The GAME Guide to Racing Wheels

game guide to racing wheels
game guide to racing wheels

On the hunt for a great racing wheel? With so many options out there, it can be really tough to know where to start – and it’s beyond important to get your hands on the perfect setup so you can conquer those corners, grind those gears, and vroom your way to victory again and again. That’s why we’ve picked out a selection of our favourite racing wheels for all budgets for you to peruse.

But before we get started, let’s take a quick look first at some of the features you’ll want to look out for.

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On the hunt for a great racing wheel? With so many options out there, it can be really tough to know where to start – and it’s beyond important to get your hands on the perfect setup so you can conquer those corners, grind those gears, and vroom your way to victory again and again. That’s why we’ve picked out a selection of our favourite racing wheels for all budgets for you to peruse.

But before we get started, let’s take a quick look first at some of the features you’ll want to look out for.

If you’ve looked into racing wheels before, you’ll probably have noticed that they often refer to force feedback. This lets you feel exactly what’s happening in-game via the wheel, whether that’s changes in the track surface, loss of tyre grip, braking, bumps, or sudden impacts.

Many wheels will also specify their rotation angles. This refers to the amount by which you can rotate the steering wheel before it locks. Some wheels are adjustable, while others are fixed. Depending on your driving style, you may prefer anything from 180 degrees to 1000 degrees and beyond. Real racing cars have lower rotation angles, meaning that you need to move the wheel less in order to make the car turn sharply than you would in an ordinary car with a high rotation angle. Whichever you prefer, there may be an option in your favourite racing games to virtually limit the rotation angle of your preferred supercar’s steering wheel to match the limit on your physical wheel.

You’ll also want to have a think about stability. In the heat of a race, it’s easy to end up steering aggressively, and the last thing you want is for your wheel to go flying off the edge of the table at a crucial juncture. Many racing wheels come with adjustable clamps, so you can fix your wheel securely to your desk without having to worry about it sliding around, but there are also alternative options like suction cups, or wheels which can be adjusted to let you play from your lap.

And while the wheel is important, don’t forget about what your feet will be doing. Some pedals come with footrests to keep your feet happy whenever you’re not stepping on the gas or boldly braking, and many pedals will be adjustable, so you can set up their height or responsiveness exactly how you want them. You can also buy pedal sets separately to the wheel, so you can make sure that your setup is exactly how you want it.

Let’s not forget about accessories. Most wheels come with paddle shifters attached to the side of the wheel, meaning that you can simply click to shift gears on the fly. Alternatively, you can get a separate gear shifter accessory to make your experience more immersive and realistic. There are also stands you can get which will hold wheels, pedals, and gear shifters in whichever configuration you find ideal, and of course there are plenty of comfy gaming chairs to settle into as you race for the finish line.

So with that out of the way, let’s take a look at a few of the great racing wheels available at GAME!

Gameware multiformat wheel

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Perfect for the budding Jenson Button on a budget, this slick little wheel and pedal set is compatible with Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. It comes with suction cups so you can steer securely, and a plethora of reprogrammable buttons so you can easily adapt it for your favourite games.

Get the Gameware multiformat wheel here

Thrustmaster T80 Ferrari 488 GTB Edition racing wheel

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If you’re looking for realism, then this one’s for you. It’s an officially licensed 8:10 scale replica of the Ferrari 488 GTB wheel, and it comes with a whole host of nifty features, like automatic re-centering, realistic wheel resistance, and handy PS4-specific buttons. You’ll also get an adjustable large pedal set with a comfy footrest.

Get the Thrustmaster T80 Ferrari 488 GTB wheel here

Thrustmaster T150 Force Feedback steering wheel

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If you’re looking for a bit of an upgrade, then the T150 Force Feedback is a solid choice. The rotation angle on this one can be set anywhere from 270 degrees to a whopping 1080, giving you complete control over its responsiveness. And speaking of responsiveness, the adjustable force feedback option will let you feel as much or as little detail as you like as you drive. Meanwhile, the pedals on the wide footrest are also individually adjustable, so you can set things up exactly how you need them.

Get the T150 Force Feedback wheel here

Of course, there are plenty more racing wheels to choose from at GAME! You can check out the full selection here, or take a look at our range of comfy gaming chairs here.

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