While Forza Horizon 2 and other Xbox One racers are perfectly playable using the gamepad, gamers will miss out on the full experience by not using a racing wheel. There’s just something special about controlling a wheel instead of using the analog stick or directional pad to steer. So which products are most suitable for playing racing games on the next-gen system? Find our recommendations below.
Our Best Recommendation
If you have the cash, then you should get the Mad Catz Pro Racing Force Feedback Wheel and Pedals for Xbox One. The product was developed in conjunction with Turn 10 Studios, the team behind Forza Motorsport 5 who also assisted in the production of Forza Horizon 2. So the videogames should have up-most compatibility with the wheel.
The product has dual rotation settings so that you can switch between an arcade racer to full driving simulation and vice versa. It is also customizable with adjustable pedals, multiple mounting positions and being ready-made for racing seats made for gaming. Last but not least, it can be updated with new firmware. Check out the wheel right now on Amazon.
Thrustmaster also has a few alternative options if you decided to look somewhere else other than Mad Catz. The more expensive one is the TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition. This was created in collaboration with Microsoft and features many of the same features as the competition. However, there seems to be some reliability issues with the TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition. Take a look at the price of the product by visiting this page.
If you are on a budget, a cheaper option to the above-mentioned wheels is the VG Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel from Thrustmaster. There are less features (such as a limited rotating angle and no force feedback rumble) but you should still have a better time using it rather than the regular Xbox One controller. You can check out the price of the cheaper alternative by clicking on this link.
If you really want to go all in to get the most out of Forza Horizon 2 and other the Xbox One racers, there are also a few add-on products that are worth checking out. The Thrustmaster VG TH8A Add-On Gearbox Shifter, for instance, is solidly built and will further immerse you into the virtual racers with its realistic design. Openwheeler also has advanced (with a mount for a gear shifter) and classic versions of racing chairs for gaming purposes. You can find out more about the racing seats on Amazon – Advanced and Classic.
Forza Motorsport 5 and Need for Speed Rivals were made available last year while Forza Horizon 2 comes out on the 30th of September. The Crew is also releasing on the 11th of November and Project Cars is launching a week later on the 18th of November. So Xbox One gamers should have plenty of racing games to play along with the aforesaid wheels and other add-ons in the near future.