Xbox Steering Wheel Buyers Guide
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Xbox Steering Wheel Buyers Guide

If you are in the market for an Xbox steering wheel, you need to consider a few options prior to making your purchase. In his article we will discuss what options you should look for in a racing wheel and what you should be aware of prior to making your purchase.

There are four specific features that you will want to consider when making your selection: Force feedback and vibration, quality of materials, upgrade options, and mounting options. If you consider these four areas, you will make an informed purchase that you can be happy with for a long time.

Force Feedback and Vibration

Force Feedback is the way a wheel provides resistance (the feeling of fighting the car for control). Vibration is the amount the wheel shakes (similar to how your Xbox controller shakes). The more force feedback and vibration a Xbox racing wheel offers the better, especially because you can always turn the settings down in your game settings. The quality of the force feedback and vibration are a direct result of the quality of the engine that resides in the wheelbase. Typically the more expensive wheels offer the best force feedback and vibration.

Force feedback is the biggest factor in creating an immersive and simulated racing experience.

Quality of Materials

Most steering wheel and pedal sets are comprised of both metal and plastic. The more weight the wheel has the better it feel in your hands. Wheels with metal center columns and metal wheel rims will be heavier, while wheels comprised of mostly plastic will be light and feel more like a toy.

As far as the pedals are concerned you don’t feel the quality as much with your feet, although metal face plates are a nice touch. Ideally you want a pedal set that offers a brake module (that is what simulates brake pressure).

Your Xbox One Steering Wheel should also be able to receive updates. You want a wheel that is able to receive firmware updates, this was when Microsoft pushes out changes to the Xbox, you have the ability to make sure your steering wheel stays compatible.

Upgrade Options

Some Xbox racing wheels are built for upgrading. There are some wheels that offer the ability to detach the existing steering wheel rim and add on a different rim, like an F1 racing rim. There are also upgrades that offer additional peripherals like 3 pedal sets, pedals that invert, different brake modules, shifters, etc… Adding on to your stock racing wheel can make a significant difference in your racing experience.

Mounting Options

A mid to high end Xbox steering wheel usually has multiple mounting options such as a table clamp, a wheel stand, or a racing cockpit. Table clams are usually included with your purchase and while they keep the wheel clamped to a table, they do not provide stabilization for your pedals. Wheel stands provide an inexpensive and compact way of stabilizing you wheel and pedal set, plus putting your body in a comfortable racing position. Racing cockpits, tend to be more expensive

Wrapping Up

Those are just a handful of thing to consider when making your Xbox racing wheel selection. The higher your budget the better your experience will be for the most part. Currently there are 5 racing wheel options ranging from $60-$400. To choose the right wheel for you, make sure that you do your research and read reviews about the wheel.


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