How To Connect A Fanatec Wheel To PS5: How To Guide 2024

Fanatec have a selection of PS5 racing wheels including the GT DD Pro and ClubSport DD+. In this guide, I show you how to connect your Fanatec wheel to a PS5.

How to connect fanatec to ps5

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Connecting and setting up your Fanatec racing wheel with a PlayStation console is the first step towards sim racing on PS4 or PS5. However, with so many different peripherals, connecting your Fanatec racing wheel to a PS5 isn’t always the easiest task.

In this guide, I’ll run through an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide for connecting your Fanatec wheel to a PS5.

This PS5 and PS4 connection guide for Fanatec applies to all Fanatec racing wheels, including the new Gran Turismo DD Pro, Podium F1, and older PlayStation-compatible racing wheels.

If you are looking for a guide on how to set up your Fanatec wheel with an Xbox Series X or Xbox One, read our complete Fanatec Xbox setup guide here.

Read our guide on the best Fanatec wheels in 2024.

What’s needed for a Fanatec PS5 steering wheel setup?

To get started connecting your Fanatec sim racing setup to a PS5 console you’ll only really need a few things. Of course, you’ll need a PS5 console which should be plugged in, connected to your TV and turned on.

Next, you’ll need a PS5-compatible Fanatec racing wheel. You can check the compatibility of all Fanatec products on their website, and this is one of the most important things to check when buying your Fanatec gear. You need to ensure that everything you wish to use is PlayStation-compatible. Look for the PS logo on each Fanatec product page. The product you’re buying needs to show either PS or PS ready in order for it to be PlayStation compatible.

Fanatec compatibility

The most important element that you need to ensure is PlayStation-compatible is the wheel base. The wheel base is the part of your entire sim racing setup that controls the PlayStation compatibility. From there, each product you wish to connect to your wheel base needs to show as PS Ready.

Fanatec handles PlayStation and Xbox consoles differently, meaning most Xbox-compatible wheel bases won’t work on PlayStation consoles. This is true of the CSL DD wheel base and the higher-spec DD1 and DD2 wheel bases.

For a more in-depth breakdown of how differently Fanatec handles Xbox and PlayStation compatibility, check out our complete Fanatec ecosystem guide.

When the PlayStation 5 was released, Fanatec announced that all of their current PS4-compatible racing wheels would be PS5-compatible. So if you are upgrading from a PS4 to a PS5, you will be able to continue to use your PlayStation Fanatec racing wheel.

Below is a list of all current PlayStation-compatible Fanatec wheel bases.

Racing wheelPS5 compatible?
Fanatec ClubSport DDClubSport DD+Yes ✅
Fanatec GT DD Pro Racing WheelGT DD Pro (8Nm)Yes ✅
Fanatec GT DD Pro 5Nm BundleGT DD Pro (5Nm)Yes ✅

Step 1: Connect all peripherals to your Fanatec wheel base

The first real step you will have to do once you have unboxed your new Fanatec racing wheel is to connect your wheel base to the power. Use the power supply cable that is supplied with your racing wheel, and connect it to the rear of your wheel base, and then into a wall power socket.

Then connect your pedals to the rear of your wheel base using the RJ12 cable that should be supplied with your pedals. If you have any other peripherals such as a handbrake or shifter, connect them to the rear of your wheel base using the supplied cables. Essentially, when racing with a Fanatec racing wheel on PS5 or PS4, all peripherals should be connected to the rear of your wheel base.

Fanatec GT DD Pro Connections

If you are racing with the powerful Podium F1 racing wheel, you can also connect the supplied torque key to the rear of your wheel base to enable the full force feedback power.

Finally, connect the supplied USB cable to the rear of your wheel base, and then to your PC. The reason we connect the wheel to your PC before the PlayStation console is so we can ensure we have the latest firmware installed.

This is also the stage where you would look to mount your wheel base to your sim racing cockpit or desk. Ensure you use the correct table clamp or mounting method for your wheel.

Thinking of buying a new Fanatec wheel? Check out the best PS5 racing wheels in our complete buyers guide.


Step 2: Fanatec PS5 firmware update

Once you have everything connected correctly to your wheel base and your wheel base connected to your PC, you can turn your racing wheel on at the wheel base. This is normally via a button on the rear of the wheel base.

The next step will take you through the process of updating your wheel’s firmware. We do this to ensure it is running the latest software to give you the best racing experience possible, and is an important part of the Fanatec PS5 steering wheel setup.

Follow the steps below to update your wheel base and steering wheel to the latest firmware and drivers.

Fanatec Website Downloads Page
  1. Head over to www.fanatec.com/downloads
  2. Select your Fanatec product from the thumbnail list
  3. Click on the downloads tab and download the most recent drivers in the list
  4. Click download and save the updated drivers to your PC
  5. Once downloaded, open the downloaded update file to start installing
  6. The setup will run through the installation process and restart your PC once complete
  7. Once your PC has restarted, click on the new icon on your desktop called “Fanatec wheel property page”. This property page will show you the wheel you have connected
  8. Click on your wheel within this menu, and click properties
  9. You should then have a popup window asking to update your wheel’s firmware. Click yes to start the firmware update
  10. Follow the steps in this install to complete the firmware update, click “connect”, then click “flash firmware”
  11. Once complete you can disconnect your wheel from the PC

Step 3: Connect your Fanatec wheel to your PS5

After you have updated the firmware of all your Fanatec products, you can disconnect it from your PC. Turn the wheel base off before disconnecting.

Then, connect the USB at the rear of your Fanatec wheel base to the USB slot of your PS5. Power on your PlayStation console and then power on your wheel base. Once both are turned on, ensure your racing wheel is in the correct compatibility mode. Some racing wheels will have a different way of doing this, but generally, you switch compatibility mode by quickly pressing the power button.


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Most Fanatec wheel bases such as the Gran Turismo DD Pro and ClubSport DD+ feature a few compatibility modes. These are;

  • PlayStation mode: For use on PS5 and PS4 consoles
  • PS4 Compatability mode: This needs to be enabled for some games which don’t detect the newer PS5-compatible wheels
  • PC Mode: For use on PC only
  • PC Compatability mode: Much like the PS4 compatibility mode above. This only needs to be enabled if your PC game doesn’t immediately recognise your wheel

Step 4: Calibrate the wheel centre

The first thing you should look to do once your Fanatec wheel is connected to your PS5 or PS4 is to calibrate the wheel centre. This will ensure your wheel is perfectly centred and aligned. You can do this step while you are updating the firmware with your wheel connected to your PC, however, it is incredibly quick to do so worth doing again once your wheel is connected to your PS5.

Do this by pressing the tuning button on your steering wheel to enter the tuning mode. Then make sure the wheel is centred to your wheel base. Depending on the steering wheel you are using, you may have to then press a different button combination to confirm the wheel centre.

With the Podium F1 steering wheel, you press the analogue and FunkySwitch at the same time. With the Gran Turismo DD Pro steering wheel you press the start and x buttons together.


Step 5: Calibrate your shifters

The shifter calibration is needed if you are using a H-pattern shifter peripheral. To enter shifter calibration mode, again you will need to press a different button combination depending on which PS5 compatible Fanatec racing wheel you’re using.

Read our in-depth guide to calibrating your Fanatec shifters.

With the Podium F1 wheel, press the tuning button and the lower right push button together. With the Gran Turismo DD Pro, press the tuning button and the start button together.

The screen on the steering wheel or wheel base will then ask you to engage each gear individually. Confirm each gear by pressing either the lower right button on the Podium F1 or the start button on the GT DD Pro. Then repeat this process for every gear.


Step 6: Tune your Fanatec wheel

After the final calibration step, your Fanatec racing wheel will be ready to use with your PS5 or PS4. However, you can make further adjustments via the tuning options that are built into all Fanatec wheels.

These options include various force feedback settings as well as access to your different profiles.

Below is a quick overview of the Fanatec tuning options and how each one affects your wheel. You can scroll through each tuning option using the FunkySwitch if your steering wheel has one.

Some of these settings do differ from wheel to wheel.

Sensitivity – SEN (default = 900)
This is the degree of rotation for your wheel. This can be changed from 90° through to 1080° on most steering wheels. There is also an auto mode which is designed to automatically detect the in-game steering rotation.

Force Feedback – FF (default = 100)
This setting changes the maximum strength of the Force Feedback. This can be adjusted from 0% – 100%.

Shock – SHO (default = 100)
The shock changes the strength of the shock motors inside the steering wheel. This can be adjusted from 0% – 100%.

Anti-Lock Braking System – ABS (default = OFF)
This setting changes the amount of feedback you receive whilst applying braking force through the pedals.

Drift Mode – DRI (default = OFF)
This setting reduces the steering wheel resistance allowing you to rotate the wheel much easier.

Force – FOR (default = 100)
This setting changes the force strength that is applied to the wheel in a special direction.

Spring – SPR (Default = 100)
The spring changes how hard the steering wheel will be automatically centred.

Damper – DPR (default = 100)
Damper affects the wheel weight of your steering wheel when applying steering lock.

We have guides for the best Fanatec wheel settings for a variety of games. Following these guides can make setting up your Fanatec wheel with each game much quicker.


The best Fanatec racing wheels for PS5

For the final part of this Fanatec PS5 steering wheel setup guide, I wanted to share a few of the best Fanatec racing wheels that you can buy today. These wheels all make brilliant options when racing games such as Gran Turismo 7 and Assetto Corsa Competizione with PS5 consoles.

The ClubSport DD+ is a brilliant high-end direct drive racing wheel that is capable of up to 15Nm of consistent torque. This is an incredible amount of power for a PlayStation 5 racing wheel and one of the strongest you can currently buy.

If you are looking for a more budget PS5 racing wheel, you have the GT DD Pro. This racing wheel can be purchased either individually with 8Nm of peak torque. Or as part of a bundle with either 5Nm or 8Nm of peak torque.

The best value for money PS5 Fanatec racing wheel is the GT DD Pro 5Nm bundle. This includes a set of pedals and a Gran Turismo licensed steering wheel along with the GT DD Pro wheel base, all for a reasonable price.

Racing wheelPrice
Fanatec ClubSport DDClubSport DD+€999.95
Fanatec GT DD Pro Racing WheelGT DD Pro (8Nm)€599.95
Fanatec GT DD Pro 5Nm BundleGT DD Pro (5Nm)€699.95

Frequently asked questions

How do I connect a steering wheel to a PS5?

All sim racing steering wheels are connected to PS5 consoles via a USB cable. This runs from the rear of your racing wheel base to any USB port on your PS5 console. Then just ensure your racing wheel is powered on and it should be recognised by your PlayStation.

How do you set up a steering wheel on PS5?

Setting up a steering wheel on PS5 is as simple as connecting it via the USB cable and ensuring both your racing wheel and console are turned on. You can follow our guide to the best Fanatec PS5 wheel settings for various games to find the best wheel settings.

How do you calibrate a Fanatec steering wheel on PS5?

Calibrating your Fanatec steering wheel on PS5 is as simple as lining up the steering wheel to be centered. Then you can press the tuning button on your steering wheel to set the wheel center. You may need to calibrate your shifters individually by following our shifter calibration guide.

What games can you use a Fanatec PS5 steering wheel?

Most racing games on PS5 support Fanatec racing wheels. These include F1 23, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Gran Turismo 7 and more.

Can you adjust a Fanatec steering wheel?

You can make adjustments to your Fanatec wheel settings on PS5 by using the tuning menu that is built into all Fanatec wheel bases. You can enter this tuning menu by pressing the tuning button and then scrolling through each setting using the Funky Switch on your steering wheel.


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Article written by Mjolnir

Mjolnir is one of the main setup creators and content writers for SimRacingSetups. He has had years of experience in sim racing, both competitively and casually. After a decade of sim racing experience, he co-founded SimRacingSetup.com to share his passion and knowledge of sim racing and Formula 1 with other sim racers.
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