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Best Xbox Steering Wheel 2018 – 6 Steering Wheels Reviewed

When you need to perform your best at racing games, then you know that a keyboard or a joystick are no substitute for a racing wheel. If you want to set quicker hot laps during qualifying or beat that friend of you who is just a road rocket at Forza or Gran Turismo, then you need to give yourself the best chance at getting better at driving games.

Well, if you’re looking out for the best racing wheel for your Xbox One, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested all those racing wheels out there to come up with what we think would add to your gaming experience.

The ones we’ve picked are high quality, and you should get a lot out of them when it comes to your playtime. First, let’s check out a few common parameters that we looked at while reviewing racing wheels for the Xbox.

​Best Xbox Steering Wheel: Comparison Chart

What you should know before buying a racing wheel

There are a few things that you need to know before deciding on a wheel to purchase. These can make or break your gaming experience as well as your wallet – because these wheels don’t come cheap!

Compatibility options

This is really important especially if you have a console. There are no racing wheels available that work on both genres of consoles, Xbox and PlayStation. Your choice has a lot to do with which console you have at home. If you’re buying for the PC, you can go ahead and choose whatever you want. 

Wheel size 

This has more to do with personal preference and space at home on the table, but it is an important factor nonetheless. Some people feel the full-size wheels add to the realism of piloting a car through the apexes. Other people feel that’s tedious and prefer something that’s a whole lot smaller. 

Wheel rotation

This adds to the realism of the gaming experience. There are several differences between the degrees of rotation offered by the manufacturers for different models. The inexpensive models have fewer degrees of rotation while the expensive ones are closer to the real thing. A basic wheel might have a wheel rotation of 270 degrees while the more expensive ones top out at 1080 degrees. You might not always find the full rotation useful, but in games where the pace is far slower, it might help you to fine-tune your inputs. 

Force feedback 

Force feedback is the ability of the wheel to simulate bumps and jolts in the game through the steering wheel in real-time using strong motors. Usually abbreviated as FFB, it is not available on all wheels. FFB adds a layer of realism that is impressive and gives you the visceral thrill of being in the cockpit of a machine that is fighting you for control. There are several ways FFB is implemented, some wheels have a single motor, and the wheel is belt driven. Others have 2 motors for a more complex feel and increased realism. 

Pedal set

Most reasonably priced wheels come with a set of pedals, this means you can control it just like you would a car. The cheaper wheels have low-quality pedals to match – they might be made of plastic and have cheap springs or resistance bands offering resistance. Some wheel manufacturers up the ante and offer a clutch pedal as well. While this does help you get into total realism, it also increases the difficulty of your gaming experience. Another factor is that most games don’t support a clutch. So, you need to take a call based on how important a clutch pedal is to your overall gaming experience.

Best Xbox racing wheels

Well, the time is now for looking at a few of the contenders for the top wheels that we recommend for the Xbox. Here they are:

1. Fanatec Forza Motorsport Wheel Bundle for Xbox One & PC

While this might be one of the most expensive bundles out at the time of this review, we feel it’s definitely worth it if you’re looking to get the most realistic experience on your Xbox or PC. Coming to the performance of the wheel, this is quite easily one of the best wheels we’ve tested. The fit and finish are incredible, the sensitivity and feel of the wheel have been dialed to 11.

This is no surprise because Fanatec has been making high-quality racing wheels for a long time now. This bundle consists of 5 parts – the ClubSport Wheel Base V2, ClubSport Steering Wheel Universal Hub, ClubSport Wheel Rim, ClubSport Pedals V3 Spec, and the ClubSport Shifter SQ V 1.5 Specs. Whew, that is a lot of stuff! But what is awesome is the fact that they haven’t scrimped on build quality when it comes to any of these components – they felt solid and built to last.

The wheelbase is machined out of aluminum and is robust. Because of this quality of build, it weighs in at a hefty 4.2 Kgs. It has all new internals inside including fans, cooling system, and belts. It has high-end ball bearings that minimize friction and increase the life of the components. The wheelbase is compatible with Fanatec ClubSport Wheels, Fanatec pedals, Fanatec shifters and Fanatec cockpits.

For this bundle, they offer the universal hub for the Xbox. This forms the skeleton, with the option to mount a preferred compatible rim. There are adjustable paddle shifters that can accommodate any size of rim, big or small. This hub is a good investment to have because there are chances Fanatec might offer the same kind of connectivity for future wheelbases.

The pedals are built with a maximum focus on quality, and the gas pedal has a vibration motor to simulate wheel spin as well as oversteer. The brake pedal has a load cell which has a capacity of 90kgs. All the pedals are adjustable for dead zone, sensitivity and other attributes on the fly through the universal hub. Because of the design of the pedals, you can change out springs a lot easier than the other models. 

What you’ll love

  • Everything is adjustable!
  • 1080 degrees of rotation
  • Fantastic build quality
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    Reasonably quiet but also strong force feedback
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    Universal hub makes sure you are sufficiently future proof
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    Several choices of steering wheels
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    Works on both Xbox One and PS4

What you won’t

  • Exorbitant price

2. Thrustmaster TS-XW

Another hard hitter when it comes to great performing wheels for the Xbox, the Thrustmaster TS-XW is so feature-rich it will blow your mind. Everything about it will make you go “Man, that’s just nuts!” from the 1:1 scale steering wheel, to the powerful 40-watt powerful motor, dual-belt pulley system, and the outstanding build quality. It has 1080 degrees of rotation, at this price range that is more of a given. Let’s go ahead and unbox it and find out more about it.

The first time you take a look at it, you know that it’s a wheel meant for serious racing. It has a heft to it that only products that are built well do. The default wheel that comes with the base is a licensed wheel from racing equipment maker Sparco, and it’s their P310 series steering wheel. Needless to say, the wheel is made of metal along with the gearshift paddles and feels premium as well. The wheel has a full Alcantara trim instead of plain leather used on the other wheels, so it does feel a bit better.

The best part about the base is the fact that it has swappable wheels – meaning you can get different wheels from Thrustmaster to replace the default wheel. A highlight of this model is the fact that they have a licensed F1 Ferrari wheel. This is especially useful when you play a lot of F1 driving games.

The power supply unit is a bit large and unwieldy owing to the fact that it does put out a whopping 400 watts. It is shaped like a turbocharger which I thought was innovative. It comes with an included clamp with which you can fasten it to the table. It is pretty sturdy and is adequate for preventing movement during the most hectic racing situations.

It has good cooling with the help of a powerful fan which is relatively quiet compared to the other wheels in the roundup. If you’ve got your volume turned up, you’ll hardly notice the sound of the fan. This is definitely one of the best performance racing wheels we’ve come across. And we think you should get one of these if the high price is okay with you.

What you’ll love

  • Realistic dimensions feel great in the hand
  • Outstanding build quality
  • The base is modular; you can swap out different wheels
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    Effective heat removal from the back of the base

What you won’t

  • Really expensive
  • Not all buttons are easy to reach
  • Thought the paddles are metal, finish is not great

3. Thrustmaster VG TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition

If you’re looking for a wheel that is a step below in price compared to the Thrustmaster TS-XW and Fanatec wheels, this is a good product to get your hands on. There are certain limitations with it like 900 degrees of rotation, and the wheel isn’t Xbox branded. But apart from that, it is a fantastic performer. It is the Xbox equivalent of their popular T300 RS model, meaning it has a great pedigree.

The wheel feels good and weighty with good quality stitching inside. This can sometimes be a bit abrasive on your thumb, not too bad but something that you need to get used to. The T3PA 3-Pedal set is something that is good quality and feels solid given the wheel’s price point. The pedals are full-sized and spaced well so you should have no trouble with advanced moves like left foot braking.

That along with the TM Leather 28 GT 11” wheel makes this package worth more than just the sum of their parts. The included desk clamp is sturdy and can take the movement of the wheel along with the force feedback in its stride. It is also easy to set up and take apart which helps if you use your desk for productivity as well. The base is also reasonably grippy and can take a decent amount of forward force before coming loose. 

What you’ll love

  • Built to last, has contactless sensors
  • The force feedback is strong but quiet
  • Priced in the mid-range
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    Can change out wheels with a quick release system
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    Supports both Xbox One and PC with a firmware upgrade

What you won’t

  • Pedals are made of plastic and cannot be inverted

4. Logitech G920 Racing Wheel

This has been one of the best-selling wheels on the market for good reason. While this is priced reasonably, it offers a lot of features for the price. This goes head to head with the higher budget wheels from other brands. The G920 is a result of years of iteration starting from their earlier wheel models. As far as wheels from Logitech are concerned this is their best foot forward – it is a huge improvement from all their other models. Logitech has brought their A game when it comes to technology and the material used in this model. Let’s ease into it and find out what they’re giving us in the box.

The package contains a base unit which comes with the wheel attached and the pedal unit as well. The base unit comes with paddles for gear shifts, but if you want more realism, you could pick up the manual shifter that comes as an accessory. Let’s talk about each of the components in a bit more detail.

The wheel has a lot of knobs and buttons – everything you’d ever want from a serious racing wheel. All the controls are focused on the center of the wheel, so you’d have no problems reaching it. The wheel has spokes made of metal, so it feels sturdy and good to hold. Even the gearshift paddles are also made of metal which enhances the shifting experience. The weighty feel also helps during endurance races which are 4 or more hours long. Also, it is trimmed with genuine leather, so it feels good in the hands.

The pedals are also made of metal with rubber inserts for grip and feel good underfoot. They look sporty, and each pedal has variable resistance to simulate the feeling of real pedals accurately. It also has slip resistant rubber pads under the assembly, so it grips most surfaces pretty well.

The shifter accessory also feels good albeit a bit plasticky. But the problem is that some cars have more gears than on the shifter, so you might have to use the paddle shifters anyways.

The G920 is definitely one of the top-quality wheels out there. It offers rich feedback through the wheel with the help of high-quality motors. If you’re graduating from a gamepad, you might not be immediately quicker when you start but given time you’ll start nailing those apexes much better than with a gamepad. 

What you’ll love

  • Impressive build quality
  • 900 degrees of movement
  • 3-pedal set up out of the box
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    Two-year warranty
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    Strong force feedback but still quiet
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    Progressive feel with pedals

What you won’t

  • Shifter does not come bundled
  • The shifter has only six speeds, and not sequential
  • Pedals could’ve been more sensitive

5. Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel

This wheel from Thrustmaster is one of the best wheels when you’re looking at a budget offering. The Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel looks great, is built well for the money and offers a whole host of features not a lot of wheels in this budget do. Also, this is built to last and can definitely last you more than the average wheel in this price category.

This has a 240-degree rotation which is slightly less than our other budget wheel in this roundup, the HORI Overdrive. It is 11 inches across making this a 7:10 scale of the original Ferrari wheel. Resistance on the wheel is by ways of elastic bungee cord – this means that the resistance is linear and not very intuitive.

Thrustmaster’s entry-level FFB enabled wheel, the TMX, is almost double the price of this wheel. While it might not be the best wheel you’ve ever used, once you get underway you’d be surprised at how well the wheel improves your directional input especially if you’re coming from a gamepad.

The base of the unit is compact, and the mount is pretty sturdy with a good quality clamp that looks like it can take the strains of racing. The whole thing is pretty light, and so if you want to stow it away, you can easily do so. 

What you’ll love

  • Looks good with the red highlights
  • Comes at a great price
  • Can adjust pedals for height
  • Turns easier than other wheels
  • Doesn’t occupy much space

What you won’t

  • Doesn’t feel good – plasticky and cheap
  • No option for a 3rd pedal or to upgrade
  • No headphone jack
  • Linear resistance doesn’t feel great

6. HORI Racing Wheel Overdrive for Xbox One

If you are looking for a starter wheel that can fit a tight budget, then the HORI Racing Wheel Overdrive is something that you should definitely look at. It does not have force feedback, and its rotation angle is only 270 degrees. It comes with a 2-pedal set that is of average build quality and is pretty plasticky.

The wheel is 11 inches across and is a comfortable size when compared to other wheels in the same price bracket. The pedals have adequate gaps between them, but for some larger feet sizes, they can be a bit cramping. The clamps are sturdy, and because there is no FFB, it does a good job by offering a stable anchor point to use your wheel.

It is cheaper than the other wheels, but you have to understand that it’s not going to be the one you want to buy if you’re a hardcore sim-level racer. There are several aspects of this wheel that keep it from being a top-flight racing wheel like the 270-degree steering angle and the lack of clutch with the pedal set. But, if you’re looking for a good starter budget wheel, then you should definitely be considering this one. 

What you’ll love

  • Not very expensive
  • Doesn’t occupy a lot of space
  • Licensed by Microsoft for Xbox One

What you won’t

  • Feels like it’s built cheap
  • No table-clamp, suction cups don’t work on all surfaces
  • The brake pedal doesn’t have progressive resistance
  • Only works with Xbox One
  • No feedback to speak of
  • No clutch pedal

Conclusion

We hope to have given you a good view of your options for racing wheels as far as the Xbox side of it is concerned. All of the above wheels do work with your PC, so if that’s your cup of tea, you’d have no problems. We’ve tried to give you the best options at different prices, and you’d be best served to choose from these for your Xbox or your PC. Do let us know if you have questions in the comments section below. Now you can nail those apexes every time on your favorite racing game!

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