You've not lived as a racing fan unless you've put pedal to the metal with best Xbox steering wheels. These peripherals reinvent the feeling of a digital track, offering a far more realistic experience through additional feedback and resistance as you tear around corners. They're some of the most essential Xbox accessories racing fans can get their hands on, and we're rounding up all the top models right here.
However, that comes at a very literal cost. Xbox steering wheels can be expensive, even if you're opting for cheaper bundles with the pedals included. There's a ton of fancy tech under the hood, after all. Force feedback is one of the best examples of why the best Xbox steering wheels cost a pretty penny; it gives the sensation of your car fighting back against you, particularly on rough terrain. The result is a tremendous increase in immersion.
That's why we've not only compiled a list of all the best Xbox steering wheels currently available, but also rustled up as many deals as possible for our recommendations below. These offers are updated on a daily basis to provide maximum value for money, leaving you with cash left over for other things you might want to enhance your racing experience - the best gaming chairs or the best gaming desks, for example.
No matter what you choose, you'll never want to use standard controllers for racing again! Plus, you're browsing at the right time, we're expecting plenty of Black Friday Xbox Series X deals and Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals over the next few weeks.
The best Xbox steering wheels available now
If you want a high-quality and reliable Xbox steering wheel, Logitech is a good place to start. They've been creating racing game accessories for decades now, and their tech has only gotten better with age. The Logitech G923 is one of their best creations yet; it's a real winner.
Steering wheels are typically aimed at either entry-level players looking to dip their toes in the water of sim racing, or hardcore racers who have been doing this for some time now, but the G923 caters for both brilliantly. The G923 also offers perhaps the most immersion you'll get from any wheel on the market thanks to the new TrueForce technology, while still keeping the price point below the upmarket costs.
A price of £350 / $400 is still steep if you're new to the scene, but it's less than its direct competitors and is one of the best when it comes to performance. It's well-built with premium stitching around the leather, looks sleek with your set-up, and is the closest you can get to experience what it's like to actually be behind the wheel of a supercar/F1 car/rally car without leaving the comfort of your desk - or forking out some serious money for a full sim-rig set-up. If you've got the cash, the G923 is a beautiful bit of kit, and a must-have if you don't already own a similar product.
- Read more: Logitech G923 review
This is the budget end of the range, but it's still far, far better-feeling for driving games than a pad because you get a wheel and pedals for progressive steering and brake/throttle inputs. Just remember, it's more suited to casual arcade racers than true sims (though it'll still be loads of fun with Forza).
The most important thing here is what the unit lacks, and that is Force Feedback. There's 'linear resistance' on the steering wheel, which means it gets harder to turn the more you turn it. That's fair enough, but rather than a motor feeding back what's happening in the game through your hands, this is just a simple bungee cord that doesn't translate any of the action into extra movement. It's also worth noting that the wheel doesn't rotate as much between full locks, which means less precision (but also more responsive steering compared to your movements). Less realistic, but better for arcade racing games.
The wheel feels less solid and realistic as a result, although since it's modelled on a real Ferrari wheel, at least the design is suitably racy and comfortable. It too has long-pronged paddle shifters, so you can change gear with your fingertips while you race, just like real racing drivers.
Again, while the brake pedal here offers progressive input, but this is a more cheaply-made pedal set than others on this list, and you will feel the difference. But the fact remains that controlling brakes and acceleration with your feet instead of triggers on a pad is awesome, so if you want to feel like a racing driver when you play your favourite racing games, this will do the job well.
If you're after a slightly cheaper Logitech Xbox steering wheel, the G920 sees more regular discounts than its jacked up sibling. You're still getting force feedback driving, but without Logitech's patented TrueForce technology, dropping dual-clutch assistance, a progressive brake pedal, and certain dedicated selection and adjustment buttons. However, if you're looking for a great deal, theLogitech G920 has got it where it counts.
The Force Feedback offers strong, smooth forces pushing and pulling against your hands as you control the vehicle. It feels slightly smoother to use than the Thrustmaster TX, but also a little less realistic. It's very much a deluxe game controller rather than a replica of a real steering wheel setup. It's not so strong that you'll have to physically wrestle with the car like with the Fanatec servos, but you'll still feel the steering go light when you understeer, clatter across kerbs and feel cars rubbing against you in tight packs. Lovely stuff.
This is a very comfortable wheel to actually hold, but isn't interchangeable like other similarly-priced units, so you're stuck with the one in the box. That's really no bad thing, though - the paddle shifters feel nice, the fatter rim than other wheels feels really nice to hold and adds to the smooth sensation of driving, and the buttons' raised up profiling makes for a wheel that's both stylish and practical for gaming.
This is the only real downside to the unit. The unit we tested had a very stiff brake pedal from new, which meant that applying 100% braking was tough without standing on the pedal with all your weight. The problem apparently lies with the rubber stopper that is intended to give you a realistic feel of resistance, but it seems that some units' rubber is too hard. It can be modified, and will get better over time, but the fact remains that other units offer more playable experience straight out of the box. Still, assuming you can get the brakes working well, the rest of the unit is a bargain at this price, considering the product you're getting.
- Read more: Logitech G920 review
This is the entry-level Force Feedback wheel for Xbox, but that doesn't mean a disappointing experience - far from it. It actually means you get the feel of an arcade cabinet in your home, access to advanced features in your racing games that were previously denied to you, and you get a feel for what it's really like to drive a car.
Obviously the quality of the servo here is a far cry from the top-of-the-range products elsewhere on this list, but you so get forces pushing and pulling at the wheel as you race. There's nothing quite so exciting as seeing another car moving towards you and then feeling the nudge through your hands as you drive - it's like the game is actually happening. Games these days have a lot of detail in their Force Feedback systems, so a lot of the quality in terms of how good the effect is comes from the software, rather than the hardware. And since Thrustmaster is a respected brand, even their entry-level gear is worth playing.
The layout of this wheel is very similar to the Leather Racing Edition of the top-tier model, which is perfectly functional, but doesn't have buttons easily accessible under your thumbs - you do need to reach for them. When that means your handbrake isn't the easiest button to press - especially when you're turning the wheel already - that's not ideal. However, it's a solid and otherwise pleasant-feeling design, and the long-pronged paddle shifters means you can easily change gear whether you hold your wheel at the 10-to-two position, or the racier quarter-to-three. It likely won't take as much of a beating as more expensive wheels, but if you drive smoothly, it'll serve you very well indeed.
Not so good, sadly. A decent pedal unit needs metal and a clutch pedal, but this is a plasticky, two-pedal affair. It still allows you to input throttle and brake controls at varying degrees, which means you're less likely to lock the wheels under braking, or spin the wheels of the startline. It's still way, way better than using a standard control pad (though Xbox's haptic triggers are pretty wonderful at doing those same tasks), so controlling the game won't be an issue. Just don't expect it to feel like there's a real car under your feet - there plainly isn't.
If you're concerned about the initial outlay of one of the more premium Xbox steering wheels on this list, then the Hori Overdrive might be the best option for you - particularly if you're just dipping your toe in the world of racing wheels. There aren't too many premium features here, though plenty of surface level adjustments on the wheel itself and the pedals.
You aren't getting force feedback here, which might not be a deal breaker - especially if you are just getting started in the racing world - but is certainly a sacrifice in that super low price point. However, with adjustable deadzone, plenty of compliments on its build quality, and still 270º of turn, there's plenty to love here.
Fanatec CSL Elite bundle
Fanatec's wares may be the most expensive on this list, but their newer, relatively lower-priced offering is absolutely stunning and leaves the competition in the dust in terms of Force Feedback strength and attention to detail. This wheelbase is compatible not just with Xbox One, but also PC and even PS4, so the money you could have spent on multiple units can instead go on superior build quality.
The Force Feedback servo in the Elite Wheelbase+ is incredibly strong – enough to shake the entire racing seat you’re playing it on as you clatter around the streets of Monaco in F1 2017. The brushless motor provides smooth transitions between seamless force levels, and – especially important if you haven’t got the money for a purpose-built rack, it comes with a table clamp.
The bundled-in wheel isn't as fancy as some of Fanatec's options, but it's still a heavy-duty piece of hardware and features a built-in screen that can be used for data relaying or to customise the various parameters of control the wheel offers. Fanatec understands sim racers' needs and wishes, and customisation options are everywhere, meaning you can make the car control exactly the way you want it. And of course, it feels ultra-solid when it's connected to the unit - this is ultra-deluxe gaming that's getting extremely close to the real thing.
It comes with the CSL Elite Pedals, which are, in my opinion, the best I’ve used in terms of control – and that includes the more expensive ClubSport model. The key difference is in the angle of the accelerator pedal and the depth of travel. It feels ultra-precise, allowing you to feed in the throttle or keep the revs at mid-range through start sequences or long corners with ease. The brake pedal, too, is just right – there’s a rubber stopper that provides resistance, but right out of the box, the sensitivity is exactly where you want it, allowing for light dabs, firm braking, or stand-on-everything, wheels-locked-like-Sebastian Vettel levels of depression. The heavy-duty metal housing feels really solid – the only shortcoming really is that the pedalboard really does need to be mounted to a racing seat or at least something with a wide base – it can slide or even tip up if you’re too aggressive under braking if it’s just loose on the floor. There is, of course, one more obvious shortcoming if you’re after the full simulation setup – there’s no clutch pedal included with the base set, though you can buy an optional ‘loadcell’ kit, which gives you a resistance-based brake pedal, and lets you use the old pedal as a clutch instead.
Which Xbox games work with a steering wheel?
If you've just picked up on of the best Xbox steering wheels on the market you'll want to put it to some good games. You'll find all the Xbox One and Xbox Series X games compatible with a steering wheel just below, though note that individual functions and features unique to some models might not be available across all titles.
Some models and brands won't be compatible with certain games - make sure you double check with the brand you are buying to make sure your favorite game is playable with an Xbox steering wheel.
18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker
4x4 EVO 2
American Truck Simulator
Asseto Corsa Competitzione
Dirt Rally 2.0
Eurotruck Simulator 2
F1 (2015 onwards)
Farming Simulator (15 onwards)
Forza Horizon (2 onwards)
Forza Motorsport (5 onwards)
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Monster Truck Championship
Nascar Heat Evolution
Nascar Heat (2 onwards)
Need for Speed: Heat
Need for Speed: Payback
Need for Speed 2016
Project Cars 2
Project Cars 3
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo
The Crew: Wild Run
The Crew 2
V Rally 4
WRC (5 onwards)
Of course, we're also rounding up all the best PS4 steering wheels on the market, and the best racing wheels for PC. Or, if you're going old-school, check out the best cheap Xbox controllers available now.