PS4 Steering Wheel and Pedals: Top 3 (Top 2, really!)

 

After a writing spree in May earlier this year …

… I was plain lazy, captured in a world between online racing and forging my real life future.

Without further artificial and irrelevant ado, what better time if not now, to discuss the Best PlayStation 4 Steering Wheel? Hell yeah.

Regular readers know that I tend to ignore lower priced racing gear. For good reason: If you ever want to be chase aliens (like Greger Huttu), a subpar wheel/pedal combo is no serious option. This site is tagged “PerfectSimracer.com” for good reason! Therefore, only quality wheels will be reviewed.

Note on Fanatec

Note that you sometimes have to take special care when using Fanatec gear (just google “fanatec ps4”). However, simulations like Project Cars support this premium class wheel without too much hassle. In my opinion, the quality you get from the not-so-cheap Fanatec stuff is worth (almost) any effort.

Yet, because it is not officially supported, this review doesn’t cover it. For Fanatec reviews, look here:

Note on Thrustmaster T500

This wheel is not natively supported on PS4. Notwithstanding, you can use it, with some small usability glitches. E.g., you need to use the Joypad (instead of the T500 buttons) to navigate in-game menus.

If you are interested in the Thrustmaster T500, look here for a detailed review.

Note on Logitech G29

Yes, the Logitech G29 received a lot of FLAK with regards to the pricing tag. However, it is regularly discounted at <$300 on Amazon.com, Amazon.de etc.; the same pricing range as its predecessor.

Some call it a marketing trick. I call it valuable.

What will be reviewed (tl;dr)

Ready. Set. Go.


Thrustmaster T80

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Quick Rating: Hmm, okay. Let’s say it’s the absolute minimum you should invest. My personal recommendation would be to save some more bucks. However, if you drift just a few laps once in while and see racing as more of a quick amusement, you may consider this wheel.

The Thrustmaster T80 steering wheel for PlayStation 4 (and compatibility to PS3 and PC) is an introductory class racing wheel. At less than $100, you get a 270 degrees of rotation with a nice wheel grip. There is no force feedback in this wheel. Instead, what Thrustmaster installed are “bungee cords” (not sure whether Thrustmaster’s just marketing or if there are real bungee cords). Everyone who has ever tried a Logitech G29 or even Fanatec ClubSport wheel (+ wheelbase) will agree that good and strong FFB is (or can be) a huge factor when it comes to immersion into the simulation.

Furthermore, good quality force feedback helps you in driving around the track consistently, so if performance driving is your target, lack of FFB might be a complete No-Go for you.

It suits you if you just do some fun laps every now and then, but be realistic: You get what you pay for.

Let me add a short anecdote: I started simracing on a simple PlayStation 2 controller, later on a PlayStation 1 (:D) Namco NeGCon controller. But it was with the Logitech G27 that I really became addicted to simulation racing. What absolutely hooked me for hours was its force feedback. Having never experienced FFB before, I had absolute trouble just holding a LeMans prototype straight on the Hunaudièrs straight at Le Mans. I was literally sweating, just for the physical effort of it.

Bear in mind: When you decide for the T80, you may not have that experience.

Features:

  • Degrees of Rotation: 270°
  • Wheel Diameter: 25cm / 10 inches (Formula 1 wheels are about 10 inches,  the Fanatec ClubSport Classic wheel is about 13 inches.
  • Grip: Rubber
  • Shifter: Paddle Shifters. No separate shifter included.

Pros:

  • Cheap, but you get what you pay for.
  • Wheel grip is quite okay.

Cons:

  • Cable from Wheelbase to Pedals too short. You won’t have much freedom with regards to wheel+pedal placement.
  • Table Clamp not too stable. Expect the wheel to sometimes not hold up to a hot race.
  • NO Force Feedback. Instead, just what Thrustmaster calls “Bungee Cords”. It feels nice, but no FFB is no FFB.

Console Compatibility:

  • PlayStation 3 (calibrated as standard controller)
  • PC (calibrated as standard controller)
  • PlayStation 4 (natively)

 


Thrustmaster T300

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Quick Rating: Yes, it’s significantly more expensive than the T80. But if you love racing, this or the Logitech G29 should be your bare minimum. Regarding quality, I found the Thrustmaster T300 and Logitech G29 en par, with the T300 wheel having a slight edge on G29 if and only if you buy the brake mod (however: stock G29 is better than stock T300).

Before rushing to buy a T300, read on for a buyer’s guide below. Make sure you get the right set, because the packages are confusing.

Features:

  • Degrees of Rotation: 1080°
  • Removable Wheel
  • Wheel Diameter: 28cm / 11 inches (real Formula 1 wheels are about 10 inches,  the Fanatec ClubSport Classic wheel is about 13 inches)
  • Grip: Rubber
  • Shifter: Paddle Shifters. No separate shifter included.

 

Pros:

  • Wheel grip is very good.
  • Very responsive, strong and realistic Force Feedback.
  • The pedal-plate leans nicely against the wall. It also works good enough without carpet; especially if you go for the T3PA-PRO pedals, you’ll be open to many pedal mounting options.

Cons:

  • No Brake Mod included, there is no progressive feel in the brake pedal. Serious advice: Buy or make a brake mod to reveal your true brake mastery.
  • The available packages are confusing (buyer’s guide below!).

 

Console Compatibility:

  • PS3 (as standard controller)
  • PC (as standard controller)
  • PS 4 (natively)

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Buyer’s Guide

There are several T300 packages that contain the cheap T80-style pedals, and the Alcantara package that has the T3PA-pedals. You can tell them from just counting the pedals: 2 pedals = cheap pedals, 3 pedals = the pedals you should get.

 

To increase confusion, there are also two variants of the T3PA pedals: Thrustmaster T3PA, and Thrustmaster T3PA Pro. The pro version has fewer plastic parts, looks more racy, and can be mounted upside down.

So, these are the most popular variants:

1. Thrustmaster T300 RS (with cheaper pedals)
2. Thrustmaster T300 Ferrari GTE (with cheaper pedals)
3. Thrustmaster T300 Integral Alcantara Ferrari Edition (with T3PA).

Of those packages, none includes the T3PA PRO with clutch-pedal. If you lean towards a clutch and a separate shifter, my advice would be to get one of the cheaper packages and then buy T3PA PRO separately. Or, for the better bang for the buck, buy the Alcantara package; but remember that the T3PA (without “PRO”) cannot be mounted upside down and use more plastic.

ProTip: In some countries, you can also buy the T300 Racing Wheel Servo separately. Here’s a quick buyer’s guide:

  1. T300 Racing Wheel Servo
  2. T3PA– or T3PA-Pro pedals
  3. one (or more, of course) of the following wheel add-on’s of your choice:
  4. Optional: Thrustmaster TH8A Add-On Gearbox Shifter

Phew. Confusing packages seem to be the norm in this quality class and higher (Fanatec is just as confusing).

 


Logitech Driving Force G29 Race Wheel

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Quick Rating: If you are new to PS4 steering wheels or if you looking for just a complete, ready-to-go package, then the Logitech G29 is the way to go. Like the other wheels in this review, it does not include a gearbox shifter (unlike its predecessors G25 + G29). Apart from that, the table clamps are really good and typically stable enough. The device sports a clutch pedal. Furthermore, the brake pedal has a progressive feeling like a real car’s pedal.

Features:

  • Degrees of Rotation: 900°
  • Wheel Diameter: 27cm / 10.5 inches (real Formula 1 wheels are about 10 inches,  the Fanatec ClubSport Classic wheel is about 13 inches)
  • Grip: Unlike Thrustmaster, the G29 has a leather coating. Rubber is nice. Leather is awesome.
  • Shifter: Paddle Shifters. No separate shifter included.

Pros:

  • Leather Wheel grip.
  • Very responsive, strong and realistic Force Feedback.
  • Realistic / Progressive Brake.
  • Nice carpet grip.

 

Cons:

  • Paddle Shifter feels a little bit slushy. One gets used to it, but a more definitive feeling with a final click-feel would be neat.
  • The Pedal Plate has a slightly round shape. What this means that it’s a bit more difficult to lean it against a wall. The alternative is to use a carpet, as the carpet grip is really nice. If you don’t have a fixed carpet, the best is to permanently mount it onto a cheap plate (it has proper screw threads), or even better, onto a rig.

Console Compatibility:

  • PS3
  • PS4
  • PC

Summary and Final Ranking

My recommendation: Go for Logitech G29 if you prefer a complete package or are simply not a Thrustmaster guy. Go for Thrustmaster T300 if you want to invest the extra bucks and are not subject to analysis paralysis, and make sure to make or buy a progressive brake mod. The G29 does not need an additional brake mod, as it has a progressive brake builtin.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is really not oversaturated with steering wheels and pedals. However, with Logitech’s G29 Driving Force and Thrustmaster’s T300, you already have very decent options. There is also the T80 (by Thrustmaster, too), but if you’re a serious racer looking to prove oneself, save the money for a G29 or T300.

Regarding the T300, the marketing and purchasing experience on Amazon or other retailers is really confusing. Come back anytime for the buyer’s guide.

Of course, the PS4 is only in the mid of it’s life, so bookmark this page and come back any time for updates.


Article History:

  • originally published Oct 13, 2016
  • updated Dec 5, 2016
Sebastian

Sebastian

Simracing for more than five years. iRacing, rFactor, but sometimes arcade racing just for fun.

Typically Top 2%-5% racer. Tries to not be slow.
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