What is it about the arcade that is often more fun than just playing video games at home? Part of it certainly the social aspect, but a lot of it has to do with how immersive arcade games are. Many arcade games are basically the same games that you can play on your computer or console, but by adding accessories like steering wheels and guns, the experience is somehow 150% more fun.
If you love racing games, but don’t want to make the trek to an arcade and inevitably have to give up the machine when you lose and someone else wants to play, you can recreate the excitement of the arcade at home. Except, of course, with graphics and controls that have actually been updated since the mid-90s. All you need to do is invest in a racing wheel and a cockpit. In fact, these racing wheels will feel more like driving an actual racecar than playing an arcade game. These are the ones to get.
1. Logitech G920 Dual-Motor Feedback Driving Force Racing Wheel
This racing wheel is available either for PlayStation or Xbox, as well as PC. It features the D-Pad on the wheel, and it comes with a floor pedal unit. The steering wheel is designed to emulate the feeling and turning capabilities of actual racing wheels.
Pros: Force feedback simulates the feeling of driving a car.
Cons: Brake requires a great amount of effort to press.
2. Openwheeler GEN2 Racing Wheel Stand Cockpit
If you’ve already got the wheel, the next step is getting a stand for it. This option from Openwheeler features a racing chair and a mount for the pedals and steering wheel, so it really feels like you’re driving a racecar.
Pros: Easy to assemble, feels like you’re in a real car.
Cons: Does not include wheel or pedals.
3. Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On
This racing wheel is a full-size replica of a Ferrari racing wheel, and it’s compatible with a variety of systems, including Xbox, Playstation, and PCs. There are a variety of customizable knobs and buttons for a personalized experience.
Pros: Licensed replica of a Ferrari wheel, customizable features you won’t find on other units.
Cons: Some of the buttons serve purely aesthetic purposes.