Anyone of us who has spent hours throwing coins in legendary arcades knows what it means to be able to drive with a Force Feedback wheel. Racing games have been getting closer to simulation for quite some time, and the experience with a gamepad is poor.
Our selection criteria
The wheels you are going to see in the list are not up to the simulation, but you will be able to find them on any surface without problem and offer a quality jump to enjoy a better simulation of the most popular racing games. most used on PC and consoles to know if you are playing games from a controller.
The most important thing when conveying realism is the transfer of forces from real driving to simulation. With a normal control knob, there are no opposing forces to resist the rotation, force feedback. There are also no complications to stop at the right time. Playing any racing simulator with the steering wheel and the right pedals completely changes the experience, games reach a new dimension.
Thrustmaster T300 RS steering wheel
It is a wheel that has the official Gran Turismo license, so it is compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 consoles outside of the PC. It is also compatible on PS5 in order to play the games of its predecessor compatible with this wheel.
As for the steering wheel, it measures 28 cm and is covered over its entire circumference with a rubber which helps to provide better grip. But, if we don’t like this steering wheel, we can replace it with one that is also compatible with the Thrustmaster Quick Release system. As for the central part, where the steering wheels are located, it is not plastic, but metal. Give a rugged look to this PC steering wheel.
The pedal system included with this steering wheel is called the T3PA GT Edition and we have to honestly say we loved them. They have a high degree of sensitivity and precision when stepping on them. The fact that they are also made of metal gives them an extra quality feel and the brake pedal provides additional resistance depending on the speed of the simulation. And if their height position seems uncomfortable, you can always adjust them.
As for the Force Feedback system, there is a flywheel with a rotation capacity of 1080º with a double brushless motor. This gives it excellent realism when it comes to transmitting complications when driving a car at high speed, thus increasing its level of realism.
A negative point for this steering wheel? It lacks a handbrake and you have to use a button for it.
Logitech G29 / G920 steering wheel
We’re in front of another of Gran Turismo’s officially licensed wheels, this time under the Logitech brand. Although we also decided to consider its counterpart for Xbox consoles, the G920. Both are identical in specifications and work on the PC. Since their specifications are the same, we will treat them as the same flywheel.
The first difference with the Thrustmaster T300 RS is that it is impossible to replace the base flywheel to use a different one. This makes choosing one version or another tie you to a platform. As for the qualities of the steering wheel, we again have the circumference of the rubber steering wheel and the central part in metal. The steering wheel steering capacity is 900 degrees, so it has less steering capacity than the Thrustmaster model.
As for the pedals, we have 3 metal pedals for the clutch, brake and accelerator. Like other steering wheels, it has the ability to offer resistance to braking for added realism. A feature we also saw in the T300 RS GT.
Its weak point? Its Force Feedback motor is worse because this is where Logitech has cut the cost of this feature compared to other wheels. The results? Its force feedback system is delivered by a simple motor which does not offer a completely accurate version compared to belt systems and fails in the eyes of the most demanding users.
Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback steering wheel
The Thrustmaster TMX steering wheel is designed for users with narrower pockets, but that doesn’t mean we’re dealing with a shoddy product. It is a steering wheel that is only compatible with Xbox and Windows consoles, so you cannot use it on PlayStation consoles.
As this is a cheaper option than the previous ones we mentioned, it suffers from a few cuts in its construction. For example, its steering wheel is entirely plastic in its central part, the grip being made of rubber instead of synthetic leather. Something that the most purists will not like, but which more than fulfills its function. Oddly enough, not all of the steering wheel is plastic, but the gearshift paddles are metal. Its steering angle? Between 270º and 900º.
If you don’t like the stock steering wheel, you can replace it with another one, as it is also compatible with the Thrustmaster Quick Release system, which will allow you to add a higher quality system in the future.
The Thrustmaster TMX has also suffered cost reductions when it comes to the pedals, the 3 metal pedals of other models have been converted to 2 plastic pedals where the clutch is conspicuous by its absence. This means that if you like to play with manual gear changes in games, this is not your wheel. But everything has a solution and that is that we can change them for others of better quality.
As for its force feedback system, it does not use a two strap system like the T300 RS, but it incorporates a mixed strap system which gives it quality force feedback. So we can say that Thrustmaster did not save in this regard. Which is appreciated, although a pity of the worst qualities on the wheel and it doesn’t work with PlayStation.