The Logitech G923 TrueForce Sim Racing Wheel – Logitech G923 for short – is a highly versatile sim racing wheel that combines a robust feature set with an attractive, understated design philosophy that fits with with just about any gaming setup – which is great considering it’s compatible with just about any gaming setup as well. The Logitech G923 racing wheel’s cost is toward the higher end of the entry level spectrum, but we think it more than justifies its asking price due to all that it offers.
If you’re in the market for a first sim racing wheel or simply need an upgrade or replacement for an existing entry level setup, join us as we give an in depth look at the Logitech G923 to determine who should give it a look and who would be better served by an alternative product.
What to Consider Before Buying a Sim Racing Wheel
Sim racing wheels have been around for a long time in various forms and the category is more diverse and exciting in its offerings with each passing year. Mainstays of the gaming peripheral industry such as Hori, PDP and Madcatz occasionally release noteworthy offerings, but those in the know tend to opt for more robust and refined force feedback wheels from the likes of Thrustmaster and Logitech or the professional-grade racing gear of specialty manufacturers such as Fanatec.
Different racing games and sims have different demands of the user and their gear. Casual, arcade-esque games such as the Need for Speed series may benefit from the use of a dedicated racing wheel, but certainly don’t require one in order to get the full experience on offer. More serious racing games integrate many elements more commonly associated with simulations; Dirt Rally, Assetto Corsa Competizione and Gran Turismo Sport are great examples of games that could just as easily be referred to as sim racers. Deeper still are the intricate and nuanced experiences found in games such as iRacing.
PC gamers have access to the widest array of racing games and sims on the market – combined with the fact that modern consoles use USB connections for racing peripherals and their products are therefore cross compatible with PC in virtually all cases – and is the most common platform for serious sim racing enthusiasts. It goes without saying that there are great products for consoles and great racing experiences that can’t be found anywhere else – such as the Gran Turismo series on PlayStation.
Regardless of where and what you intend to play, the foremost consideration for most prospective racing wheel owners will be the cost of said gear. Sim racing wheels can be found under $100 in some cases, but we would humbly suggest that it is nearly unheard of that you’ll find a worthwhile wheel and pedal set for much less than $200 – barring a deep discount or clearance sale. There are plenty of great entry level racing wheels in the $200-$400 range that are capable of meeting the needs of most – yet enthusiasts in pursuit of the best and most competitive cockpit set up can easily drop $2,000-$10,000 or more in order to gain a competitive advantage or increase the immersion factor.
With consideration to all of the above, we feel as if anyone who wants to get in on this nigh-timeless hobby should be embraced with open arms by the sim racing community – and we think you’ll find that a lot of folks feel the same way. Let’s dive deep into the Logitech G923 to determine if its a fit for you!
The Logitech G923
The Logitech G923 force feedback wheel finds itself firmly planted as one of the most versatile and easy to recommend sim racing wheels out there. Perhaps we should clarify that it is a pair of wheels; there are two separate SKU configurations for use with Xbox and PlayStation consoles respectively, denoted by clear licensing and branding. Either wheel works with PC right out of the box, and said box includes the steering wheel base and rim, three-pedal set, power supply and documentation.
The admirable forward-compatibility with the new generation of consoles and robust feature set (more on that in the next section) are more than enough to justify purchasing the Logitech G923 over most of the competition, and recent price drops have made it especially hard to pass up.
Those who have had eyes or hands on recent Logitech console steering wheels may recall the beloved G29 and G920 – the G923 is effectively the next model of those wheels, brought under unified branding. The nomenclature is probably meant to clarify Logitech’s intended vision, but it’s easy to see that it probably makes things less clear for some. At any rate, the G923 is a worthy successor to those products and a logical replacement/upgrade to anyone who enjoyed them.
For that matter, the Logitech G923 is ideal for anyone who wants the best possible racing experience in the entry level price range.
Features & Benefits
Talk is cheap, and great racing wheels are not. Value here is a matter of determining what a product offers versus the asking price, so let’s see what we’re getting for our hard-earned money:
The Logitech G923 is a bit on the light side at under five pounds (just over twelve if we include the pedal set) – which we would typically look at as a sign of inferior craftsmanship that does not bode well for durability and long-term use. Thankfully, Logitech has a decades-long history of producing fantastic products that stand the test of time – so we’re not especially concerned about this particular product in that regard.
The bulk of the wheel base and pedal housing are constructed of lightweight plastic, but it’s clear to see that more durable materials are used in the places where it really matters; the steering shaft, shifter paddles and pedal arms/faces are all made of steel. The wheel spokes are brushed aluminum and the the wheel is wrapped in leather stitching.
Logitech warrants the product from defects for a period of two years from date of purchase, and the company has a strong history of decent-to-good customer service to back it up. In short, we find the product to be well above-par in terms of build quality and general feel.
As the “TrueForce” branding would suggest, Logitech touts this wheel’s force feedback system as being next-gen force feedback technology. While we find the claim to be overstated, especially when considering the increasing use of the direct drive tech found in more expensive wheels, the gear-driven system in the G923 is better than most in its class.
Only a small handful of games support TrueForce increased interaction with simulation engines’ physics, and the remainder will experience an adequate if less than impressive force feedback experience. All said, we rate the G923 feedback experience as decidedly average.
Quality of Life
The Logitech G923 has a number of additional features that are non essential, but add a lot to immersion and the overall sim racing experience. Most notably:
- 24-point selection dial – for making adjustments to settings on the fly without needing to pause your game.
- LED rev indicator – gives real time visual feedback of where you’re at in the RPM range
- Progressive brake pedal – for accurate, responsive brake force, the progressive spring gives a feel closer to real life
- Closed-loop motor control – continuously adjusts voltage to match outputs from game physics.
- Optional gear shifter – While it doesn’t come in the box, the Driving Force Shifter is a solid and relatively affordable gear shifter that’s worth consideration for those looking to shave their lap times.
While the Logitech G923 is pretty hard to top at its price point, there are a few competing products that will be a better fit for some:
Thrustmaster T300 RS
Compatible with PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, this wheel is a bit light on quality of life features and the pedals don’t include a clutch pedal – but the lower price and more powerful force feedback will make this a better fit for some gamers who find the tradeoffs to be tenable.
This one is essentially the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S equivalent of the T300 RS and offers a similar value proposition. While we still give the edge to the Logitech G923 in these cases, we could easily recommend these as well for anyone who simply has an affinity for Thrustmaster or any number of other reasons; the discrepancy is rather small.
The aforementioned last-generation iterations of Logitech’s console wheels are still available at time of writing and are available at clearance prices. While they aren’t as advanced as the G923, they still perform great even on the next-generation consoles.
Should You Upgrade to a G923?
If you’re already using a Thrustmaster or Logitech racing wheel that’s working as intended and providing a solid racing experience, the cost to upgrade to the G923 isn’t justified. However, this is a great wheel that will likely last for many years to come, so it’s easy to recommend and upgrade to anyone who has a wheel that’s on it’s last leg or simply needs a change of pace.
The Logitech G923 is a solid contender for best in class, and more than worthy of your time and money.
Competing steering wheels may have a bit more to offer in one regard or another, but the overall value of this wheel is hard to beat. Whether you’re on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X or last generation consoles, the G923 is great rig to bring to the grid.
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Last Updated on January 23, 2021