Best Racing Wheels For F1 23: Xbox, PS5 & PC
The best wheel for F1 23 can help improve your lap time and increase immeserion. In this guide, we've rounded up the best sim racing wheels for F1 23 on Xbox, PlayStation and PC across a range of budgets.
What are the best racing wheels for F1 23?
Our recommended racing wheels for F1 23 are; Logitech G923 for the best budget wheel. The Fanatec CSL DD + Formula V2.5X steering wheel for Xbox. The Fanatec GT DD Pro + F1 Esports V2 for PS4 and PS5. And the Moza Racing R9 + FSR Steering Wheel for PC. Continue reading below to find out why each of these wheels beats out the competition as the best wheels for F1 22 in each category, the best budget, mid-range and premium racing wheels for F1 23 on Xbox, PS5 and PC.
F1 23 is nearing ever closer, we have a complete track list and our best guess at a full car list. While F1 23 is a great game for racing with a controller, it becomes even more immersive when you start racing F1 23 with a racing wheel.
The best wheel for F1 23 not only increases immersion but can also give you a competitive advantage. A racing wheel gives sim racers much finer levels of control when attacking the corners in F1 23.
In this guide, I’ll take a deep look at the very best racing wheels for F1 23 on Xbox, PS5 and PC. I’ll also show you the best budget racing wheels for F1 23, along with the best premium wheels.
Best Racing Wheels For F1 23
Many will choose either an Xbox or PS5 console to race F1 23 on, so I’ll provide our recommendation for the best racing wheel on both of these platforms as well as on PC.
Each console and platform has different racing wheels that are compatible, meaning the best Xbox racing wheel won’t be the same as the best PS5 racing wheel.
I’ll also cover a range of budget categories, and provide our recommendation for the best budget F1 23 racing wheel, the best mid-range option, and the absolute best premium racing wheel you can buy in 2023.
Best Steering Wheel For Xbox & PS5
TLDR: Before I delve too far into looking at the best steering wheels and racing wheels for F1 23 in detail, I want to quickly show you the best racing wheel bases for F1 23 on Xbox, PS5 and PC.
With each of the direct drive wheel bases above, you can use a wide range of steering wheels. There is a very good selection of F1-style steering wheels for the Fanatec and MOZA wheel bases recommended above.
Below are my three recommended steering wheels for F1 23 that are compatible with the wheel bases above. Keep reading for a much more in-depth look at the best racing wheels for F1 23.
Best Racing Wheel For Xbox & PS5
Below are the best wheel bases for each console. The wheel bases below all require an additional steering wheel to function, which I’ll recommend below.
Each of the recommended wheel bases below offers the perfect balance between budget and performance. If you fancy looking for more powerful racing wheels for F1 23, take a look at our recommended premium wheel.
Best Racing Wheel For Every Budget
I next want to take a look at the best wheels for F1 23 across a range of budgets. I’ll show you our budget racing wheel recommendation, along with our mid-range recommendation and which high-end wheel we would recommend. I’ll also steer away from recommending any of the wheels I’ve already talked about above.
I will look at each wheel in detail, giving you the exact reasons why I recommend each one. But before I do, here is a snapshot of the best racing wheels for each budget range.
Best Budget Wheel
Best Mid-Range Wheel
Thrustmaster T300RS + Ferrari SF1000
Best Premium Wheel
Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel 25Nm
Up to 2.2Nm
Up to 3.9Nm
Up to 25Nm
PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC
PS4, PS5, PC
From £560 / $650
Best Racing Wheel For F1 23 PS5/PS4
Our F1 23 PS5/PS4 Recommendation
When it comes to the best F1 23 racing wheel for PS5 and PS4, we’re sticking with Fanatec. Currently, there aren’t any other PS5 compatible racing wheels that compete with the quality of performance that the Fanatec GT DD Pro offers.
Not only is the GT DD Pro one of the very best wheels for F1 23 on PS5, the steering wheel I’m going to recommend, the F1 Esports V2, is officially licensed by Formula 1 for Esports competition.
For more recommendations for the best PS5 racing wheels, read our complete guide on the best PS5 racing wheel.
Best PS5 Wheel base – Fanatec GT DD Pro
When Fanatec released the CSL DD, and sim racers found out it was only compatible with Xbox and PC, the most common question across all of sim racing quickly became, when will there be a PlayStation version of the CSL DD?
Well, sim racers didn’t have to wait too long before Fanatec revealed the GT DD Pro. This wheel base looks different from the CSL DD, but keeps the same exterior size and internal architecture. And being a PlayStation-compatible racing wheel, it also carries the Gran Turismo name (Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro).
The GT DD Pro was released along with an official Gran Turismo racing wheel and it was marketed as the best racing wheel for Gran Turismo 7.
Inside the different exterior design is an almost identical internal architecture, which is capable of producing the same amount of torque as the CSL DD. This quickly allowed it to become one of the very best PS5 racing wheels around. This was compounded by the lack of any other PlayStation 5 compatible direct drive wheels (other than Fanatec’s own premium Podium F1 wheel).
In 2023, things haven’t changed too much in the PS5 sim racing space. And the Fanatec GT DD Pro still remains as one of the best wheels on PS5, and it’s ideal for F1 23.
Best PS5 Steering wheel – F1 Esports V2
As mentioned above in our F1 23 Xbox wheel recommendation, the Formula V2.5X is compatible with PS5 as well as Xbox. This gives sim racers the option of choosing that steering wheel and pairing it with the GT DD Pro wheel on PlayStation.
However, I also wanted to recommend a different steering wheel for F1 23 on PS5. And that wheel is a more budget friendly wheel, the Fanatec F1 Esports V2.
The F1 Esports is a wheel that has been around for a few years and was used in official F1 Esports competitions. The upgraded V2 added a few improvements including upgraded magnetic shifters, an interchangeable quick release and revised software.
The simpler form factor of the F1 Esports V2 allows it to look slightly more elegant and less cluttered than the Formula V2.5X. This design style will appeal to many sim racers and has allowed it to be one of the most popular steering wheels on PlayStation.
Much like the Formula V2.5X, the F1 Esports V2 wheel features a range of inputs (just not quite as many). Inputs are limited to push buttons and joysticks spread across the face of the steering wheel, allowing you to adjust in-game settings on the fly.
Best Racing Wheel For F1 23 Xbox Series X|S
Our F1 23 Xbox Recommendation
Delving into our first F1 23 wheel recommendation, I’ll start by taking a look at the best Xbox wheel for F1 23. Xbox sim racers have a wide range of racing wheels to choose from.
There are great budget racing wheels for Xbox such as the Logitech G923 or the Thrustmaster T248. Then there are higher-powered direct drive wheels such as the Fanatec DD1 and the Logitech Pro Racing Wheel.
Our recommended racing wheel for Xbox though is the mighty Fanatec CSL DD wheel base, combined with the brilliant Fanatec Formula V2.5X steering wheel.
This combination provides one of the best mid-range direct drive racing wheels capable of producing fantastic force feedback. And it is paired with one of the best looking and most immersive Formula 1 styled steering wheels, the Formula V2.5X.
Best Xbox wheel base – Fanatec CSL DD
The Fanatec CSL DD is one of the best (and cheapest) direct drive racing wheels available in 2023. Fanatec really started the trend of smaller direct drive wheel bases with the launch of the CSL DD a few years ago.
Due to the CSL DD being one of the first affordable, and Xbox-compatible direct drive wheel bases available, it quickly become a success. It sold out incredibly quickly and was widely regarded as the new era of budget-friednly direct drive wheel bases.
In its base form, the CSL DD produces 5Nm of torque which is more than most budget-friendly racing wheels. You can also increase the strength of the force feedback by opting for the additional boost kit, which increases the strength to 8Nm.
At 8Nm, this wheel base hits a real sweet spot in terms of force feedback performance. It features an incredibly small form factor, allowing it to be desk mounted or mounted to a sim rig.
Now we’re in 2023, the Fanatec CSL DD is back in stock and available to purchase after a long period of no stock being available. Being just in time for the release of F1 23, the Fanatec CSL DD remains one of the best Xbox racing wheel options.
Best Xbox steering wheel – Formula V2.5X
When picking up a wheel base such as the Fanatec CSL DD, you will also need to purchase a steering wheel to use with the wheel base (The Fanatec CSL DD doesn’t come with a steering wheel). You will also have to ensure that the steering wheel you choose is compatible with both the wheel base and your Xbox console.
The steering wheel I’m recommending is the Fanatec Formula V2.5X. This is one of the best formula-style steering wheels in 2023, and is ideal for racing F1 23 on Xbox.
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The Formula V2.5X is an iteration of the ever popular Formula V2 (as you can probably tell from the name). It features a wide range of inputs such as buttons, rotary encoders, joysticks and more. And it is designed to pretty much perfection. The only thing this wheel is really preventing it from being the perfect F1 steering wheel is a large screen!
Out of the box, the Formula V2.5X will work perfectly with the Fanatec CSL DD wheel base, and it will also work with a range of other Fanatec wheel bases including those designed for PS5. It is completely compatible with Xbox consoles, meaning it’ll work right away and should be recognised in most Xbox racing games including F1 23.
The only negative about using this steering wheel with an Xbox console is that some of the inputs won’t work on console. In fact, this is an issue that plagues every single Xbox-compatible racing wheel available. Xbox’s architecture simply doesn’t allow for additional inputs outside of the buttons you find on an Xbox controller to work. This means that some buttons and encoders won’t work on F1 23 on Xbox, but they will on PC and PS5.
Despite this downfall, the Formula V2.5X remains one of the best F1 23 wheels available across all platforms, especially Xbox.
Best Racing Wheel For F1 23 PC
Our F1 23 PC Recommendation
When moving on to PC and away from Xbox and PlayStation consoles, sim racers get a much wider range of products to choose from. Compatibility isn’t as limited as it is on a console, and there are many more brands offering sim racing products.
When racing F1 23 on PC, you have access to a wide range of extremely powerful direct drive racing wheels. These include wheels from Simucube, SimXperience and more.
But the racing wheel I’m recommending isn’t an extremely powerful high-end wheel. I’m sticking within the sweet spot of around 8-10Nm of torque as this is the strength that the majority of sim racers recommend racing at.
The wheel I’m recommending is the MOZA Racing R9 and the FSR steering wheel. This combination features possibly one of the very best F1-style steering wheels available in 2023.
MOZA Racing R9
Racing Wheel – MOZA R9
Compatibility – PC
Price – £409/$439
Where to buy – Buy from MOZA
I’m going to start by talking about the wheel base. The MOZA R9 is a direct competitor for other mid-range direct drive wheel bases that sit around 8-10Nm in strength. This category includes both the CSL DD and GT DD Pro from Fanatec, the Thrustmaster T818 and the Logitech Pro Racing wheel.
But above all of them, I would recommend the MOZA R9. It was the third wheel base ever released by MOZA, but it features amazing levels of force feedback performance, right in the sweet spot at 9Nm. And it includes one of the best lineups of compatible steering wheels.
When you boot up F1 23, the MOZA R9 will be recognised right away, and after a little bit of configuration and calibration, you’ll be ready to race around the streets of Monaco or the twists and turns of Suzuka.
One benefit of a MOZA wheel, is that the MOZA Pit House software that controls the force feedback of the wheel is brilliant. You can adjust almost every aspect of your wheel from the overall strength, to the weight of the wheel, down to adjusting how your wheel behaves at individual frequencies.
In fact, the MOZA R9 is so high up on my recommendation list, that despite having the option of racing with a much more powerful wheel base, I’ve been using the MOZA R9 as my main sim racing wheel for over a year.
MOZA Racing FSR Steering Wheel
Steering Wheel – MOZA FSR Wheel
Compatibility – PC
Price – £579/$579
Where to buy – Buy from MOZA
Thanks to the MOZA Quick Release Adapter, you can mount a wide range of racing wheels to your MOZA R9 wheel base. But MOZA themselves do sell one of the best formula-style steering wheels, and that wheel is what I would recommend for F1 23.
The MOZA FSR wheel is a masterpiece of design. It is an evolution of the MOZA GS wheel, featuring a similar input layout on the front of the wheel. However, it includes a large screen in the center, much like real-world F1 cars.
This screen is capable of producing real-time telemetry, and can be displayed in a layout which mirrors the steering wheels in F1 23. You can see how much overtake ERS you are using, your current lap time, tyre temperatures and more all from the screen on the steering wheel. This allows you to disable a lot of the HUD in F1 23, allowing for one of the most immersive experiences possible.
The FSR wheel also features staples such as magnetic shifters, RGB colour-changeable push buttons, rotary encoders and shift lights. And almost any part of the wheel can be customised from the colour and timing of the shift bar to the colour of the buttons.
Best Budget Racing Wheel for F1 23
Our F1 23 Budget Wheel Recommendation
Racing wheel – Logitech G923
Compatibility – PC
FFB Strength – 2.4Nm
Within the budget racing wheel category, there are a lot of options for sim racers to contemplate. You have offerings from Thrustmaster, Logitech, MOZA and other wheel manufacturers. But there is one wheel that has been the king of the budget racing wheel for years, and that’s Logitech.
The Logitech G923 racing wheel is one of the best budget wheels for F1 23 on all platforms. It is Xbox, PS5 and PC compatible. It comes with a steering wheel and pedal set so you can start racing right away. And it is widely supported by almost every racing game including F1 23.
Logitech’s true party piece is called TrueForce. This technology allows the wheel to utilise the in-game audio to send vibrations to the steering wheel. This means that when you rev your engine or change gears, you will feel it in the steering wheel.
This is rather unique to Logitech and has been implemented to a higher degree in the newer Logitech Pro Racing wheel. The G923 was the first wheel to ever feature TrueForce, and it along with the wheels’ great design and build quality allows it to be our favourite F1 23 budget racing wheel.
Best Mid-Range Racing Wheel
Our F1 23 mid-range wheel Recommendation
The Thrustmaster T300RS is a racing wheel that has been around for a long time, and remains one of the better mid-range wheels on the market in 2023.
It features a belt-drive force feedback system which isn’t quite as good as the newer direct drive racing wheels. However, it still produces fantastically smooth force feedback.
Thrustmaster have been releasing a wide range of wheels across the past few years, but they haven’t replaced the T300RS yet.
The T300RS is a PlayStation and PC compatible racing wheel, but doesn’t feature Xbox compatibility. But don’t worry if you’re racing F1 23 on Xbox, as the Thrustmaster TX wheel offers the exact same performance.
Both the T300RS and the TX feature interchangeable steering wheels allowing you to use any Thrustmaster wheel rims with them, including the mighty SF1000 that I recommend picking up for F1 23.
Thrustmaster Ferrari SF1000 Steering Wheel
The Thrustmaster SF1000 steering wheel is a special steering wheel, and ideal for F1 23. It is a replica of the Ferrari steering wheel raced by Sebastian Vettel a few years ago.
It features a like-for-like recreation of the official SF1000 steering wheel, including the same buttons, dials and the large screen. If you are a Ferrari fan looking to race F1 23 in the most immersive way, then the SF1000 wheel is without a doubt the best choice.
All of the rotary encoders and buttons work and allow you to control your car in-game mid-race. And the large screen can give real-time telemetry information including lap time, tyre temperatures and more.
This wheel really is a Ferrari fans dream steering wheel, and it carries a rather low price tag compared to some other steering wheels on this list.
Best Premium Racing Wheel For F1 23
Our F1 23 mid-range wheel Recommendation
Racing wheel – Fanatec Podium Formula 25Nm
Compatibility – Xbox, PC
FFB Strength – 25Nm
Our final sector in this ultimate F1 23 wheel guide, is our premium racing wheel recommendation. Here I’m going to recommend the absolute best racing wheel you can buy in 2023, money no object.
Fanatec Podium Formula 25Nm
That wheel is the Fanatec Podium Formula 25Nm. This racing wheel bundle features a DD2 direct drive wheel base capable of producing up to 25nm of torque, which is more than you’ll ever need. To put that power into perspective, When I race on a 20Nm+ wheel base, I generally turn the force feedback strength down to 60-70%.
It also includes the mighty Fanatec Formula V2.5X steering wheel which I spoke about in the F1 23 Xbox wheel recommendation section.
And on top of that, you receive the Fanatec Podium Advanced Paddle Module. This module upgrades the standard shifters to a true premium set of shifters. There are six individual paddles included, two of which are constructed from real carbon fibre.
This paddle module includes magnetic shifters with hall effect sensors for added performance and durability. Then there are additional paddles which can be configured as a dual clutch or other inputs such as clutch, handbrake, throttle or brake.
You’ll also receive an emergency stop button which can be invaluable with a racing wheel this powerful. But as a whole, this bundle offers amazingly high quality sim racing products, that are perfect for tackling the toughest tracks in F1 23. As a little bonus, this bundle is compatible with Xbox as well as PC, opening up the compatibility to console sim racers.
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What is the best racing wheel for F1 23?
Some of the best racing wheels for F1 23 include the Fanatec CSL DD, Fanatec GT DD Pro, MOZA Racing R9, Logitech G923, Logitech Pro Racing Wheel and Thrustmaster SF1000.
Is F1 23 easier on a wheel?
With a racing wheel, you certainly get a lot more detailed control when compared to racing with a controller. The range of input is much higher, giving you the potential to be much faster when racing F1 23 with a wheel.
How did we choose these sim racing steering wheels for F1 23?
All of the racing wheels above have been tested across multiple situations, and consoles. We’ve had years of experience racing these exact racing wheels, and have found that the wheels included in this product guide are among the best we have tried. We also consider the exact use case, i.e. best Xbox wheel, or budget constraints to help us choose the best wheel for each category. Budget and compatibility is always a big concern for many sim racers, so we factor that in to our decision.
Which wheel does F1 Esports use?
Currently, Fanatec offers the F1 Esports V2 wheel for various Esports competitions around the world, including F1 Esports competitions.