It was perfect timing that gaming peripheral company Logitech got in touch a few weeks ago asking if wanted to review its g923 racing wheel and pedal set.
I was midway through Netflix’s Formula 1 Drive to Survive – so I jumped at the chance to channel my inner Valterri Bottas or Daniel Ricciardo from the comfort of my own home.
The g923 has been out since around last year and offers what Logitech calls TrueForce, it’s force feedback solution, and is designed for racers. It’s been endorsed by McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris, too.
I tested the 923 wheel and pedals on both PlayStation 5 and on PC and a nice feature of using it on PC is that you can configure the setup using Logitech’s G Hub software. It lets you tweak wheel and pedal sensitivity and remap control buttons. The wheel is comfortable to grip, with a nice leather finish, and it has a nice weight to it as you manhandle a race car around the track.
The wheel itself attaches to a desktop – I don’t have a dedicated rig so clamped it to the keyboard tray of my computer desk – using two clamps that are hand tightened by a screw mechanism either side of the unit. Despite my reservations that the plastic J-shaped clamps wouldn’t be up to the task of a heavy workload, the wheel remained securely attached during my testing.
The anodised aluminum pedals are solid, too, with a nice feel in my socked feet when you press down on them: The brake pedal uses a stiffer spring than the other two and it’s part of a solid unit, too: The base has anti-slip prongs on the underside so it doesn’t slip on carpeted surfaces.
Build quality overall is excellent, and a nice touch is the cable routing channels on the underside so you can at least have some sort of cable management going on. If I had any complaint, it would be that the cables themselves looked a little cheap, given the high-end cost of the wheel. Braided cables would have been a nice touch. Interestingly, the view from the back of the unit looks like the front of a car with its mesh grill and headlamps.
I tested the g923 on Dirt 5, a trial version of Grid Legends and Forza Horizon 5 on PC, and with Gran Turismo on PlayStation 5.
Logitech’s Trueforce feedback system means it transmits what is happening onscreen through the wheel through vibration, meaning you can feel every vibration as you cross a rumble strip, mount a pavement or smash unintentionally through a fence or barrier. It really does bring a new dimension to racing games and while it isn’t enabled with every game it worked well with Forza Horizon 5.
As someone who has always used a standard controller for all my games, using a dedicated wheel gave me much more precise control of car. Driving felt more nuanced, more precise. The gear paddles have a nice tactile feel to them with an audible “click” when you depress them.
Frankly, the g923 wheel took my virtual driving to a new level (although, I had to tweak the in-game force feedback setting in FH5 or else the wheel went berserk and was uncontrollable). Combined with the pedal set, I felt like my driving game had improved dramatically and going back to a controller will be a massive step backwards. Using a wheel made the experience more immersive.
Surprisingly, my wife, who isn’t a gamer at all despite living with me for 30 years, asked to have a go with the g923 after she saw me racing in FH5. She took great delight in driving a jeep around the storm-ravaged desert plains during a story mission.
She declared the experience great fun – and it is: Driving just feels so much more intuitive and natural using a wheel rather than a controller. Gear changes feel fluid, steering is responsive, it’s just a few more pleasant experience.
So, the g923 is a great wheel and pedal set but there’s one sticking point for me and that’s the price: Here in New Zealand, Logitech has the RRP for the g923 as $NZ699 – that’s a fair chunk of change to fork out if you’re just an occasional driving game player. This is a piece of kit for serious simmers where driving games are your passion.
Look, I’m no driving wheel expert but from the week or so I had with my time with the G923 I’ve been left impressed. It has let me tackle racing games with a higher level of control to using a standard controller, and that’s a good thing.
The G923 might not be suitable for really, really experienced racing sim players – and I don’t know how it compares to previous Logitech wheels, such as the g29 which seems to be fairly familiar to the g923 – but for car game afficionados wanting to lift their driving game with a good quality wheel and pedal combination, this unit could be the hardware they’re looking for.
Given the price, though, if it were me, I’d wait for a sale. According to Pricespy, on the day I checked prices, the g923 ranged from $NZ569 right up to $699. It would pay to shop around.
Have I convinced myself that I need a dedicated wheel and pedal set? Not yet but, to be honest, I bought a Thrustmaster flight stick for Microsoft Flight Sim after playing it for a while so only time will tell if I do the same thing for racing games.
Thanks to Logitech ANZ for sending the g923 racing wheel & pedals for me to look at.