I call BULLSHIT
+ T3PA-PRO = $587
Not only is the T500RS listed as the 26th of 26 wheel products on Thrustmaster website's Wheel product page
, but it does not support either PS4 or XB1. Even if a new buyer was going to exclusively use a wheel for the PC, it's still a smarter choice to go with the TX or T300RS because of resell value.
Then consider that a new buyer can buy a TX (plus the upgraded pedals) for $100 LESS THAN the cost of the +4 year old T500RS (without a brushless motor) or support their latest gear shifter.
Clearly then, it's a product that must be discontinued or replaced by an updated PC-only wheel. My guess is the rumor is right, but Thurstmaster still has a lot of T500RS in the distribution channel and are hoping to sucker in some poor schmucks who are dishing out almost $600 and expecting the best.
At least sell the soon-to-be-discontinued T500RS for a discount, Thrustmaster, you jerks.