The Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel is a professional sim racing wheel with strong feedback and unique haptics, but you'll want to double check it works with your racing games before splurging on this peripheral

Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel Review


Logitech's G923 has made the brand synonymous with beginner’s racing wheels, but it’s now shooting for the fences of pro simulation racing with the Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel. The G Pro lives up to its name as a direct-drive wheel with up to 11 newton-meters (nm) of force feedback, which makes it whip harder than other professional racing wheels like the Fanatec DD Pro (8nm) and Moza R9 (9nm). It also has the advantage of Trueforce, Logitech’s special haptics technology that lets you feel the vibrations from your virtual engine and every bump in the road.
Of course, all of this high-end racing simulation technology comes at a hefty price of $999 for the wheelbase and then another $350 for the pedals, which is considerably more expensive than other alternatives. Whether it’s worth it comes down to how compatible this wheel is with your games and that mileage really varies with that you’re playing.
Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel

Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel – Design


The G Pro doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel for racing wheels. Its layout is a clear evolution from the G923 wheel, with the same row of controller face buttons that your thumbs can easily access while your hands are planted at ten and two. It’s also not too far to reach down to the trigger buttons or even the menu buttons and dials controls.
The most curious and welcome addition is the small, tactile joystick within reach of my left thumb. Unlike a traditional joystick, it is more like a flight stick hat, so navigating menus feels confident with small distinct clicks.
The wheel itself feels nice and rugged, with a big metal plate in its center. It’s also a bit bigger, with a more true-to-life 300mm (11.81-inch) diameter compared to the more child-friendly 280mm (11-inch) diameter of the G923 and the DD Pro.

The metal paddle shifters are also nice and large, and you get two sets of them so you can make gear changes no matter how you’re holding the wheel. Alternatively, you can set up the bottom pair of paddle switches to act as analog levers for gas and brake. The mechanical-like click of the paddle shifters feels amazingly satisfying and tactile despite the fact that it actually uses a magnetic system with contactless hall-effect sensors.
You can also easily and quickly remove the wheel rim completely thanks to its quick-release mechanism. Logitech hasn’t confirmed the future availability of F1 or other themed wheels that will work with the G Pro wheelbase, but it is an almost certain possibility.
Moving on to the wheelbase, it’s an absolute unit, tipping the scales at 15.4lbs (7kg). It’s also fairly large at 305 x 290 x 200mm, so it’s nowhere near as compact as its newest rivals from Fanatec and Moza. Fortunately, it comes with a desk mount that does a perfectly good job of keeping it clipped in place despite all that bulk and power.

The G Pro wheelbase also features a customizable OLED display. Out of the box, this small screen shows all your wheel and pedal telemetry, but you can switch it to show your gear position, speed, or just a live ticker of how much torque the wheel is putting out. You can also use the OLED display to adjust all the wheel’s settings, like force feedback and Trueforce strength, the operating angle of the wheel, and the paddle modes – and you can append all of these settings to five separate profiles to make switching between racing games easier.
The foot pedals are a huge step up from the ones that come included with the G923, though to be clear these are sold separately. Given the $350 price, it’s a bit disappointing that they’re completely constructed out of plastic, but at least they feel solidly built overall, and it helps all three of the pedals have weighty springs behind them. The load cell brake pedal feels especially good since it detects force through how hard you press your foot, so the harder and faster you hit it, the harder you’ll brake in-game.
It’s also incredibly easy to adjust and move the pedals around. Loosening or undoing a few bolts lets you easily slide or remove them altogether. Meanwhile, you can change all of the springs behind a pedal without using any tools at all.

As for compatibility, the G Pro comes in two flavors that either support the Xbox Series X|S consoles and PC or the PS5/PS4 and PC. That said, you could buy the PS5 version of this wheel and it will work with the Xbox Series X/S if you switch out the PlayStation wheel for an Xbox one. However, since Logitech hasn’t started selling the wheels separately, you’ll have to buy the Xbox-compatible version of the G Pro wheel to get your hands on one. That said, once Logitech inevitably starts making F1 and other themed wheels for what will likely be both platforms, you might be able to take advantage of the PS5/PS4 version’s extra compatibility.
One annoying limitation is that it only has USB ports for outside peripherals. Without any legacy VGA ports, it isn’t backward compatible with Logitech’s own G Driving Force Shifter unless you buy some cable adapter mods – but I haven’t been able to test this myself yet. It also doesn’t have any RJ45 ports to support accessories from other companies either.

Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel – Performance


Going from the gear-driven G923 to the direct-drive G Pro feels like a night-and-day difference. There’s no rattling or herky-jerky nature to the wheel at all; instead, the pull feels smooth and you can really get a sense of how your virtual car is bucking around as you make hard turns or how much you have to whip it back to break out of a bit of oversteer. And with up to 11nm of force coursing through the wheel, my hands definitely feel worn out after a quick sprint in Assetto Corsa Competizione and Gran Turismo 7.
Trueforce has also been elevated in this higher-end racing wheel. Whereas it used to just take the sound of your virtual engine and translate it into vibrations, these more advanced haptics now let you feel every imperfection on the road, from stoney gravel and potholes to the bollards around the apex of a turn. Logitech has also managed to heavily silence how loud Trueforce is so it sounds less like an angry kettle of boiling water.

That said, the limited number of games that support Trueforce is still a caveat you’ll have to keep in mind if you’re thinking about investing in this expensive wheel. Right now it works with iRacing, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Dirt Rally 2.0, Automobilista 2, F1 22, and GRID (2019), which leaves out a lot of modern, popular games like Forza Horizon 5, Need For Speed Heat, and The Crew 2.
There were also a few cases where I could also only use the G Pro with games like Forza Horizon 5 and Dirt 5 in compatibility mode, which essentially tricks the Xbox into thinking it’s a G923. It’s not a great compromise to downgrade your $999 wheel to pretend that it’s a $499 peripheral with less than half the full force feedback strength, so I’m hoping Logitech works with companies to make its wheel fully work with all future games going forward. At the very least Logitech has told me Forza Horizon 5 will have native support for the Pro Wheel shortly. However, until The Crew 2 and NFS Heat’s respective developers add native support, putting the wheel in G923 compatibility mode is the only way it will work with older games.

This story originally appeared on: IGN - Author:Kevin Lee

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