With more and more great racing games arriving on PlayStation 5, as well as a whole library of proven winners on PS4, there's never been a better time to jump in and build your very own home racing setup.
Whether you want to compete with the very best online in Gran Turismo 7 or dive headfirst into a season-long career in F1 22, having a good racing wheel can shave seconds off your lap times and – just as importantly – completely transform your experience with racing games for the better.
If you're looking to do just that, we've been busy compiling a list of our top recommendations for wheels that are perfect for your PS5 or PS4, as well as some extra accessories that'll complete your setup...
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The Best Racing Wheels for PS5, PS4: Our Recommendations
Below, you'll find our roundup of fantastic racing wheels at a variety of price points. We'll kick things off with the budget tier, where you'll find more-than-suitable wheels at affordable prices, before heading right up towards the more expensive end of the scale, with wheels used by eSports stars themselves.
There are a few great options in the budget tier, including the ever-popular Logitech G29 which has been a staple racing wheel for years. If you don't want to go overboard with the spending, one of these wheels should be perfect.
Logitech G29 / Logitech G923
First up, the Logitech G29 and the G923. The G923 is the newer model, and while it looks almost identical to its predecessor, it comes with improved force feedback for that extra bit of realism as you hit the track. Both wheels are known for their reliability and are certainly worth their price point – you can't go wrong with one of these.
Next, and perhaps the G29's biggest rival right now, is the Thrustmaster T248. One of the most affordable wheels in Thrustmaster's range, the T248 is ideal for beginners. We recently shared a review of this particular model, calling the T248 a "great all-rounder for racing fans". Make sure to read our full thoughts before picking one up.
Another decent option from Thrustmaster is the T150. This is an entry-level piece of kit that will provide a nice step up from using a controller. It's not as impressive as Thrustmaster's more expensive models – more on those further down the page – but that should be expected thanks to its lower price point. We'd pick up a Logitech G923 or the Thrustmaster T248 ahead of this model if you can, but the choice is yours.
Hori RWA Apex
And finally, a cheaper option courtesy of Hori. The RWA Apex wheel is the most affordable wheel on our list that, despite the low price point, has amassed an impressively positive collection of user reviews online. The lower cost here is arguably its biggest selling point, and it could certainly prove to be a great first wheel for anyone looking to give one a go before eventually upgrading to something a little more fancy.
If you've got a little more cash to spend, these next wheels are fantastic options that will really start to make your dream setup become a reality. For this tier, we're exclusively recommending Thrustmaster wheels that support the manufacturer's 'quick release' technology (explained below), as we feel they edge the competition at this price point.
Thrustmaster T300 RS
The Thrustmaster T300 has been a hugely popular choice for years, serving as one of the cheapest ways to get into the company's 'quick release' range. By grabbing a T300 RS – which is already a fantastic wheel in its own right – you'll also have the option of buying different types of Thrustmaster wheels such as the F1 add-ons and swapping them over as and when you like. This customisable design is a winner in our eyes, making this worth the extra cost over our budget recommendations.
Thrustmaster T-GT II
Taking things up a notch, and a perfect choice for any diehard Gran Turismo fans, is the T-GT II. Sporting that same quick release tech, the T-GT II is one step closer to being a truly high end wheel, coming with a decent set of three pedals and that lovely Gran Turismo branding. In truth, we'd say the T-GT II is a touch overpriced compared to its direct competitors, but it's certainly a great wheel and one that's sure to improve your racing enjoyment.
If money is no object and you're willing to truly splash out on the racing wheel of your dreams, you're going to want to invest in a direct drive wheel, rather than the belt-driven wheels featured above. Direct drive wheels are seen to be the most realistic in terms of their performance, offering stronger force feedback, but that improved technology comes at a price.
There are several options for you in the world of elite direct drive wheels, but the Fanatec range stands out as a particularly solid choice. Used by professional eSports stars all over the world, Fanatec's range of racing wheels and bases are known to be of an incredibly high standard.
While you used to be able to grab pre-made bundles on sites like Amazon, your best bet currently is to head to Fanatec's website directly where you can build your own bundle. Just make sure to watch out for wheels and accessories that are compatible with your chosen consoles.
Sim Racing Pedals, Wheel Add-Ons and Accessories for PS5, PS4
Below, you'll find a range of accessories that can be used alongside select wheels (make sure to check for compatibility with your chosen model).
Formula One-style Wheels
These F1-style wheels are perfect for anyone looking to get the most out of the official Formula One games. They're designed to be used with Thrustmaster's range of quick release wheels, which you'll find above in the Mid Tier section of our guide.
The SF1000 is a particularly beautiful beast that allows you to customise an on-wheel display with graphics taken directly from the game, such as your tyre temperatures or gear selection, but it's naturally the most expensive of the lot.
The T-LCMs below are a must-have pedal upgrade for anyone wanting to take their Thrustmaster setup to the next level. This is thanks to their loadcell technology, a more advanced pedal design that monitors the pressure you apply to the brake pedal, rather than the distance the pedal travels when pressed, essentially resulting in a more life-like experience.
The T3PMs on the other hand, are an ideal upgrade for anyone thinking of picking up a cheaper wheel that comes with a set of just two pedals. Having that extra clutch pedal should come in handy!
Best Sim Racing Seats and Cockpits
Having a wheel is one thing, but we'd argue that having the perfect setup for racing is just as important. Below, we've shared some of our top picks for racing seats and cockpits – equipment that lets you mount your wheel and pedals into secure positions and truly makes you feel like you're in the driving seat. Because who wants to spend hundreds on a wheel just for it to slide around on a table?
The products featured below come with mounting holes specifically designed for the most popular wheels from companies like Logitech and Thrustmaster, so you'll be ready to go straight out of the box.
Next Level Racing F-GT Lite
Our top pick here, factoring in functionality and affordability, is the F-GT Lite from Next Level Racing. This piece of kit can be set up in a number of different poses, including your more traditional upright position as well as a Formula One-style ground position. The best bit? It can then be easily folded away again for easy storage, meaning you don't need to have a permanent space dedicated to housing it.
It's more affordable than your more serious and permanent sim racing rigs too, making it a no-brainer.
Other Great Options
Of course, the F-GT Lite isn't your only option, and there are plenty of other racing seats and stands on the market at a variety of price points. If the F-GT Lite isn't quite your thing, consider one of the options below:
Best Racing Games on PS5, PS4
If you want to add more top racing games to your collection, we have you covered with our dedicated guides to the Best Racing Games on PS5 and the Best PS4 Racing Games.
Thanks to Logitech and Next Level Racing for providing us with some of the products featured in this guide.
This article is part of our PS5 buyer's guide, which can also help you with the following:
i have the g29 and seriously thinking or a fanatec,but can i justify a thousand pound to play gt7? i keep looking and might do sometime this year
Are these seats got everything built in? I’m looking for something that is easy to setup and fun but I don’t want the hassle of a time consuming build. Are these things literally connect and play?
While the extra features on G923 are nice unfortunately it's at the cost of limited backwards compatibility with games that the G29 used to work on no longer do..
I'd recommend the G29 over the G923 as they're fundamentally the same except the price tag. I've been having fun with some sim racing but found it's also great for some arcade racing too and have been using it for Crazy Taxi and Sega Rally, just need a seat now
Yeah i think the g29 is more than good enough for the casual racing fan. The Fanatec gear is a real investment for a console player imo. Strangely enough i do better with a controller on WRC10 than i do with the wheel tho.
Crumbytweak i have the playseat its like a deck chair and so easy to fold up and put away with the g29 wheel on
I choose the G29 over the G923 because the G29 is compatible with PS3. From what I've read the Trustmaster t300 is an amazing wheel that is unreliable and badly designed and will stop working eventually. I very nearly bought one but read too many negative reviews from users.
The next option after the G29 is the fanatec GT DD Pro bundle for GT7 @ €700 and very hard to get as it always sold out on fanatec website. I might try and get one in the future but the G29 is amazing for playing GT7 daily races. Apparently the speed is in your braking technique which I'm trying to learn.
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