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2016 PlayStation 4 Steering Wheel Buyers Guide

Presenting our 2016 PlayStation 4 steering wheel buyers guide. This is not a review or shootout, this is a buyers guide to let you know what’s available, where to purchase them, options and price. We’ll also let you know if they are natively supported in the PlayStation user interface and which titles they are compatible with.

We have 6 wheel and pedal sets for this guide. One from Fanatec, one from Logitech and four from Thrustmaster. We’re going to start with the least expensive and work up or way up the ladder.

For a review of each of these wheels, you can find a link to each one below in our description. The only one we haven’t reviewed is the Thrustmaster T80.

 

Thrustmaster T80

Playstation 4 Wheel Buyers Guide

The T80 was released in July of 2014 as an entry level wheel for the PS3 and PS4. There’s an officially licensed version and there is a Drive Club version as well. It retails for just under $100 and is a non force feedback base and was the first wheel available for the PS4 and comes with a two pedal set.

Again, this wheel has no vibration or force feedback.

Warranty is for one year in the U.S. and two years in some European countries

Compatibility: PS3 & PS4

Assuming it has a maximum of 270 of rotation but it’s not listed in the specs. It does say that it has Adjustable wheel sensitivity for precise driving though.

Old Thrustmaster technology with their bungy system that creates a center spring feel.

Mounting is with a desk or table clamp only for the wheel.

Native Playstation 4 compatibility where you can navigate in the User Interface

11”/28 cm in diameter rim made of plastic with rubber grips. This wheel can not be changed out

2 wheel-mounted sequential paddle shifters

11 action buttons (including 4 on the wheel) + 1 D-Pad

2 pedal set with throttle and brake that have adjustable angle of inclination for each pedal.

It’s difficult for us to recommend going with the T80 when you can spend an extra $100 and start your hardcore racing career with the next wheel we’re going to discuss, the Thrustmaster T150.

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Thrustmaster T150

Playstation 4 Wheel Buyers Guide

Coming in at $199.95, The T150 is Thrustmasters latest offering and was released in September of 2015. It comes in an officially licensed Playstation version as well as a Ferrari branded version. It comes with a basic two pedal set similar to what we saw with the T80.

Warranty is for one year in the U.S. and two years in some European countries

Compatibility: PC, PS3 & PS4

1080° to 270 of rotation

12 Bits of Resolution or 4096 steps in the wheel
10 bits of resolution or 1024 steps in the pedals
Mixed belt-pulley and gear system

Force feedback motor is brushed

Mounting is with a desk or table clamp only for the wheel.

Internal memory and upgradeable firmware

Native Playstation 4 compatibility where you can navigate in the User Interface

11”/28 cm in diameter rim made of plastic with rubber grips. This wheel can not be changed out

2 – 5”/13 cm tall metal wheel-mounted sequential paddle shifters

13 action buttons (including 2 on the base) + 1 D-Pad

2 pedal set with throttle and brake that can be hard mounted.

Options: T3PA or T3PA Pro pedals and T500 RS pedals. Can also use the TH8A shifter. Can also use a set of Logitech or Fanatec pedals with an aftermarket adapter.

Maxed out package with T3PA Pro pedals and TH8A shifter retails for just under $500.00

Recommended upgrade would be a set of T3PA pedals with the T150. That Package would run for just under $300.

Thrustmaster T150 review     BUY IT NOW

 

Logitech G29

Playstation 4 Wheel Buyers Guide

The successor of the G27, The Logitech G29 was released in June of 2015 and is listed at $399 but has been as low as $286.00 briefly on Amazon. It’s also an officially licensed Sony Playstation product and features a 3 pedal set.

Warranty is for two years

Compatibility: PC, PS3 & PS4

900°degrees of rotation maximum

16 Bits of Resolution or 65,536 steps in the wheel
8 bits of resolution or 256 steps in the pedals
Dual motor helical gear drive system

Mounting is with a built in clamp system as well as hard mount points

Native Playstation 4 compatibility where you can navigate in the User Interface

11”/28 cm in diameter rim made of metal with a leather grip. This wheel can not be changed out

2 – metal wheel-mounted sequential paddle shifters

14 action buttons plus the red dial and a 1 D-Pad

Comes with a 3 pedal set with progressive brake compared to it’s predecessors brake in the G27 set .

Options: Driving force shifter that retails for an additional $60. Can also use the G27 shifter and pedals with this base.

Maxed out package with the driving force shifter retails for just under $460.00

Logitech G29 review     BUY IT NOW

 

Thrustmaster T300

Playstation 4 Wheel Buyers Guide

Next up the Thrustmaster T300 which was released in October of 2014. It was the first force feedback wheel option on the PS4 and now comes in many different packages. Originally you could get it with Playstation or Ferrari branding. Now you can buy the base on it’s own and then fit it with the Ecosystem upgrades you choose. You can buy the original 2 pedal set package and then best deal of all is currently the integral set.

Let’s talk specs first and then get to all the different ways you can get this set and all the additional accessories that are compatible.

Warranty is for one year in the U.S. and two years in some European countries

Compatibility: PC, PS3 & PS4

1080° to 270 of rotation thats adjustable on the fly

16 Bits of Resolution or 65,536 steps in the wheel
10 bits of resolution or 1024 steps in the pedals
Belt driven force feedback mechanism.

Force feedback motor is brushless

Mounting is with a desk or table clamp or you can hard mount it.

Internal memory and upgradeable firmware

Native Playstation 4 compatibility where you can navigate in the User Interface

11”/28 cm in diameter rim made of metal with full rubber wrap that can be changed via Thrusmtasters quick release system.

2 – 5”/13 cm tall metal wheel-mounted sequential paddle shifters

13 action buttons (including 2 on the base) + 1 D-Pad

2 pedal set with throttle and brake that can be hard mounted. Can also purchase the integral set that comes with the 3 pedal T3PA option.

Options: T3PA or T3PA Pro pedals and T500 RS pedals. Can also use the TH8A shifter. Can also use a set of Logitech or Fanatec pedals with an aftermarket adapter. All Thrustmaster rims are also compatible with this base and there’s 7 different ones to choose from. Currently they include the T500 RS rim, T300 PS4 , GTE, TM 28 Leather, 599 Evo alcantara , Ferrari F1 and even the TX rim works.

Package Variations:

Base only: $249.99
With 2 pedal set $349.99
Integral with the 599 Evo Alcantara rim and T3PA pedals $469.99 – Currently in preorder status to be available December 5th. We feel this is the best package to go with.

The integral package with the TH8A shifter would run you about $620.00

Thrustmaster T300 review     BUY IT NOW

 

Thrustmaster T500

Playstation 4 Wheel Buyers Guide

Released in January of 2011, the Thrustmaster T500 was initially developed for the Playstation 3 and PC. It set the benchmark for high end peripherals on the console and is still being sold to this date. When the Playstation 4 was launched the T500 worked with the first ever title released for that platform, Drive Club. The T500 RS is paired with a quality 3 pedal set that can also be inverted.

Warranty is for one year in the U.S. and two years in some European countries

Compatibility: PC, PS3 & PS4

1080° to 270 of rotation that adjustable on the fly

16 Bits of Resolution or 65,536 steps in the wheel
10 bits of resolution or 1024 steps in the pedals
Belt driven force feedback mechanism.

Force feedback motor is brushed

Mounting is with a desk or table clamp or you can hard mount it.

Internal memory and upgradeable firmware

Does NOT have Native Playstation 4 compatibility so you need to navigate to the game with a dual shock gamepad and then switch over to the wheel. The “SHARE” and “PS” functions will not work on the wheel in PS4™ racing games. You can still use your gamepad for these 2 specific functions

12”/30 cm in diameter rim made of metal with full rubber wrap that can be changed via Thrusmtasters quick release system.

2 – 6.5”/17 cm tall metal base mounted sequential paddle shifters that do NOT move with the wheel. You can get one of the optional rims though and remove the paddles without voiding your warranty like we did with this model.

11 action buttons (including 2 on the base) + 1 D-Pad

3 pedal set with throttle and brake that can be hard mounted. The pedals can be mounted in two different configurations.

Floor-mounted position (F1-style)
Suspended position (GT-style)

You can also adjust the pedal faces

Options: T3PA or T3PA Pro pedals and T500 RS pedals. Can also use the TH8A shifter. Can also use a set of Logitech or Fanatec pedals with an aftermarket adapter. All Thrustmaster rims that we mentioned for the T300 are also compatible with this base and there’s 7 different ones to choose from. Currently they include the T500 RS rim, T300 PS4 , GTE, TM 28 Leather, 599 Evo alcantara , Ferrari F1 and even the TX rim works. The T300 PS4, and TX rim are not sold separately and would have to be obtained second hand.

There’s currently only one package available for the T500 and it comes with the
GT style rim. – $595.00

They used to offer it with the F1 rim but that package seems to be fading out of inventory. I found two available at the UK Amazon site.

Thrustmaster T500 RS review     BUY IT NOW

 

Fanatec CSW V2

Playstation 4 Wheel Buyers Guide

Originally released in late 2014, you could only obtain one with an invite code if you were a previous owner of a Fanatec product. The invite only purchase method has been lifted and the V2 is available to the general public. The CSW V2 starts at $599 for the base only without rims or pedals and we’ll get to the price of a full package after we tell you more about it.

Warranty is for two years

Compatibility: It’s the only wheel on this list that’s compatible with the PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. You need this Xbox One hub for it to work with all those systems though.

900° to 270 of rotation that adjustable on the fly through the wheels tuning menu. You can also adjust force feedback strength, vibration and a lot of other options though this menu, all on the fly.

16 Bits of Resolution or 65,536 steps in the wheel
8 bits of resolution or 256 steps in the pedals
Belt driven force feedback mechanism.

Force feedback motor is brushless

Mounting is via hard mount only

Internal memory and upgradeable firmware

Does NOT have Native Playstation 4 compatibility so you need to navigate to the game with a dual shock gamepad and then switch over to the wheel. The “SHARE” and “PS” functions will not work on the wheel in PS4™ racing games. You can still use your gamepad for these 2 specific functions

There are currently 11 different rims to choose from as the base doesn’t come with one. The diameters all vary as they offer F1, GT, Stock Car and even classic. You can also use any aftermarket rim that has a 70mm bolt pattern to use with the Fanatec Universal Hub.

Paddle shifters are included in the hub and with some of the rims that have the buttons and paddles integrated. $ of the 7 rims are stand alone and not compatible with the hub. They used to offer the other 7 rims on their own without the hubs but it seems you can only buy them with the Xbox One Hub now.

I think people were buying the rims for other use besides Fanatec and that may be why they stopped offering them to the general public. Shame too as they make for great rims.

Amount of buttons also vary per rim

Currently at Fanatecs site there are two pedal sets you can use with the V3. The Clubsport V3s or the CSR pedals. The V3s retail for just under $300 and the CSRs which we wouldn’t recommend are $79.95. You can also use G25, G27 or G29 pedals with an optional adapter. You would also be able to use Fanatec CSR Elites or the original V1 and V2 Clubsport pedals if you can find them second hand .

The options vary greatly with this base and so do prices. On the low end, you could get the base for $600, the F1 rim for $180 and then $80 for the CSR pedals and you would be at $860 all the way up to $1300 with he Xbox One hub with one of the many rims it’s available with and the Clubsport V3 pedals.

Thing is with this wheel and the PS4 is that it’s only compatible with two titles currently. Project Cars and F1 2015. It doesn’t work with Drive Club.. I have a feeling it will work with Assetto Corsa and we’ll see what happens with Gran Turismo.

Fanatec CSW V2 review

 

Final Thoughts:

Of the 6 choices we discussed in this Playstation 4 wheel buyers guide,  the T150, G29 and T300 are the most practical options. They all offer good force feedback and are fully compatible with the PS4. The T80 lacks force feedback and if you want to feel what it’s like to race with a wheel, it may be good to try but you’ll honestly be missing out. The T500 is a bit dated, more than $500 and compared to it’s baby brother the T300, it’s showing its age. Considering what you can get the T300 integral it for, the T500 is a tad overpriced.

The Fanatec CSW V2 is a great wheel, but may be a little much if you’re only going to race on the PS4. If you plan to race on the PC and even Xbox One, its probably the best option of all but comes at a steep price tag.

For the PS4 if we could only pick one, it would be the T300 integral 599 with the T3PA pedals. This is due to the performance / price ratio. It’s also can be upgraded by changing our rims and opting for the T3PA-Pro pedals in the future.

If you’re just starting out, the T150 is a great entry level option.