The Fanatec Ecosystem Explained – Complete Guide 2021
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The PlayStation 5 era is upon us. But does this mean we all need to buy new wheels? I run through which wheels you can use with the PS5, and which wheels are the best with PS5.
The next generation of console is upon us, and with that comes a whole host of powerful new racing games. We may not be getting any true next gen racing games at launch, but upcoming games such as F1 2021, Forza 8 and Gran Turismo 7 will soon be making their debut.
And that begs the question. Which racing wheels are compatible with PlayStation 5, and which is the best PS5 racing wheel. In this guide, we’ll try to answer both of those questions.
PlayStation 5 owners had to wait a long time before Sony announced which peripherals would be compatible with the PlayStation 5. But when they did, many sim racers were pleased to hear that most current gen racing wheels will be compatible.
With the knowledge that almost all racing wheels will continue to work on next gen consoles. Which wheel should you look to pick up for the next generation of racing games?
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 F1 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 work out!
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.
Update – Previously we recommended the CSL Elite McLaren GT3 V2 racing wheel as the best all rounder for PS5. However, the McLaren GT3 V2 is no longer available to purchase from Fanatec directly. So we have updated this section of the guide to a new wheel which Fanatec have just released, the ClubSport Formula V2.5.
The newly released Formula V2.5 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 have 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 a exchangeable V1 quick-release. This will allow sim racers to upgrade to the quick-release V2 once it releases soon.
You can read our original text on why I previously chose the CSL Elite McLaren GT3 V2 below. I will leave this text here in case the McLaren GT3 V2 comes back in stock.
The new and improved Fanatec CSL Elite McLaren GT3 V2 is a marvellous wheel, whichever way you look at it. 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-round 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 have made put this wheel in a class of its own.
Starting with the shifters, the new and improved paddles and dual clutch system features a single piece of metal. 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!
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 is completely new features such as a all 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 CSL Elite wheel bases will work with next gen consoles. Allowing us to buy with confidence.
The McLaren GT3 V2 wheel above is a fantastic racing wheel, however it is purchased separate from a wheel base. This means to use it you’ll also need to purchase a wheel base from Fanatec such as the CSL Elite or ClubSport wheel base.
If you don’t fancy purchasing your PS5 racing wheel separately, then this bundle below is probably your best bet.
The Fanatec CSL Elite F1 Set contains everything you need to go racing. Along with both the CSL Elite wheel base (which is one of the best budget/mid-range wheel bases on the market), you get the CSL Elite Pedals and the F1 Esport steering wheel.
The steering wheel itself is fully licensed by Formula 1 and has been used across a whole host of Esports events. That shows you just how good this steering wheel is.
The CSL Elite wheel base itself is Fanatec’s entry level wheel base, however entry level doesn’t do it justice. This wheel base is vastly superior to many other racing wheel bases, and performs extremely well.
It delivers much more powerful force feedback compared to budget wheels such as the Logitech G923. And the force feedback quality is extremely sharp, thanks to Fanatec’s belt-driven technology.
This bundle is completely licensed for PS5, meaning all you have to do is unpack it, plug everything in, and it will be instantly compatible with your PlayStation console.
So if you’re after an all in one racing wheel and pedal bundle for your PS5, you wont find many better than this.
When it comes to shopping for a racing wheel on a budget, you have a few options. Mainly from sim racing experts Logitech and Thrustmaster. Both of these manufacturers have good quality, low budget 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.
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|
|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|
|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 Podium F1||✅||Check Price|