Best Xbox Series X|S Racing Wheels – 2020 Guide and Review

Racing wheels are a must for even the most casual of racing fans, because really, why would you drive a car with your Xbox controller? And with racing games like Dirt 5 making their way to the Series X/S, it’s high time to get your very own racing wheel, if you haven’t yet.

If you’re planning to buy a racing wheel, the good news is that all Xbox One peripherals are compatible with the Series X/S. That means you have a smorgasbord of racing wheels to choose from come launch.

To prep you, here are some of the best racing wheels you can buy that’s compatible with the next-generation Xbox console.

Note: If you are shopping for someone else with an Xbox Series X, check out the best Xbox Series X gift ideas.

Best Racing Wheels for Xbox Series X and S

ProductKey FeaturesOur Rating
Logitech G920• Exceptional value for money
• Excellent performance with tight controls
4.7
Thrustmaster TMX PRO• High-quality pedals
• Smooth and realistic force feedback
4.9
Hori Racing Wheel Overdrive• Built-in mount
• Various adjustment levels
4.3
Thrustmaster TX Ferrari 458• Realistic force feedback
• Interchangeable wheels
4.8
PXN V900• Pressure-sensitive pedals
• A wide degree of rotation for a budget model
4.4
Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer Sparco P310 Mod• Turbo Power efficiency
• Realistic and smooth force feedback
4.8

Logitech G920

  • Range of Rotation: 900 degrees
  • Wheel Diameter: 11″
  • Materials: metal frame with leather wrapping
  • Resolution: 16-bit / 65,536 steps

Logitech is a well-known peripheral manufacturer, and that includes their line of racing wheels. The G920 is one of the best “value for money” models they have, offering the perfect balance of price and performance, with some aesthetics thrown in.

The G920 features a generous 11″ wheel, clad in full hand-stitched leather for comfort and a luxury feel. Most of Logitech’s G wheel series are fully-console compatible, and it’s the same with the G920. The Xbox’s D-pad and controls are replicated here so that you can access game controls without the need for an Xbox controller.

This package also includes pedals by default, so you don’t need to worry about buying one separately.

Performance-wise, the G920 can match that of any mid-tier or even luxury racing wheel. It features the required 900 degrees of rotation, so you get a 1:1 correspondence with driving your virtual car. The force feedback is present enough to be believable without going all out. Turning the wheel feels smooth, and the action is tight to give you full control at all times.

You can also fit the G920 to your rig with its built-in clamps and bolt points. However, the wheel is not interchangeable, which might disappoint those who want to customize their rig. But it’s a minor hiccup at best.

Overall, you’ll be hard-pressed to find many racing wheels that can match the performance and quality of the Logitech G920 in its price range. 

Pros

  • Exceptional value for money
  • Excellent performance with tight controls
  • Decent and believable force feedback

Cons

  • Fixed wheel

Our Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

Thrustmaster TMX PRO

  • Degree of Rotation: 900 degrees
  • Wheel Diameter: 11″
  • Materials: plastic frame, rubber grips, metal shifter
  • Resolution: 12-bit / 4,096 steps

The TMX PRO is an updated version of the TMX series, which is the budget line of Thrustmaster, one of the leading brands in racing wheels. What sets the Pro version apart is the inclusion of T3PA pedals – full metals pads with three pedals, instead of the two-pedal model that comes with the TMX.

In many ways, the TMX PRO is similar to the Logitech G920 in term of performance and even aesthetics. Some might argue, however, that the force feedback on the TMX PRO is slightly better. It uses a combination of both belt and gear for its system, giving smoother vibrations and feedback. It also gives better realism overall while staying completely silent. 

The materials use a plastic frame and rubber grips, however, which is where the G920 has a leg up with its hand-stitched leather. Where the TMX PRO got it right, however, are with its paddle shifters. They’re both made of metal, similar to ones found in high-end cars. They’re satisfying to use with a distinct click.

Both wheels, however, offer fantastic performance overall. The TMX PRO also has 900 degrees of full rotation from its 11″ wheels, making it suitable for the vast majority of mainstream racing games (save titles that involve drifting).

If you want to feel the quality and performance of Thrustmaster wheels at a budget, go with the TMX PRO. You’ll get roughly the same experience while paying for less.

Pros

  • Smooth and realistic force feedback
  • Paddle shifters are satisfying to use
  • High-quality pedals

Cons

  • Plastic frames and rubber grip

Our Rating: 4.9 / 5.0

Hori Racing Wheel Overdrive

  • Range of Rotation: 270 degrees
  • Wheel Diameter: 11″
  • Materials: plastic frame, rubber wrapping, plastic shifters
  • Resolution: 16-bit / 65,536 steps

At the bottom of the price bracket is the Hori Racing Wheel Overdrive, probably one of the least expensive racing wheels you can get. Costing less than $100 on average, the Hori offers a semi-decent driving experience overall.

The biggest drawback of the Hori wheel is its low range of rotation of 270 degrees. This gives more of an arcade racing experience than simulating a real virtual car. Surprisingly, you can switch this down further to 180 degrees as “Arcade Racer” mode. 

Driving wise, though, the Hori Racing Wheel Overdrive is pretty decent. Control sensitivity is adjustable so that you can vary it depending on your preferences. Same goes with the pedals, to simulate gradual acceleration. A dead zone can be adjusted to help make your virtual car cruise along much easier.

Materials used in the Hori wheel is what you can expect from a beginner $100 model. Plastic is used throughout, with a rubber wrapping on the wheels for grip. Despite this, the wheel has a good heft to it. It also has a mounting bracket, so you attach it stably to your table.

Of course, there’s no force feedback on this model, but that’s to be expected. All in all, if you’re after a cheap racing wheel, the Hori Racing Wheel Overdrive is a good pick. Ideal for use by kids, or for those who wants to see if virtual driving is for them.

Pros

  • Budget pricing
  • Built-in mount
  • Various adjustment levels

Cons

  • The low range of rotation

Our Rating: 4.3 / 5.0

Thrustmaster TX Ferrari 458

  • Degree of Rotation: 900 degrees
  • Wheel Diameter: 11″
  • Resolution: 16-bit / 65,536 steps

The Thrustmaster TX Ferrari 458 is a racing wheel that replicates the look and design of the iconic sports car. From the 11″ wheels to the classic Ferrari-style pedals, the 458 Italia is brought to life here. Weirdly enough, this Ferrari Edition is the standard version of the TX, which is exclusive to the Xbox.

The TX is built on top of Thrustmaster’s belt drive servo base, which is an amazing foundation in its own right. It uses a dual belt system connected to a brushless servomotor for seamless, frictionless, and ultra-fast force feedback. It’s also capable of 900 degrees of rotation for better turning, which is made even smoother with Thrustmaster’s HallEffect AccuRate Technology. The included pedals are also built to be realistic with their progressive resistance feature.

The result is that the TX gives a precision driving performance, as well as a realistic force feedback system, for an impressive experience overall.

The servo base of the TX also allows you to switch the wheel, giving you plenty of customization options (such as with the TM Open Wheel Add-On for GT racing). It’s also compatible with other Thrustmaster pedal sets if you prefer something else entirely.

Overall, if you’re a mid-level to serious gamer willing to make a modest investment in your racing wheel, the Thrustmaster TX is where it’s at. Good force feedback, precision driving, and interchangeable wheels make it a fine choice.

Pros

  • Realistic force feedback
  • Interchangeable wheels
  • Overall excellent build quality

Cons

  • Requires a stand for stability

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

PXN V900

  • Degrees of Rotation: 900 degrees
  • Wheel Diameter: 11″

The PXN V900 is a multi-platform racing wheel that’s compatible with almost all systems, not just Xbox. While it can work with the new Series X, the cost of this is that there are fewer compatibility features compared to Xbox-dedicated wheels.

However, if you’re looking for a feature-rich racing wheel at budget prices, the PXN V900 delivers. Aside from the standard 11″ wheel, it features a wide range of adjustments to customize the V900 to your driving style. You can also switch between 900 degrees and 270 degrees of motion, with the latter being great with younger players.

This is a wheel that doesn’t have true force feedback but instead simulates it using vibrations. It’s decent, however, and gives a reasonably satisfactory compromise. The rubber resistance on the wheel allows it to snap back into place when you turn it, mimicking convincingly how a real car should feel.

Design-wise, it’s not pretty far off from more well-known budget models like Logitech and Thrustmaster. The sleek black color scheme is excellent, and the rubber grips are comfortable to drive with. The pedals, while not metal, have a slide-proof design that improves grip. They also feature variable acceleration and braking by varying the pressure on your step.

Overall, if you’re looking for a budget racing wheel that’s a bang for the buck, the PXN V900 is a decent choice. It’s usable not just for the Series X, but for your mobile phone as well.

Pros

  • Pressure-sensitive pedals
  • A wide degree of rotation for a budget model
  • Decent performance overall

Cons

  • Lacks full compatibility (like buttons) compared to other Xbox-specific racing wheels

Our Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer Sparco P310 Mod

  • Degree of Rotation: 1080 degrees
  • Wheel Diameter: 11″
  • Resolution: 16-bit / 65,536

The Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer is a significant upgrade to the budget TMX PRO racing wheel, with better features and performance overall. Its design features a replica of the Sparco P310 Competition wheel, giving you the feel of handling a racing car.

One notable improvement of the TS-XW is in its force feedback system. It now uses a servo base with a powerful 40-watt brushless motor and dual belt-pulley system. This combo gives an ultra-smooth, realistic and responsive feedback. On top of that, it also has an embedded cooling system which helps protect the motor even during extended playing sessions—that’ good news for those who want to undertake endurance races.

The TS-XW also has power efficiency built-in, thanks to a toroidal-shaped Turbo Power supply that can peak at 400 watts. This allows the racing wheel to handle the demands of any game at 86% efficiency, a heat generation rate of just 14%.

This racing wheel is paired with the same T3PA pedals as the TMX PRO. It features a Conical Rubber Brake Mod with progressive resistance for gradual and realistic braking. All three pedals are fully adjustable in terms of height, slope, and spacing.

Other performance enhancements include the H.E.A.R.T. system for smooth wheel turning, and Field Oriented Control (FOC) technology for dynamic torque adjustments as the game requires.

Overall, the Thrustmaster TS-XW provides exceptional driving performance, realistic force feedback, and smooth tight controls. The Sparco P310 replica wheel is just icing to give you the best racing experience ever in a rig.

Pros

  • Realistic and smooth force feedback
  • Turbo Power efficiency
  • Awesome Sparco P310 design

Cons

  • Buttons on the wheels feel flimsy with no solid feedback

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

What to Look For In A Xbox Series X and S Racing Wheel

Because racing wheels currently available for the Xbox One are mostly compatible with the Series X/S (thank God!), buying considerations for these peripherals will mostly stay the same. If this is your first time buying one, here are some things you need to look into when buying one:

Force Feedback

Force feedback replicates how a wheel would feel like if you’re driving it in real life, and is one of the essential features of a racing wheel. Without it, driving the virtual car will unnatural. It can even make it harder to drive because it’s hard to gauge how much wheel input you need put in.

Most of the force feedback in racing wheels is done with a built-in motor that tries to simulate real-life conditions as much as possible. There are, however, three different ways this is applied.

One is called gear drive. It uses a series of gears (mostly plastic) to transmit the power and vibration from the motor to the wheels. It’s mostly a cheap system that does a rough job of force feedback, which means it features more in budget racing wheels. It’s also noisier.

The second is belt drive, which is what most mid-tier racing wheels use. Instead of cogs and wheels, it uses a belt. The result is a smoother and quieter movement that transmits a fair amount of power from the motor. Overall, belt drive systems can produce up to three times the amount of force feedback compared to gear systems. For most home racers, this is more than enough.

For the best force feedback, direct drives are where it’s at. Here, the motor is attached directly on the wheel, which means you can feel the most amount of feedback with this system. While realistic and smooth, it also makes the wheel heavy and expensive.

Range of Rotation

The range of rotation determines how much you need to turn the wheel to match your in-game car. As a rule of thumb, go for a racing wheel that has at least 900 degrees of rotation. This allows a 1:1 correspondence with your wheel and the virtual car, leading to better realism.

Higher degrees of rotation are also essential for games that involve drifting, as these driving styles require turning your wheel in insane amounts.

Anything less than 900 degrees, and you’ll need to turn the wheel more than the game requires, leading to a large disconnect. It will feel like playing an arcade car than an actual vehicle.

Smoothness

This is how smooth the racing wheel is when you turn it. Cheaper wheels will have a noticeable “notch” or roughness that real cars (a good one, that is) won’t have. Not only are rough wheels unpleasant to drive, but they can also give you unwanted feedback (because it feels like you’re driving over an obstacle when you’re not).

Resolution

The resolution is a measurement of how accurate the wheel is. An excellent, fine resolution will move your car even with the slightest turn of the wheel, mirroring realism. For the best experience, always go for a resolution of at least 12-bit, with 16-bit being the most accurate at reasonable prices.

Wheel Design

There are many kinds of visual design for racing wheels, but they mostly follow two major categories. One is the standard wheel that you’ll see in most cars. The other is the design used in Formula 1 or GT cars, which is often for more advanced racers.

Aside from the overall aesthetic, it’s also worthwhile to pay attention to the materials used in the wheel. Good quality leather and fabrics not only feel good when touched, but they can also extend the lifespan of your racing wheel.

Leather is at the top of the material hierarchy, both in terms of durability and feel. This also mirrors real life, as you often see leather-clad steering wheels in luxury cards.

Fabric is generally seen as less expensive, but not the less valuable. This type of material offers more grip, and can also handle sweaty palms much more effectively. This can help you drive your virtual cars longer.

Compatibility with Other Accessories

Of course, racing wheels are not the only parts of a virtual racing setup. The other essential parts are the pedals and shifters if you prefer a more realistic manual shifting experience than paddle shifters can give. However, you need to make sure that these parts are compatible with each other, especially if you’re buying from different brands.

Some models allow you to mix and match parts, such as most Thrustmaster racing wheels. Of course, the easier route is to buy a complete kit and save yourself the effort of dealing with compatibility issues.

Other Features to Consider

Apart from basic handling and controls, there are additional features that you need to look at. The most common one is a shift paddle, which needs to be responsive and give a good “click” feedback. This can be a deal-breaker unless you’re opting for a dedicated shift accessory.

Adjustments are also vital with racing wheels. For starters, you should be able to control the wheel’s sensitivity to your playing style. If it has pedals bundled, you should also be able to physically adjust the pedals (height, incline, and spacing) for optimal placement. 

Price Brackets

Getting all of these features are good and all, but what if you have a limited budget? Here’s what to expect on each price tier, so you know what your dollars will get you. Of course, this is a generalized overview so that some high-end features might be present in budget models.

Beginner Wheels (<$100)

Beginner wheels offer some of the most basic features, and sometimes they even get past “basic”. They have no force feedback, limited turning radius, and clunky wheel motion. For even casual gamers, this is best avoided, as these wheels are generally suitable only for kids.

Budget Wheels ($100 – $250)

Budget wheels offer decent drivability, most notably the minimum 900 degrees of wheel rotation for a decent driving experience. Force feedback is also seen here, albeit a bit more rudimentary. When it comes to overall quality, however, budget wheels can deliver for casual gamers.

Mid-Tier Wheels ($300 – $500)

Mid-tier wheels are where cost and performance meet, giving you the best of both worlds. These models offer better force feedback, good turning radius, and smoother driving. They also allow for better customization by offering interchangeable rims and the ability to be mounted on a rig.

Premium Wheels ($500 – $1,000)

Premium wheels offer some of the best features and performance short of going on full direct drive. Apart from features of mid-tier models, they also have more substantial force feedback, more precise driving, and better materials.

Premium Direct Drive Wheels ($1,000 and up)

Direct drive wheels are some of the best racing wheels you can buy. That’s because they offer the strongest and most realistic force feedback and the most accurate performance on the market. Of course, it means they do cost a small fortune. They’re also heavy, so they require a stable rig.

Don’t forget to get your hands on one of the best Xbox Series X external hard drives so that you can store as many racing games as you need.