.
  6. Next you should re-calibrate your wheel before your next gaming session.

How do I calibrate my Thrustmaster racing wheel?

Before using your racing wheel, or after a firmware update, you should always recalibrate your Thrustmaster racing wheel. The calibration method differs slightly depending on which platform you are using, PC, PS4 or Xbox. Below we show the way to calibrate your wheel on PC and PS4.


Calibrate Thrustmaster steering wheel on PC

Thrustmaster Control Panel

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  1. Before calibrating your Thrustmaster wheel, and before you connect it to your PC you should open the Thrustmaster control panel. Go to the “Test Input” tab and set the rotation angle to 1080°.
  2. Secondly, plug in your Thrustmaster wheel to your USB. If the wheel starts to spin, let it complete before doing anything else.
  3. Rotate the steering wheel to exactly center, and then hold the share button and option button together. The light on the wheel should change colour. Once it does, the wheel has been calibrated successfully and you can release the two buttons.
  4. Now you are ready to race.

Calibrate Thrustmaster steering wheel on PS4

The calibration for Thrustmaster wheels on PS4 is exactly the same as on PC, however there are a few things that can prevent correct calibration. You will need to navigate to the power settings on your PS4. There you should untick the option to “Keep applications suspended”. The reason for this is that you need to connect your Thrustmaster wheel to your console before opening and playing any games. This will mean that you can’t sleep the console with games suspended, and will have to restart your game every time you power on your PS4.

Once you have disabled the above setting, you can continue to calibrate your wheel in the exact same manor as on PC.

  1. Plug your Thrustmaster wheel in to your PS4. If the wheel starts to spin, let it complete before doing anything else.
  2. Rotate the steering wheel to exactly center, and then hold the share button and option button together. The light on the wheel should change colour. Once it does, the wheel has been calibrated successfully and you can release the two buttons.
  3. Now you are ready to race.

Recommended Thrustmaster Racing Wheels

If you are looking for the best Thrustmaster racing wheels, then we have two recommendations below. We tested the driver installation and calibration with a Thrustmaster TMX, which is one of the best budget racing wheels you can buy.


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Buy from Fanatac Japan (English)

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Shop for Logitech Wheels
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Buy Logitech UK & Europe

Shop for Thrustmaster Wheels
Buy from Amazon US
Buy from Amazon UK

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find the latest Thrustmaster drivers?

You can find the latest Thrustmaster drivers and firmware on the Thrustmaster website, on their support page.

How do I calibrate my Thrustmaster wheel?

Follow our quick how to guide to learn how to calibrate your Thrustmaster racing wheel.

How often should I calibrate my Thrustmaster wheel?

You should always calibrate your Thrustmaster racing wheel before using it, or after a firmware update.

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