Logitech’s G-series of racing wheels have long been the entry level for gamers keen to take their virtual racing more seriously.
At a retail price of £330 – but widely available for quite a bit less – it’s an investment which signifies a commitment to racing on a regular basis. But for the price, you get an attractive leather and metal wheel that offers full 900 degree rotation and decent force feedback that opens up a world of control and immersion that a gamepad can simply never offer.
Designed after the modern steering wheels found on open wheel and GT cars, the face buttons can be programmed as you like and allow you to activate DRS or a pit limiter easily with your thumb. On the G29, specialist plus and minus buttons are perfect for adjusting ERS or fuel mappings with the touch of a button, while the rotary dial can be set to quickly scroll through pit setting menus while on the straight.
Gear shifting is achieved by clicking in the sizable metal gear paddles behind the wheel itself, which offer a satisfying tangible feeling to punching through the gears under acceleration or aggressively downshifting during a heavy braking zone. If you want the full H-pattern shifting experience, however, be prepared to shell out another £45.
The force feedback offered is decent, giving you that tactile feeling of grip that can only come through a wheel. However, it doesn’t quite have the same depth and nuance of feedback that some of its more expensive alternatives.
The G29 and G920 also come with a set of three metal pedals, designed for braking, clutch and acceleration, respectively. Each offers solid resistance to give you a better feel for judging your braking and throttle balance, although many will find the braking pedal to be excessively stiff, making it difficult to hit maximum brake pressure. A common workaround for a lot of players is to use the clutch pedal instead. You can also modify the resistance yourself, but it is unauthorised DIY.
As an entry level wheel for sim racing, the G29 and G920 are certainly worth considering – especially if budgets have to be taken into account. However, it’s true that the more expensive alternatives do offer superior experiences, while the Xbox 1 G920 model lacks a fair few of the features of its PlayStation sibling, which is a shame.
If you’re looking at making the most of racing games on your console, such as Codemasters’ F1 series, Dirt Rally, Project Cars or Gran Turismo Sport, you’ll find your immersion greatly enhanced by one of these wheels. However, if you’re serious about getting into PC simracing at a competitive level, you might have to be prepared to shell out a little more for something more specialised.
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