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Sim Racing Product Guides » Best PS5 Racing Wheel: Buyers Guide 2023
In this PS5 wheel guide we'll show you the best PS5 racing wheels. We'll look at the best budet, mid-range and premium PS5 racing wheels for 2023 from brands such as Logitech, Fanatec, Thrustmaster and more.
There is huge competition for the best steering wheel for PS5. Racing wheels such as the Logitech G923, Thrustmaster T248 and Fanatec GT DD Pro are all great options. This guide will show you the best racing wheel for PS5 in 2023.
When it comes to sim racing on PS5, it can be hard to find a sim racing wheel that is fully compatible with the latest PS5 console. With big racing games such as Gran Turismo 7 and F1 22 on PS5 in 2023, now is the perfect time to upgrade your PS5 steering wheel setup.
This guide will run you through which is the best PS5 steering wheel. I’ll only show you racing wheels that are compatible with PS5 consoles.
I’ll cover the best sim racing wheels across a range of budgets and brands, including popular brands Fanatec, Logitech and Thrustmaster.
PS5 owners had to wait a long time before Sony announced which peripherals would be compatible with the PS5. But when they did, many sim racers were pleased to hear that most PS4 steering wheels work on PS5.
Sony revealed in a statement back in 2020 that “speciality peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.”
With the knowledge that almost all racing wheels will continue to work on PS5 consoles, and big product announcements from brands such as Fanatec… Which PS5 steering wheel should you look to pick up for the next generation of racing games?
Below are our top picks for the best PS5 compatible steering wheels. I thought I’d drop this here in case you didn’t have time to read our complete guide below.
Best Budget Racing Wheel
Best Mid-Range Wheel
Fanatec GT DD Pro
Best Premium Racing Wheel
Fanatec Podium F1
Up to 2.2Nm
Up to 8Nm
Up to 20Nm
PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC
PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC
PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC
From £269 / $350
We have recently been treated by Fanatec to a brand new direct drive wheel bundle, the GT DD Pro. This is the long-anticipated PS5 compatible version of the popular CSL DD wheel base.
Fanatec made a huge splash with the launch of the CSL DD wheel base a few months ago, as it became the cheapest console-compatible direct drive wheel base on the market. And once it got into the hands of reviewers and sim racers, we all found out just how well the CSL DD performed.
The brand new PS5-compatible GT DD Pro takes this formula and adds full PS5 compatibility. Fanatec even worked alongside Polyphony Digital, the developer behind Gran Turismo to ensure this new racing wheel bundle works perfectly with Gran Turismo 7.
Read why the GT DD Pro is one of the best PS5-compatible racing wheels in our GT DD Pro in-depth guide.
Fanatec and Polyphony Digital have created a complete sim racing bundle with the GT DD Pro, offering a Gran Turismo licensed steering wheel, the PS5-compatible GT DD Pro wheel base, and a set of Fanatec CSL Pedals.
This bundle is currently the best PS5-compatible racing wheel bundle Fanatec offer. You can order the new GT DD Pro in a variety of formats. These start with the base bundle which includes the wheel base, steering wheel, pedals and table clamp.
The GT DD Pro wheel base is also available to purchase separately should you wish to buy the wheel base and steering wheel separately.
So if you’re after an all-in-one racing wheel and pedal bundle for your PS5 or a wheel base for your Fanatec setup, you won’t find much better than the GT DD Pro.
If you are truly serious about sim racing, and you fancy picking up the best racing wheel you can. Then you should look no further than the incredible Fanatec Podium F1 racing wheel.
This racing wheel uses a technology called direct drive, which produces the strongest, and most detailed force feedback on the market.
This outstanding force feedback, coupled with a stunningly high-quality steering wheel make for one hell of a good package.
The Fanatec Podium F1 racing wheel is PlayStation exclusive. Meaning Xbox owners are a little out of luck here. And it will 100% work with current generation PS4’s as well as next-gen PS5 consoles. This has been confirmed by Fanatec and Sony.
The Podium F1 racing wheel features one of the nicest steering wheels around. This wheel is fully inspired by Formula 1 wheels of today and is instantly recognisable as a racing wheel the first time you see it.
It features a wide range of buttons, dials and switches, just like real racing wheels do. This allows you to adjust a multitude of different car setup options while driving, without taking your hands off the wheel.
Connected to this stunning steering wheel is one of the best direct drive wheel bases money can buy.
And to this day, this wheel base is the only true plug and play direct drive wheel base that is compatible with PS5.
The direct drive technology inside the Podium F1 wheel base is capable of creating forces that exceed 20Nm! To put this in perspective, the Fanatec CSL Elite wheel base that we spoke about earlier only puts out 6Nm, and even that is enough to give your arms a workout!
And on top of the strength, the level of detail that you feel through the steering wheel is incredible. You will truly feel every connection your car has with the track. From small bumps to understeer, you will truly be at one with your car.
If you are looking for the absolute best racing wheel for PS5, go for the Fanatec Podium F1 racing wheel.
We have two fantastic PS5 F1 steering wheel recommendations for the best formula-style steering wheel. The McLaren GT3 V2 and the ClubSport Formula V2.5X.
The reason I have included two steering wheels for the best F1 steering wheel for PS5, is that both of these steering wheels are fantastic, but both sit at different price points.
The McLaren GT3 V2 is close to 50% of the price of the Formula V2.5X.
Both steering wheels wouldn’t look out of place in a real-world open-wheeled race car, and both feel great to race with. The Formula V2.5X does include a wider range of inputs and is built to a slightly higher quality. But both steering wheels excel within their respective price ranges.
The Formula V2.5X wheel is Fanatec’s ultimate formula-style racing wheel. It takes the outstanding base that the Formula V2 set, and improves on it.
There is a new colourway for this upgraded wheel, which sports a classy all-black appearance. Fanatec has also changed the handle material from Alcantara to perforated leather. This has been a highly requested change by many sim racers, and it should improve overall durability.
There is also the inclusion of magnetic paddles which greatly improve the shifts when compared to the older wheel. And there’s the inclusion of an exchangeable V1 quick-release. This will allow sim racers to upgrade to the quick-release V2 once it releases soon.
With all of these features, the Formula V2.5X is one of the best PS5 F1 steering wheels available in 2023.
The new and improved Fanatec CSL Elite McLaren GT3 V2 is a marvellous steering wheel that is completely PS5 compatible. It is extremely well priced, looks and feels good, and this new model improves on the old wheel in almost every way!
So with that said, let’s look a little closer to why this is the best all-around steering wheel for PS5.
Let’s get the compatibility out of the way first. This McLaren GT3 V2 wheel is fully compatible with both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. And, it’s also compatible with every current Fanatec wheel base.
The original McLaren GT3 wheel was great however, the improvements that Fanatec has made put this wheel in a class of its own.
Starting with the shifters, the new and improved paddles and dual-clutch system comprises of a single piece of metal that runs across both sides of the wheel. It feels positive every time you upshift or downshift and utilises a push-pull mechanism. This allows you to shift up and down with one hand. Perfect for when you need a mid-endurance race drink!
Just underneath the paddle shifters are two additional individual paddles that can be used as a dual clutch.
Then there is the upgraded screen which is now using modern OLED technology. It displays a bright white readout of elements such as your speed, RPM and more.
And then there are completely new features such as a new quick-release system. The old quick release system wasn’t so quick as you needed a tool to use it.
The new quick-release allows you to attach or detach this wheel completely by hand.
The final point I want to touch on is the price. This wheel is very competitively priced at under $200. In fact, it’s one of the cheapest wheel rims Fanatec manufacture today.
As well as Sony confirming that this wheel will work on both PS4 and PS5, Fanatec themselves have also confirmed that their current lineup of PlayStation compatible wheels will work with next-gen consoles. This allows us to buy a PS5 steering wheel with the confidence that it will work well.
When it comes to shopping for the cheapest PS5 steering wheel, you have a few options. Mainly from sim racing experts Logitech and Thrustmaster. Both of these manufacturers have good quality, low budget PS5 racing wheels for sale.
Although out of the two, we would look at the brand spanking new Logitech G923. This wheel is an evolution of the already great Logitech G29 and brings a few new features to the table.
Firstly, it is the newest wheel on our list, so you can guarantee compatibility with the new generation of consoles.
Then, there is Logitech’s new Trueforce feature. This essentially adds a rumble to the wheel itself to simulate chassis vibration. We’ve tried this out on current-gen consoles, and although it isn’t a game-changer, it’s a nice touch.
If you aren’t too familiar with racing wheel lingo. Logitech’s wheels are the only racing wheels on the market to utilise gear driving force feedback. This means that there are a few gears inside the wheel base which are responsible for the force feedback in the wheel itself.
And gear force feedback isn’t as smooth as belt-driven force feedback, (which the Fanatec CSL Elite above uses). This means that the force feedback isn’t as detailed when compared to Fanatec wheels, hence why it is more of a beginner racing wheel.
Don’t get me wrong, the force feedback in the G923 is still decent for its price range. And when coupled with the lovely design of the wheel itself, makes this a super strong contender for the best budget racing wheel on the market.
Plus, once again, both Sony and Logitech have confirmed that the Logitech G923 is compatible with PS5 consoles.
You may have noticed that so far we haven’t included a Thrustmaster product in our PS5 steering wheel recommendations. The reason for this is purely down to how good some wheels from other brands currently are. Logitech have you covered for the best entry-level PS5 steering wheel, and Fantaec has a variety of options as you move up the price range.
However, Thrustmaster has recently released a new racing wheel which has the potential to give the Logitech G923 a run for its money. That racing wheel is the Thrustmaster T248.
The recently released Thrustmaster T248 offers stronger force feedback than the Logitech G923 via a hybrid force feedback system. Rather than using gears to translate force feedback from the motor to the steering wheel, the T248 utilises both gears and a belt in a system they call Hybrid Drive.
This does work well and manages to beat the Logitech G923 in the force feedback strength category. The T248 also includes a few nice features in its design too.
There is a screen implanted directly onto the wheel itself. This can portray a wide range of telemetry including speed, revs and more. This is a really nice touch and one which is rarely found on racing wheels at this price point.
The Thrustmaster T248 is also completely compatible with PS4 and PS5 consoles. It is plug and play, so simply requires a few wires to be connected between the pedals and wheel base. Then it connects directly to your PS5 with a single USB cable.
While the Thrustmaster T248 does slightly beat the Logitech G923 in its overall performance, I do think the quality of design and finish still lies with the G923. Whichever racing wheel you prefer, both the T248 and G923 offer great console racing performance at a reasonable price.
If you’re looking for your perfect PS5 steering wheel, there are a few key areas to keep an eye on when browsing different options. These key elements will dictate the feature set of the wheel you buy, and can drastically change your overall experience with the wheel.
Force feedback is the term given to the forces that the racing wheel generates. These are created to simulate the real forces that you’d feel in a real-world car. Force feedback will send forces from the motor inside the wheel base to the steering wheel.
It can generate a huge range of forces, from road surface bumps through to the weight of your car as you steer at speed. Good force feedback is one of the most important parts of a racing wheel. It will dictate how much information you receive from your steering wheel, and how strong and detailed that information is.
The more force feedback detail that you feel, the better you will be able to react to what is happening in-game.
Force feedback is measured in NM (Newton-metre) with this value dictating how strong the torque generated is. Stronger amounts of torque result in a racing wheel that can send more force through to your steering wheel. This will make the steering wheel turn with more power.
Entry-level racing wheels such as the Logitech G923 generate around 2.5Nm of torque. This is enough to feel the basic forces that are being felt through your car.
Mid-level racing wheels such as the Fanatec CSL DD and GT DD Pro generate around 5-8Nm of torque. This is strong enough for a lot of sim racers. This will portray most of the forces felt in-game to a strong level.
High-end racing wheels such as the Podium F1 and Simucube racing wheels can generate over 20Nm of torque. This amount of torque is strong enough to give you a true workout while racing.
Direct drive technology is the term given to racing wheels where the motor is directly connected to the steering column. Direct drive technology is generally found in higher-end racing wheels and is seen as the pinnacle of sim racing wheel technology.
When racing with a direct drive racing wheel, you’ll feel stronger forces and more detail from your wheel. There are fewer areas for force feedback detail to be lost in between the motor and steering wheel.
Lower cost racing wheels generally use belts, pulleys and gears to transfer the force feedback from the motor to the steering wheel. These allow for the motor to be smaller, using the gears and belts to upscale the strength.
Belt and gear racing wheels are commonly seen as worse than direct drive as you don’t have a true 1:1 connection with the motor. Some force feedback detail can be lost in the gears and belts that sit between the motor and steering wheel. However smaller motors lead to lower prices.
Your wheels rotation refers to the amount that your steering wheel will turn from side to side. In a real-world road car, your steering lock (degrees of rotation) is normally 1080 degrees. This means you have 3 full turns from lock to lock when rotating your steering wheel.
Race cars differ can differ in the amount of steering lock they use. Formula 1 cars for example only have around 360 degrees of rotation. This means the wheel turns once from lock to lock. This is designed so the driver avoids taking their hands off the steering wheel.
Sim racing wheels come with different steering locks. Generally, budget steering wheels can come with only 360 degrees of rotation while more premium wheels can have unlimited rotation.
The Hori Apex racing wheel for example has just 270 degrees of rotation. This means that you have much less range of motion, giving you less precise control. It also isn’t overly immersive, especially if you are racing a road car or drifting for example where much higher steering rotation is required.
Whichever racing wheel you opt for, try to ensure it has a minimum of 900 degrees of rotation. Most PS5 racing wheels meet these criteria, while many have 1080 degrees of rotation and some have unlimited rotation.
With many racing wheels, you can connect additional peripherals such as gear shifters and handbrakes. These add to the levels of immersion that you experience. Shifting manually with a H-pattern shifter and clutch can increase your levels of control as well as immersion. And handbrakes are crucial if you are drifting or rallying.
Most racing wheel bases have connection ports on the rear of the wheel base where these additional peripherals can be connected to. For most brands, adding an additional peripheral is as simple as connecting it to the wheel base and mounting the peripheral to your sim rig.
In most cases, you will require these additional peripherals to be from the same brand as your racing wheel. If you have a Logitech G923 for example, only a Logitech shifter will be compatible. And if you race with a Fanatec CSL DD wheel base, only a Fanatec shifter will be directly compatible on PS5.
If you’re sim racing on PC you do have the option of mixing peripherals from different brands as they can all be directly connected to your PC via USB. However, on PS5 we don’t have that option.
As mentioned above in the peripherals section, compatibility is a key thing to check when combining products from different brands. This is also something to look out for when shopping for a racing wheel.
Not all racing wheels are directly compatible with PS5 consoles. Some racing wheels are Xbox compatible while most are PC compatible. Both Xbox and PS5 consoles utilise different internal software and architecture, making cross-compatibility is tricky.
If you’re shopping for a PS5 racing wheel, ensure that it is 100% compatible with your PlayStation console. Some racing wheels such as the Logitech G923 come in two forms, an Xbox version and a PlayStation version.
Finally, price is possibly one of the more important aspects when shopping for a racing wheel. Different wheels from different brands carry vastly different price tags. You can find budget racing wheels from just £100 / $100, all the way up to premium racing wheels costing £1000 / $1000 upwards.
The difference between budget and premium racing wheels is normally the features that are included as well as the overall build quality. Super budget racing wheels such as the Hori Apex don’t offer important features such as force feedback.
The key point is to limit yourself to a budget that you feel comfortable with. Sim racing can be an expensive hobby, but ensure you’re comfortable with the amount you’re spending.
Knowing exactly what you are looking for when buying a racing wheel is important. Sim racing wheels come in a huge variety. They vary across a wide range of prices from very affordable up to extremely expensive. And steering wheels also offer a range of different features.
All of these differences can make a huge difference to your overall racing experience. So knowing what you are shopping for can help you narrow down your options. This will make the shopping process much simpler as you can immediately rule out a large number of racing wheels.
Often, your buying decisions can come down to your budget, with the main aim being to maximise the performance of your racing wheel within the budget you have.
If budget isn’t an overly important factor, and you’d simply like the best PS5 racing wheel you can buy, then that’s a great position to be in. There are a few options for the best money no object racing wheel, but ultimately it has to be the Fanatec Podium F1.
The Fanatec Podium F1 racing wheel is a PS5 compatible F1 style racing wheel that offers extreme performance. It doesn’t come with pedals included, so you will have to purchase them separately. But Fanatec offers some great sim racing pedals that are also PS5 compatible.
Best racing wheel in this scenario – Fanatec Podium F1
If you predominantly race the F1 games such as F1 22, you can look at PS5 racing wheels that emulate the same look and feel as real Formula 1 wheels. There are plenty of F1-style racing wheel options across a range of different budgets.
The Fanatec Podium F1 mentioned above is a great Formula 1 licensed product, however, it sits right at the top of the premium end. Then there is the F1 Esports V2 steering wheel that is also licensed by Formula 1 and compatible with PS5.
However, there is one steering wheel that is a must-have if you are an F1 fan. The Thrustmaster SF1000 steering wheel is a replica of the 2020 Ferrari F1 steering wheel used by Sebastian Vettel.
Best racing wheel in this scenario – Thrustmaster SF1000
If you are a casual sim racer and like to race games occasional for fun, you can look at steering wheels that are more budget-friendly, and easily compatible. Having a racing wheel that is easy to set up and plug and play is key. Especially if you plan to pack your wheel away when not in use.
Steering wheels such as the Logitech G923 and Thrustmaster T248 are perfect for this situation. Both are PS5 compatible racing wheels, both come with pedals and are plug and play compatible with your console.
The difference between the two products isn’t huge. Both wheels offer comparable force feedback, with the T248 providing slightly smoother force feedback. Your choice comes down to personal preference.
If budget is the key decision when looking at buying a PS5 racing wheel, both of the options mentioned above are solid choices. The Thrustmaster T248 and Logitech G923 offer immersive sim racing at a low price.
There are racing wheels that are cheaper than these such as the Hori Apex or Thrustmaster T80, however, neither of these steering wheels offer force feedback. Both of them sit below the £100 / $100 mark and are the most budget-friendly PS5 racing wheels you can buy.
But the lack of force feedback will make racing with them a less than immersive experience. You won’t feel the car through the steering wheel without force feedback and may find it difficult to race at speed with these wheels. I would recommend trying to stretch to the Logitech G923 or T248 racing wheels as they are so much better. But if budget is the deciding factor, then the Hori Apex is possibly the cheapest racing wheel you can buy for PS5.
Best racing wheel in this scenario – Hori Apex
If you don’t fancy any of the three racing wheels above, or you are just interested to see if your current racing wheel will be PS5 compatible. Check out the list below of every racing wheel that is compatible with PS5 at launch.
|Racing Wheel||PS5 Compatible?||Price|
|Logitech G923 / G29||✅||Check Price|
|Logitech Pro Racing Wheel||✅||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster T128||✅||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster T248||✅||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster T150||✅||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster TMX||❌||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster T300||✅||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster TX||❌||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster T-GT||✅||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster TS-XW||❌||Check Price|
|Thrustmaster T818||❌||Check Price|
|Fanatec CSL Elite V1.1||❌||Check Price|
|Fanatec CSL Elite +||✅||Check Price|
|Fanatec ClubSport||❌||Check Price|
|Fanatec DD1||❌||Check Price|
|Fanatec DD2||❌||Check Price|
|Fanatec GT DD Pro||✅||Check Price|
|Fanatec CSL DD||❌||Check Price|
|Fanatec Podium F1||✅||Check Price|
Sony and PlayStation confirmed in a press release shortly before the release of the PS5 that all current PS4 racing wheels will be compatible with PS5. This includes working with backwards compatible PS4 software.
See the image below for the full announcement of PS4 racing wheels working with PS5 consoles.
Both Fanatec and Thrustmaster have official Gran Turismo licensed racing wheels which are PS5 compatible.
This question depends on your budget and end goal. The Logitech G923 is a fantastic budget racing wheel, while the Fanatec GT DD Pro is an awesome higher-end racing wheel.
Sony confirmed that all PS4 racing wheels and other peripherals will continue to work with PS5.
Almost all PS5 racing wheels will connect to your console by a simply USB connection. This normally runs from the rear of the wheel base to your console. Then pedals and shifters will connect directly to your wheel base.
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