If you’re looking to play Project Cars, F1 2016, Drift Rally, or Gran Turismo Sport on PS4 in 2017, you might want to step up your game with a racing wheel. Racing wheels come in all different varieties, so it can be hard to decide which one to pick.
The good news is that all racing wheels make a world of difference when it comes to racing in these fun car games. Compared to playing a car game with a controller, it’s almost like a new gaming experience.
You have a few options, from the budget to the mid-tier, to the most expensive. If you spend more money on a racing wheel, you are going to get a more realistic simulation experience with some great features like leather construction, a wide angle of wheel rotation, force feedback, and indicator LEDs. However, even the cheaper racing wheels are great for starting out immersive racing simulation experiences on PS4.
In this roundup of the best racing wheels for PS4, I’ll cover everything from the most expensive option to the cheapest budget racing wheels for those reluctant to hand off too many “benjamins.”
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Racing wheels have different features, and this mainly changes based on the price of the wheel. There are some key features that you’ll need to watch out for if you want to get the right racing wheel.
Do I need a Gear shifter?
The Logitech G Driving Force Shifter makes driving MUCH more satisfying in driving games. It’s compatible with PS4, Xbox One, and PC! Keep in mind that it only works with the compatible G920 and G29 racing wheels, however. Switching gears feels almost just like real life, and when you get the right movement down driving starts to feel like something straight out of a Nascar event.
Top Gaming Racing Wheels for PS4
#1 HORI Apex
If you need a budget gaming wheel for the PS4 or PC, this is the best bet. It’s only $100 on Amazon, and it’s a completely workable solution for any racing game. You get 270-degree rotation, included pedals, and an included mounting system. Most people think it’s a decent wheel for super basic games.
For hardcore racing simulators, it’s not the most reactive racing gaming wheel you can buy since a lot of people complain that you need to turn the wheel too much to receive input in the game. If you’re serious about racing and wanting the best racing experience, I would spend a bit more money.
The Thrustmaster T150 is the middle-tier racing wheel solution for PS4 and PC.
This realistic 11-inch diameter wheel gives you more rotation for 1080 degrees is compatible with other Thrustmaster accessories (shifter) and it includes force feedback to help immerse you into driving (gives you input and vibrations when you go off the road or lose grip, as well as through harsh breaks). This wheel also has more convenient buttons placed so you can navigate menus and share footage, and the pedals feature some resistance.
The reception on this device is solid including praising the smoothness of the wheel, the button placements, and quality of materials. The only complaints are that it cost extra to upgrade the semi-cheap feeling pedals.
#3 Logitech G29
The Logitech G29 hits the sweet spot for quality and price. Sure it’s more expensive than a PS4 bundle at $308, but for the price, you get one of the best driving wheels and pedals around. The reason it’s so expensive is that the wheel is made with hand stitched leather, solid steel ball bearing, and a stainless steel shifter.
The device also features dual-motor force feedback, and quiet gears to make the experience feel incredibly smooth. Not only that but it also has visible LEDs and quality buttons that make the wheel “pop” as a premium device worth your cash.
The reception of this device is excellent with praise for the incredible metal pedals and the realism of the construction such as the brake pads that get stiffer with pressure. The only negativity about this device is that it doesn’t work as good on PC and it works best with newer games.
If you want the most realistic and thus expensive experience for your PS4 driving, then by all means, go for the VG T300.
The VG T300 stands apart from competitors since the wheel is an actual replica of a Ferrari wheel licensed by Ferrari with hand-stitched wrapping imported from Italy. The internals of the wheel itself are made and produced to real automotive standards with a brushed metal central steering plate.
The pedals themselves just have high quality with 100% metal construction, brake resistance, and full adjustments. This is by far the most responsive smooth racing wheel experience you can find for the price
Which Features Do I Need From a Racing Wheel for PS4?
Racing Wheels differ when it comes to building quality and materials used, but there are also small differences in how many racing wheels weigh. The more expensive a racing wheel is, there more likely it weighs more and feels more realistic like a real racing wheel.
Some racing wheels can weigh as low as 3 pounds whereas other more expensive options stretch towards 30 pounds.
When there are stronger force feedback motors, the weight of a wheel increases but you get more high-quality feedback. In addition, the higher end wheels use more metals and leathers instead of just plastic.
Racing wheels have varying degrees of rotation. The more a wheel rotates, the closer it feels to the “real” car experience. You can find variations of 180 degrees up to 1000 or more degrees of rotation.
180 degrees allows you to turn the wheel halfway to the left or right, whereas with higher degrees of rotation you can turn it further.
Force feedback simulates the driving experience by giving you feedback from bumps in the road while you drive in the game. Just like a real car wheel feels noticeably different when driving off the road or skidding around, realistic force feedback gives you more control and immersion inside the game.
While not completely necessary, some gaming racing wheels have LEDs to create a more realistic driving HUD.
Best Screen Experience for Racing Simulation?
I would wager that you want the most immersive screen experience for racing. Sure, you could get a great 4K TV that would be wonderful, but you could also consider getting an even more immersive experience with a VR headset. Check out our review of the PSVR Headset.