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Sim Racing Product Guides » Best Xbox Series X Racing Wheel: Buyers Guide 2023
This guide looks at the best Xbox racing wheels that you can buy in 2023. I'll run through a range of budgets from the most budget friendly wheel to the best premium racing wheel for Xbox.
The Xbox Series X and Series S have been around for a while now. With racing titles such as Forza Horizon, Forza Motorsport, Assetto Corsa Competizione and the F1 games all playable on Xbox, it begs the question. Which sim racing wheel is best for Xbox Series X and Series S?
This guide will run through the most popular Xbox Series X compatible racing wheels, and give you our recommendation for best racing wheel for Xbox Series X.
Microsoft released a statement quite early on before the Xbox Series X launched. It stated that almost all peripherals that work with Xbox One consoles will continue to work with next gen consoles (Xbox Series X|S).
This was a huge relief to those who have already invested heavily in high end racing wheels such as those from Fanatec and Thrustmaster. And it was also great news for new sim racers who were looking to pick up a racing wheel that will work with both generations of Xbox console.
There is a large selection of very good racing wheels which are Xbox compatible. Including some Xbox exclusive wheels which aren’t compatible with PS5 consoles.
But before you see which wheels are compatible, let’s take a look at the racing wheels that we would recommend for Xbox Series X.
Just a note, all of the racing wheels in this guide are compatible with both the more powerful Xbox Series X, and the budget-friendly Xbox Series S.
If you are a sim racer who is looking to upgrade from a base spec racing wheel into something a little special, then Fanatec is your way to go. Fanatec produces the best racing wheels available on the market, and caters for a wide range of budgets and technology.
While there isn’t an Xbox specific bundle available, you can create your own racing wheel setup by purchasing each part of the setup individually. You’ll need a wheel base (the part which creates the force feedback) and a steering wheel.
I would recommend the Fanatec CSL DD wheel base, along with the McLaren GT3 V2 steering wheel.
The CSL DD wheel base is Fanatec’s most budget-friendly racing wheel, however, it packs a serious punch. It includes a direct drive motor capable of outputting 8Nm of torque.
When it launched, the CSL DD became the first ever direct drive racing wheel under £/$500. And for that reason it sold out instantly. It became one of Fanatec’s best selling products and is still highly rated in 2023.
You will struggle to reach the same levels of performance on offer from the CSL DD with any other racing wheel within it’s price range. And for that reason, it is without a doubt the best all-around Xbox racing wheel.
The steering wheel that I’d recommend to complete this Xbox racing wheel is the Fanatec McLaren GT3 V2. Much like the CSL DD, the McLaren GT3 V2 wheel is one of the most budget-friendly Fanatec steering wheels,. This ensures that this Xbox racing wheel bundle doesn’t become too expensive.
Despite its low price tag, the McLaren GT3 V2 is a replica of the steering wheel used in the McLaren GT3 race cars. It features a range of inputs as well as a front-facing OLED screen and magnetic paddle shifters.
This steering wheel is officially Xbox compatible, and comes in an Xbox branded box. Despite this, some of the inputs such as the rotary encoders won’t work on Xbox consoles.
This isn’t an issue just with Fanatec wheels. Unfortunately due to Xbox’s restrictive software, no external peripheral with additional inputs will fully work, and that includes wheels from Fanatec, Thrustmaster, Logitech and more.
All face buttons, and shifters on this steering wheel will work correctly on Xbox, allowing you to configure the McLaren GT3 V2 wheel with some working inputs.
As a whole, this Xbox compatible racing wheel setup is a great option for any sim racer looking for a good mid range racing wheel. And once you are in the Fanatec ecosystem, you have a lot of opportunities to customise your setup.
And finally, all of Fanatec’s racing wheels have been confirmed to be compatible with Xbox Series X and Series S.
In our PS5 racing wheel buyers guide, we included the sublime Fanatec Podium F1 direct drive wheel. Unfortunately, that exact wheel isn’t fully Xbox compatible.
But don’t fear, as you can purchase almost the exact same direct drive racing wheel which is Xbox Series X compatible! The DD1 wheel base is the exact one used in the Podium F1 bundle, and can be purchased individually.
If you buy the DD1 indidivudally it is completely Xbox compatible. When paired with a steering wheel such as the Formula V2.5X, your whole setup is ready to race on Xbox.
The DD1 wheel base is one of the most powerful direct drive racing wheels on the market. And along with the huge power output, it also offers an immense amount of force feedback detail.
If you are looking for the creme de la creme of racing wheel bases, you can’t get too much better than the Fanatec DD1.
Paired with this is the outstanding Formula V2.5X wheel.
This wheel is a monster! It features a huge amount of buttons, switches and toggles to allow you full customisability even while racing.
As standard, the steering wheel features magnetic shifters and hall sensors, making every shift feel positive and realistic.
The only real downside of this direct drive racing wheel, (other than the price) is that this bundle doesn’t include a pedal set. Meaning unless you already have a Fanatec compatible pedal set, you will need to budget an extra cost on top of this racing wheel.
But as a whole, you really can’t beat this racing wheel combo when it comes to immersion and realism.
Throw in the guaranteed compatibility with all modern Xbox consoles including the Xbox Series X and Series S. This is one hell of a good offering.
If you are shopping for the best budget racing wheel, no wheel gets recommended more than Logitech’s G923.
Logitech has been king of the budget racing wheel for over a decade now. With previous racing wheels such as the G25 and G27 being huge successes.
The latest Logitech racing wheel, the G923, is an upgrade on the five year old G29. And it offers a few small improvements, mainly on the brake pedal, and Logitech’s new Trueforce feature.
These improvements have been very well received, and add to what was already a solid budget racing wheel.
The Logitech G923 package comes with both a racing wheel and pedal set. Allowing you to get up and running straight away, without the need for any other peripherals.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can always purchase the add-on shifter to give you full H-pattern and clutch capabilities. And we would recommend doing so, especially if you are a fan of slower track and GT cars.
Overall, you wont find a wheel as polished as the Logitech G923 within this price range. Meaning this is our favourite pick for a low end racing wheel. In fact we still have a G923 which we periodically use!
And, just like Fanatec wheels, the Logitech G923 is fully compatible with Xbox Series X and Series S.
If you simply want to check whether your current existing racing wheel will be compatible with the new Xbox Series X and S. Check out our full racing wheel compatibility guide, showing every mainstream racing wheel which is Xbox Series X compatible.
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