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Thrustmaster Releases A New Gamepad With A Powerful Combination Of Key Features: Dual Compatibility For PC And PS2, Dual Triggers And Force Feedback

Los Angeles, E3 Expo, May 17, 2005 - After the success of Dual Trigger gamepads which were launched at the end of 2004, Thrustmaster introduces a new addition to this range with an even greater combination of unique features: the 2-in-1 Dual Trigger Rumble Force* gamepad.

Like its predecessors, as the 2-in-1 name suggests, this new gamepad is compatible with your favorite gaming platforms, PC and Playstation® 2 / PStwo. This unique feature that Thrustmaster integrated into its product range last year has already seduced numerous avid gamers.

Based on the design of the Dual Trigger range, the 2-in-1 Dual Trigger Rumble Force, in addition to the standard buttons, also includes progressive programmable triggers on the back side of the controller; a feature not currently found on any standard PC or PlayStation 2 gamepads (unlike their Xbox and GameCube counterparts.) Thanks to a unique mapping system, the functions of the buttons and mini-stick axes can be programmed onto the dual triggers. The progressive motion of the triggers allows for ultra-precise actions that are perfectly proportioned and more realistic than what has been possible up until now. Guaranteed performance in racing games, sports games or action games!

Finally, as announced by Gilles Raulet, Product Development Director for Thrustmaster "the innovative strength of this new gamepad is its ability to provide realistic force feedback effects in the PC as well as in the PS2 mode". A powerful Force Feedback mechanism, under the Immersion license, has been included to give a great gaming sensation and overall superior playing experience. Moreover it comes with a mini-CD to give PC users extra-controls over the Force effects parameters to experience a variety of effects never reached before.

Among the whole line of Dual Trigger controllers, this new addition is easily recognized: it is the only one with red handles. A color which adds strong personality to this already remarkable gamepad.

The 2-in-1 Dual Trigger Rumble Force will be released in Q4 2005 at $24.99. It will join the already available 2-in-1 Dual Trigger (for PC and PS2, SRP: $19.99), the Advance Dual Trigger (for PS2, SRP: $39.99), the Wireless Dual Trigger (for PS2, SRP: $29.99), the Wireless Dual Trigger for PC ($39.99).

Visit Thrustmaster in Room #304 of South Hall to see a product demonstration.

*Not binding product name, picture and specifications

Contact:

Winn Keaten

Marketing Manager

212-994-2490

wkeaten@guillemot.com

Thrustmaster

Founded in 1992, Thrustmaster enjoys a strong reputation for designing and developing the ultimate in flight and motor sports simulation accessories. Thrustmaster's technological and marketing expertise allows it to offer a complete range of PC and console gaming accessories, including peripherals developed under Xbox® license.

Licensing agreements with prestigious brands such as Ferrari®, Top Gun®, Beretta® and Splinter Cell®, as well as close collaboration with the US Air Force, contribute to offering perfectly-adapted, innovative accessories to gamers the world over. Thrustmaster has been a division of Guillemot Corporation since 1999.

Guillemot Corporation designs and manufactures a complete range of PC and console hardware and accessories under the Hercules and Thrustmaster brand names. The group's mission is to offer innovative, high-quality products which provide heightened levels of emotion and enjoyment for gamers. Currently present in 12 countries, the group distributes its products across 45 countries in total. Guillemot Corporation is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange New Market, ISIN code FR00066722.

For more information, please visit our website: http://europe.thrustmaster.com

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