With racing games mostly going for ultra-realism, having a proper racing wheel takes your racing simulation dreams to the next level. Now that the Xbox One has been out for over two years, there are plenty of Xbox One steering wheels on the market by now. Logitech’s latest G920 Driving Force Force racing wheel is the latest offering from the peripheral company, but how does it stack up to the competition?
The G920 (which I tested with both Forza 6 (Xbox One) and Project CARS (both Xbox One and PC) is incredibly easy to setup, as it comes with a brief step-by-step guide to show you how and where to plug everything in. Since the steering wheel connects to the Xbox One via USB, there’s no need for syncing; it works right out of the box. Plug in the adjustable pedal unit into the steering wheel, plug the AC unit into the wall and the steering wheel, and then plug the steering wheel into the Xbox One’s side USB port. You’re ready to go. And, if you have the Driving Force Shifter add-on, you simply plug it into the steering wheel where the rest of the plugs are located.
The wheel, itself, drives nicely out of the box. It rumbles as you hit gravel (just like your Xbox One controller would), rotates a full 900 degrees for realism, and you can feel your tires on every turn. The dual-motor force feedback allows you to feel weight shift and varying road conditions nicely. There’s definitely a learning curve to using it if you’re used to the controller, but within a half an hour, it’s probably safe to say that you’ll get the hang of it. The wheel has quality construction and is quite durable, so you’re not afraid to give it your all in fear of breaking it. My only gripe with the functionality of the wheel is that the clamp used to attach to a table don’t open wide enough for some thicker tables.
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As far as the look is concerned, the steering wheel looks great in your living room. The wheel is a basic black, with hand stitched leather, and it would look like a real racing wheel if it weren’t for the Xbox One buttons that are scattered about its face. But while it’s basically colorless (unlike the cooler-looking Thrustmaster), it still looks good enough to proudly display. The paddle shifters are a shiny silver, and they click nicely when you use them. The pedals are stainless steel and are clearly modeled after typical racing pedals. And, you can move the pedals apart slightly with a simple hex tool (if you don’t like how close together they are). The pedals are highly responsive with both gassing and braking, and don’t slip away from you, even on carpet (it has a patented carpet grip system). It’s also worth noting that after a solid three hours of straight playthrough, the wheel’s base didn’t get warm to the touch, which is good to know that the fact that it has two motors doesn’t mean it’s working too hard.
The major difference between the Logitech G920 and the G27, its predecessor, is that the G920 does not include a shifter (you have to pay separately for that). But otherwise, the G920 aligns closely to the G27 (which just so happens to be one of the highest rated racing wheels on Amazon).
The Logitech G920 Driving Force racing wheel is the new king of the available steering wheels available. Even though the shifter isn’t included, the build’s solid construction, ease of setup, impressively responsive force feedback capabilities, and the fact that it turns 900 degrees make it a top notch choice when it begins shipping in October. You can pre-order it here.
- Quality build
- Incredibly easy to setup
- Force Feedback
- Full 900 Degrees
- Colorless Wheel
- Shifter sold separately