Remember going to the arcade and spending 90% of your tokens on Cruisin’ USA, Hydro Thunder, Rush 2049, Outrun, Roadblasters, and Pole Position? Maybe that was just me. The common denominator of these arcade games are the steering wheel set ups and seats (Except Pole Position) that give you a more immersive racing experience. (I spent the other 10% on air hockey if you must know)
Now you can recreate this same experience in your own home with authentic racing seats and advanced steering wheel interfaces with force-feedback steering, three-pedal sets, and shifters. The steering wheel sets can be pieced together or bought in sets; they are sold separately from the racing seats meant for gaming, though. Racing seats meant for gaming have special brackets to attach the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter to recreate the feel of being in a car.
When buying a steering wheel interface for your PS4 make sure you buy one with force-feedback steering. This is the best way to play a racing game since it gives you the most immersive experience. Feeling the steering wheel buck when you hit a curb, shake when you hit a red and white rumble strip on track, feel the push of other cars on you, and the resistance of the wheel when turning too hard into a corner are all part of the racing experience.
The Thrustmaster T300RS is an officially licensed PS4 steering wheel that comes with force-feedback and a two-pedal setup. It doesn’t have a shifter in the set but you can but one separately; same goes for a three-pedal setup. It does have the official PlayStation logo with all the functionality of a Dualshock 4 controller.
Thrustmaster offers a three-pedal setup separately. This is better for those that want the feel of shifting a manual transmission car. Thrustmaster offers a gated shifter, too, that can be added to the T300RS steering wheel.
For F1 Fans, you can detach the standard steering wheel and replace it with an F1 Ferrari steering wheel. This wheel is a replica of the actual steering wheel of the 2011 F1 Ferraris. The controls are fully functional allowing you to adjust your car on the fly during F1 racing games.
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Thrustmaster T150 Force Feedback
This is another official PlayStation wheel that was marketed with Driveclub when it finally released for PlayStation. The T150 is a more economic choice than the T300RS without giving up the force-feedback. Once again, you can pair it with other Thrustmaster accessories like the three-pedal setup and shifter. It also offers the full functionality of a Dualshock 4 controller.
The Logitech G29 is the successor to the popular G27 steering wheel. The G27 did not have the required chip to operate with the PS4, so owners of the G27 were left behind with the new console generation. If they did buy a PS4, their only options were to play with a controller or buy an officially licensed Thrustmaster steering wheel interface.
Eventually, though, Logitech released the G29 that complied with Sony’s specs for PS4 peripherals. The Logitech G29 steering wheel set comes with a force-feedback steering wheel with all the controls of a Dualshock 4 controller. This package also comes with a three-pedal setup right out of the box. The shifter is sold separately, though.
This Thrustmaster T80RS wheel does not have force-feedback; instead, it has a resistance based bungee cord system that mimics the resistance of turning into a corner hard. It also auto-centers the steering wheel. This is not the same as force-feedback but at least gives the steering wheel a bit of feedback.
The Thrustmaster T80RS also has a two-pedal setup and optional shifter that can be purchased separately.
This is an officially licensed PlayStation product and has all the controls of a Dualshock 4 controller.
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HORI Racing Wheel Apex
This PlayStation licensed steering wheel interface comes with a two-pedal setup and adjustable sensitivity steering wheel. The HORI steering wheel does not have force-feedback. The adjustable sensitivity of the steering wheel acts a poor replacement to force-feedback, but it allows the steering wheel to be sold at its current price point.
Openwheeler Racing Wheel Stand Cockpit
The Openwheeler Racing Wheel Stand Cockpit is the perfect addition to your new steering wheel set up. You get an authentic racing seat with adjustable brackets allowing you to find the perfect fit. There is a place to mount the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter with sturdy brackets to keep everything from moving around as you fight with the steering or brake hard into a corner.
You can try to hook your steering wheel to a table or desk, but the lack of adjustments and awkward sitting position make it hard to immerse yourself in the experience.
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