Logitech Is Finally Getting Serious About Sim Racing With a $1,500 Direct Drive Wheel

Logitech is finally getting serious about Sim Racing with a $1,500 direct-drive steering wheel

Early last year I reviewed the Logitech G923, a basic sim racing steering wheel and pedal set. It was fine, but hardly innovative; Logitech has been making the same gear-driven feedback systems and weak pedals for generations, starting around the G25, which was released in the mid-nineties. The peripheral giant has slowly watched companies like Thrustmaster and especially Fanatec – two much smaller companies – swoop in and dominate the market. Logitech didn’t seem to care about sim racing. They just might do it again.

Introducing the Logitech G Pro steering wheel. It’s the first company to ditch direct or helical gears in favor of a direct drive system like Fanatec popularized with the CSL DD – so it’s a big deal. Curiously, Logitech had yet to formally announce the existence of the G Pro as of Wednesday morning, but the official setup guide was live and unlisted on YouTube, along with the product page on the company’s website. Looks like it’s in stock now and we’re shipping so it’s the real deal.

The G Pro’s specs seem very competitive, at least on paper. Logitech’s direct drive solution offers a force of 11 Nm. That’s significantly more than the standard 5Nm and 8Nm CSL DD players have access to with the $US150 ($208) Boost Kit, which is basically a glorified external power supply.

The base includes speedometer lights and a small OLED display, while the gearshift paddles are magnetic and include hall-effect sensors. They are underlined by lower paddles that can be mapped to the clutch. Logitech also offers a new set of G Pro foot pedals equipped with a load sensor on the brake. At the time of writing, the pedals don’t appear to be mated to the wheel and base like the company’s basic hardware.

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The price for all this is very steep – even steeper than a similar Fanatec kit. A G Pro bike will set you back $1,000 (converted to about $1,505), while the pedals cost $350 ($526). Compare that to the $US700 ($972) Fanatec GT DD Pro kit, which includes pedals, albeit without a load cell or clutch. The GT DD Pro also offers less than half the available torque of the G Pro unless you spec the aforementioned Boost Kit.

In terms of design, I like the approach Logitech has taken here. I’ve always preferred this brand’s rim designs to the more realistic looking hardware that Fanatec strives for; these are video games after all, so game-relevant controls like face buttons, directional pads, and analog sticks are useful in that context.

Logitech is finally getting serious about Sim Racing with a $1,500 direct-drive steering wheelImage: Logitech

The G Pro has a metal center and spokes, with a pair of rotary dials and a lever on the left side. It’s just the right amount of input without overwhelming the player or looking silly. The rim is attached via a quick-release system, although it’s unclear if Logitech will offer alternative rims like Fanatec does – something to keep in mind for those who prefer differently shaped wheels for different racing disciplines. As usual, customers can choose between an Xbox or PlayStation compatible configuration, and both will work with PC.

I am very excited to introduce you to the new G Pro series. It’s a great time in sim racing when multiple device manufacturers are pushing each other’s games. The MSRP may be high, but anyone familiar with Logitech knows that the company’s products can often be found at solid discounts. Hopefully it will be the same here.

Update 12:49 p.m.: Logitech has since released an official press release announcing the G Pro steering wheel and pedals.

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