Gaming Industry is coming up with new releases and upgrades to its gaming world. With the steering wheel, the racing game is not just the game but it gives the feeling of real-life racing with real experience and feel of driving cars. Earlier keyboard or joystick was used for racing games. If you are the fan of driving games then just must definitely progress from traditional Xbox controller to a steering wheel control unit.
Steering wheels are used for the purpose of experiencing the real joy of playing games. As with steering, you feel the vibration on starting the game, the bumps, the noise, changes in road surface, increasing resistance as you dive into a tough corner everything as you feel in the real car. You just get lost in the game world. The steering wheel can make a huge difference and take your level of enjoyment to the highest point.
- The Best Xbox Racing Game Steering Wheels in August 2018
The Best Xbox Racing Game Steering Wheels in August 2018
The Steering wheel has various buttons located at the center of the wheel and is used for navigating through menus. There is also a pedal unit to apply brake, and gears for increasing and decreasing speed. You can also rotate the wheel to the certain degree similar to that of the car. This steering wheel is compatible with PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Connectivity to PC is very easy, it is simply plug_and_play. Also getting the best experience of driving around in visually appealing games like GTA V and Forza 6 requires a trustworthy steering wheel.
Here is a List of Top 9 Best Xbox Racing Game Steering wheels 2018
Logitech G920 is elite class steering wheel designed for use with Xbox One and PC. It is similar to older G27. The steering wheel is wrapped in high-quality, hand-stitched leather. It has a lot of knobs and buttons. On the left side of the wheel, there is a D-pad which is useful for navigation while the opposite side has Xbox A, B, X and Y buttons useful for navigation and in-game commands. At the center top of the wheel, there is steering wheel stripe which acts as a visual indicator to know what direction is your wheel pointing. This is useful for the fans of rally games. The left spoke has view button and left stick buttons and right spoke has the menu and right stick button which gamers are free to configure.
Features and specification of Logitech G920
G920 technical specification:
- Software Support: Logitech Gaming Software
- Connection Type: USB
- USB Protocol: USB 2.0
- USB Speed: Full Speed
- Rotation: 900 degrees lock-to-lock
- Hall-effect steering sensor
- Dual-Motor Force Feedback
- Helical gearing with anti-backlash hardware
- Overheat safeguard
- Height: 270 mm (10.63 in)
- Width: 260 mm (10.24 in)
- Depth: 278 mm (10.94 in)
- Weight without cables: 2.25 kg (4.96 lb)
- Nonlinear brake pedal
- Patented carpet grip system
- Textured heel grip
- Height: 167 mm (6.57 in)
- Width: 428.5 mm (16.87 in)
- Depth: 311 mm (12.24 in)
- Weight without cables: 3.1 kg (6.83 lb)
The outer wheel is attached to three black anodized aluminum spokes and in the middle of these spokes, there is the circular metal piece with Logitech G logo in the middle. The Xbox button is on the vertical spoke and below the center of the wheel is an LED power indicator light. The underside of the wheel has many ports and USB cable attached. In addition to is there is also a DB-9 female connection for the pedal unit, male DB-9 connector for the optional shifter, power connection and 2 bolt mounting points for use to mount to a racing cockpit or seat.
Behind the wheel, there are left and right semi-automatic shifter paddles made from stainless steel that can be used for shifting gears up and down. Also, G920 offers 900-degree lock-to-lock steering which means you can turn wheel two and half times which is the same as a standard road car. The steering degree can also be reduced to 360-degree lock-to-lock for certain games.
The dual-motor system provides sharp and accurate force feedback. The stainless steel ball bearings and helical gearing all provide durability and realistic force simulation while reducing noise and vibration. It perfectly replicates the actual driving experience in terms of response. The non-linear brake pedal uses a pressure-sensitive brake system for more accurate brake feel. The wheel also uses magnetic fields to sense the position of the wheel.
The advanced setting allows you to adjust your deceleration dead zone inside and outside and many other settings on the wheel in Forza include:
- Steering Axis Deadzone Inside/Outside.
- Acceleration Axis Deadzone Inside/Outside.
- Deceleration Axis Deadzone Inside/Outside.
- Clutch Axis Deadzone Inside/Outside.
- Handbrake Axis Deadzone Inside/Outside.
- Force Feedback Scale
- Wheel Rotation
Games that support Logitech force feedback racing wheel
- Xbox One: Forza Motorsport 6, Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, Project Cars, and Dirt Rally
- PC: Assetto Corsa, F1 2015, Project Cars, Dirt Rally, iRacing, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Live for Speed, Distance, American Truck Simulator, and Need for Speed 2016
The G29 Driving Force is compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well as PC. The Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel is essentially an upgraded version of the G27.
The wheel measures at over 10 by 10 inches, the diameter of 27cm and are made from the large metal aluminum frame and finished leather giving it the look and feel of a high-performance racecar wheel. It is equipped with dual-motor force feedback to feel the texture of road. It has a hand-friendly button layout on the wheel makes navigation on all three supported platforms intuitive. The steering wheel stripe stays oriented in the right direction as it is the visual indicator of which direction the wheel is pointing.
The 900-degree lock-to-lock rotation feature of G29 turns the steering wheel two and half times similar to wheel inside the car. You can mount the racing wheel securely to table or desk with help of built-in clamps or screw mounting points. The G29 also has a D Shaped rim with leather wrap. G29 Driving Force features a steering sensor that uses magnetic fields to sense the position of the wheel.
The Logitech G29 has powerful dual-motor force feedback that realistically simulates force effects so you can respond with precision force feedback. It gives you a much more direct sensation of control over a car. With force feedback, you can feel how the car is working against you. It works very with Drive Club, and even better with the more realistic Project Cars. With belt-driven feedback, wheels tend to use fans to avoid overheating, and the passively-cooled Logitech can be used for a pretty long time without really.
The G29 driving force comes with pedals and a base. It’s a three-pedal setup: accelerator, brake and clutch each with a different tension style. It allows you to easily accelerate, brake and change gears. The important improvement in the G29 is the brake. It’s progressive, pressure-sensitive with more responsive and accurate brake which provides better control over the force of the brake and a more realistic. The pedals also have a retractable carpet grip and multiple rubber feet to provide resistance and maximize control if the pedals are used on a hard surface such as tile.
The pedals and base have a total of three cables: one for power, one for USB, and another that routes from the pedals to the base to provide communication. It is as simple as connecting the three cables and mounting the base. It is as simple as plug and play. Connect the 3-pedal board to wheel and wheel to PS4 and it will recognize the wheel which can be used to play games instantly.
G29 has solid steel ball bearings in the wheel shaft and stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals. The paddle shifters on the G29 have about 1/4 inch shorter throw and have a little more dampening. Helical gears are modeled after gears used in automotive transmissions to reduce unwanted noise and vibration. Gear shifting is also done using racing-style paddles behind each side of the wheel.
The controls are placed at your fingertips where you can reach them easily. The D-Pad, six programmable buttons (Home button, Star, Share, shoulder buttons, the selection dial with entering button) and paddle shifters are incorporated into the racing wheel. LED indicator lights positioned just above the center of the wheel tell you exactly when to up- or down-shift. A 24-point selection dial and the +/- buttons on the front of the wheel let you further fine-tune your driving preferences. Also, there is an LED display that that tells when to change gears.
Logitech’s G29 is compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. Using on the PC is as simple as installing Logitech Gaming Software. On PlayStation, it’s plug and play. The G29 is one of the best racing wheels ever made.
The Hori 4 is designed to give you a more immersive racing experience by using a wheel and pedal set instead of a dual shock controller. It is fully compatible with PlayStation 3/4 game consoles and PC.
The Hori Racing Wheel doesn’t feature any type of internal motors(force feedback) nor does it come with a manual gear shifter and a clutch pedal. It is just 8-9 inches in size and has 280mm diameter wheel with rubberized texture with the nice grip to hold and feel good in hands. It offers resistance and vibration and mounts with suction cups onto tables and desks. The mechanics of the wheel were designed to emulate the dual shock controller. And since there isn’t a true force feedback motor it sort of feels lifeless in your hands.
The wheel has 13 programmable buttons, basic multi-level vibration feedback, 270 degrees max rotation which can be adjusted to 180 degrees for fast response. It also has adjustable sensitivity, paddle shifters, 2 pedal set (throttle and brake), adjustable dead zone and two different installation options (suction cups and table clamp), on/off switch, PS3/PS4 switch, and fold out car mat under the pedals.
Two buttons are placed on the wheel and these are easier to access as compared to the paddle shifters. A small 4-way directional pad (D-Pad) is placed on the left side of the wheel while on the right it has usual console buttons. Four extra programmable buttons are placed at the center of the wheel right beneath four buttons and two LEDs used to configure the various wheel features
The pedal unit is simple and made out of hard plastic. It features 4 textured rubber feet at the base for adjustable sensitivity and a retractable footrest (suction cups) for increased stability. The pedals are extremely light in weight and do not have a lot of stability. When fully pressed down, the pedals lie flat to the floor and you can adjust the sensitivity of the pedals via the D-Pad and Assign button. While the suction cups for mounting are strong enough to hold the wheel through aggressive driving. These suction cups will only attach to the smoothest, most non-porous surfaces. Also, the pair of pedals connects to the wheel via telephone-style cable and the unit as a whole connects to the Xbox One via a USB cable. A small modular port is placed at the front and here is where you connect the pedals. Along with the wheel and pedals, you’re also getting 5 suction cups, table clamp, and long screw but does not allow for additional pedals or shifters to be added.
HORI Racing Wheel comes with a list of settings such as Console modes, navigation modes, degrees of rotation settings, dead zone settings, sensitivity settings and some mappable buttons. The adjustments are made via a combination of button presses and withholding the “Assign” button placed at the top of the wheel. Settings such as dead zone and sensitivity have seven different settings indicated by the color of the programming LED’s, with green, yellow, red, purple, blue, light blue and white going from less responsive to most. If you attach Hori4 with the Playstation VR headset racing games it will become a bit more realistic and fun while playing games.
Limitation of Hori Racing Wheel
- It feels like a toy due to its small size 8-9 inches
- It does not have a progressive brake and you cannot add additional pedals and shifters.
- The light-weight pedal set is not stable on the carpet.
- There is no control software for PC users
Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition racing wheel is a beautiful piece of hardware. It is compatible with Xbox One and PC. It has three key components: the wheel, its base, and the pedals. It features a simple black and silver color scheme with highlights of red and yellow which make it pop. The wheelbase has a non-removable USB cord for connecting to the Xbox One or PC.
It features a brushless industrial motor, a detachable wheel, a 2 pedal set (gas and brake), paddle shifters, and several actionable buttons including a multi-directional D-Pad. The brushless motor inside the wheelbase is super quiet and makes less noise than the steering wheels that use helical gearing. The actual steering wheel has a nice grippy texture, and it feels very comfortable. The wheel itself is detachable with quick release attachment found on Thrustmaster products. The Thrustmaster TX wheel has all of the 10 buttons on the wheel and is really easy to access even when you are racing. The buttons on the wheel push really easy and are labeled appropriately for navigating your Xbox. It has a d-pad disguised as the starter button for navigating menus. As far as the wheel, the force feedback is extremely active and it helps to create a far more authentic driving experience. One thing that is important to note about the force feedback is that it makes playing impossible without mounting the wheel to a table.
The best part of this steering wheel is that it has lots of upgrade options to customize your racing preferences. You can also purchase the wheelbase separately and then add on whatever wheel rim and pedals you like. The eco-system allows for upgrade components like adding on a 3 pedal set, a shifter, and different wheel rims.
The TX F458 comes with a two pedal unit. The bases of the pedal are black and the actual pedals themselves are silver. The pedals have nine ridged rubber squares that prevent them from unwanted sliding. Each pedal offers a unique level of resistance. There are no customizations available on the pedals like the ability to adjust the resistance or change the position of the pedals. For options like that you need to upgrade to the T3PA pedals. The spring inside of the paddle shifters is pretty strong, you can clearly feel and hear when you shift gears. The paddle shifters are large metal units attached to the back of the wheel and not the base unit. Additionally, it has paddle shifters that help you race with manual transmission, thus making the racing experience even more authentic.
The Thrustmaster TX will also work with a PC, you need to go to the Thrustmaster site and download the drivers. Then, you will need to update the firmware using the software. Once you have the software installed, you can test out the different types of force feedback the wheel offers.
Xbox 360 Speed Wheel is a solid U-shaped controller that looks more like an airplane’s cockpit than a steering wheel. The Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel has buttons, lights, and triggers, on the handlebars and in the center of the speed wheel.
The right-hand side of the U has the four Xbox 360 face buttons while there’s an analog trigger mounted on the rear. On the left-hand side, you’ll find the D-pad and a matching left analog trigger. And the central Xbox button in a circular module is in the middle of the steering wheel, with the Start and Back buttons. A light ring surrounds the Guide button. When you connect the speed wheel to your console, a section on the ring of light illuminates. Start and Back button behavior is the same as on your Xbox controller. Press the Guide button to turn your console on. Once on, pressing the Guide button displays the Xbox Guide. To turn off your console, press and hold the Guide button for three seconds and confirm your selection.
The controls on the handlebar include the accelerator trigger, the brake trigger, and the A, B, X, and Y buttons. Squeezing the accelerator trigger on the right handlebar makes your vehicle go faster. Squeezing the brake trigger on the left handlebar makes your vehicle slow down. The A, B, X, and Y buttons behave the same as on your Xbox controller. The directional pad behaves the same as on your Xbox controller.
The unit runs on two AA batteries, which fit into a spring clipped compartment at the base of the U. The Wireless Speed Wheel uses an accelerometer to sense the rotation of the wheel; only horizontal movements seem to be detected. The Wireless Speed Wheel seems to have around 80 to 90 degrees of tilt on either side. Microsoft’s original Xbox 360 Wireless Wheel supported force feedback.
Holding the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel in the air is an odd feeling, especially for a system that prides itself on its solid controller design and its motion control system in which “you are the controller.”.
The easiest way to install the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel software drivers is to connect to Xbox Live. To update the software insert software driver disc or the game disc included with Xbox 360. Now insert AA alkaline or fully charged rechargeable batteries into the wireless speed wheel. Remember the wireless speed wheel doesn’t charge rechargeable batteries. You must recharge batteries in a charging device.
To connect your speed wheel and console just turn on your console and Press and hold the Start or Guide button on the wheel until lights flash then Press and release the connect button on the console. Once the wheel is connected to your console, one segment on the wheel’s center ring of light is illuminated
The Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel is designed to work with most Xbox racing games. Because the wheel does not have shoulder buttons, some functionality may be limited in some game titles that use shoulder buttons.
The Mad Catz Wireless Force Racing Wheel is a pretty serious piece of gaming kit. The build quality of the wheel itself is extremely good, very sturdy and well built, with a high level of attention to detail throughout the entire unit which feels just like a real steering wheel in your hand. While it is mostly plastic, the hand grips on the wheel are textured rubber to help you get a better hold. The inner part of the wheel is solid metal, as are both paddle shifters and the top of the shifter knob. On the rear you will find a sync button, DC jack (for the included power cable) RJ-45 jack and a spot to plug in your 360 headsets.
It comes with two different fixing brackets to either attach to a table or to put on your knee. With this Mad Catz Wheel, the force feedback functionality gives an excellent feeling of driving, with precision movement; all motions are re-created, one-to-one, in game. It gives off a phenomenal feeling when you have to jolt the car back into life after a spin out. Also, you do not need batteries as the wheel plugs straight into an electricity socket.
There is also the regular Xbox controller buttons in the middle of the steering wheel. They provide all of the controls needed to navigate through the Xbox menus and launch an appropriate game. The ABXY buttons and the D-pad buttons all fall naturally under your thumbs, and the metal shifter paddles mounted behind the wheel are right where your fingers expect to find them. You have the choice of using the flappy paddle gearbox or the gear stick that can be attached on either side of the wheel to accommodate your preferred location whereby pulling the stick towards you change up a gear and pushing away changes down.
The connection of the wheel and pedals is quite simple via cable, simply plug in the AC adapter, plugging the pedal unit into the back of the steering wheel base, and pressing a couple of buttons to make the wireless connection with the Xbox. A third wire can be plugged into the base to provide a connector for a headset. There is also hidden a mini-USB connection, presumably for future console development or for firmware updates.
The only drawback of Mad Catz is that you have to forcefully plug the wheel into the wall for power which does not make it wireless. Also, the pedals feel light and cheap. Overall performance and quality of gaming wheel are good.
Thrustmaster VG TX is the next generation force-feedback simulator and an Officially Licensed Product designed for Xbox One but also compatible with PC. The leather edition of the Thrustmaster VG TX Racing Wheel is definitely an upgrade over the regular edition. The Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition is a complete premium package consisting of following features:
- TM Leather 28 GT 11″ detachable leather wheel
- TX Servo Base
- T3PA 3-pedal pedal set
- 900° Force Feedback
The TM Leather 28 GT 11” hand-stitched leather wheel features not just on the grips, but also ultimate comfort in racing. It is created with a mix of leather and metal which means all the vibrations generated from the force feedback system will transfer very well. It comes in a standard edition and a premium TX Leather edition. The steering wheel itself has all the necessary functions you need in order to play a racing game without any issues. The Thrustmaster quick release system lets you quickly change racing wheels. The TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition is Ecosystem-Ready which means it’s compatible with detachable Thrustmaster wheels including the Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On and Ferrari GTE Wheel Add-On.
The included Thrustmaster T3PA 3-pedal pedal set offers 100% metal pedals and the internal structure has 3 pedals with the adjustable spacing setting and adjustable angle setting , Accelerator pedal with adjustable height setting; and a conical rubber brake mod for selectable progressive braking resistance. This pedal set is fully adjustable for optimal comfort. Due to the metal central attachment system, it is compatible with all desks and tables. The built-in screw threads allow attachment to all cockpits. It also has Xbox Guide button and controller pairing led for Kinect detection.
The Thrustmaster is a racing wheel company known for having a powerful and responsive force feedback system for their racing wheels. One thing a lot of people complain about in a steering wheel is the lack in the amount of force feedback it offers, but with Thrustmaster, VG TX offers force feedback that is strong and responsive as hell. Force feedback systems use electronic motors to translate motion, vibrations, bumps in the road, and other features from the game into the wheel itself for a more realistic and responsive gaming experience. Its industrial-class brushless servomotor provides super smooth and seamless force feedback along with ultra-responsive and realistic force effects, with no latency.
This feedback system features 270 to 900 Degrees of Rotation (DOR), along with H.E.A.R.T Hall Effect Accurate Technology features a contactless magnetic sensor for the smoother frictionless experience that will not decrease over time. The wheel’s rotation angle is adjustable up to 900 degrees.
- Updating the wheel’s firmware has some reported issues and also the process of downloading the pc compatible drivers, is time-consuming and confusing.
- Also, Thrustmaster’s customer support is lacking in service and there is no phone support available.
Thrustmaster TMX Pro racers can now enjoy the quality of the Thrustmaster TMX wheel plus the highly-awarded three-pedal Thrustmaster T3PA pedal set. This racing simulator is officially compatible with Xbox One and PC but it is also compatible with the Thrustmaster TH8A shifter, which comes with 2 included shift-plates: “H”-pattern (7+1) and Sequential (+/-).
The Thrustmaster TMX wheel is designed ergonomically and it is very realistic which measures 11 inch/28 cm diameter and adapts all driving games such as GT, Formula1, NASCAR, rally etc. The wheel has reinforced rubber-coated grips. The wheel rim features 270 to 900 degrees rotation angle that allows gamers to race in all vehicles. The rim is made out of black plastic but is coated with a rubber layer. The wheel rim is fitted with twelve push buttons and a D-pad. At the center of the wheel are various 12 buttons (Xbox Guide button, View, and Menu) to navigate menus easily access all social functions, switch between the game and the system etc. Behind the wheel sit the gear paddles, which are made from thin but stiff steel. You can buy an optional gear shift if you’re not a fan of flappy paddles.
The connectivity of wheel and PC is as simple as plug and play. For connectivity, the wheel uses mains power and connects to your PC via USB, while the pedals plug into the back of the wheel. The Thrustmaster TMX also has powerful and responsive force feedback system for their racing wheels so that gamers can experience every racing sensation to the fullest. Gamers can feel the road or track’s relief, loss of tire grip, braking, bumps, and impacts, etc. It simulates the feedback you get in a real car, where you can feel the grip of your tires going or the back-end of the car sliding around. The belt-pulley and gear system feature smooth and no-noise racing.
The TMX Controller operates in 12bit and allows for a 4096 read-out resolution by means of an optical sensor. It also features a set of metal wheel-mounted sequential paddle shifters. The strength of the force feedback is adjustable and lets you feel every detail while you’re racing such as bumps, loss of tire grip etc. It also has mixed belt-pulley and gears system with metal ball-bearing axle for enhanced sturdiness.
The TMX Pro comes bundled with the three-pedal Thrustmaster T3PA pedal set whose pedals and internal structure are all 100% metal. The T3PA is fully adjustable spacing settings, angle settings and gas pedal with an adjustable height setting. The optional Conical Rubber Brake Mod is also included, for ultra-progressive resistance at the end of the pedal’s travel. The TMX clamps 5cm thick table providing the strong grip. Sequential gear shifts are facilitated by the two large (5”/13 cm tall), 100% metal wheel-mounted sequential paddle shifters.
With help of Official embedded software, Xbox One automatically recognizes the racing wheel and it is compatible with all Xbox One racing games supporting racing wheels. The Thrustmaster drivers can be downloaded at Thrustmaster website.
The Fanatec Club Sports racing wheel is equipped with an exact replica of a BMW M3 GT2 race car steering wheel with identical size and materials. Fanatec Club Sport involves countless hours of playing that can deliver on the performance.
The Club Sports racing wheel is eye-catching and it is made up of a full-metal casing CNC machined aluminum parts with the anodized finish that makes it durable and damage resistant. DirectSensor technology sensor is mounted directly on the steering axis to avoid interference and performance issues that are inherent in belt and gear drives that have motor mounted sensor systems.
The wheel rim is made of genuine Italian-made Alcantara which is easy to clean. The diameter of wheel rim is 320 mm and provides sensational grip which allows smooth driving. The steering wheel weights 2120g. The wheel has 11 Buttons plus two paddle shifter buttons with ultra-reliable switches and also Analog joystick to look around in the cockpit or to map with any other axis. There is 7-way Encoder switch to change settings such as Turn left; turn right; move left, right, up and down; push. There is an LED display to show motor RPM and other telemetry functions. The tuning function with LED display helps to adjust settings independent from the game and during gameplay.
The Fanatec Club Sport offers 900 degrees rotation and three very adjustable pedals which will be beneficial for playing games like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Forza Motorsport 6. Also, you can mount as many wheels as you want, so playing multiplayer games won’t be a problem.
The Club sports steering wheel comes with force feedback(ffb) which is perhaps the finest amongst the best steering wheels for Xbox One on our list. It is just so intuitive with a quick response rate that it almost feels like you are driving a car in real life with a swift power steering. You can also customize the force feedback sensations by changing the spring, force effects and dampening forces. Adjustable and detachable paddle shifters completely made of metal. Our professional quick-release system allows quick in an instant changing the wheels within seconds like in a real race car even during the game. You can also adjust the paddles or replace them with static shifter paddles. It also allows connection for two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel.
The Peripherals available are as follows:
- All Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheels
- All Fanatec CSL Steering Wheels
- All Fanatec Pedals
- All Fanatec Shifters
- All Fanatec Cockpits and Wheel Stands.
This racing wheel is compatible with PC and the compatibility can be upgraded with steering wheels like the ClubSport Steering Wheel Universal Hub for Xbox One or the Steering Wheel CSL P1 for Xbox One. Remember this product is not compatible with any PlayStation console and cannot be upgraded to achieve compatibility.
Each steering wheel has powerful features and technical specifications meant for different games and different platforms. Depending on what games do you like playing the most and what device do you have select appropriate steering wheel according to your requirement. Each one is the best in its own way. We hope that the list was good enough for you to make a decision.