The Logitech G920 Driving Force Steering Wheel, has been long awaited by the sim racing community, especially those who race on Xbox consoles.
If you are weighing your options for a steering wheel for your Xbox One or your PC, the G920 Driving Force wheel is considered a mid to high end wheel. This thing will deliver realistic steering and pedal action for the latest racing games.
In this review we will breakdown the specifics of the latest offering from Logitech and see if this wheel can deliver a simulated racing experience.
This is not the first wheel made by Logitech (they have been making wheels for years), but the G920 is the first steering wheel they have made for the Xbox One and after announcing 6 years ago they were done with racing peripherals. This wheel is a follow up to the Logitech G27 racing wheel, which is one of the highest rated wheels on Amazon (4.5 stars and 1200 customer reviews), but was never made compatible for Xbox gamers.
So for about 350 bucks, does the Logitech wheel compare to the Thrustmaster TX and The Mad Catz Racing Wheel? I will answer that question by the end of this review.
Let’s get into the Logitech G920 Driving Force Steering Wheel. This is a mid to high end driving wheel for anyone looking for a simulated and immersive racing experience. The price point ($350) is set competitively based on the features it offers. Here are some of the Logitech steering wheel specs.
The G920 is Very Similar To The G27 in look And Feel
3 Stainless Steel pedals (gas, brake, clutch), Hand stitched leather wheel, duel motor force feedback, semi- automatic paddle shifters, d-pad and on wheel controls, and helical gearing. If you are a previous G27 owner, then this wheel offers a fairly comparable experience, with build and quality.
This wheel and pedal set feels exactly like the Logitech G27, except that it doesn’t come standard with a shifter (you have to purchase the Driving Force Shifter separately for $60). What you get in the box is the wheel and pedals, a USB power supply, and the user manuals.
The Wheel And Forced Feedback Feel Great
The wheel, which is a D-shape, delivers extremely quiet, smooth, and strong force feedback and always maintain a little tightness, which helps you keep control.
The wheel also offers 900 degrees of rotation which means you can turn the wheel around 2.5X, hand over hand on wide turns, just like a real car.
Quality Construction And Built Durable
The wheel shaft contains solid steel ball bearings and you can tell the wheel is extremely durable and built to take a beating. The stainless steel paddle shifters give a nice click sound when they are engaged. It also has helical gears that are modeled after automotive transmissions to reduce unwanted noise and vibration. The wheel rim is wrapped in real hand-stitched leather that offers a nice look and comfortable grip.
The wheel and pedal set both weigh in around 5 lbs and are constructed of plastic and metal.
3 Responsive Pedals
The pedals contain a gas, brake and clutch standard. The brake contains a non-linear rubber mod inside, which simulates progressive pressure-sensitive brake system in a real car. You can also reposition the pedal faces to make heel-toe maneuvers easier. There are also rubber feet on the bottom of the pedal set for hard surfaces and a retractable carpet grip system to help your pedals stay in place if they are not being mounted to a cockpit.
Easy Access To Buttons And Controls
The buttons are all accessible right on the wheel (where as the G27 has them on the shifter). The wheel contains all the standard Xbox One buttons for easy access, “A”, “X”, “B”, “Y”, start, menu, LB, RB, a d-pad, and your main Xbox button.
Having easy access to buttons is a feature not to be overlooked. For most racing games you need to be able to access the handbrake with a button click. If you configure your handbrake to the “B” button you can easily slide your right hand thumb onto the button while you are steering.
Add On a Shifter for More Immersive Racing
The Logitech G920 comes with the clutch pedal, but not a shifter. You can however buy the six speed h-pattern shifter, The Logitech Driving Force Shifter, which is sold separately for $60. The shifter is wrapped in leather and has a nice feel to it with a short throw, kinda like what you would get in a high performance sports car. You can read our Driving Force Shifter review here.
Ability to Adjust Sensitivity
Everybody likes their force feedback (FFB) a little bit different. You can adjust the sensitivity of the wheel by plugging it into a PC and changing the internal settings. This will allow you to turn up or reduce the strength of the FFB. Even if you are using it on an Xbox One, you can still plug your Logitech wheel into a PC via USB and change your settings. Changing these settings can be particularly helpful to customize the wheel to your preferences for the most part once you get the setting you like you only need to set it once and it will be programmed in.
A Few Limitations on the Logitech Steering Wheel
This wheel option doesn’t offer detachable rim options or alternate pedal sets like the Thrustmaster TX, however the stock rim on here is far superior to the TX Italia’s stock rim. There is also a bit to be desired in the sensitivity of the pedals, the brake comes across stiff and the accelerator not quite as sensitive as what i am used to.
All of the Xbox One racing games (expect for Need for Speed Rivals), offer racing wheel support.
Mounts On Most Cockpits
Because this is going to be an extremely popular wheel all of the big brand cockpit and wheel stand makers are making accommodations to mount the G920 wheel. The 3 most popular brands: Playseat, Open Wheeler, and Wheel Stand Pro, are already making products that mount the G920 Driving Force Wheel. It seems though that Logitech recommends the Playseat Evolution on their site.
Of course if you weren’t interested in mounting the wheel on a cockpit or stand, the G920 comes with the option for table mounting your wheel and the pedals contain some options for keeping them stable on the floor.
A Piece Of Mind Warranty
Logitech steering Wheels have a 2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty. I have never had to call Logitech customer service, but looking around the net it seems that they have outstanding customer service.
The Logitech G920 is Compatible On Xbox One and PC
The wheel is compatible with the Xbox One, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7. It will also work with all Xbox One racing games that offer wheel support.
G920 Pro’s vs. Con’s
- Comes standard with gas, brake, and clutch pedals
- Leather grip is a nice touch and really comfortable
- The force feedback is quiet smooth and strong
- Mounts easy on all major brand cockpits and stands
- Steering and pressing pedals feels natural
- Adjustable Sensitivity Settings
- 2 Year Warranty
- Does not have a headphone jack
- The optional shifter only offers six speeds (no sequential)
- The face of the wheel looks like a toy
- The wheel diameter feels a bit small
- The pedals are not invertible
- The pedals have a low 8 bit resolution and feels stiff
- The accelerator could be more sensitive
- The wheel rim is not interchangeable
- There is bright white light above the xbox button (but you can put a piece of tape over it)
Compared To Steering Wheels at The Same Price Point
Logitech G920 vs Mad Catz Steering Wheel
Compared to the Mad Catz Racing Wheel $375) the Logitech G920 ($350) is almost the same price, so which one is a better value?
While both products feature helical gearing the Logitech steering wheel is the easy answer. The force feedback in the G920 is not only smoother, stronger, and quieter the fact that it comes standard with a clutch makes it a better value. The pedals on the G920 also feel better than the Mad Catz pedals.
The only thing I like better about the Mad Catz wheel is that I like the way it looks…it certainly looks more like a race car steering wheel, but let’s face it…
The Mad Catz product just doesn’t cut it and I would strongly advise steering clear of it.
Thrusmaster TX vs Logitech G920
Compared to the Thrustmaster TX Leather Eition ($450) the Logitech G920 ($350) is a few bucks less, so is it worth the savings?
The G920 and the TX steering wheels drive and feel somewhat similar, but the TX edges out the 920 in performance and quality. Both deliver smooth, strong, and quiet force feedback to create a simulated immersive driving experience, but the brushless dual belt drive motor on the TX is of a slightly higher caliber.
The G920 is a better value than the Thrustmaster F458 Italia Edition, simply because it comes standard with a 3 pedal set and has a better rim.
The TX leather Edition, has a 3 pedal set and a leather rim, similar to the G920. Where both the Thrustmaster TX wheels are really better than Logitech is the upgrade options and the TX wheelbase. The G920 only has an add on 6 speed shifter to add on, while Thrustmaster offers multiple wheel rims, pedal sets, and a 7 speed shifter. I also feel like the Thrustmaster wheel base is a bit stronger, smoother and quieter with the Force feedback and the pedals are a bit more responsive with a higher bit resolution.
The G920 Logitech Steering Wheel is a Best Seller
When it comes to wheels for the Xbox One and PC alot of people gravitate towards the 920. I think what people like most about it is the 2 year warranty, the low price for a mid grade driving system with a 3 pedal set, and getting the next gen racing peripheral from the same company that manufactured the classic G27.
The 920 has done remarkably well in sales and despite it’s handful of drawbacks it delivers a quality gaming experience that will make you feel good about your purchase.
Logitech G920 Driving Force Review – My Final thoughts
The Logitech G920 Steering Wheel is fantastic. This Steering wheel definitely offers an immersive simulated experience for playing Xbox One and PC racing games and is the best option for racing wheels with a stock setup. The fact for $350 for the wheel and pedals and another $60 for the shifter, you have spent less than $500 and you have a wheel, pedals w/ a clutch, and the shifter.
If you are looking for steering wheel and pedal set, that is out of the box a great experience with only a shifter to add on, this is an outstanding racing wheel choice.
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