Driving games are amazing, obviously, but there’s something sitting in front of you that breaks the immersion in driving games. It’s the pad - it is not one of the best PS4 steering wheels. The DualShock 4 has many years and lots of R&D cash behind it (anyone remember the PS3 banana controller that never was?) but for all its good points it’s not round.
The best PS4 steering wheels make steering a ton of speeding metal through envelope-pushing corners with just two of your tyres making contact with the ground seem easy. Upgrade your racing controls to a wheel, and you’ll be hooning like Hamilton in no time. Or at least, that’s what you’d think. In reality, racing wheels are precision instruments, designed to keep you teetering on the edge of control for as long as it takes to make it round that corner a tenth of a second faster than you ever have before. Force feedback motors simulate the feeling of rubber fighting the laws of physics, and pedals take braking away from your fingertips and put it somewhere with a bit more muscle memory behind it.
These, then, are the best racing wheels for your PlayStation 4 console. They’re one of the pricier PS4 accessories, but one that’s well worth having if you value your Hockenheim times.
Best PS4 steering wheels
1. Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel
The best PS4 steering wheel
Rotation: 900° | Pedals: 3 | Buttons: 16 | Adjustable pedals: No
Logitech has a long history of great PlayStation wheels, dating back to the days of Gran Turismo 3. The current version offers Force Feedback, three pedals and compatibility with both PS4 and PS3 (as well as PC).
Strong Force Feedback comes from a compact servo with a built-in clamp, allowing you to get set up and racing on any desk very quickly. The wheel rim isn’t interchangeable, but you can add a manual stick shift to it later if you prefer.
Since you can’t take the wheel off, it needs to be a good one, and thankfully it is. Control is super-smooth and the plush-feeling finish combines with good button placement and an integrated clicker wheel to give you the feeling that you have complete control over your vehicle. The stainless steel paddle shifters are well-positioned too - it’s a solid-feeling unit with everything within easy reach.
Resistance isn’t a strong point of this pedal set, but considering the Xbox equivalent has issues with too much resistance, that’s probably a better way to be. You do get three pedals, though, so you can drop the clutch on the start line, which is a big advantage if you like your racing on the serious side. The pedal base isn’t particularly large, which gives it a very slight ‘toy’ feeling, but given the price, you’re getting a full pedal set included with a superb wheel, so there’s not much reason to complain.
2. Fanatec CSL Elite Starter Kit for PS4 (and PC)
The best PS4 wheel for serious racers
Rotation: 1080° | Pedals: 2 | Buttons: 15 | Adjustable pedals: Yes
Yes, the price is higher than the console you’re playing on, but on the balance of price vs quality, this is undoubtedly the absolute best racing wheel on PS4. While not the top-of-the-range entry in Fanatec’s catalogue, the quality of this wheel and pedals set is far, far superior to the next entry on the list, and arguably feels better to use than the ultra-deluxe ClubSport pack thanks to superb pedals and a formidable force feedback motor, which is why we’ve chosen it over its bigger brother.
You simply won’t believe how strong the Force Feedback motor is in this wheelbase. In an F1 game, pick a classic Williams and go for a drive around the bumpy streets of Monaco, and you’ll literally be wrestling with the wheel as it judders around, trying to shake itself free of the straight line you’re attempting to drive. It’s simply magnificent, and so solid you’ll really feel like there is a real car connected to the wheel in your hands. Having an integrated rev bar lighting up as you play is also really cool, as long as the game you’re playing supports it, of course. It also comes with a clamp so you can secure it to a desk or racing seat without bolting it down, which will be useful for those who don’t want a permanent setup in their living room.
Steering wheel quality
While the fundamental quality of this wheel can’t be knocked, this standard rim can be removed and upgraded later if you fancy something a bit more exotic than a plain, circular, slightly undersized wheel. The shifter paddles have been designed to click in a satisfying way, and they’re centred for racing style steering wheel grip. There’s also a built-in screen at the top of the wheel, which can be used to tinker with your wheel’s calibration parameters, or used for telemetry data in compatible games.
This is Fanatec’s lower-spec pedal set, and this bundle doesn’t come with a clutch pedal, so if you’re serious about manual gears, you should consider either the ClubSport pedals or upgrading the existing brake pedal to a Loadcell version, and using the old brake pedal as a clutch instead. The metal housing allows you to move pedals as you see fit, adding comfort and flexibility to an already formidable setup. However, the basic pedals themselves are a joy to use regardless, with superb resistance under your braking foot, and smooth, controllable throttle input. Wheelspin and locked brakes will soon be a thing of the past. Some may actually prefer these pedals to the more expensive ones. We do.
3. Thrustmaster T300 Ferrari GTE Official Force Feedback wheel
Superb Force Feedback wheel for the mid-range tier
Rotation: 1080° | Pedals: 2 | Buttons: 12 | Adjustable pedals: Yes
Thrustmaster has a wealth of options but the T300 is the gold standard for mid-tier Force Feedback wheels on PS4, but it is significantly more expensive at present than Logitech’s similarly-specced bundle. Still, this unit is highly recommended, as the feeling of driving with this wheel in an all-out sim like Assetto Corsa is simply sublime: precise, immersive control that makes you feel like you’re actually in the car as you hurtle around Silverstone.
The fundamental quality of the Force Feedback motor is excellent, with strong forces pushing and pulling at you as you turn thanks to the brushless motor inside. This allows you to feel the car’s adhesion with the surface of the road as the steering goes light in your hands when you’re understeering. It’s also compatible with PS3 which is excellent if you fancy dipping back into the likes of Sega Rally or OutRun Online HD. This is an officially-licensed wheel, too, which means the chances of it being compatible with your favourite game is much higher than cheaper models. Buy with confidence.
This is a lovely, solid racing wheel that feels smooth as you turn it. The T300 base is modular, too, which means you can switch out rims if you decide you want to upgrade further down the line. As for this one, it features Ferrari branding, a toggle switch for whichever car setting you decide to assign it to (maybe brake bias? That would be cool) and a nice red indicator stripe so you can see when the wheel is centered in games like Dirt Rally. However, there’s no dedicated clutch paddle (or pedal) or handbrake included, so you’ll need to use one of the face buttons if you need those, which isn’t ideal.
While this isn’t the best Thrustmaster pedals set (we prefer the T3PA pedal set, sold separately), as you only get accelerator and brake pedals out of the box, it’s a perfectly functional set with precise control over your inputs, meaning less wheelspin and more controlled braking. The base plate is large enough to rest your feet on, which makes it less likely to move if it’s unsecured. And if you want better pedals, you don’t need to buy an entirely new bundle. So while this starter pack contains everything you need to get racing in a serious way, if you find yourself wanting more, you can pick and mix down the line. Perfect.
4. RWA: Racing Wheel Apex from HORI
The best budget PS4 steering wheel
Rotation: 270° max | Pedals: 2 | Buttons: 16 | Adjustable pedals: Yes
HORI has made a name for itself in its fighting game controllers, but it’s branched out into steering wheels too, most notably with this budget-level PS4 and PS3 setup. It’s officially-licensed, too, though you might have to adjust some of the control options both on the wheel and in the games to get the most out of compatibility - this wheel isn’t listed in every game’s steering wheel presets. Still, it’s perfectly serviceable for most games.
There are clear entry-level features here, with suction pads for tabletop use (though there’s also a clamp too if you have a racing seat) and no Force Feedback to enjoy, meaning this wheel is very much entry-level. That said, it’s a good size, and there’s an adjustable rotation angle - you can either set it to 180 degrees of movement for quick direction changes in arcade titles, or you can boost that to 270 degrees of rotation for more serious sims. It’s still far from the realistic rotation angles of other wheels on this list, but the choice is appreciated.
The wheel itself is plasticky, but smooth and glossy, with a nice, chunky design. The buttons are fully re-mappable, which means you can set your pit radio or brake bias buttons where you want them for maximum control during the race. It’s also pleasant to see two buttons embedded in the wheel rim itself, allowing you to open DRS or look behind you in any F1 game without moving your thumb from the wheel. Very nice.
There’s no clutch pedal and what you get is rather plasticky. However, there is adjustable sensitivity on the pedals and a retractable, tactile footrest to help you keep the unit under your toes. Considering the price, you’re getting a decent wheel, but if you’re serious about your driving games, you will get far more from any of the other wheels on this list.
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