It took a long time, but it finally happened. Following the Logi PLAY event, Logitech introduced the G PRO Wheel and G PRO Pedals for sim racing, its first foray into a direct drive ecosystem.
G923 users have been begging for a DD offer from the legendary Swiss company, and that day has finally come. Also, it randomly beats rival Thrustmaster.
This 11nm wheelbase hopes to capture the imagination of esports athletes around the world, which the existing line of “PRO” mice, keyboards and headsets already does. The main question is, do these new products live up to the ‘PRO’ name and will we see them in the hands of professional simracers, for example, in the next Le Mans Virtual Series?
First of all, Logitech hasn’t exactly reinvented the wheel per se, but has redesigned the tried and true layout used since the G923.
The face buttons have now been shared across the top of the rim, and the D-pad has been replaced with a small, tactile joystick. The L2 and R2 buttons (or LT and RT on the Xbox variant) have been moved toward the edges to a more thumb-reachable location, and the options/share buttons are now next to two encoders toward the base of the wheel.
The rear paddles are now magnet-actuated, meaning their tactility and durability have greatly improved, and both the sound and feel are practically perfect.
Additionally, the PRO steering wheel now features two customizable analog paddles for everything from using the dual clutch to assigning throttle and brake inputs for accessibility purposes.
Logitech reportedly spent a lot of time researching with real drivers and simracers to determine the best entry position for this new rim, and aside from that the new bottom left encoder is in a slightly awkward position (I have a feeling that it reflects the lower right side). encoder would have been better), it’s a fairly harmless, practical rim.
On the base, this huge plastic animal will not go unnoticed.
The black, logo-embellished exterior will stand out on either your desk or your sim rig, because while you have mounting threads on the underside of the base, a cover with the “PRO” badge on the front pops out, allowing you to bring it with you Attach the included desk mount if you wish.
The extra surface area on this base compared to the – admittedly less powerful – Fanatec CSL DD and MOZA R5 means it’s incredibly stable when mounted on a table. Just don’t crank it to its maximum 11Nm of torque unless you want to see the contents of your desk fall to the floor…
Because this PRO base doesn’t subscribe to the aluminum heatsink that’s similar to the Fanatec and Moza devices above, there’s a single fan inside the plastic case.
Unlike other actively cooled wheelbases that throw in a tiny, noisy fan, Logitech designed this cooling solution with a large grille intake at the front of the wheelbase and an outlet grille (which houses the fan) at the back.
During our use, the fan never made any audible noise, which will keep anti-decibel enthusiasts at bay.
Logitech’s new quick release system is remarkably easy to use and not too dissimilar to Fanatec’s design, allowing you to remove the steering wheel from the base with little effort.
While no additional rims are available as of yet – yet there has been official word despite our harassment – it’s obvious that more rims will be arriving in the future.
The base also features a small OLED display that lets you change a variety of settings on the fly. From torque levels to TRUEFORCE levels, degrees of rotation, force feedback damping, and even your platform compatibility.
More features like customizing the colors of your rev counters are available by connecting the PRO base to a PC and using G Hub, but you still have the ability to change the vast majority of the same features and create profiles on the fly – especially helpful for console users. It’s a truly fantastic and remarkably easy-to-use capture.
In terms of pedals, Logitech has used the same basic design for eons, and while they’re not a bad set at all, they’re in dire need of an overhaul.
The new PRO pedals are a breath of fresh air for a number of reasons, not just because they finally have a 100kg load cell on the brake.
The solid plastic and aluminum construction looks spectacular, and the experience of installing, adjusting, and actually using these pedals has been carefully considered.
First off, the ability to remove unwanted pedals (like the clutch pedal, which I barely touch) is a godsend. Additionally, the underside of the pedal base features measurement markings from center to outside, meaning it’s a breeze to evenly space your pedals.
If you plan on using these pedals on the floor they have several rubber feet to keep things in place, but incorporating a load cell will definitely result in harder pressure and subsequent slipping. Definitely worth pushing them against a wall.
If not, mounting to a rig or cockpit is easy enough, although the detachable pedals are individually threaded on the underside, allowing mounting as is or in reverse.
Logitech knows how much the community enjoys its products and loves to modify them. From replacement open wheel rims for the G923 to adding a little more resistance to the existing brake pedal, the G PRO pedals lean towards that flexibility and don’t shy away from it.
Extra springs and elastomers are in the box, and thanks to a large shroud around the spring section of the pedal, popping out to change won’t result in broken nails, fingers, or pedals.
Connectivity has also been simplified and modernized (somewhat), as the wheelbase comes with a USB-A hub at the rear rather than the bottom, making fiddling with cables before assembling the base a thing of the past.
The pedals connect to the base via a simple USB-A connector, so the pedals can also be used completely independently on a PC without having to dig up another cable. However, independent use on a console is not possible, you have to connect it via the base – that’s what we’re used to anyway.
While the design, build quality, and user experience have all been virtually flawless so far, there’s one glaring problem. While not groundbreaking in the slightest, it’s a joke that Micro USB is the default port on a 2022 PRO product. I’d like to know why this decision was made, especially since Logitech’s latest G and MX versions are all about USB-C.
Once everything is connected, using the G PRO wheel and pedals is a fantastic experience. We’ve used it on both a desk and a Next Level Racing Wheel Stand 2.0 and it was exactly what we expected.
Crisp, instant feedback, great feel and response on the pedals, and thanks to Logitech, compatibility was unquestionable. About Gran Turismo 7, Assetto Corsa Competizione and KartKraft, to quote Todd Howard: “It just works.”
The ability to pause the game, pull up the built-in menu on the OLED display, and tweak the settings to your liking, only for them to kick in right away, does all the grunt work of using a direct-drive base for you.
Logitech’s plug-and-play mentality works here too, and can be encouraged more with older games, as you can make the PRO base appear as a G923 if it doesn’t match older titles.
Priced at £849 (€1,099 / $999), the PRO Wheel in some ways can’t compete against the aforementioned Fanatec CSL DD or MOZA R5, mainly because it’s clocked in at 11Nm of torque. While Logitech thinks that’s the right amount of torque, we’ve rarely pushed ours past 5.5Nm in our use.
If you’re in the market for a base that can excel at this level, the G PRO is a snap. However, if Logitech came out with a slightly weaker version (e.g. 5 or 6Nm) at a slightly cheaper price point in the future, it would be an easy sell to a much wider audience. While we appreciate there’s a quick release, more details on the potential steering wheel ecosystem wouldn’t hurt either.
As for the pedals, we’re obsessed with them. The new design, the build quality, the customizability and even the fact that it exists makes us very happy. The £299 (€389 / $349) price makes things even better.
If you haven’t sold the bike outright since you’re already rocking a G923 but really want some new pedals, the company has confirmed that an adapter will be released in 2023 to make the PRO pedals compatible with previous Logitech bikes, and so on. This makes the Driving Force shifter compatible with the PRO Wheel Base.
Logitech’s first foray into direct drive was hugely successful, in our opinion. A well thought out, built and supported product with a bright future. We’re excited to see what new rims, accessories and hopeful variants will arrive in the years to come.