A sim racing setup with a Logitech G Pro base and wheel.

Logitech Finally Goes Direct Drive

After Fanatec brought direct drive at a lower cost, Thrustmaster promised a quick response and that left Logitech playing catchup. Now, they have finally done so with the G PRO.

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When it comes to getting a first racing game wheel, the brand many go to is Logitech. They make products for primarily entry level sim racers, and have held that corner of the market rather nicely over the years. However, as the demand for more advanced sim racing products grew, Logitech needed to evolve.

Direct drive has become a buzzword in the sim racing community, ever since Fanatec brought the technology to a wider market. It left fellow mainstream sim racing hardware brands Thrustmaster and Logitech needing to catch up, and Thrustmaster promised a direct drive wheel with a reveal set for 17 November.

As for Logitech, they’ve just unveiled their answer to Fanatec’s DD Pro range, and that’s the G PRO.

Logitech G Pro Base – 11Nm

The Fanatec CSL DD Pro (Or GT DD Pro for PlayStation users) wheelbase as standard produces five newton metres, and with an optional booster kit produces eight. Their more high end and expensive wheelbases like the DD2 produce 25.

The Logitech G PRO wheelbase produces 11, although it’s possible to alter the amount in increments of 0.5 through the in-wheel settings. That’s very impressive considering they have only ever made belt-driven wheels up until now.

A Logitech G Pro with the wheelbase turned towards the camera.
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It also comes with Logitech’s own Trueforce technology which was used on the G923. This enables the base to give more feedback reflecting the vibrations of the car in-game.

The base has a front end with a plethora of slots to create air circulation in tandem with the in-built fans. It’s got a quick release so there may be options further down the line to buy different aftermarket wheels, but the default wheel may be good enough for users already.

Wheel – Simplified Layout

You can’t have a wheelbase without a wheel, and the Logitech G PRO has gone a different direction to many other wheels on the market. It features a simple design with buttons spread evenly across the wheel’s face.

The X-Y-A-B buttons for Xbox or square-triangle-cross-circle buttons for PlayStation are placed along the top, and the LT and RT/L2 and R2 buttons have moved towards the outside of the wheel too. The d-pad from the G923/G29 models has been replaced by a joystick, and there are two rotary adjusters at the bottom of the wheel.

A Logitech G Pro wheel being gripped by someone wearing racing gloves.
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There are paddle shifters behind the wheel, two sets of them. The top ones are typically used for changing gears, but the bottom ones can be used for a range of functions, such as using them as a hand operated clutch. One could be mapped to be the handbrake if needed for a rally game.

But they could also be used in place of pedals if the player doesn’t have use of their legs. Speaking of pedals though, the pedals that are part of the G PRO are perhaps going to be an easy option for many a Logitech sim racer.

Pedals – Load Cell

For people who have had a set of Logitech pedals, it’s safe to say that whilst they did their job, they may have not been of the highest quality. Now, Logitech have heard those concerns and have introduced this pedal set.

A Logitech G Pro set of pedals.
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The pedals can be removed and adjusted, and the brake is load cell. The spring can be swapped out for more aggressive options.

Unlike the G923/G29, the pedals and the wheel are not one and the same. They can be bought separately and then connected via a few cables. When it comes to price, though, Logitech may have raised a few eyebrows.

Cost – Is It Too Much?

The G PRO pedals are priced at £299/$349/€389. Considering how much of a step up they seem from the G29/G923 pedals, many consider this a fair price point. But, when it comes to the cost of the wheel and wheelbase, those come in at £849/$999/€1099. For many sim racers, this will likely place the wheel outside of the realms of affordability.

Logitech wheels and pedals are usually considered a first step into sim racing. Of course, players looking to get a direct drive wheel aren’t looking for their first wheel. Considering the Fanatec GT DD Pro as standard is about half the price, Logitech may struggle to compete.

Yes, the Logitech G PRO wheelbase produces over twice the torque of the Fanatec GT DD Pro as standard. But there’s no option on Logitech’s end as of yet to bring down the price by having a less powerful version. Ultimately, it will be down to the consumer.

Overall, the wheel design is very clean and user friendly, the pedals are a steal but the wheelbase and wheel may be too much. Time will tell as to whether Logitech have nailed the details or if this corner of the market will still be dominated by Fanatec.

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Luca
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