Logitech finally gets serious about Sim Racing with a $1000 direct wheel drive

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Early last year, I checked Logitech G923Starter sim racing wheel and pedal set. It was good, but hardly innovative; Logitech has been producing the same gear-driven power feedback systems and flimsy pedals for generations, harking back to the G25 wheel that was released mid-period. The oceanic giant has slowly seen companies like Thrustmaster and especially Fanatec – two much smaller companies – pounce and dominate the market. Logitech doesn’t seem to care about sim racing. They just might 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 system, as Fanatec became famous with its CSL DD – So it’s a big deal. Strange, it was LogitechHe didn’t officially announce the existence of the G Pro until Wednesday morningbut there is currently an official setup guide Live and unlisted on YouTubeAs is product page on the company’s website. It appears to be in stock and shipping now, so it’s the real deal.

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The G Pro’s specs look very competitive, at least on paper. Logitech’s direct drive solution promotes 11 Nm of force. That’s well above the stock CSL DD 5nm and 8nm that gamers can reach with the $150 Boost Kit, which is basically a glorified external power supply.

The base includes tach lights and a small OLED display, while the paddle shifters are magnetic and include hall-effect sensors. They are emphasized by lower paddles that can be set on the clutch. Logitech also offers a file New set of G Pro . foot pedalsEquipped with a brake load cell. At the time of writing, the pedals do not appear to be bundled with the wheel and base, as with the company’s entry level hardware.

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The price for all this is very high – even steeper than a similar Fanatec device Will be. A G Pro wheel will set you back $1000, while pedals will cost you $350. Compare that to $700 Fanatec GT DD Pro Kit Which includes the pedals, although it doesn’t have a load cell or clutch. The GT DD Pro also delivers less than half the torque available on the G Pro, unless you select up to the Boost Kit mentioned above.

From a design standpoint, I like the approach Logitech took here. I have always preferred brand frame designs to the more realistic machines Fanatec aims for; These are after all video games after all, so having game-related controls, like a flip Buttons, directional pads and analog sticks are useful in this context.

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The G Pro has a metal center and speakers, with a pair of turntables and a stick on the left side. It’s just the right number of input without beat player, or looking silly. Despite this, the edge is connected via a quick release system It is not clear if Logitech will offer alternative rims, such as the Fanatec does – Something to consider for those who prefer it Wheels in different shapes for different racing disciplines. As usual, customers can choose between an Xbox or PlayStation compatible configuration, and banother will Work with the computer.

I’m very excited to take on the new G Pro line. It’s a great time in sim racing for many equipment makers They push each other to improve their games. The MSRP may be high, but anyone who knows Logitech knows that the company’s products can often be found solid discounts. I hope this is the case here as well.

Update 12:49PM ET: Logitech has Where Spread Official press release Announcing the G Pro steering wheel and pedals.

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