Logitech is serious about Sim racing with a $ 1,000 Direct Drive steering wheel

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I did a review early last year Logitech G923basic racing steering wheel and simulation pedal set. It was okay, but not very innovative; Logitech has been producing the same gear-driven force feedback systems and thin pedals for generations, going back to the G25 wheel released mid-years ago. The peripheral giant has been slowly watching Thrustmaster and especially Fanatec – two much smaller companies – enter the market and dominate the market. Logitech did not care about simulation races. They just can do it again.

Introducing the Logitech G Pro steering wheel. It is the first company to abandon straight or helical gears in favor of a direct drive train, as Fanatec popularized with CSL DD – so it’s a big deal. Amazingly, Logitech hadthe G Pro has not yet been formally announced since Wednesday morningbut there is now an official setup guide available live and unlisted on YouTubehow it is product page on the company’s website. It looks like it is already in stock and in delivery so this is a real deal.

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The G Pro specs seem very competitive, at least on paper. Logitech Direct Drive delivers 11Nm of power. That’s much more than the standard 5Nm and 8Nm of CSL DD players they can access with a $ 150 Boost kit, which is basically a glorified external power supply.

The base contains tachographs and a small OLED display, and the shift paddles are magnetic and contain Hall sensors. They are highlighted by the lower oars that can be assigned to the clutch. Logitech also offers new G Pro foot pedal setequipped with a load cell on the brake. As at the time of writing, the pedals do not appear to be tied to the wheel and base as is the case with the company’s core gear.

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The price for all of this is very high – even steeper than a similar Fanatec kit would be. The G Pro wheel costs $ 1,000 and the pedals cost $ 350. Compare that to A $ 700 Fanatec GT DD Pro Kit which includes the pedals, but without a load cell or clutch. The GT DD Pro also offers less than half of the available G Pro torque, unless you are specifying the aforementioned Boost kit.

From a design point of view, I like the approach Logitech has taken here. I have always preferred the designs of the brand’s rims to the more realistic looking hardware that Fanatec is striving for; after all, these are video games so they have game related controls like face buttons, D-pads, and analog sticks are useful in this context.

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The G Pro has a metal center and spokes with a pair of swivel knobs and a push bar on the left side. This is just the right number entry without overwhelming the player, or looking stupid. The rim, however, is connected via a quick release system it is unclear if Logitech will offer alternative rims like Fanatec does – what should be remembered for those who prefer different wheel shapes for different racing disciplines. As usual, customers can choose between an Xbox or PlayStation compatible setup, absecond will work with a computer.

I am very excited to master the new G Pro line. It’s a great time in simulation racing when many hardware manufacturers they push each other into their games. The MSRP can be high, but anyone familiar with Logitech knows that the company’s products can often be found with solid discounts. I hope that will also be the case here.

Update 12:49 ET: Logitech has since published and official press release announcement of the G Pro steering wheel and pedals.

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