The best Xbox steering wheels will level up your game for the launch of F1 2023. Whether you prefer Forza or DiRT, a good racing wheel will make you feel like you're actually in the seat of whatever you're virtually driving thanks to tactile pedals and realistic feedback. Besides, there's no way about it, getting a bit more immersion from these sorts of games is just way more fun. The best part is, the majority of wheels designed for Xbox One are still compatible with the Series X, so no matter what Xbox you play on, your money will go a little further.
We've spent a considerable amount of time behind each wheel, and just like with the best PC controllers, we've tested every one we can get our hands on. There are a few features you should keep your eyes peeled for since they might help to narrow down your search and keep the pricing as accurate as it can be to what you need. At the least, you'll get a wheel, and a set of pedals, but how fancy the wheel itself is might be the kicker. Do you want realistic feedback inside the wheel? Do you want a gear stick, too? These are good things to keep in the back of your mind when you peruse the list below.
Depending on the price you're willing to pay, there's quite a selection of wheels on offer. Thankfully, we've rounded up the very best Xbox steering wheels on the market to ensure you have all the knowledge and comparisons necessary to make a buying decision. So, on this list, you can find the top-tier models sitting next to the best-value entry-level devices so that you can find the right Xbox Series X accessories for your wallet.
So, let's race on, shall we? Here are the best Xbox steering wheels in 2023.
The best Xbox steering wheels 2023
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If you want a high-quality and reliable Xbox steering wheel, Logitech is a good place to start. They've been creating racing 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
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, the Logitech 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 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.
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.
Not everyone’s ready to go full send with sim racing. The spend-ceiling increases basically exponentially - there’s a ‘beginner setup’ for every budget all the way up to ‘oil state prince’ and that makes buying a decent, inexpensive rig feel daunting. Thrustmaster’s thinking with the entry-level T128 is to keep costs down above all else, which means you’re sacrificing a lot of the premium features found on most force feedback wheels, but for a reasonable price, you’re getting the experience of racing using wheel and pedal inputs.
The wheel itself fares much better in race conditions. It’s complete with a console pad-style layout of secondary buttons laid out within easy reach of your thumbs, while the gear shift paddles give a satisfying click when you hit them. It’s lacking a grippy surface around the wheel, but we found using road bike bar tape does the job.
In some places, these compromises feel like they cross the line, though. The pedals, for example, are set on a strikingly small plastic base that doesn’t feature any kind of grip. The combination of lightness, narrow gap between the pedals, and the necessity of having to exert a lot of force on the top of them means they slide all over the place and have a tendency to lift up under use.
The force feedback’s much lighter than you’d find on a pricier servo further up Thrustmaster’s range, or on Logi’s G923. But it does give you enough information to keep the car on the black stuff - it’s a taster course in sim racing, at a low price. Since the wheel and pedals are both unusually small, it’s a decent shout for younger and smaller sim racers, too. Anyone with long-term aspirations or higher comfort requirements should invest a little more in sturdier equipment, though.
Read more: Thrustmaster T128 review
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.
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. 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.
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.
Best Xbox steering wheel: FAQs
Which steering wheel is best for Xbox?
The best steering wheel for Xbox overall, in our opinion, is the Logitech G923 steering wheel and pedals. This steering wheels caters towards both hardcore racing gamers and people who are just getting started. The best budget steering wheel for Xbox, on the other hand, is the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider. This offers a great set of features and decent control for a much lower price point compared to the other Xbox steering wheels on offer. A cheaper Logitech option can be the Logitech G920 which is the best mid-range Xbox steering wheel, and one of the best Xbox One accessories on the market. It is a great quality wheel for the price and feels great to drive with, one downside however can be that the pedals feel somewhat stiff to begin with.
Is Thrustmaster or Logitech better?
In our opinion, we believe that the best steering wheel for Xbox is the Logitech G923. It is amazing quality and still comes at a lower price point that its competitors on the market. However for a more budget friendly option the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider comes in at a close second. The brand you decide to go with is up to you, many features vary.
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)
How we test Xbox steering wheels
In brief, every steering wheel that we have had our hands on is used in a series of different video games to accommodate for most genres. This means that we'll test the responsiveness of the sticks, face buttons, bumpers, triggers, pedals, and any other additional features found on the unit. If a wheel is wired or relies on rechargeable batteries, then the duration of the lifespan is tested, too. The same can be said for any specialist software, such as drivers, that may be included with the steering wheel as well.
For more on how we test controllers at GamesRadar+ check out our full article, and for something more representative of our holistic approach to the latest gear, check out our Hardware Policy.
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. You'll find plenty more discounts in our guide to the best Xbox Series X deals and Xbox Series S prices on the web - and check out our Xbox Series X restock guide for more tips on grabbing the console.