We all love the rush of adrenaline that you get from playing Racing games.
Well, why not try out the latest Steering Wheels to really get you in the race!
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.
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.
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?
THRUSTMASTER'S TOP BUDGET OPTION: THRUSTMASTER T150
- Rubber wheel coating
- PS3/PS4/PC support
- Slightly notchy force feedback
- Belt plus gear motor system
- Low-quality plastic pedals
- 1,080-degree rotation
THE FULL PACKAGE ON A BUDGET: LOGITECH G29
- High-quality pedals
- High-quality wheel covering
- PS4/PS3 and PC support (G920 offers Xbox One support)
- "notchy" gear-driven force feedback
- 1080-degree rotation
HIGH END HIGH PRICE: FANATEC CSL ELITE
- Customisable wheels
- Full pedal set
- Xbox One and PC support