While PC and Xbox games such as Forza Horizon 3, Project Cars, Project Carts 2, Dirt and many others are fun with gaming pads, having racing wheels turns up the fun several notches higher.
If you want to get the most out of the game, a quality racing wheel is what you need.
The racing wheels offer more control to the game compared to the arrow keys on your gaming pads. They also come in various qualities from the cheap entry level variants to the expensive ones that offer supercar level comfort and performance. The difference in the price is all about the quality of the wheel. If you pay more, you will have experience as close to a real car as possible. The cheap ones will allow you control the car, but that’s about it. Nothing more.
Also, the top end variants come with much more than the wheel itself. First of all, the wheel comes with genuine leather stitching which makes it a glory to hold and use. Besides that, they come with motors and vibrators to mimic the real world experience of the gaming.
They also come with quality materials such as metal for longevity. You also get shifters, metal pedal pads, brake resistance and clutch control for a wholesome experience. It is all about how much you want from the game. Our advice is to save till you can afford the top tier games before you make your purchase. It is an investment you are making. It better be wise.
As for the gear shifters, you need it more than people think. While automatic shifts are a good thing for races, you will enjoy the game more with a gear shift by your side. Make sure you get the gear shift compatible with your specific game.
The weeks to go for when playing Forza include:
|Thrustmaster Ferrari 458||XBOX ONE + PC||Review|
|Thrustmaster TMX Force||XBOX ONE + PC||Review|
|Logitech G920||XBOX ONE + PC||Review|
|Thrustmaster VG TX||XBOX ONE + PC||Review|
For those just considering gaming with racing wheels, Thrustmaster has something for you to start with. The Ferrari 458 is named after a car of a similar name and borrows a lot of design elements from this supercar.
The beautiful red and ergonomically sound wheel comes with a pair of shifting pedals right on the wheel. It also has many buttons and control features right on the wheel to allow the player focus on the gaming. The controls are easy to reach and very responsive to use.
The wheel costs only $99 which is very much affordable to most gamers. A good entry level racing wheel that has the looks and feel of a premium wheel is what you get for this wheel.
Users love this wheel owing to its great level of control that combines with the many buttons right on the wheel. No need for a gear shift lever on the side as the gear shift levers are a flick of a finger away. Some have, however, complained about the lack of audio input but that is not an issue to consider.
Add $100 (to a total of $199) on the Ferrari 458 racing wheel, and you have its bigger and badder brother; the TMX Force. It packs more features and includes some that can be only found in the very premium of wheels that will make your Forza gaming experience as realistic as it can get.
As the name suggests, it employs force feedback to give the rider a great experience on the -virtual- road. Just like a real racing car, the TMX Force uses a mechanism compromising of metal ball bearings, pulleys, and gears to make the experience realistic.
If you have been in the inside of a racing car, then you will find the design approach of the TMX Force to be very familiar. It offers the same grip and handling buttons you will find in a racing car such as a NASCAR.
In general, customers have heaped praises to this wheel owing to its quality, design of buttons and the inclusion of pedals to match an actual car. The motors also bring out the best realistic feeling when riding on any type of road in your gaming experience. Keep in mind that the price is also very considerate of everyone.
If the previous offerings are still lacking something, then go for the high-end Logitech G920 with its many features. It is closest to the driving seat of a racing car a racing wheel can get. It is among the most favored wheels as per now owing to its features.
It is also one of the few racing wheels that have three pads for your feet. In fact, the wheels are made of metal and have the best response when pressed. Compared to the previous iteration, this one is a great improvement.
The wheel is covered with genuine leather to give it a good look and handling grip that cannot be matched by any other wheel. The pedals are made of stainless steel for good handling quality and longevity. The LED lights on the whole control make it much easier to control the game even when you have dimmed the lights in the room (as most players do).
This wheel goes for $376, a price above most other racing wheels. However, the features warrant this price. Users praise the G920 for the wholesome experience it provides to them.
If the G920 has all the features you need but you are in for something more realistic, nothing is better than the VG TX. It brings on board all the features of the G920 yet makes it more realistic and close to the real car than any other option on the market as per now.
The wheel is a replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia Wheel which is one of the best racing wheels on the market. In fact, it boasts of the same feel when speeding in your game. It is covered with genuine leather which feels great to the grip and handles the game well.
Combined with the great feel of the wheel are buttons that allow the driver not take their eyes off the screen. The buttons have been placed strategically to allow for a smooth game. The wheel is also the same size found in racing cars for the best feel on the road.
Besides the awesome steering wheel, there are three pure metal pedals to control the game. Unlike the (already impressive) ones in the G920, the VG TX has textured ones for the best grip no matter the footwear you choose.
The price for the Thrustmaster VG TX is $458 on Amazon. This price may scare some buyers since it costs as much as most gaming consoles. However, if you had saved up enough and wanted nothing but the very best of racing wheels, nothing will beat this wheel.
All the gaming wheels discussed here offer great quality for your money as per your needs. Most people will agree that the more expensive models are totally worth the extra cash you pay for them. In most cases, the aim of a racing wheel is to enhance the gaming experience and if you are to do that, better enhance it to the best level.