Logitech G29 vs G923 – What’s The Difference?
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What is the difference between the Logitech G29 and G923?
Logitech released the G29 and G920 racing wheels way back in 2015. Then, in 2020, Logitech upgraded the G29 and G920 and replaced them with the Logitech G923. You can still buy the Logitech G29 and G920 in 2022, but the G923 is the most up-to-date of the three racing wheels.
Introducing The Logitech Racing Wheel Range
Logitech has long been the king of the budget racing wheel. They have a long line of successful racing wheels from the G27 through to the older G25. In 2015, they released the latest in a long line of racing wheels, the G29.
The G29 was the next generation of racing wheel from Logitech. To confuse things a little, Logitech also released the G920 at the same time. Essentially, the G920 was the Xbox compatible racing wheel, while the G29 was the PlayStation compatible version.
Then in 2020, Logitech unveiled their most recent racing wheel product, the G923. This racing wheel utilised the same design principles as the G29 while adding a few new features and upgrades. It wasn’t an entirely new racing wheel, instead, it was an upgraded version of the G29 and G920.
Logitech G923 vs G29 vs G920
As mentioned above, the Logitech G923 is essentially an upgraded version of the Logitech G29 and G920 released five years earlier. The upgraded wheel introduced a few new features and was a slightly more well-round racing wheel when compared to the older models.
Before I take a look at the upgrades that the G923 has over the older models, first I want to take a quick look at both the G29 and G920. As these two racing wheels had more differences than just console compatibility.
The Logitech G29 is the racing wheel that took the place of the outdated G27. It’s based on the same underpinnings but has much-improved design, build quality and functionality compared to the G27. The G29 is compatible with PlayStation consoles and PC, but not with Xbox consoles.
Its design consists of a metal face plate, with a hand stitched leather wheel. There are a series of buttons on the front of the wheel, all allowing you to control your PlayStation console without requiring a controller.
On the front of the wheel are a series of rev lights, a bright red rotary dial and some plus and minus buttons. These all allow you to control certain aspects of your car while driving and are fully customisable. For example, you can increase and decrease your brake bias using the plus and minus buttons, and adjust your traction control using the red wheel.
Overall, the G29 is a worthy upgrade over the older G27.
The Logitech G920 is the Xbox variant of the G29. Inside, it’s exactly the same wheel. It behaves the same, has the same motor and maximum power, and the same pedals. But strangely, on the outside, the G920 is a rather different looking wheel.
Due to the limitations of Xbox peripherals, some functionality on the G29 doesn’t work. This means it wasn’t needed in the design of the G920.
A few things that were removed from the G29 for the G920 include the red rotary dial, the plus and minus buttons and the rev lights. None of these features appears on the G920. This is a shame, as both products are priced exactly the same.
This makes the G920 a slightly inferior racing wheel when compared to the G29. However, all of this is out of the control of Logitech, as it is the Xbox architecture that is stopping these additional functions from working.
Which is better between Logitech G29 and G920?
When comparing both the Logitech G29 and G920, you have to look at the G29 as the better racing wheel. It includes extra features that have simply been removed from the G920.
Of course, if you own an Xbox console and only race on that, then you can’t buy a Logitech G29 due to lack of compatibility. So Xbox sim racers have to either use the Logitech G920 or find an alternative racing wheel.
Inside, and in the performance category, both the Logitech G29 and G920 are identical. So if performance is the only part of a racing wheel that matters, both wheels are just as good as each other!
For me, I like as much control as possible when using a racing wheel. That means that the more inputs there are available for me to configure and use the better. In this regard, the G29 wins due to its extra functionality.
Both the Logitech G29 and G920 are still available to purchase, so you can still buy either of these racing wheels. However, there is now a newer and upgraded version of both these wheels, the Logitech G923.
The Logitech G923 was released in 2020 and introduced a few upgrades to the Logitech racing wheel formula. It also fixed a few issues with the Xbox compatible G920.
To start with, the Logitech G923 looks identical, no matter whether you opt for the Xbox compatible version or the PlayStation compatible version. There are two versions available to buy due to Xbox and PlayStation’s different requirements when it comes to peripherals. But both versions look identical.
The new Logitech G923 looks very similar to the G29. It features the same design, same inputs, and the rev lights and rotary dial are all the same. The big news on the design front is that all of these features are now available to Xbox gamers.
Logitech managed to work around the limitations of the Xbox console and found a way to include the rotary dial, the rev lights and the plus and minus buttons. All of these inputs work perfectly on Xbox consoles and can be configured in-game.
Other than this, and a coat of black paint, the Logitech G923 looks identical to the G29. What is really new can’t be seen from the outside.
With the G923, Logitech introduced a new function called Trueforce. Trueforce is essentially a vibration technology that is inside the outer wheel rim. It vibrates completely independently of the force feedback generating motor.
Trueforce is designed to bring extra immersion to racing with a G923. It uses vibrations to simulate the vibrations that you feel when sitting in a real car. The more you rev your engine, the stronger the vibrations get, just like in a real car.
In practice, this works well and does add a little immersion to the overall driving experience. It certainly isn’t a game-changer, but it’s a nice additional feature. Around the back of the G923 are also a couple of extra paddles that can be used as a dual clutch. This is a very good inclusion allowing you to master your standing starts.
There have also been upgrades to the pedals on the G923. The brake pedal is a lot stiffer and offers more realistic braking compared to the older G29 and G920 brake pedals.
Compatability isn’t a huge issue with the newer Logitech G923. You simply choose which console version you would like, and your G923 will work out of the box. The wheel has the same look and functionality no matter which console you opt to sim race one.
There was a bigger issue with compatibility between the G29 and G920. The G920 was the Xbox compatible version and had much less functionality compared to the G29. This is frustrating as both racing wheels cost the same money, but you essentially received a worse product with the G920 compared to the G29.
The Logitech G923 is the same price no matter which console compatible version you opt for. And this is the same between the G29 and G920. However, the G29 and G920 are priced slightly lower than the G923.
You can still purchase both of the older wheels, the G29 and G920, and they cost £20 less on average than the G923.
Should you buy a Logitech G923?
If you are looking to buy a great entry-level racing wheel for either PlayStation or Xbox, I would highly recommend a Logitech G923. Especially compared to the older G29 and G920.
The G923 brought enough upgrades over the older racing wheels to warrant the £20 price increase. The addition of a dual clutch system along with the inclusion of Trueforce and an upgraded brake pedal makes the G923 a more well-rounded wheel.
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