If you’re looking to step up your racing game on Xbox One with games like Project Cars, Forza Horizon 3, or any upcoming games like Dirt 4, Project Carts 2, or Next Car Game: Wreckfest, then you might want to seriously consider getting a gaming racing wheel.
Racing wheels for video games have a wide variation since you have budget models and then you also have models made for racing simulation enthusiasts that are almost better than real car wheels themselves (I know a large portion of racing wheels are better than the wheel in my cheap Toyota).
In this overview of the best racing wheels for Xbox One, I’ll cover racing wheels exclusively compatible with Xbox One and PC. If you want to check out some PS4/PC racing wheels, check out this article on the best racing wheels for PS4.
Differences between Cheap and Expensive Racing Wheels?
So why is there such a price increase from the lower-end models to the higher end models? The basic ideas is that the more money you pay for racing wheel, the more authentic and real it will be.
The higher-end expensive racing wheels often feature hand-stitched leather, metal construction, and tons of vibrators and motors called force feedback to simulate what it really feels like to be on the road. In addition, you’ll find metal pedal pads, shifters, clutch controls, and brake resistance in higher-end racing wheels.
You can either go cheap and get the basic entry-level racing wheel experience, mid-price for a very good realistic experience, or all out to become one with the racing wheel (make sure to wear driving gloves though).
Do I need a Gear Shifter?
Yes, I would say that it really adds to the experience. Unless you’re super budget oriented, a gear shifter like the Logitech G Driving Force Shifter makes driving MUCH more satisfying in driving games. In fact, I would wager that shifting gears is one of the most fun parts of driving! Just keep in mind that the shifter is only compatible with the G920.
Best Racing Wheels for Xbox One and PC
|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|
If you’re new to racing wheels and want to see if they are worth the investment, the Ferrari 458 by Thrustmaster is a good start.
The racing wheel comes with 2 paddle shifters, multiple buttons to control menus easily, and a nice red textured grip. In addition, the wheel also comes with some pedals to control your car in game.
The reception of this budget-priced racing wheel is surprisingly good, with the only complaints received being about minor things like lack of headset input, a semi-weak mounting method, and that the pedals feel a bit cheap.
If you want to have an amazing driving experience, but not so much so that you are willing to spend more on a driving wheel than your Xbox One, then consider the TMX Force.
The TMX Force comes with force feedback which makes your driving feel much more realistic and responsive with vibrations and pushback when you interact with the road. The system uses a belt pully, gears, and metal ball bearings just like a real racing wheel.
The wheel has a great design made to look like a professional racing wheel with a replica size made to be ergonomic and comfortable with textured grips. The wheel also has tons of buttons to make using menus in car games easy.
Reception of this wheel is very good with compliments towards the button layout, the authentic feel of the paddle shifter, and the overall responsiveness of the wheel. The only complaints seem to be that the pedals are a bit cheap and that the clamping mechanism can be a bit wonky.
If you want the perfect blend of price, functionality, and realism, then look no further than the G920. The G920 is a step up from the previous racing wheel in many ways. One of the biggest improvements is the three metal pedals which feel much more immersive.
The G920 racing wheel comes with LEDs to enhance your immersion in the game, as well as stainless steel pedals, and a hand-stitched leather grip. The wheel has force feedback as well and quiet helical gearing to make the wheel feel incredibly smooth.
The G920 is universally one of the most recommend driving racing wheels for any platform, and this Xbox One compatible version is no exception since it has easy setup and quality build materials that feel great in your hand and on your feet when you’re pressing for more speed out of the gas and break pedals.
If you like the features and responsiveness of the Logitech G920, but want an even more authentic product that feels even more like a REAL racing wheel, then consider the VG TX for Xbox One, which is the closest thing you’ll get to a real racing wheel.
The wheel is made out of leather and is a 7/10 scale replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia Wheel. The large base of the wheel also includes paddle shifters that are 100% metal, and the pedal set is textured to be super grippy.
The force feedback system uses a 900-degree dual-belt system that makes the wheel feel super realistic. Reception of this product is also very good with enthusiasm for the materials used in the wheel, as well as the sturdiness of the pedals.