How To Connect A Racing Wheel

A black and grey racing wheel with two lines lit up in red coming out of the back of it.
Credit: Thrustmaster

A black and grey racing wheel with two lines lit up in red coming out of the back of it.
Credit: Thrustmaster

If you're considering a racing wheel or have already snagged one, you may be wondering how exactly you hook it up to your console or PC.

Fear not, as we've compiled an essential guide with advice for a quick and seamless setup of your racing wheel. Whether you're dealing with one of the best force feedback wheels or elite direct drive device, our tips guarantee you'll be racing in record time.

How to connect a racing wheel to a PlayStation

Given the wide array of racing wheels available, it's important to note that the following steps might vary in accuracy across different devices. However, for most top-tier racing wheels compatible with PlayStation, such as the Logitech G923, this method should suffice.

Logitech G923 product image of a black wheel and set of silver metal pedals.
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Credit: Logitech

Start by ensuring your console is powered off, then plug your wheel's power adapter into the socket.

Next, connect your wheel to the console using a USB cable. When you power on your PS4 or PS5, the wheel might initiate a full rotation in both directions for calibration, especially with Logitech devices.

Attach the accompanying pedals to the steering wheel using the manufacturer-provided cable. Depending on your wheel, you might also need to connect your DualShock controller, but make sure it's turned off.

At this stage, you're nearly set up. If you wish to fine-tune the wheel's controls, you should be able to do so through the in-game settings.

How to connect a racing wheel to an Xbox

The previous method is mostly the same when it comes to connecting a racing wheel, like the popular Thrustmaster T248X, to an Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.

Thrustmaster T248X product image of a black racing wheel with a red centre line at the top next to a set of pedals.
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Credit: Thrustmaster

Begin by making sure your console is switched off, then connect the USB from the wheel to the console before doing the same with the cable from the pedals to the wheel.

Next, switch on your console and connect your Xbox controller via a USB to the racing wheel. In most cases, you'll need to make sure your controller remains off at this point.

You should be good to go at this point once again. To make any further changes, go into your in-game settings and adjust the configuration to your preference. For example, you can normally change your wheel's sensitivity and dead zones depending on the game you're playing.

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How to connect a racing wheel to a PC

This setup process might vary slightly based on your device, requiring a few additional steps to ensure your wheel is properly configured.

Begin by attaching the pedals and, if applicable, the gear stick to your racing wheel. Then, connect the wheel to a power source using the provided adapter.

Next, establish a connection between the wheel and your PC by plugging it into an available USB port. You might need to install specific software for your racing device to ensure it's reconised correctly.

Visit your racing wheel manufacturer's website to locate the necessary drivers for your device. For instance, if you're using the Logitech G923, head to the Logitech G Hub and download the appropriate software compatible with your Windows or Mac system. Run the program and follow the instructions for a seamless setup. Once installed, use the software to customise your wheel settings according to your preferences. You can modify controls, adjust sensitivity, and fine-tune force feedback settings, among other options.

Logitech G Hub software window with a black Logitech racing wheel's settings being adjusted.
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Credit: Logitech

With these configurations complete, your wheel should be ready for action, allowing you to dive right into the thrill of racing.

And that's it! Hopefully, you've now set up your wheel so you're ready to race. For more content like this and more, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get the latest racing game news and deals straight to your inbox!

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