Best Racing Wheels

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 7, 2018
Whether you prefer a racing simulator or a few laps in some good old Need For Speed, a keyboard and a mouse have nothing on a racing wheel. A racing wheel controller is way more accurate than a set of buttons on your gamepad too Since there are a lot of different options available, we suggest you take a look at our list of selected wheel controllers. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Compatibility
Interface
Feedback
Wheel Configuration
Pedal Configuration
Extras
Accessories
Warranty
 
PROS

Three pedals make the driving experience seem and feel as real as it can possibly get. On top of that, you won't need a controller since the wheel has all the buttons you could need.

CONS

The brake pedal is a bit stiff.

OUR VERDICT

A high-end build quality paired with top-notch precision makes it one of the best racing wheels on the market today. Two gear selectors and a realistic gas/brake system make G29 a racing wheel with the most realistic feel to it.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 3 and games that support Logitech force feedback racing wheel , OR Windows 8, 8.1, or Windows 7

Interface

USB

Feedback

Dual-motor force feedback

Wheel Configuration

Rotation: 900° lock-to-lock; Hall-effect steering sensor; Overheat safeguard

Pedal Configuration

Nonlinear brake pedal, Patented carpet grip system, Textured heel grip, Self-calibrating

Extras

Solid steel gear shaft, Hand-stitched leather knob, Boot cover

Accessories

Steering wheel, Pedals, Power adapter, User Manual

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The 270° - 1080° turn radius makes the wheel extremely versatile since you can use it not only in racing games but also in every other genre that features driveable vehicles.

CONS

The steering wheel setup takes a considerable amount of time.

OUR VERDICT

A great response time of the wheel with a mixed feedback system will satisfy even the most demanding fans of the racing genre. The wheel can be firmly fixed to the table or any other flat surface that is adjacent to the monitor of your gaming system.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 OR Windows 10/8/7/Vista

Interface

USB

Feedback

1080° force feedback base featuring Immersion Touch Sense technology

Wheel Configuration

Rotation angle adjustable from 270° to 1080°, Optical reading with 12-bit resolution, Mixed belt-pulley and gears system, Versatile attachment system

Pedal Configuration

Pedals with wide foot rest, Adjustable pedal incline, Brake pedal with progressive resistance

Extras

Internal memory, Customizable firmware

Accessories

Steering wheel, Pedals, Power adapter, User Manual

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The non-slip pedal board essentially removes the chance of accidentally hitting the wrong button so you can focus on the gameplay. 

CONS

The pedals are placed too close to each other.

OUR VERDICT

A high-sensitivity wheel that features rubber padding and configurable buttons makes the driving procedure a truly unique experience. The powerful feedback adds more to it and provides a truly immersive feel, similar to driving a real car.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC

Interface

USB

Feedback

Vibration feedback

Wheel Configuration

270° turn radius with adjustable output options; Secure mount with sturdy clamp and steel parts; Adjustable Dead Zone; Adjustable sensitivity

Pedal Configuration

Adjustable pedal sensitivity, Retractable foot rest

Extras

Customizable functions of the buttons, pedals, and paddles

Accessories

Steering wheel, Pedals, Power adapter, User Manual

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The wheel can act as a regular controller with 4 different sensitivity settings.

CONS

There are no means of feedback.

OUR VERDICT

A well-made controller that is also affordable is hard to find these days. Fortunately, the T80 wheel is one of them. So, if you are just making your first steps in the racing genre, this model from Thrustmaster will be your best friend for years to come, thanks to the sturdy pedals and the housing of the wheel.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

PlayStation 4; PlayStation 3

Interface

USB

Feedback

None

Wheel Configuration

2 on-wheel sequential digital gear shift paddles

Pedal Configuration

Large optimized pedal set

Extras

Central clamping system

Accessories

Steering wheel, Pedals, Power adapter, User Manual

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The model is compatible with almost all existing racing games that were ever released on PlayStation or Xbox.

CONS

The wheel comes without a user manual.

OUR VERDICT

A budget-friendly racing steering wheel that features a decent feedback system and two pedals that can be adjusted. A good price/quality ratio makes this model a great pick for beginners of the racing game genre.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

PlayStation3; PlayStation4; XBOX ONE; XBOX360; PC; NS SWITCH; Android

Interface

USB

Feedback

Force feedback

Wheel Configuration

270° steering with double vibration motors, sensitivity adjustment and programming the buttons; Can be attached to a desk

Pedal Configuration

Adjustable pedal sensitivity, Retractable foot rest

Extras

Completely programmable & adjustable

Accessories

Steering wheel, Pedals, Power Adapter

Warranty

1 year

Logitech G29 (941-000110)

A Choice of Professionals

The wheel features a state-of-the-art feedback system that simulates a real driving experience. On top of that, the system has two motors that let you immerse into the gameplay. The spiral gearing is the icing on the cake of the feedback system. Once you try it, you will never go back to the subpar gamepads or keyboards that make your fingers hurt after just half an hour of gameplay. That being said, the lightweight wheel can also come in handy in other game genres (even the driving simulators) since it has a D-pad as well as the regular console controller buttons.

For the additional convenience, the wheel features paddle shifters for changing gears as well as LED indicator lights that will notify you when it is time to shift the gear or when to hit the brake. As for the pedalboard, this model features two standard pedals (gas and brake), plus a clutch pedal between them. All three of them can be adjusted, positioned, and set the way you like thanks to the wide base for the pedals.

The wheel firmware is compatible with PlayStation 3 and 4 as well as PC (Win 7/8/10). Optionally, the Xbox One compatible version is available as well if you happen to be a fan of Microsoft products.

A true choice of the professional racing gamers, the Logitech G29 Force Feedback wheel is an elegant way to show the world that you mean business when you sit behind the wheel of the car.

Review of Logitech G29 (941-000110) Dual-motor Feedback Driving Force Racing Wheel with Responsive Pedals

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Thrustmaster T150

For Everyone Who Enjoys Racing Games

The wheel is officially supported by PS4 and PS3, which includes access to the social functions, switching from game UI to the system, browsing the console menus and a lot more. All buttons are located close to the center of the wheel so you won’t have a problem reaching them.

The angle of the rotation can be easily adjusted with just a few pushes of the buttons from 270° to 1080°, so you could turn the wheel up to 3 times before it locks. On top of that, the high-precision optical reading is able to detect even the slightest turns of the wheel for extremely accurate driving. With G29, you will beat your opponents with ease, no matter how good they are.

As for the pedals of the device, they are quite large and feature inclining pedals that can be easily adjusted. One of the unusual features that this model has is the progressive resistance of the brake pedal. The way it works is quite interesting - a special string provides enough resistance to make the pedal feel like a real one.

The unrivaled feedback system will let you feel every bump of the road or loss of steering even at the low feedback settings. Precise, fast, elegant, these are the words that describe T150 the best. In case you are looking for a reliable wheel at a budget-friendly price, look no further, this model from Thrustmaster is one of the best racing wheels out there today.

Review of Thrustmaster T150 Force Feedback Racing Wheel for PS4/PS3/PC

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HORI Racing

A True Apex of Racing

Although the Apex Racing set from HORI may not look like something special at first glance, we wouldn't recommend putting too much stock towards that first impression.

Like the majority of premium racing wheels, this model can be easily attached to any flat surface using special lightweight clamps or suction cups that firmly fix the whole steering system in place. As for the materials, the wheel is made of high-quality plastics that are usually used for high-end game controllers. On top of that, the wheel itself has a rubberized, textured padding so your hands won’t slip at the last turn before the finish line.

The pedal pad, on the other hand, doesn’t have any means of installation so you will have to place it against the wall or screw it to the special stand that you can purchase separately. The sensitivity of both gas and brake pedals can be adjusted accordingly to your liking or play style. What is more, the lightweight pedalboard features a footrest, so you can conveniently place your feet on it between the races.

All things considered, the HORI racing wheel is perhaps one of the best racing wheel options for both PS3/PS4 and PC on the market today, thanks to the exceedingly high quality of the product along with a surprisingly low price of the device.

Review of HORI Racing Wheel Apex for PS4/PS3/PC

 

Thrustmaster T80

Pro Quality for an Entry-Level Wheel

The Thrustmaster T80 offers an unprecedented level of accuracy of all the turns you may take on the racing track. It also boasts 100% compatibility with all games that were ever released on the PS3 and PS4 consoles. On top of that, the device requires no initial setup since its firmware will be detected by the console automatically - just plug it into the USB port and you are ready to go.

Unlike some of the newer models, the T80 has only 4 wheel sensitivity presets. That said, it is still more than enough for the majority of games. Alternatively, you can adjust the sensitivity of the controller in the game settings which in combination with the manual presets makes the wheel as versatile as the most modern products.

As for the other features, this racing steering wheel has a directional pad, gear paddles, and all the buttons that a regular PS controller has. Nevertheless, there are some things that make this model stand out. The base of the wheel has a special bungee cord that helps in centralizing the wheel when you need to change the steering direction. This intuitive control mechanism offers additional resistance and makes it possible to turn the wheel up to 240° before locking.

In conclusion, we would like to point out that, despite the lack of the feedback function, the T80 racing wheel is a good entry-level controller for those interested in the racing genre.

Review of Thrustmaster T80 Officially Licensed Racing Wheel for PS4/PS3 (also works on PC)

 

DOYO Pro Sport

Perfect for Beginners

DOYO Pro Sport is a solid choice if you would like to get into racing video games. Although the functions of the wheel and pedals are far from being high-end, it is still a sturdy, well-made product that will be suitable for beginners.

The firmware of the wheel is supported by almost any game that was ever released on PS4/PS3, Xbox One/360, and PC. The only real drawback of this is the fact that the device is not supplied with a user manual. Thus, if the game you want to play doesn't support the model from the get-go, you will have to search for the setup solutions online. On the bright side, if you happen to be a proud member of PC master race, you can use the software provided on the company’s website to allocate all the buttons manually, which is quite straightforward and easy to use.

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that this wheel features a feedback function since that is not common for entry-level products. Although the accuracy of the feedback is not top-notch, it is still a nice touch to an already great budget product.

To wrap things up, the DOYO Pro Sport is one of the most accessible ways to start racing like a professional gamer today, be it an arcade game or a true Formula One driving simulator. With this wheel, you simply can’t go wrong.

Review of DOYO Pro Sport 270 Degree Rotation Racing Wheel for PS3/PS4/XBOX ONE/XBOX360/NS SWITCH/Android/PC

 

What Is a Racing Wheel?

The racing genre of video and computer games is vast and features numerous titles with a long history. If you are one of the fans of the genre, you probably already know that one of the best ways to play this kind of games is by using a steering wheel, preferably with pedals and a gearbox. But what is a racing wheel? In simpler terms, it’s a more or less an exact copy of a real car driver wheel that acts as a controller.

Although the racing wheels were designed specifically for racing games, they can also be used in almost any game that has vehicles in it and, as long as the game supports the controller. The majority of racing wheels feature a number of buttons, some of them even feature menu buttons designed specifically for the console menu navigation.

Additional functions of the steering wheels may include the feedback system, force feedback, adjustable pedals, responsive pedals, a counter-steering system for additional precision, and a stabilization system that keeps the wheel centered when you don’t use it.

In case you are looking for more ways to improve your gaming system, you may also take a look at the gaming keyboards and gaming mice.

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Publish Date: 2018-09-07 14:45:52