Shopping for a PS3 Steering Wheel Controller?


From the comments, Rachel asks,

Hello All – please help!!

I’m trying to get my boyfriend a steering wheel for his PS3 but can’t seem to find out which is the best one to get.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

I have the Logitech Driving Force Pro. It turns a full 900 degrees like a real wheel, it’s well built, and has a variety of force feedback effects. It works perfectly with most PS3 racing titles (everything except Motorstorm). This is probably the best pick for most people.

The is a newer higher end model. I haven’t used it, but I’m sure it’s better, but it’s also very expensive. Going by Amazon prices, the DFP is $99, while the G25 is $250.

35510.jpg

If you want something now, I’d go for it. But if you can wait for GT5, they may come out with a newer better controller just like they did for the release of GT3 and GT4. However, that may be a while off.

If you are a big Gran Turismo fan, getting a real steering wheel controller is a must. It really completes the simulation experience. All the major variations of Gran Turismo have full support for these wheel controllers. They support full 900 degree steering and a variety of force feedback effects. This includes the Western release of the PS3 GT5 demo, the newer GT5 Prologue demo (currently only available through Japan store), and the much older full PS2 version of GT4.

For arcade racers, they are a nice addition but not really necessary. NFS, Burnout, and Ridge Racer all support Logitech’s steering wheels with force feedback effects. Motorstorm only works with the standard sixaxis controller. I haven’t tried Sega Rally Racing or Collin McRae’s Dirt.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Segitz on November 27th, 2007 [ 1470 Points ]

    I am waiting for the G25 to drop in price, then I’ll get than one!

    My old (GT3) wheel is rather old already

  2. #2 by derrickgott007 on November 27th, 2007

    I’d get the Logitech Driving Force Pro if I were her. I have had mine for a year and a half now and I love it. I will never go back to playing racing games without the wheel.

    The reason I’d get the DFP if I were her is because its supported by a wider range of games….Both PS2 and PS3 games. Plus you can use the DFP on your PC to play many other racing games, such as Live For Speed.

  3. #3 by derrickgott007 on November 27th, 2007

    Also, the UK version of Formula 1: Championship Edition has been patched to allow Force Feedback. When you try to go online it makes you download the patch. No word on a US patch yet.

  4. #4 by Segitz on November 28th, 2007 [ 1470 Points ]

    Well, mine (Logitech Formula Force GP) too does work on the PC and the PS2 and PS3… You can get it REALLY REALLY cheap on Ebay (sometimes even new). But it does not have a dpad which makes navigating menus a bit strange (up and down with flappy paddels etc)

    If she wants a cheap one, she should get one of those. They were the official wheels for GT3.

  5. #5 by Jason on November 28th, 2007

    If it were me, I’d want to unwrap a G25 from my girlfriend. That’s like the female equivalent of an engagement ring. If you think he’d like a steering wheel than that’s the one you should get.

  6. #6 by Gary on November 28th, 2007 [ 1780 Points ]

    So is this “Rachel” a real person? :?

  7. #7 by SL33PY on November 30th, 2007

    It’s my imaginary friend, leave her alone! :p (j/k)

    ps there seem to be some linkage problems in the post

  8. #8 by Chris on February 12th, 2008

    Just wanted to double check, this wheel (DFP) works with Burnout : Paradise city? Im thinking of picking one up…

  9. #9 by Darrin on February 14th, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    Yes it does. I’ve tried it myself. It doesn’t use full turning radius mode like GT4/GT5:P do, but it definitely works and has rumble + force feedback.

  10. #10 by Tatoosh on April 19th, 2008

    Just got my first PS3 and Ridge Racer. I have a Logitech DFP ordered through eBay. But I need to play real time against someone else occasionally. Not online. So I need to connect two wheels if possible. I don’t think you can do that with the DFP. But I see a couple of other wheels for sale out there that look like they work similarly to a controller and don’t require an hdmi cable connection to operate.

    Do you think I can run the DFP and maybe a Gameshark Steering wheel at the same time? The PS3 is a fun system and I like that I can get up to 4 controllers working at the same time since where I live, real time competition is more workable than online competition. Are there any other racing games that allow more than two players at once (in real life)?


You must be logged in to post a comment.

Like trophies? Like giveaways? Want to speak your mind? Register here!