In our Gaming Steering Buying Guide and Test 2017 we have put together for you all racing fans what you should look for when buying a Racing Wheels for PC or console and which devices we recommend in 2017 for purchase.
The differences between the manufacturers and the different model series are very large in terms of price and quality. Therefore, it is all the more important to think about what you have to do with the degree of realism and what you are willing to spend on a racing wheel before you buy.
We paid attention to this at the Gaming Steering Wheel Test 2019
The price range for gaming steering wheels is huge. While you can buy cheap entry-level models for less than 50 dollars, you can also spend several hundred euros for steering wheels, which convey a particularly realistic driving experience.
But this is far from the peak reached. For a customized racing steering wheel from Fanatec including cockpit, you can also spend several thousand euros.
We have therefore divided our PC and console steering wheels in the test into two price categories:
- Beginner models up to $200
- High quality PC steering wheels up to $400
We have put the following requirements on steering wheels to be considered in our 2017 test for entry-level models:
- The PC Wheels must not cost more than $150
- The steering wheels must have at least one vibration feedback function
- The scope of delivery must also include the pedals next to the steering wheel
In the high-quality gaming steering wheels up to $400, we have tightened the criteria once again:
- The steering wheels must be equipped with full force feedback
- The scope of delivery must include pedals and steering wheel
- The steering range must be adjustable and at least 900 degrees
Gaming Steering Wheel Leaderboard / Ranking 2019
Gaming Steering Wheel Leaderboard / Ranking Gaming Steering Wheel up to 150 EUR
|Gaming steering wheel||price level||test score||price comparison|
|Thrustmaster T150 RS Racing Steering Wheel for PS4, PS3 and PC||$$$||7.8 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|Speedlink Drift OZ steering wheel for PC||$$$||7.4 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia for PC and XBox 360||$$$||7.3 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|Steering Wheel Thrustmaster T80 Racing Wheel for PS3 / PS4||$$$||7.2 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|Hama Racing Wheel Thunder V5 for PC||$$$||6.5 / 10||CHECK PRICE
Gaming Steering Wheel Leaderboard / Ranking Gaming Steering Wheel up to $500
|Gaming steering wheel||Price level||Test score||price comparison|
|TM T500 RS GT6 Racing Wheel for PS3 and PC||$$$$||8.5 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel for Xbox One and PC||$$$$||8.4 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|TM T300 RS Racing Wheel for PC and PS4||$$$$||8.2 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|Logitech G920 Racing Steering Wheel Driving Force for XBox One, PC||$$$$||7.7 / 10||CHECK PRICE
|Logitech G29 Racing Steering Wheel Driving Force for PS4, PS3 and PC||$$$$||7.5 / 10||CHECK PRICE
Our price-performance recommendation: Thrustmaster T150 RS Racing Steering Wheel for PS4, PS3 and PC
Our test winner in the beginner area could start from the equipment also with the high-quality gaming steering wheels.
The Thrustmaster’s racing wheel just barely covers our 160 EUR threshold, but does not have to hide from the more expensive PC Racing wheels.
An adjustable steering range of 270 degrees to 1080 degrees and a full force feedback are outstanding for a price of currently 160 euros. The complete compatibility with PS3, PS4 and PC complete the very good overall impression.
To achieve the low price, Thrustmaster has saved with the T150 RS Racing steering wheel only with the missing clutch pedal and the material used. The wheel is mostly made of plastic instead of metal and the steering wheel cover rubber instead of leather.
Overall, the steering wheel but still makes a very good impression and is our clear winner in the entry level and thus our price-performance tip.
Our test winner: Thrustmaster T500 RS GT6 racing wheel for PS4 and PC
Also in the high-quality steering wheels could prevail in our test Thrustmaster against its main competitor Logitech. The Thrustmaster T500 RS GT6 Racing Wheel for PS3 and PC has already convinced us in our detailed test on the whole line.
Of course, the T500 has an adjustable steering range up to 1080 degrees and full force feedback, which is driven by an industrial motor with 300 revolutions per minute.
In addition, the steering wheel with a high-quality processing conquered. Particularly noteworthy here is the seven-kilogram pedal set, which is made entirely of metal.
Another great feature is the removable steering wheel of the T500 Racing Wheels . In this way, you can also buy a Formula 1 steering wheel and then switch between the steering wheel attachments depending on the simulation.
Smaller point deduction we have given for the high price of around 400 euros and the limited compatibility with the Playstation 4 and Windows 10. Otherwise the T500 Racing Wheel convinced us on the whole line.
Buying Guide Gaming Steering Wheel: This should be considered when buying a Racing Wheels
Before you start dealing with different gaming steering wheel models, you should think about a few basic questions:
For which platform are you looking for a suitable gaming steering wheel?
Basically there are gaming steering wheels for all platforms (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox and Xbox one).
All Racing Wheels in our test are in any case suitable for use on the PC. In addition, we have supplemented in the product name with which consoles the Wheels are also compatible.
What is your reality claim for a gaming steering wheel?
The question of your claim to reality is next to your budget the most important question when buying a steering wheel.
Below we have dealt in detail with the topic of realistic driving feeling. Basically, unfortunately: The more realistic the driving experience and the closer the PC steering wheel to the feeling in the real racing car should approach, the higher the price.
Are you looking for expansion options and gaming steering wheel accessories?
Many manufacturers offer extensive expansion options and accessories for their gaming steering wheels.
For example, all high-quality models have the option to extend the steering wheels with an additional shift lever (“shifter”).
It can also make sense to purchase a wheel stand for your gaming steering wheel. On a wheel stand you attach the steering wheel, the pedal train and the joystick and thus have the opportunity to adjust the racing set-up to your sitting position.
The Wheel Stand Pro from Logitech , for example, compatible with many steering wheels and is very well evaluated by users.
Realistic driving experience: the most important criterion when buying a steering wheel
The following criteria are crucial for a realistic racing feeling and should be at the top of your purchase decision:
Steering wheel of the gaming steering wheel
The steering angle of the gaming steering wheel is given in degrees and indicates how many turns between the stop on the left and the stop are on the right.
While many entry-level models come with a 180 degree steering angle, ie half a turn, high quality gaming steering wheels offer a steering angle of up to 1080 degrees. This corresponds to three full revolutions and is thus identical to the steering angle of a road car.
It is also important that the steering angle of the Gaming Wheels is adjustable, because touring cars and Formula 1 cars also have a lower steering angle than road cars.
Gaming Steering Wheel: Vibration vs. Force feedback
The feedback of the steering wheel is an essential criterion for a realistic driving experience. Basically, the steering wheels can be divided into three categories:
Beginner models come in part without feedback therefore. Without feedback, the fun is often lost very quickly
Gaming steering wheels with vibration feedback vibrate, for example, when it comes to a collision or you drive into the gravel bed. However, the vibration is one-dimensional and therefore only conditionally realistic.
Again, the driving pleasure is lost relatively quickly.
Force feedback is the highest level of feedback.
The PC steering wheels are usually equipped with their own small engine, which implements only the Force Feedback. In this way, unevenness on the track and steering movements are reproduced realistically.
Processing the steering wheel
As with all products, the processing gives a good indication of whether it is a high quality product. This applies in particular to gaming steering wheels.
Cheap entry-level models are often made of plastic and do not have much in common with a car steering wheel. In good gaming steering wheels, however, high-quality materials such as leather, metal and aluminum are processed.
The processing also plays a big role in the pedals. As a rule of thumb: The heavier the pedal unit, the better!
Conclusion – It is important to pay attention to the gaming steering wheel purchase
Finally, once again our most important advice on the gaming steering wheel purchase at a glance:
- If you only play a racing game now and then and do not feel like steering with the gamepad, you should choose a low-priced beginner’s model.
- If you regularly play racing simulations, you should take your money and put it on a gaming steering wheel with a large steering range (at least 900 degrees), force feedback and high-quality workmanship.
- If you’re racing freaks and you’d like to get as close as possible to the real racetrack feeling, but you do not have the small change for a sports car, you should look around in the high-end segment.