Wheels and Add-Ons for the best Racing Experience
Nothing beats a racing wheel for full on immersion in racing simulation games! It’s no wonder then that they have become one of the most popular gaming peripherals. Newer technology has enabled even more improvements to existing technology allowing for better control and customizability, even if you are on a budget! In this article, we will look at the best starter racing wheels available and some more advanced models and options. For this article, we will explore options available for the PC and Playstation.
The Brands: Thrustmaster vs Logitech
Thrustmaster is one of the most well-known racing wheel brands that have been producing quality gaming wheel systems for over thirty years. With superior technology and product collaborations with F1, their products span a wide range of models and budgets to suit everyone. From the basic bundles with just a simple racing wheel and pedals, to parts that can be purchased separately and then put together for the ultimate customizable experience, Thrustmaster’s ecosystem is sure to be any racing fan’s dream. However, more research is necessary due to the large amount of products they have.
Logitech too, needs no introduction. Since their ever-popular G25 racing wheel hit the market in 2006, various updated iterations have spawned and their racing wheel systems are now available for virtually every platform. Logitech wheel models are simpler and provide a more “all-in-one” solution. Their current model this year is the G923, which core bundle includes a racing wheel and 3 pedals for either the Playstation or Xbox (1 different model for each console). Both versions are compatible with the PC as well.
So, which is the right racing wheel for you? This would depend very much on several factors including budget and purpose of the wheel. To help in your decision, we have prepared some recommendations!
Starter Level: Thrustmaster T80 Ferrari 488 vs Thrustmaster T150 Pro
At this level, you are probably just starting out and would like to try a basic set up that will provide the “feel” of racing without too much investment. For this, we will recommend a straightforward solution that won’t break the bank.
For those just starting out, we recommend a straightforward solution that can provide all you need right out of the box. For this, Thrustmaster has 2 wheel bundless that come in a bundle with pedals, namely the Thrustmaster T80 Ferrarri Edition (SRP $199) and the Thrustmaster T150 (SRP $439). While it seems like quite a large jump between the two models, the T150 does offer some significant upgrades as well. Both these sets are compatible with PS3/PS4 and PC.
Both of these sets come with the same Pedal based which is Thrustmaster terms “large optimized pedals’. It is essentially a 2 pedal base with large footrest that can be adjustable in inclinations for a comfortable position to suit each user. The brake pedals also offer progressive resistance which is similar to a real vehicle.
The real difference between the two sets are in the driving wheels. Not only do they look different, they utilize different technology as well.