Logitech G923 Game Racing Wheel Review

Logitech G923 Game Racing Wheel Review

Logitech G923 Game Racing Wheel Review

There is a new force feedback system available in Logitech’s G923 racing wheel, which adds an additional layer of force feedback over prior models such as the Logitech G29 and G920. A technology dubbed ‘Trueforce’ uses data from the physics and audio packages of supported racing games to deliver additional sensations and vibrations to the wheel rim and to your hands.

The result does feel richer in comparison, although as a relatively new product there is limited support for the feature within the racing and driving genre. The Logitech G923 has previously been offered in a variety of console-specific models, including the G920 for Xbox One and the G29 for PlayStation 4 (which are essentially the same product with a set of LED rev indicator lights and a 24-point selection dial).

Logitech has reduced the disparity between the two camps this time around. The G923 comes in two versions – one with typical PlayStation controls built-in, one with Xbox controls, and both are compatible with PCs – but now both versions have been given the same name and the same features (namely the same 24-point selection dial and LED rev indicator lights).

Also compatible with Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the G923 will be available in a variety of colors. Logitech G29 (left) versus Logitech G923 (right)The only major physical difference between the G920 and G923 is the presence of the dial and lights. Otherwise, the G923 is virtually identical.

The exposed brushed metal on the G923 rim is black (as opposed to the gun metal gray on the G29) and the shift paddles are black (they were silver on the G29). Apart from that, they are essentially identical. The base, the clamps, the button shapes and layout, the leather-wrapped rim with the same stitching – even the blue aluminum strip marking the top center of the wheel are the same.

As for the clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals, they are also essentially identical to the G29/G920 pedals, with the only difference being the logo beneath the brake pedal. The only difference is on the inside; the G923 replaces the rubber stopper under the G29/G920 with a progressive spring that becomes more firm as it is depressed.

Despite being compatible with the current Logitech standalone shifter, the G923 does not come with one. Logitech G923 – PerformanceIn games without ‘Trueforce’ compatibility (or with Trueforce toggled off), the G923 performs in a similar manner to the G29/G920 (which were not exactly a quantum leap ahead of the G27 in 2010). Since it is still a gear-driven wheel, the force feedback is decent but not particularly nuanced, and bumps still cause the whole wheel unit to rattle.

However, dialing down the FFB in-game can often help tame the knocking in Logitech wheels, although numbing the FFB also defeats the purpose of purchasing a wheel in the first place. Although Trueforce definitely enhances the sensations experienced through the wheel, it also makes the wheel even louder than usual when enabled. With Trueforce, for example, the G923 is able to connect to the in-game audio and deliver a constant vibration to the wheel rim to simulate the throbbing engine reverberating through the cabin and into the controls.

The stronger the vibration, the higher the revs. You can still hear the G923 sound as if it is going through its own rev range even if the game volume is muted on your gaming TV, soundbar and speaker system. It is similar to that slightly distant, tinny sound you get when playing a game and you think your speakers are malfunctioning until you realize you have just forgotten to unplug your gaming headset.

Using actual game physics and audio in real-time, Trueforce connects directly to in-game engines, processing up to 4000 times per second. In layman’s terms, it would appear to be a general buzzing when the engine is running. Even at idle, this extra vibration does not interfere with other more important feedback and cornering forces, and it helps vehicles feel more alive.

Toggling off the Trueforce system after using it made me feel somewhat disconnected from my virtual vehicle. As a result, the system is more immersive, even though it produces some noise. Of course, the additional caveat is that Trueforce is only currently supported in a few games. Trueforce is currently supported only by Gran Turismo Sport, Assetto Corsa Competizione, and 2019’s Grid.

It is more immersive, despite the fact that the force feedback system makes a bit of a racket. Regarding the pedals, only the brake feels different from the G29/G920. The G923 now has a progressive spring under the brake that makes it harder to depress the brake the further you stomp on it (the G29/G920 has a rubber stopper, which is effective but cruder to simulate the building hydraulic force of a brake pedal – although it creates a distinct two-stage effect where the pedal first hits the stopper).

As the G923 is depressed, it feels better until it taps against the base at its maximum deflection. A slightly softer stopper would have given it a super firm feel at 100% depressed, without the clunk caused by reaching the limit of the base. Best Xbox One Controller10 ImagesLogitech G923 – Purchasing Guide. It remains a good mid-priced choice for newcomers looking to try out a sim racing setup without paying a wallet-assassinating premium (although it is certainly at the top end of the mid-price spectrum), as has been the case with the dependable G29/G920 before it (and the G27 before them).

It is hard, however, to recommend it for those who already own a G29 or G920 due to limited Trueforce support at present and few seismic changes to the wheel elsewhere.

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