There are various types and models of racing wheels on the market designed to fit any need, and any budget. There are the more expensive wheels with force feedback systems, with responsive vibration settings, and then there are the lower priced racing wheels which do not provide as much realism or responsiveness, but still offer a good control experience.
This roundup will show you the best racing wheels for PC. We made sure to include wheels from entry level pricing to higher priced models, so that you can pick the one that works best for you.
Beyond the Wheel: Gear Shifters and Pedals:
Before we get started with the list, I wanted to mention some accessories to the wheels that will make your gaming experience even more immersive. The racing wheels we put on this list all come with some sort of pedal system, that will vary in quality and size. Generally, the more expensive wheels will have metal pedals that are sturdier and heavier, while the inexpensive wheels will come with plastic pedals.
However, gear shifters are sold separately, but they add a level of fun and realism to the gaming experience that makes them worth the price. We like the Logitech G Driving Force Shifter, because it is a realistic replica of an actual gear shifter that looks and feels like the real deal. There are other shifters out there, but as always, make sure to do your research and read their reviews before making a purchase.
|Thrustmaster VG T300||PS4+PC||Review|
|Thrustmaster Ferrari 458||XBOX ONE + PC||Review|
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|Logitech G920||XBOX ONE + PC||Review|
|Thrustmaster VG TX||XBOX ONE + PC||Review|
Who says an entry priced wheel can’t have style? This 7/10 replica of the Ferrari 458 Spider’s racing wheel is only $99.99 and has a stylish design with a solid feel created in part by red rubber grips on the steering wheel. It is not a force feedback system, which is to be expected at this price point, but the wheel does have a 240 Degree rotation angle which is better than a lot of wheels in this price category.
Some have the included pedal set to be a tad flimsy, and there are likely some durability issues that occur with long term use, but overall this is a solidly constructed racing wheel, with extra attention placed on the design and overall quality of the wheel. It is a great entry level wheel for those looking to get into the world of racing wheels with some style.
#2 HORI Apex
While not quite as stylish as the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458, the Hori apex is another great entry level wheel at the hundred dollar price point. This lacks a force feedback system, but for an entry level wheel, it offers a lot of customization options, sensitivity levels, and navigation modes, which will allow you get the best possible feel out of this wheel.
The pedal set that comes included with this model are a bit on the smaller side, but they function well enough to be useable. Also, like all entry level wheels without force feedback construction, the mounting system may not be the strongest. However, on a positive note, the number of customization options, and button options this wheel has, makes it easily fit almost any PC racing game.
With the Thrustmaster TMX Force we are now beginning to introduce wheels with a force feedback system. At only $200 the TMX Force features a system from Thrustmaster, one the best manufacturers around. Although, as far as force feedback system goes this is an entry level price, it doesn’t mean that they skimped out; this is a powerful system full with the responsive vibrations and feedback mechanisms to really make your racing games come to life.
The one drawback to this wheel is a lack of a hard mounting option. Hard mounting is usually recommended for any wheel with force feedback, because it helps to keep the wheel in place and stable while it is generating vibrations during gameplay. However, that aside, this wheel has a mixed belt-pulley gears system which helps to add a smoothness and natural feel to gameplay motion, making this a good addition to your gaming arsenal.
Another midlevel force feedback wheel at the $199.99 price point is the Thrustmaster T150. While most of this wheel is plastic, it has some metal components integrated into its design, like metal paddle shifters, that helps improve durability and performance. Some may find the hollow plastic wheel to be a bit too light for their liking, but on the upside, the included pedal set is of surprisingly good quality. Overall, this is a solid force feedback package.
#5 Logitech G29
The Logitech G29 is a serious racing wheel for the serious gamer. Featuring real hand stitched leather, visible LED lights, and solid steel ball bearings, this is one of the most well-constructed and durable wheels on the market. The dual-motor force feedback system is fully responsive and delivers a powerful yet smooth experience. To add even more quality, this wheel comes with a metal pedal set.
Unfortunately, this quality doesn’t come cheap. At just over $300 bucks, it’s priced at a level that’s on par with actual gaming consoles. However, when you factor in all that comes with, it is a complete package, and it’s built strong enough to last for a long time. It may have a hefty price tag, but at least you only have to buy it once.
Like the other Logitech wheel on our list, this is another high quality wheel built for serious gaming in mind. With solid steel bearings, combined with a force feedback system equipped with helical gearing, the gaming experience is fully realistic, and fully immersive.
The wheel features hand stitched leather and feels solid, with just enough weight to feel like a real life racing wheel. It also comes with a stainless steel three pedal set included in the package. In general, this is one of the most recommended wheels for any system, and it has one of the easiest and reliable set ups for PC around.
Thrustmaster has created one of the most power force feedback systems on the market. Combine this system with an authentic 7/10 scale replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia Wheel, and you got one of the most realistic and high quality gaming experiences available.
Many have commented on the quality of the material. It is strong enough to stand up any gaming session no matter how intense, or how often you use this wheel. The pedal set that comes included is noteworthy, because it is designed to stay solidly in place, and deliver realistic responsiveness which elevates the fun of your racing game experience.
Our final entry on this list takes all the features you would expect from a higher end racing wheel; a powerful force feedback system, 100% metal pedals, steel bearings and takes it up another notch with its wheel construction standards. This is built with real life hand-stitched Alcantara material, the exact same material used in real life Ferraris. The wheel is built with at an 8:10 scale replica of the wheel of the 599XX EVO, and the designs where officially licensed form Ferrari.
The realism doesn’t just end at the surface materials; the internal systems of the wheel itself are built to actual automotive specifications. There are also a wide range of adjustments you can make, and the pedals come with adjustable resistance options. At a price of $480, there may be some sticker shock, however when you consider that if you were to purchase the individual parts of this set separately (the base, the wheel, and the pedals), it would cost at least $540, you are definitely getting your money’s worth.
For fans of racing games for PC, a racing wheel controller will help create an enhanced gaming experience, with a realistic feeling of control over your in-game vehicle. In other words, they help bring the game to life and make it feel like you are actually in the seat of your very own race car. With the right racing wheel, you can turn any racing game into a full racing sim experience!