Logitech Dual-Motor Feedback Driving Force G29 Gaming Racing Wheel with Responsive Pedals for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3
Logitech G29 Steering Wheel Review
Now is the time to experience the true racing sensation in the game with Logitech G29 Steering Wheel. This tool is a racing controller designed for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation 5 game consoles which allow you to be able to play real racing genre games.
In fact, this racing controller is made from quality materials that are very reliable and durable. On the other hand, the steering wheel is upholstered in high-quality leather which produces the same look and feels like a racing car steering wheel. But to clarify this, you first need to install the LGS application on the computer.
Design and Ergonomics
The overall design of the steering wheel is a continuation, oscillating between the fabulous G27 and the Driving Force GT. From the first, it recovers its grille, its metal frame, with its large steel pallets, as well as its leather finish and its LED display.
From the second, it takes a good part of the ergonomics within particular the directional cross and the classic buttons directly accessible on the steering wheel (whereas they were deported on the gear lever on the G25 and G27), as well as the clickable wheel and the + and – buttons on the left of the steering wheel.
The metal parts of the steering wheel frame are painted black, but without excess paint, letting the texture of the steel stand out. The plastics are of good quality, with a slightly matte finish and a soft feel, which looks really good. The leather is tight enough and of good enough quality to provide a realistic and comfortable grip.
The buttons are really of very good quality with a special mention for the directional cross which is flexible and precise. Classic PS4 keys are available on the bottom of the steering wheel, freeing up 4 buttons under the thumbs for L2, R2, L3, and R3 functions. The latter sport the blue color specific to Logitech’s new range of gaming accessories, while the roulette wheel comes in a dark enough red to avoid the lack of taste.
If this roulette is very practical for those who are used to using it, it is the only button that disappoints a little in terms of its touch. Too soft around its axis, it would have deserved to be a little tighter.
A switch on the top allows you to switch from PS3 mode to PS4 mode, as on the new Thrustmaster wheels. A metallic blue ring is also added to the center of the steering wheel, to serve as a guide when you no longer know where you are in terms of rotation. A very useful detail since we are in the presence of rotating paddles (to my dismay, but to the pleasure of the majority of players) and it is therefore sometimes difficult to know where we are with its speeds.
The fixing of the flywheel part remains unchanged. In the case of occasional use, two large clamping screws act as a vice on the fixing surface. This system proves to be effective in most cases, but it may suffer from a slight setback in the event of strong lateral action of the steering wheel.
Nothing serious, the competition does not necessarily do better. As usual, the only way to ensure total and stable support remains the screw fixing (provided directly under the base) which therefore requires having dedicated support to make the most of your steering wheel. However, it seems to me that on wood as on glass, Logitech G29 Steering Wheel offers better stability than its competitors.
No change on the connection side. We find the same formats, in the same locations as for the G25 / 27. The wiring is therefore always done under the steering wheel and can be slipped in guides towards the front or remain hidden if your support has a passage in the right place. In the latter case, no cable is visible which is very appreciable.
On this site, therefore, nothing to complain about. The steering wheel of the Logitech G29 Steering Wheel corrects the faults of its predecessors while keeping those little details that made the difference. And really, the steering wheel inspires confidence in its build quality, and its look, although a little less understated than the competition, is really successful. The central axis exudes solidity and the fact of having mostly metal parts is clearly reassuring.
And it is not the crankset that will make me say the opposite. This is almost identical to what the G25 and G27 offered, namely a black plastic casing protecting an assembly where metal largely predominates. Large and very stable, it offers 3 pedals with different voltage settings (but not modifiable without DIY home improvement).
Of the three, the throttle offers the least resistance, with precision being the priority. The brake is much harder with a fairly smooth first phase and a much sharper second, so ideal for emergency braking as well as for adjustments during skidding. The clutch sits in between with a much smoother stroke and intermediate but constant resistance.
Each of the three pedals is also adjustable in spacing, just to adapt to big feet and especially to different types of support. But the tools to make these small changes are not included with the set.
With its position in F1 mode (pedals starting from the ground) this pedal offers several possibilities of maintenance. First, occasional users who do not have support will appreciate its natural stability, in particular thanks to its wide guard, in-depth as in width. Rubber pads are also there to prevent the crankset from slipping on a smooth surface.
When used on carpet or rugs, a wide and deep claw can be deployed on the rear of the crankset. Small design flaw, however: the connection cable is located at the back of the crankset. Suddenly, if you decide to ballast it or to wedge it to prevent it from rolling back, think about protecting the base of the cable which can quickly find itself twisted or crushed.
For the owners of Playseat and other supports, the crankset offers 6 fixing screw threads which fall perfectly in front of the generally planned locations and come to be fixed directly in the metal frame for total blocking of the whole.
As long as you are on the pedal, regulars of the brand will appreciate knowing that it is quite possible to put it in GT mode (with the pedals fixed vertically), as for the G25 / G27. If handling is not officially provided by the manufacturer, it is nevertheless still accessible, as long as you can find rear support.
The defect of this modification remains nevertheless always the same: the angle of the support to be envisaged is not a right angle and the passage from one position to another takes time. On this point, the T500RS (or the T3PA Pro) crankset remains the best model on the market. However, compared to its competitors, this crankset impresses with its quality, the materials used, and the precision of the original settings.
We are on a model superior to the T3PA, however sold 122 USD as an option for Thrustmaster steering wheels. As for the comparison with the production model of the T300RS, it is very very very much to the advantage of the Logitech G29 Steering Wheel.
Small disappointment, the gear lever is optional at 72 USD. It strongly resembles the model supplied with the G25 / G27 but nevertheless loses the upper part with the directional cross and the additional buttons since these are now found on the steering wheel. Limited to an H box (6 speeds + Reverse), it cannot switch to a sequential mode like that of the G25.
Its tightening system is identical to that of the steering wheel, with a central screw clamp. Given the lightness of the resistance of the lever, this method is more than sufficient to ensure the stability of the accessory. This is also its main fault, namely a movement that is too flexible, lacking in weight, and easily leading to a gear selection error.
Clearly, it requires a certain precision that is difficult to have in the heat of the moment. It is always possible (with more DIY) to improve its grip and its weight to make it closer to a real car lever, but the operation is delicate and not very convincing in the end.
The handbrake remains the big loser of this new model. Already, nothing is originally planned by the manufacturer, which is ultimately usual, but this new model of gear lever does not include a button that can be bypassed to add the function (an action already reserved for accustomed to the days of the G27). Unless some handyman finds a new solution.
Logitech G29 Steering Wheel Compatibility
Once the PS3 mode is engaged, Logitech G29 Steering Wheel behaves and identifies itself immediately as a PS3 controller. Indeed, the old generations (G25 and G27) required the connection of an additional controller, which will not be the case here. If I initially believed that the steering wheel was recognized as a G27, I discovered that it used another emulation.
Indeed, it is impossible for the PS3 games to be updated for this new wheel (with the exception of Gran Turismo 6, maybe in the future). As a result, PS3 compatibility must be ensured by using the driver of another wheel with which the Logitech G29 Steering Wheel is made compatible. And what is amazing is that it seems to me that it is not always the same.
In Gran Turismo for example, the behavior of the Logitech G29 Steering Wheel is very similar to Driving Force GT, with a very weak reaction to weak effects, and a much stronger attack when the level of movement increases. Everything is overkill, which is not the case with the G27. In Sega Rally Online, my Logitech G29 Steering Wheel is seen as a Driving Force Pro (the ancestor of Driving Force GT) for a simply horrible race result, while the settings in G27 mode are inaccessible to me.
In Dirt 2, the reactions are identical to the G25, namely slightly jerky, and therefore completely different from those of the steering wheels mentioned just before. It makes no sense. Nevertheless, the PS3 compatibility is good and allows to play Gran Turismo 5 or 6 without a problem. Formula 1 2010 and its sequels are performing very well, as are Colin Mac Rae Dirt 3 or Dirt Shodown.
Then, and it is obvious, other titles are just bad at the wheel whatever the wheel (Like Need For Speed Shift 2 which has an abominable reaction latency) while others just do not support it at all. (like the Motorstorm series). In these cases, Logitech G29 Steering Wheel, unfortunately, offers no alternative (throttle mode) like the T80, T300RS, and T500RS from Thrustmaster do.
In PS4 mode, Logitech G29 Steering Wheel offers excellent compatibility with Project Cars. Steering wheel reactions are consistent and all functions are recognized. All buttons are configurable, including the adjustment dial. DriveClub also offers full compatibility with the steering wheel, with the exception of the clutch (not managed by Drive Club) and the dial (no adjustment can be changed during the race).
At the time of writing, The Crew does not yet manage Logitech G29 Steering Wheel and there is no guarantee that it will ever do so. However, thanks to its official PS4 license, this steering wheel is almost guaranteed to be systematically compatible with future console racing games, at least those that support steering wheels, of course. Proof of this is with F1 2015, released just before Logitech G29 Steering Wheel, and which manages it from the first update.
If Logitech G29 Steering Wheel does not officially announce the color, giving priority to the G920 on this platform, it is nonetheless fully compatible with the PC and supported by the software suite from Logitech. In fact, you can download the driver update “Assistant for video games” to access all the usual options. On Windows, the compatibility level is excellent.
The technical heritage of the G25 / 27 is clearly felt because the steering wheel adapts to both recent and old protocols, for all the games that I have been able to test (we are nevertheless waiting for a real official compatibility list). And the manufacturer’s management software is a model of ergonomics, simple but complete.
On Mac, it’s no surprise that nothing is planned and the “unofficial” drivers reserved for the G27 have not yet managed to take control of this model.
The definitive sim racing wheel for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. Driving Force is designed for the latest racing game titles for your PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation 3 console. Add Driving Force to your controller selection and you may never want to race with a regular controller again. With dual-motor force feedback, on-wheel controls, and responsive pedals, Logitech G29 Steering Wheel makes racing feel like the real deal.
- Platform For Display: PC + PS5/PS4 Compatible
Technical Details of Logitech G29 Steering Wheel
- Standing screen display size: 16 inches
- Chipset Brand: VIA
- Card Description: Dedicated
- Graphics Card Ram Size: 21 MB
- Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 2
- Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 21
- Brand: Logitech G
- Series: G29
- Item model number: 941-000110
- Hardware Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 3
- Operating System: Playstation 5; Playstation 4; PlayStation 3
- Item Weight: 4.96 pounds
- Product Dimensions: 10.24 x 10.94 x 10.63 inches
- Item Dimensions LxWxH: 10.24 x 10.94 x 10.63 inches
- Color: Black
- Processor Brand: AMD
- Processor Count: 2
- Computer Memory Type: Unknown
- Flash Memory Size: 21
- Hard Drive Interface: PC Card
- Hard Drive Rotational Speed: 21 RPM
- Optical Drive Type: DVD-R DL
- Batteries of Logitech G29 Steering Wheel: 1 Lithium Metal battery required.