Product Name: G29 Driving Force & Shifter
Product Type: Steering Wheel and Shifter
Cost at Time of Review: £229.99 (Steering Wheel) + £34.99 (Shifter)
Works With: PC and PlayStation 4 (Logitech G920 for Xbox One)
Release Date: Out Now!
It’s fair to say I have had the set up for some time now and it never grows old. I have used it for plenty of racing games from racing simulators, F1 all the way to Wreckfest (review shortly) so it’s fair to say I can give a pretty decent review of the Logitech G29 and the shifter.
I’m a car fan through and through. This follows on from my love from my father and his father passed down to me. I used to watch my day go from car to car some special some not so special but while he was doing that he was showing me what to expect from a normal car all the way to a car that has been properly done up. Since growing up I’ve always wanted to drive fast cars, sporty cars and used to play through the like of your Grand Turismo to the likes of your Driver. Two completely different games but still gave me that driving buzz and games like that still do.
So I thought I’d go out of my way to set up a driving sim from old PC parts. I have a 3 monitor set up. All 1080p with ultra-thin bezels to keep it as immersive as possible. I have 2 GTX 970 SLI OC to keep those demanding games at bay, keeping them smooth but with the best graphics possible. I sometimes also slip on an Oculus Rift for Project Cars to get that little extra buzz.
While I had my PC pretty much sorted from spare PC parts I thought I needed a decent racing wheel. I’ve had plenty through my time and a lot tended to before console racing nothing really for PC. Nothing extravagant but does the trick that was needed to me it as real as possible. After growing up a bit and coming onto the PC platform pretty much full time I thought I’d browse around a bit. There were a few brands here and there but the Logitech G29 caught my eye. In fact, it was actually the Logitech G27 but after a little bit of searching Logitech actually released a new version of this, the G29.
I did have to purchase the shifter separately but the fact I could get a PC racing wheel with an actual 6-speed shifter and a full 3 pedal setup for the price it was, I was blown away. I set it up and after installing Project Cars, I’ve never felt anything like it. It was real. The wheel had tension, the pedal had pressure and it was so easy to setup I played as many games as I could. This was a couple of years ago. Since then I have tried other racing sims including Thrustmaster and in the end, I always went back to the Logitech G29 purely because of quality as well as how easy it was to set up. You also have to think that the price is hugely different from other racing wheels and for the quality you get out of this setup is amazing value.
I began with it on the edge of my desk slowly building a dedicated setup where it was no longer needed on my desk. Now I have a dedicated driving sim and will continue to use this setup.
The Wheel can be attached to any surface, from the edge of a desk to an actual racing sim seat and is extremely sturdy with the 2 screw-ins. No damage is done to the desk when tightly secured either so you won’t have to worry about damaging your desk. There was a bit of an issue with my 2 screws. If you screw it in and if you push the screw parts in after it’s held into place to hide them to make it more presentable if you screw it too hard these can get stuck in and requires great force to get them out. Same goes with the shifter. When I attached the shifter, being light and small, sometimes if you move it too much it can slide around a bit on a desk. If you have a solely dedicated area for it you will have no problem but it can slide a little.
moving onto the pedals these can shift more than anything. Obviously, you can’t secure pedals into your floor otherwise they will need to remain there. However, Logitech has thought of a solution. You can get sharp pointy grips on the bottom that can be tucked away when not in use. It does let it grip better but if you’re like me and heavy footed expect a lot of movement. With a racing sim seat these are screwed in securely so there is no worry there but be wary if it’s on the carpet, it will slide if you’re pushing hard.
The quality is the next level. It has faux lever pretty much everywhere. A lot more metal than there is plastic and where there is plastic it is built really well. It has a nice weight to it indicating great quality. The shifter is small but quick and shifting fast when needed. I can be very competitive and by being a small shifter it helps that little bit more. It has a more natural feel to it than other shifters also.
Overall, the Logitech G29 and Shifter are a great combo. The value for money is excellent. If you’re a racing fan and are in the market I wouldn’t give this a miss and is worthwhile looking at. It may even save you money in return and be better than you expect. It did for me. Other than the odd slide of the gear I had no issue what so ever.
While we reviewed the Logitech G29 which is for both PC and PlayStation 4. They do have an Xbox One version which is the Logitech G920 and is the same build and quality including internals.