Best Xbox One Steering Wheel Review

This time we are digging for the best Xbox One Steering wheel. It’s not really an easy question, for the sheer number of options available is overwhelming. You’d be thinking that choices are more easy on a gaming console than on PC. But Fanatec as well as Thrustmaster, while manufacturing high quality, have some confusing marketing. Logitech does a better job here at marketing their lineup of racing controllers (in my opinion).

By the way, if you are also a PS4 user, you may want to read on the best steering wheels and pedals for PS4.

Originally published Dec 12, 2015: Corrected some Fact-Sheet and Spelling errors.
Updated Dec 18, 2015: Corrected some Fact-Sheet and Spelling errors.
Updated Sep 3, 2016: Corrected some Fact-Sheet and Spelling errors.
Updated Sep 28, 2016: Add note regarding clutch/shifter in Fanatec option
Updated Oct 11, 2016: Spelling.
Updated Feb 27, 2017: Pricing Updates.
Updated Feb 28, 2017: Added Fanatec CSL Elite to the mix.

Best Xbox One Steering Wheel Review

It makes sense to invest into the $300+ magnitude of racing wheels. There are cheaper options, but you get what you pay for. I consider the cheap wheels nice for a very first look, but if you are a race fan, prefer to pay a bit more. I compiled  5 options in total. Logitech makes for an easy choice; they don’t have a modular system like Fanatec (2 options) and Thrustmaster (2 options as well):

  1. Fanatec Club Sport:
    • Club Sport Pedals V3
    • Club Sport Wheel Base V2
    • Universal Hub for Xbox One
    • one of many wheels (e.g. Fanatec, or “real” wheels like Momo)
  2. Fanatec CSL Elite:
    • CSL Elite Pedals
    • CSL Elite Wheel Base V2
    • CSL Steering Wheel P1 for Xbox One
  3. Thrustmaster 1:
    • TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition
  4. Thrustmaster 2:
    • TX Racing Wheel Servo Base
    • VG T3PA-PRO 3 Pedal Add-On
    • one of Thrustmaster’s wheels
  5. Logitech:
    • Logitech G920 Driving Force Race Wheel

So let’s start with our journey of best Xbox One Steering Wheels, from awesome (Fanatec Club Sport) to decent price/value (G920). Thrustmaster is a good compromise option when it comes to steering wheel controllers.

If you’re really eager, here’s the summary table:

Fanatec_Logo
Fanatec Club Sport
Fanatec Club Sport Wheel Base V3
Fanatec_Logo
Fanatec CSL Elite
Thrustmaster_logo
Thrustmaster
Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition
logitech_logo
Logitech G920
Logitech Driving Force G920 Force Feedback Racing Wheel
Expensive, but clear winner in terms of raw performance and accuracy.Ranks between Premium class and Follow Up, well priced.Superb compromise between top-class and introductory minimum.Best introductory wheel. Serious advice: don’t go cheaper if you want to perform well.
ca. $1,199.80
(ca. €1,389.80)
starts $469.85
(starts €509.85)
ca. $239 – $399
(ca. €239 – €399)
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I) Fanatec Club Sport: Clear Winner

Club Sport Wheel Base and Pedals

The Fanatec Club Sport Lineup is the premium option in this comparison, and easily the most expensive. Personally, I am huge fan and user of Fanatec Club Sport (Wheel Base as well as Pedals). The wheel base alone, upon unpacking, its sheer weight and size, casts shadows over every competition below its own price class. To me, this is indeed the best racing wheel for XboxOne.

If you compare Logitech G920 and Fanatec Club Sport Wheel Base V2 force feedback, the difference is frightening. If Logitech or Thrustmaster makes you think “yeah, a rotating wheel may hurt my finger”, it becomes “break my finger” for the Fanatec. In all seriousness, keep your 0-14 years children away from it!

Fanatec’s new Clubsport Pedals: Don’t the look sweet?

There is a separate review for the Pedals. But let me summarize: The Fanatec Club Sport Pedals V3 are the only one in this test that come with a load cell and (Fanatec himself have since the only other Load Cell Competitor, CSL Elite. See below /edited 2017 Mar, 01) a hydraulic brake, as well as a real, multi part degressive clutch mechanism. It is fully made of metal, no plastic (except cables). The really only contra I see is that the throttle travel distance could be a bit longer or adjustable. But that’s just a luxury nitpick; upon driving, you don’t recognize the short travel.

Our first Fanatec option goes with the Univesal Hub for Xbox One, which enables the whole Fanatec range of wheels for Xbox One. Furthermore, you can mount many other wheels on the Universal Hub, like “real” racing wheels from Momo. Fanatec has combined most of their wheels in a single package with the Hub, but not all. Upon ordering a Wheel, take a double squint on whether it includes the Universal Hub for Xbox One or not.

If you are looking for an Xbox One racing wheel with clutch, note that you may want to buy a separate shifter (unless you want to paddle-shift with a clutch, which sounds unnatural to me).

By the way, inverted Club Sport pedals are available now, too.

Fanatec Club Sport Wheel Base V3Facts:
– Wheel+Base / Degrees of Rotation: 900°
– Wheel+Base / Number of Buttons: Depends on wheel.
– Wheel+Base / Special Buttons: Depends on wheel.
– Wheel+Base / Update Rate: 500 Hz
– Wheel+Base / Shifter: Depends on wheel.
– Pedals / Degressive Clutch: yes
– Pedals / Progressive Brake: yes

Pros:
– Many Rigs have builtin mounting options for this (but fewer than for Logitech)
– Progressive Brake, Hydraulic, Load-Cell
– Degressive, Mechanical Clutch
– Full Metal Housing
– Robust
– Strongest FFB in this review
– Multiple hardware settings per Wheel
– Many wheels can be mounted on Universal Hub
– No FFB overheating (Wheel Base has active cooling)

Cons:
– Most expensive option in this review
– Throttle Travel Distance could be a little bit longer

 

Fanatec Option 1PricingShopping
ClubSport Pedals V3 $ 299.95 / € 359.95 only at Fanatec
ClubSport Wheel Base V2 $ 499.95 / € 549.95 only at Fanatec
ClubSport Universal Hub for Xbox One $ 299.95 / € 349.95 only at Fanatec
wheel of your choicestarting at $ 99,95 (*) / € 129.95 (*)Fanatec, Momo, …
TOTALstarts: $ 1,199.80/  € 1,389.80

(*) This is the price for the wheel in a Hub+Wheel-Combo-Package. Make sure to not buy a standalone hub and a standalone wheel if you want to maximize value/price.

 

II) Fanatec CSL Elite: Price Conscious but not Cheap

Best Runner Up Steering Wheel Xbox One

Apart from Fanatec’s premium Club Sport line, they have brought a new contender into the market which clearly aims the 500 bucks magnitude. If you haven’t already, make sure to read our comprehensive CSL Elite review.

While some racers have mistaken the black pedals for cheap plastic pedals, they are (in best Fanatec manner) pure aluminium, blackened pedals. Once you get beyond that plastic misconception, they look stylish and are definitely a nice looking asset in your racing room.

With respect to this Xbox One Steering Wheel review, Fanatec CSL Elite provide probably the biggest magnitude in upgradability. For example:

  • Buy pure CSL Elite, without Load Cell
  • Later, buy a Formula CSW, which is compatible with the CSL Elite Wheel Base
  • Later, buy the Load Cell Kit
  • Later, buy a Club Sport Wheel Base V2
  • Later, buy Club Sport Pedals V3
  • Later, tune the Club Sport Pedals with the Brake Performance Kit
  • Later, buy an original Momo or Sparco wheel

You can basically start with an affordable $500 setup, and then scale all the way up into the $2000 magnitude over time. A hardware setup which grows with your racing career.

Well, what should I say apart from what has been said in the full review already. Let’s keep it short here:

In the $500-magnitude, Fanatec CSL Elite beats the other setups by light years. For less than $600, it’s the only set with a Load Cell (provided you actually order the Load Cell Kit variant). The Thrustmaster and Logitech Pedals come with so-called brake mods, but not with real load cells. Brake mods are better than linear brakes, like in Fanatec CSL w/out the Kit or Logitech G27 (the predecessor of the current model). But a load cell is better than brake mods.

To make it short: All in all I found the Fanatec CSL Elite set significantly better than the previous Club Sport versions. Given that even the previous Club Sport versions are better than the competition, you get the whole picture:

Club Sport V3 > CSL Elite > Club Sport V2 > Thrustmaster > Logitech.

That’s it. The ranking in mathematical terms 🙂

Fanatec Option 2PricingShopping
CSL Elite Pedals starts $ 79.95 / € 89.95 only at Fanatec
CSL Elite Wheel Base $ 299.95 / € 319.95 only at Fanatec
CSL Steering Wheel P1 for Xbox One $ 89.95 / € 99.95 only at Fanatec
TOTAL$ 469.85 / € 509.85
TOTAL w/ Load Cell Kit$ 579.85 / € 629.80

III) Thrustmaster Option 1

XboxOne Racing Wheel: Thrustmaster VG-TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition Complete

XboxOne Racing Wheel: Thrustmaster VG-TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition Complete

This package comes complete and ready to go. The wheel base is a bit bigger than the Logitech one and the FFB is more solid. It features a brushless motor and has active cooling, which is activated once the system detects that heat is becoming an issue. The wheel has 32 bit precision, making for about 65,000 values (32k to the left, 32k to the right).

The pedal-set is a 1/3 cheaper variant of the Thrustmaster T3PA-Pro Pedals: It has no builtin option to be mounted upside down, and it lacks the metal plate of the pro-variant. However, it still comes with the progressive-brake-mod and the pedal-adjustability of the T3PA-Pro, so if you are not interested in upside-down mounting, it basically does not matter (except for the visual appeal).

Facts:
– Wheel+Base / Degrees of Rotation: 900°
– Wheel+Base / Number of Buttons: Depends on wheel.
– Wheel+Base / Special Buttons: Depends on wheel.
– Wheel+Base / Shifter: Depends on wheel.
– Pedals / Degressive Clutch: no
– Pedals / Progressive Brake: no, but comes with mod (mod not as good as real progressive/hydraulic brake, though)

 

Update 2015-Dec-18: Add Fact-Sheet.

Thrustmaster Option 1PricingShopping
TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition $ 469.99/ € 444.33 go to Amazon
TOTAL$ 469.99/ € 444.33

IV) Thrustmaster Option 2

XboxOne Racing Wheel: Thrustmaster Servo, Wheel, T3PA-Pro

XboxOne Racing Wheel: Thrustmaster Servo, Wheel, T3PA-Pro

(sorry, this section is under construction, but you can find the pricing table already)

Thrustmaster Option 2PricingShopping
TX Racing Wheel Servo Base $ 259.99 / € 279.99 find here
VG T3PA-PRO Pedal Add-On $ 149.99 (*) / € 169.99 (*) find here
Thrustmaster Wheel $ 149.99 / € 169.99 GT Style | Formula 1 Replica
TOTAL$ 559.97/ € 619.97

(*) You can also buy the T3PA (without “PRO“) pedals as included in the complete pack, but I recommend to pay the extra $50 for the increased robustness and the option for upside-down mounting (more metal = more good).

V) Logitech

Best racing wheels for XboxOne Racing Wheel: Logitech G920 (XboxOne Version of Logitech G29)

XboxOne Racing Wheel: Logitech G920 (XboxOne Version of Logitech G29)

Without denying, the Logitech G920 is good hardware, and not without reason among the best racing wheels for XboxOne. It’s Logitech’s Xbox One version of their G29. Our [Logitech G29 review] carried the catchy question “Is it a scam?“, which is because it feels and looks pretty identical to the Logitech G27, but costs significantly more.

However, within this Xbox One Steering Wheel review, it is the cheapest option, and as I wrote in my Logitech G27 Review, it was worth a number of winner certificates in iRacing. So if you want to start Simracing at good price/value, the G920 is a valid option, even though Logitech should be able to reduce the price significantly.

Facts:
– Wheel / Degrees of Rotation: 900°
– Wheel / Number of Buttons:
– Wheel / Special Buttons:
– Wheel / Shifter: yes
– Pedals / Degressive Clutch: no (Mod available)
– Pedals / Progressive Brake: no (Mod available)

Pros:
– Cheapest option among quality wheels above $200 (there are cheaper ones, but I usually don’t advise on usim them).
– Many Rigs have builtin mounting options for this.

Cons:
– Linear brake pedal and clutch. This can be modded using for example the Nixim- or GTEYE-Mods.
– A lot of plastic.
– FFB can fade if the wheel gets hot.
– FFB is weaker than on Thrustmaster or Fanatec

LogitechPricingShopping
Logitech G920 Driving Force Race Wheel $ 399.99 / € 399.99 click me
TOTAL$ 399.99 / € 399.99

Conclusion – So what’s the Best Xbox One Steering Wheel?!

In my opinion, all these wheels are suited to competitive racing and, in my opinion as a Simracer, are a fine selection of best Xbox One Steering Wheels. But, the more you pay, the higher the quality; I truly recommend to go Fanatec, it’s also the most flexible solution. However, it’s pretty expensive, so it’s more a matter of how much you are willing to invest. Logitech is good quality, but not customizable (just moddable); but in any case a good start into simracing. The Thrustmaster wheel is a great compromise and has superb bang for the buck; here I recommend to buy the components separately.

Fanatec_Logo
Fanatec Club Sport
Fanatec Club Sport Wheel Base V3
Fanatec_Logo
Fanatec CSL Elite
Thrustmaster_logo
Thrustmaster
Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition
logitech_logo
Logitech G920
Logitech Driving Force G920 Force Feedback Racing Wheel
Expensive, but clear winner in terms of raw performance and accuracy.Ranks between Premium class and Follow Up, well priced.Superb compromise between top-class and introductory minimum.Best introductory wheel. Serious advice: don’t go cheaper if you want to perform well.
ca. $1,199.80
(ca. €1,389.80)
starts $469.85
(starts €509.85)
ca. $239 – $399
(ca. €239 – €399)
– or –
– or –

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