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Best Racing Wheels: The top wheels for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Our team of experienced reviewers has tested all the major racing wheels it could find on all the current big e-sports titles to find the best on the market. 

If money is no object and you’re looking for a top end wheel that won’t look out of place at an e-sports tournament, the Fanatec CSL Elite is the best overall wheel you can get. If you’re on a budget, or just want a casual wheel for home use the Thrustmaster T150 is the best-value racing wheel around.

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Our expert reviewers test every wheel on all the big e-sports titles, including Project Cars 2, Forza 7 and GT Sport. During performance we gauge build quality, features, usability and performance. We check for the smoothness of the wheel turn, the strength of the force feedback, and the travel of the pedals. Where possible, we test three-pedal setups using compatible gearsticks.

Fanatec CSL Elite

Pros:

  • Very powerful force feedback
  • Extremely smooth
  • Excellent pedal board
  • customisation

Cons:

  • Plastic base housing
  • Non-luxury wheel construction
  • Wheel upgrades are expensive

You might not believe it from the price, but the CSL Elite is the most accessible wheel and pedal combination the Fanatec has released since 2009.

At a rather steep £586 (at the time of our full review) for the cheapest wheel and pedals, most people will immediately be priced out of the Fanatec ecosystem. But those looking to step up their sim racing career (and who might possibly have another wheel they can sell when their Fanatec arrives), it’s a very tempting prospect.

It’s the best racing wheel we’ve ever tested, with a smooth, powerful force feedback action, great styling, super-customisable settings and a modular wheel hub that lets you upgrade the wheel without replacing the base. The force feedback is driven by a single belt connected to a brushless motor, which means there’s none of that notchy feel you’d get from a cheaper wheel. It’s also super quiet, although its internal fans will kick up after some use.

Even better, the pedals have customisable feel, with three different brake weight settings available for all strengths and tastes (up to 90kg).

Don’t worry if you don’t have a proper cockpit setup; there’s a desk mount in the box so you can get top-quality sim racing action without having to dedicate an entire room to your new kit.

It’s extremely expensive, but the CSL Elite is the best racing wheel you can buy for under £1,000 and a worthwhile upgrade for any hardcore hobbyist.

Thrustmaster T150

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Pros:

  • Good value
  • Strong force feedback
  • Feels well-made

Cons:

  • Low-rent pedals
  • Slightly notchy feel to wheel turn

The Thrustmaster T150 is the best affordable “serious” racing wheel. It’s a great wheel for those who want powerful, realistic force feedback but without having to pay a fortune for it. There are no new wheels on the market right now with force feedback that cost less money.

Before we get into how this is a lesser wheel than the T300, let’s tackle the good stuff. It’s sturdy, the force feedback has serious pull to it, and the rubbery wheel coating means it’s very grippy and will stand up to years of abuse. It’s also less notchy-feeling than the Logitech G29.

Now for those reasons why the T150 is cheaper than Thrustmaster’s top wheels. First, the pedals are basic – a two-pedal plastic setup that isn’t as impressive as the wheel. These can be upgraded, however, and there is a version, the Thrustmaster T150 Pro, that comes with a three-pedal board for people who want to use a gear stick.

Second, the wheel isn’t as smooth as the T300. This is because it uses a “gear and belt” transmission system rather than being purely belt driven. Given the price, though, these sacrifices are fairly easy to swallow.

Thrustmaster T-GT

Pros:

  • Excellent force feedback, especially with GT Sport
  • Great PS4 control mapping
  • Quality feel and sturdy construction
  • Great pedal set

Cons:

  • Stick shift is an expensive extra
  • Wheel isn’t full-size

Is Gran Turismo Sport your racer of choice? Then this is the wheel for you. The Thrustmaster T-GT has been designed in conjunction with GT Sport’s developer, Polyphony, to offer addition ‘depth’ feedback for a greater feel of the road. And it works. This is the best racing wheel you can get for Gran Turismo. And it’s pretty decent with other games, too.

The wheel has a beautiful feel, with smooth, grippy leather stitched around it, and the feedback from the dual-belt drive is super-strong. There’s an excellent three-pedal included, with metal arms and adjustable plates. Thrustmaster has thrown in an optional ‘conical brake mod’ that can be screwed in to give a more progressive feel to the brake, which is definitely worth fitting.

The T-GT isn’t cheap – especially if you add the optional gear stick – but it is the best set-up you can get for GT Sport.

Logitech G29/G920

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Pros: 

  • Leather-topped wheel feels good
  • Decent pedals
  • Strong force feedback

Cons:

  • Turning and feedback feels ‘notchy’
  • Very similar to the old G27

For years Logitech’s G-series wheels were our go-to recommendation for driving-game fanatics. The G29 takes what Logitech made with the G25 and G27 and adds PS4 support.

If you see scathing reviews of the Logitech G29 online, they’re more than likely from former fans angry that their old (G25/G27) wheel doesn’t work with current-gen consoles. The wheel itself is as good as ever, however, with strong force feedback, an ultra-reliable motor mechanism and a top-quality, leather-topped wheel.

Of the sub-£200 wheels, the G29 also offers the best bundled pedals; they’re much better than the generic Thrustmaster ones, and you get a clutch pedal.

What holds back the Logitech G29 slightly is the feel of its force feedback, which is “notchy” compared with the more expensive Thrustmaster T300 RS. This is because it uses gears to deliver its force feedback rather than rubber belts.

Still, for the money, it’s one of the best-value complete wheel and pedal sets around.

Thrustmaster T300RS

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Pros:

  • Strong force feedback
  • Clear PS4 mappings
  • Full 1080 degree rotation

Cons:

If you have a decent chunk of money to spend and want the most advanced-feeling wheel around that comes in under £500, our top recommendation is the Thrustmaster T300RS.

Its highlight feature is very smooth and powerful force feedback, giving it a more realistic sensibility than the Logitech G29 or the cheaper Thrustmaster T150. This is all down to the way the motors inside deliver that unmistakable pull against your turns. It uses a brushless, full belt-driven system, which has a much less clunky feel and is relatively quiet.

In the T300RS’s early days there were some concerns about its reliability, stemming from the new belt system. However, it appears that Thrustmaster has largely fixed those issues in later batches.

There are just a couple of reasons why some of you might want to consider the Logitech G29, apart from the most obvious of it being significantly cheaper. First, the rubbery wheel doesn’t feel as luxurious as the leather one that Logitech uses, and the included pedals aren’t great. Although they have metal foot-plates, the rest of the set is plastic.

There’s plenty of scope to upgrade, however. Fall in love with racing wheels and you can add the excellent T3PA metal pedals, a separate gearbox, and even switch the wheel itself for a leather or Alcantara one.

Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition

Pros:

  • Great force feedback
  • Solid build

Cons:

  • Basic pedals
  • Plastic/rubber wheel outer lacks luxury feel

If you own an Xbox One rather than a PS4, the wheel to look for is the Thrustmaster TX. Ultimately, it’s very similar to the T300RS, but is designed to look like a slightly shrunken Ferrari car wheel. It even has the engine starter button.

The Thrustmaster TX wheel also has all the buttons of an Xbox One pad, but since there’s no D-pad, you’ll want to keep a controller handy while you play. It works with PC too, of course.

With the same excellent force feedback as the Thrustmaster T300RS, the Ferrrari 458 Italia Edition feels quite smooth, and has the power to make controlling your car a satisfying struggle. The one drawback over the T300 series is that the TX has only 900 degrees of rotation, rather than the full 1,080.

As can be the case with the other higher-end Thrustmaster wheels, some of you may end up wanting to upgrade the rubbery wheel and the just-okay two-pedal board. However, it all depends on how serious you want to get; for most, the Thrustmaster TX will be more than sufficient to satisfy.

Those are our top picks of the best racing wheels. If you want to know more about what to look out for when buying a racing wheel then read on.

What is a sim racing wheel?

What separates a “proper” wheel from toys is “force feedback” technology. Powerful motors inside the wheels simulate what you’d feel if driving a real car.

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You’ll have to fight the wheel as you take a corner, and feel the split-second that your tires lose grip. The increase in immersion is immense. Not only that, every time you take a kerb, touch another car or nail a corner better than you’ve ever done before: you’ll know all about it.

It’s important to think about which games are actually suited to a racing wheel, however. True arcade racers often feel better with a gamepad with their drifty, larger-than-life handling at odds with a racing wheel. Whereas games with exacting handling models that respond to minute movements benefit from a wheel. On PS4 this means titles such as Project Cars, Dirt Rally and DriveClub. On Xbox One, Forza Motorsport 6, Assetto Corsa and F1 2016 are worth checking out.

PC gamers have some of the above titles to try, plus some even nerdier racing sims from which they can choose – including iRacing and rFactor 2.

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Thrustmaster and Logitech wheels make up the majority of this roundup, although hardcore race fans may want to check out Fanatec, which produces some terrific wheels, but can easily cost over £1,000. We’ve not ventured that far; our most expensive recommendation comes in at £586.

You have further options, too, if your budget will stretch. SimXperience makes wheels that use a “Direct Drive” force feedback system, where the wheel is connected to the motor without any belts or gears in-between. However, this costs $1,748 without any pedals – out of reach for most of us, then. If you win the lottery, look it up.

 

Things to consider

First, be sure to check compatibility. While all featured wheels work on PC, you have to choose between Xbox One and PS4 support.

 With standard bundles there’s also often a trade-off between the quality of the force feedback and the pedals. Would you rather have stuttery force feedback, or pedals which last a good year or two?

 

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Can anyone recommend a steering wheel/pedal set for a budget of around £100. I'm not a mega sim racer, and am only a casual racer. Cant stretch to a Logitech, and deffo not a fanatec....

Logitech Driving Force GT (DFGT) is a great wheel for the $. That was my beginner wheel. But get ready to upgrade once you've had a taste of the wheel :)

Don't know how much a Driving Force GT is in the UK, but I've paid 98€ for mine in Germany. Should be possible to get one for slightly below 100 £.

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Well, here's a comparison. You know how long ISAF forces were in Afghanistan....... It wont be a quick mission is what I mean!

Another vote for the DFGT here - fantastic wheel for the money.

Anything cheaper really isn't worth getting. Back in the day I bought one then another cheap wheel, but both times went back to a joystick. Then someone bought me a Sidewinder Force Feedback wheel for my 40th and with that I stuck to the wheel.

The true economy wheel is a Logitech MOM Racing. It's old, but it's durable. has lots of buttons, and you can get one for a few nickels.

The Logitech DFGT gets another vote from me also - fantastic wheel for the money :encouragement:....

My DFGT worked straight out the box with minimal tweaking needed at all & the FFB is very good also.. :)...


Nam...

so, going to try and push this again with 'er in doors.

Looking like from what I can see, I can only get a second hand DFGT under a ton. (unless anyone knows otherwise, please link me happy!)

So, does anyone have opinions on the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458?

I picked mine up 3 and half years ago for £80 at Game and I'm still using it today. Fantastic wheel to get as a starter and couldn't recommend it enough. Just keep shopping around and you should hopefully be able to find one somewhere.

How do you find the gear stick on the wrong side?

shit the bed. how did that happen? (sorry for the language!)

Just told the missus i wanted to get a wheel at some point (again), and she said yes!!
BINGO WAS HIS NAME-O!

How do you find the gear stick on the wrong side?

It's perfectly fine, it's a sequential shifter so just bump it forward or back, and it's close enough to the wheel rim so you don't have to take your hand off the rim, but far enough away that you won't knock it.

does anyone have any problems playing other games with the DFGT?

I might load up RACE07 again......... and get TOCA2 to work on win10!

does anyone have any problems playing other games with the DFGT?

I might load up RACE07 again......... and get TOCA2 to work on win10!

Nope. All working fine (except for TDU2, but it's the crappy game's fault).

Check your local Currys/PC world they have discontinued the G27 and are selling them off in store for around £130, far superior to the DFGT for that price.


Logitech DFGT user here as well & it works well with Pcars without too much flaffing about to get good FFB feed back If you get my drift:), Good wheel & works well with other titles aswell like Euro Truck Simulator 2, Dirt Rally e.t.c...


Nam.....

Well, bought a thrustmaster 458 wheel (not the £000 tx version) and a wheel,stand for £120 from amazon. Glad to finally join the,ranks!

Well, bought a thrustmaster 458 wheel (not the £000 tx version) and a wheel,stand for £120 from amazon. Glad to finally join the,ranks!

I wouldn't bother mate, the pedals are awful and will snap they are plastic, my mate had one for a few weeks and the Acc pedal snapped, he bought a G27 from Currys when they were £159 and he loves it, metal pedals and 3 of them, you will also be disappointed with the plastic wheel creaking while you play, I could hear his over his mic, it sounded like it was being tortured, just my 2 pence worth though.

+1 for Thrustmaster pedals being horribly cheap & easily broken. I broke my T100 pedals after just over 100 hours on pCARS. Paddle shifters make a horrible racket & overall poor build quality. Logitech all the way!!

Logitech Momo Racing.

I use my 3rd wheel now, used them for around 12 years now.

Unfortunately they are not built anymore, but there are a lot of them used.

Logitech Momo Racing.

I use my 3rd wheel now, used them for around 12 years now.

Unfortunately they are not built anymore, but there are a lot of them used.

The Momo is a corker of a wheel I had one for years and sold it on still working, it only died last year so that must be over 10 years of driving, I can get my mate to give you a full review of the 458 if you want but it's not going to be pretty.

Balderz002 welcome to the wheel world. It's a great wheel and I prefer the pedals to the tx pedals. They won't break. When you press the brake or gas when your full throttle or full brake pressing it harder won't make the car go faster or brake harder lol. Iv since upgraded to the tx wheel but still have a soft spot for my first wheel.

It's a great wheel and I prefer the pedals to the tx pedals. They won't break.

This part is a joke right? Surely you cant be serious....

I’d recommend a used G25 or G27. I found an used G25 a few months ago on „eBay“ (not the actual eBay, but "eBay Kleinanzeigen".. Something like an online flea market(?)) for 130€ and I feel totally fine with it. I added the GTeye mod a few weeks later, what improved the pedals’ feel for little money and I’m happy now. Can’t tell you much about the durabilty and quality compared to other wheels, as it’s my first and only one so far.

This is the sort of thing that happens with them, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtCHkMaBN1I

Jussi Viljami Karjalainen
Primarily with the early ones, but warranty takes care of that, and the wheelbase itself is so much better that I'd be happy to go through the trouble of swapping them until I get a solid one (which these days is easier than back then) rather than get a Logitech.

Says the man that uses a G25 shifter lol, I can only speak from my experience with Logitech wheels, I've only had 2 over the past 12 years Momo and the G25 and they have been rock solid, never had an issue with either, if you read the forums and compare the failure rate on Thrustmaster compared to Logitech then Logitech wins, although mostly comparing DFGT, Momo, G25 and G27 against the newer T300/500 wheels from what I have seen, I have no idea how the new Logitech wheels will hold up against the newer TM wheels only time will tell.

I suppose if you are looking at Logitech the older ones may be the better ones but they are all discontinued now, lets see how many failures come on the new Logi wheels in the future, it may be TM are better now and the quality may improve over time.

It's just the price of the t500 RS is near £500 including the shifter which is crazy money, I paid £115 8 years ago for the G25 and it includes pedals and shifter, I know the t500 is a superior wheel but is it £300 more superior?

I like the G27 (is stored), but use the SRW-1 all the time

Jussi Viljami Karjalainen
Says the man that uses a G25 shifter lol, I can only speak from my experience with Logitech wheels, I've only had 2 over the past 12 years Momo and the G25 and they have been rock solid, never had an issue with either, if you read the forums and compare the failure rate on Thrustmaster compared to Logitech then Logitech wins, although mostly comparing DFGT, Momo, G25 and G27 against the newer T300/500 wheels from what I have seen, I have no idea how the new Logitech wheels will hold up against the newer TM wheels only time will tell.

I suppose if you are looking at Logitech the older ones may be the better ones but they are all discontinued now, lets see how many failures come on the new Logi wheels in the future, it may be TM are better now and the quality may improve over time.

It's just the price of the t500 RS is near £500 including the shifter which is crazy money, I paid £115 8 years ago for the G25 and it includes pedals and shifter, I know the t500 is a superior wheel but is it £300 more superior?Heh, our timelines match up really well, I also got my Momo around 12-13 years ago I think (was using Thrustmasters up until then), until I switched to a G25. First two of those broke within days/weeks inside warranty, third one has lasted so far though. Also know quite a few people who have G27s with broken optical encoder discs (which is a pretty common occurrence). Logitech is by no means foolproof. =)

The G25 shifter is in use mainly out of necessity, there simply isn't a reasonably priced replacement available. I've been hankering after the Thrustmaster one for years, but I have no method of mounting it anywhere (it's too tall and long throw to work when mounted to the same desk my wheel is mounted on, needs to be lower down), so until I figure that one out I'm stuck. Fanatec I will not buy because particularly with the CS Shifter they've shown themselves to be highly anti-consumer in almost every way, plus everyone I know with Fanatec gear has had insane amount of problems with them. I refuse to support that company personally, though I do recognize their stuff can be really good (when it works). And outside of those, there really aren't too many options out there, not without paying silly prices. The G25 shifter may not feel particularly great, but it does the job for now, and it beats the living shit out of the G27 shifter by having a sequential mode (<3) and especially the G29 shifter by having a sequential mode and buttons. =)

And whether it's worth it will depend on the person. For me? I could never ever go back to a G25 based wheel, they're just too small, too weak, too much like toys by comparison. A couple of days with my T500 (which I bought second hand, with warranty still left) made me never want to touch a G25 or G27 again really. I've actually spent three summers not sim racing because I've only had access to a G27 during that time (working in another city). I tried, but it felt iffy enough to go back that I rather just didn't play until I got back to my own rig. And I fully expect that when I eventually get an Accuforce or comparable wheel I'll feel the same way about the T500.

For others? Probably not, and many people prefer the G25 base exactly because it's smaller and weaker (worth noting that I don't set the wheel to always crank max power either, I set it to be as linear as possible with plenty of headroom, something which the G25 base can't really do without becoming "fingertip steering" light).

I agree on a lot of points and price comes into it, I suppose they all do well in their price range, I actually looked at Accuforce earlier and I think if I am going to drop £500 on a belt drive I may as well go full monty and drop a grand on a direct drive!

I just know my G25 will fail eventually so need to make a choice, I agree about the shifter as well, mine is the same height as my wheel and the short stick helps a lot, I also found a nice rubber band mod for the sequential earlier which I will be doing later as I really hate shifting with the paddles and the sequential tends to miss a gear sometimes as you have to click back to centre, the bands re centre it.

I agree the T500 has superior feedback but to be honest I have mine set 100% and it gives immense feedback and after testing it have found it is very linear, I think I have a good one because my mates is no where near as good as mine and his is half the age, I can't get anywhere near the force on his I can get on mine, as we discussed before.

You know what really chaps my ass about the T500 is the console buttons, I hate consoles with a passion and putting those symbols on there make it look like a toy like the old PS2 wheels and the Gran Turismo labelling is just ugggh!, why can't it be plain black? and is it a rubber wheel not leather? I love the leather feel on the G25 and it has worn very well, although I did like the thick rubber Momo wheel.

I think my hate of Thrustmaster goes back before the Momo, they used to make toy wheels and now they seem to be making higher end stuff but my brain is not convinced as they used to make awful wheels, also the belt drive bothers me, what is the lifespan of the belt? I also read the belt numbs the feeling a bit, I suppose some will prefer that to the slight rattle you get with gear wheels though, I actually quite like the rattle.

On another note the G27 has heli gears and the G25 straight cuts gears, apparently this gives the G27 more contact area but why does it increase the deadzone to circa 0.15 when the G25 is 0.05, the G25 seems a lot tighter.

Maybe it is just the way it is, Logitech is going down and Thrustmaster are on the up but they really need to sort out the quality problems.

How do you manage to connect up the G25 shifter to use with the T500 with the fangled connector the shifter has?

Thanks for the replies and opinions guys.

A few points to note.
1. I have been trying to get a wheel since I started playing Forza 3, in 2009 - Its taken a while to convince the missus.
2. I am on a budget. I couldnt push past a ton.
3. I would rather have a new wheel, with the benefit of a warrenty, than a second hand one without.
4. This will be my first wheel, so I have nothing to compare it to.
5. I am not a hamfisted 15 year old with anger management issues, and it will only get about 5 hours use a week.

So all in all, I am still looking forward to using it when it turns up.

If I was going to drop £500 on anything, it would be on my V40 Turbo track car!

Thanks for the replies and opinions guys.

A few points to note.
1. I have been trying to get a wheel since I started playing Forza 3, in 2009 - Its taken a while to convince the missus.
2. I am on a budget. I couldnt push past a ton.
3. I would rather have a new wheel, with the benefit of a warrenty, than a second hand one without.
4. This will be my first wheel, so I have nothing to compare it to.
5. I am not a hamfisted 15 year old with anger management issues, and it will only get about 5 hours use a week.

So all in all, I am still looking forward to using it when it turns up.

If I was going to drop £500 on anything, it would be on my V40 Turbo track car!

All fair points, you will enjoy it but you'll probably want more, it's like a drug lol.

Yes I'm serious the title says wheels on a budget that usually discounts ffb wheels so I was judging it as a none ffb wheel. The tx pedals have a massive brake dead zone my 458 spider wheel did not so the pedals are a lot better for laptimes. Also for the casual user it's a plug in and play wheel works perfectly without any setting up.

Yes I'm serious the title says wheels on a budget that usually discounts ffb wheels so I was judging it as a none ffb wheel. The tx pedals have a massive brake dead zone my 458 spider wheel did not so the pedals are a lot better for laptimes. Also for the casual user it's a plug in and play wheel works perfectly without any setting up.

No PC wheel works perfectly without setting it up, especially in Project Cars!

Point taken I'm xbox. It just annoyed me when someone says they have just bought something then people start to say it's rubbish lol.

Point taken I'm xbox. It just annoyed me when someone says they have just bought something then people start to say it's rubbish lol.

It doesnt bother me too much, would be funny to be faster with a sub £100 wheel with no FFB, than someone using a top end all singing/dancing mega rig, wheel with ffb, shifter, mega screen and 5.1!

We all live within our means (well most of us do), and this is mine!

To be honest a £100 wheel can be as fast as a £1000 wheel it's down to the driver, it's the immersion people are going for with higher end stuff, I like to get it as close to real racing as possible, some people spend 20k on rigs for the full immersion so where do you draw the line lol.

There are faster people on controllers than some wheel players so the price is irrelevant really, as you say it's what your budget is, I don't want to spend a grand on a wheel as I'm skint but I would be gutted losing money on something that breaks regardless of cost.

As you bought yours from Amazon at least you have that cushion knowing it's backed up by a warranty and Amazon are very good with returns if needed, you may like it you may thinks it's poop but you have 30 days to return it either way, you could always try something different then until you find what you are looking for.

Once accustomed to a wheel or controller your laptimes become the same it's if you jump from one to other you think omg this is bad but lap times and enjoyment soon return with a bit of time

It's not just changing to a wheel.
It's changing the way you steer the car, it's changing to pedals instead of two little buttons on a controller, for me it meant changing from auto to manual.

There are a lot of things to get accustomed to and even after a good 70hrs of driving with the wheel (150 before that with the gamepad) I still struggle from time to time. However even though my laptimes are not much better atm I actually keep improving with every hour I drive and it's just a lot more fun than playing with the gamepad, so I don't regret changing to the wheel at all.

If laptimes came easy it would be no fun. Improving slowly is very rewarding!

Hopefully I will be a bit better than driving miss daisy in the beginning!

Jussi Viljami Karjalainen
I agree on a lot of points and price comes into it, I suppose they all do well in their price range, I actually looked at Accuforce earlier and I think if I am going to drop £500 on a belt drive I may as well go full monty and drop a grand on a direct drive!

I just know my G25 will fail eventually so need to make a choice, I agree about the shifter as well, mine is the same height as my wheel and the short stick helps a lot, I also found a nice rubber band mod for the sequential earlier which I will be doing later as I really hate shifting with the paddles and the sequential tends to miss a gear sometimes as you have to click back to centre, the bands re centre it.

I agree the T500 has superior feedback but to be honest I have mine set 100% and it gives immense feedback and after testing it have found it is very linear, I think I have a good one because my mates is no where near as good as mine and his is half the age, I can't get anywhere near the force on his I can get on mine, as we discussed before.

You know what really chaps my ass about the T500 is the console buttons, I hate consoles with a passion and putting those symbols on there make it look like a toy like the old PS2 wheels and the Gran Turismo labelling is just ugggh!, why can't it be plain black? and is it a rubber wheel not leather? I love the leather feel on the G25 and it has worn very well, although I did like the thick rubber Momo wheel.

I think my hate of Thrustmaster goes back before the Momo, they used to make toy wheels and now they seem to be making higher end stuff but my brain is not convinced as they used to make awful wheels, also the belt drive bothers me, what is the lifespan of the belt? I also read the belt numbs the feeling a bit, I suppose some will prefer that to the slight rattle you get with gear wheels though, I actually quite like the rattle.

On another note the G27 has heli gears and the G25 straight cuts gears, apparently this gives the G27 more contact area but why does it increase the deadzone to circa 0.15 when the G25 is 0.05, the G25 seems a lot tighter.

Maybe it is just the way it is, Logitech is going down and Thrustmaster are on the up but they really need to sort out the quality problems.

How do you manage to connect up the G25 shifter to use with the T500 with the fangled connector the shifter has?Ah yes, that reminds me I need to send you the testing program, as we talked about (I think)...

Personally the button labels don't bother me, and you can quickly get rid of them by sanding them a little bit, and the big metal wheel overall feels much nicer than the G25/G27 rim to me. It is indeed rubber instead of leather, but it is a very sturdy kind of rubber that to me at least feels fantastic. I don't quite prefer it to leather, but it is by far the best rubber rim I've had the pleasure to use. And sturdy as all get out. =)

Thrustmaster is the company the essentially created the PC sim wheel market back in the early 90s. Before them we essentially had nothing, and it took a helluva long time until anyone else came up with something that could beat Thrustmaster's offerings. Towards the late 90s though admittedly there was a jump in the quality of the competition, and they started being left behind, and the early 2000s saw another sharp jump in seriousness from the wheel manufacturers. My liking of Thrustmaster comes from the early days when they were the only company to make a product worth buying. I did jump ship to Logitech when it was clear they were the top dog, but then Thrustmaster came back full force again. =)

I've not heard of belt failures so far for the T500, or for Fanatecs either, I don't think that'll really be a problem, and Thrustmaster has always been super good at providing replacement parts. I wouldn't really say the belt numbs the feeling as such, it just smooths out the rattles compared to gears, so the wheel movement feels less cogged and more natural. The T300 is even significantly smoother than the T500. The FFB motor is more than capable of providing any rattles you're supposed to be feeling, and I'd rather not have any extraneous ones from the construction of the wheel.

Most G25's I've tried have been looser around the center than the G27's I've tried, as well as being more rattly (lack of constant connection between gears) and noisy. Yours must be an exceptional specimen.

As for connecting the shifter, I thank Logitech for the foresight of putting in long ass cables. I have the G25 sitting hidden in a corner, with the shifter connected to it, but no power or pedals. Then I just connect the G25's USB cable to the PC and screw on the shifter. Pretty ghetto I know but it functions perfectly well. =) There's always the option of buying a Logitech shifter USB interface from Leo Bodnar for £20 (http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=188), but with my room layout I prefer saving the money for now. There's also one for the pedals, so one thing I've been suggesting for people who own a G27 but would want to upgrade to a better wheelbase without spending quite that much is buying a T300 RS and repurposing the G25 pedals (for the clutch) and shifter. =)

EDIT: And as per normal I must say that I still think the G25/27 is a worthy wheel that has many good points, it's just nowhere near as enjoyable to use as the heftier Thrustmaster offerings are to me.

I use a T100 budget FFB wheel

While it's not the best, i bought a G27 for 230$ CAD, Taxes and S&H included. It's

Around that price it's a complete package(wheel, shifter and clutch) that will last you for a while.

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Required: PC 

You will need a PC. We currently don't support Xbox One or Playstation 4 due to lack of interest, however if you're interested in hosting then please get in touch.

Your PC will need to be capable of running 3D games comfortably.

 

Recommended: Steering Wheel and Pedals

We would recommend the use of a steering wheel.  It will make fine steering adjustments much easier and the associated pedals will make it much more natural to modulate the throttle and brakes.

There are three broad levels of steering wheels available:

  • Entry level: These will typically cost under $400 and include the steering wheel and pedals together. The wheel is normally not changeable, but will be adequate for starting out.  Some pro-sim racers still use these wheels, so it is certainly not a case of buying speed!  A good option here is one of the Logitech or Thrustmaster wheels
  • Mid-level: These will often have the steering wheel separate from the pedals and this allows you to create a setup that matches your budget and preferences. Often the steering wheel can be changed for different styles to suit open wheel or GT racing.  The Thrustmaster TS-PC or Fanatec CSL are good examples of these types of wheels.  Cost is around $700-800 with pedals
  • Pro-level: Wheels in this category typically would not look out of place in a car. At the top end are direct drive wheels where the steering wheel mounts directly to the motor (all other wheel types use a belt or cogs to transfer the force feedback to the wheel).  The Fanatec Clubsport is probably the only non-direct drive wheel that crosses into this category.  Cost for these wheels with pedals is in the $1500+ range

These prices may seem steep, but even a basic wheel setup can be expected to last many years and will continue to function well even as PC or console hardware changes.

 

Optional: Head Tracking/VR

A head tracker is a means to track what your head is looking at and alter the view you see on the screen.  This enables you to look at an apex or look around as you would in a real car.  There are two options for PC users; TrackIR and VR.

TrackIR uses a small infrared sensor that sits on top of your monitor and a clip that sits on a baseball cap to track your head position in 6-degrees.  It then alters the view that you see on your monitor accordingly.  The advantage of this technology is both price and resolution.  At $150 it is quite affordable and since it uses your current monitor you will lose none of the detail.  It is also a well established technology.

The disadvantage of TrackIR is that the monitor itself is in a fixed position so the further you move your head away from straight-ahead the less comfortable it is to view the image.  This is typically not a problem for driving simulators as you are mostly looking forward.

Virtual Reality or VR is the next step up and essentially straps two small monitors to your head and tracks your head position.  As you have a monitor per eye you will get a 3D effect that can help with judging distances and the 360degree tracking that pivots around your seat position gives a very strong sense of being in the actual vehicle.  The disadvantages of the current technology are primarily resolution, a need for a powerful PC and price (typical headsets are between $300 and $500).  Even with the reduced resolution, if your PC can handle it then this is well worth trying.

 

Optional: Simulator Cockpits

The last piece of hardware that you could consider is a cockpit for sim racing.  This is a frame onto which is bolted a seat and your own steering wheel and pedal set.  These sell for between $300-$1500 for a static cockpit and from about $5,000 for a motion cockpit.

The main reason for considering one of these is the fixed position of the controls that it gives, which is not possible when clamping steering wheels to a desk and using an office chair.

Note that many people drive using a steering wheel clamped to a desk successfully for years, so this is very much an optional item.

 

Recommended: Headset & Microphone

Because you will be racing from the comfort of your own home the only way to communicate is via a microphone and headset.  We use the Discord application for communication as it is free and can be used from your smart phone or PC.  A headset and microphone is highly recommended.

More information:

I’d recommend checking out the Youtube videos by The SimPit and Gamermuscle.

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