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Logitech G Pro Direct Drive Steering Wheel

The Logitech G Pro Direct Drive racing wheel and Pro Load Cell pedals have just been launched. And honestly, this came as a surprise! Here, TrueForce and Direct Drive technology come together to create a true and unique sim racing experience. Is and will the Logitech G Pro be a serious Direct Drive competitor? Read all about Logitech's new flagship in this article.

Long and reliable history

Logitech has a long history of producing reliable sim-racing hardware. For more than 10 years, the company has dominated the budget and entry-level sim racing market with competitively priced entry-level models. These steering wheels, including the immensely popular G29, were mainly made for novice sim racers. This steering wheel is very popular, which resulted in a huge market of Logitech G29 mods. I too started with a G29 before switching to Fanatec.

The higher end of the market - think Fanatec, SimuCube and Thrustmasters - has always ignored the company. With the new Direct Drive steering wheel, this is changing and Logitech is also entering the world of (semi) professional sim racing hardware.

Until now, Fanatec was the only brand to offer Direct Drive technology for gaming consoles with the highly priced Podium steering wheels (DD1 and DD2) and the more recent (budget) CSL DD (Xbox) and the GT DD Pro (Playstation) steering wheels.

Also Thrustmaster couldn't stay out and is preparing to launch a direct drive system. This technology is the future and with Logitech's surprising entry into this market too, the era of belt-driven steering wheels seems to be definitely over.

Why is Direct Drive important?

A Direct Drive wheelbase means that the wheel is connected to the Force Feedback motor. Not only is the G Pro significantly stronger than previous Logitech steering wheels, it has a number of other advantages because it is a Direct Drive wheelbase.

A belt- or gear-driven wheelbase has more moving parts and gearing between the motor and the rim to find the right balance between speed and power. These extra moving parts inevitably introduce some backlash or play between the motor and the rim. This reduces the reliability of the force feedback drastically, breaking the connection between the user and his simulator. Because a Direct Drive wheelbase eliminates these extra moving parts, you get a much more detailed, smoother and quieter force feedback AND driving experience.

Logitech TrueForce technology

The G Pro uses Logitech's 'TrueForce' technology, which was first seen on the G923 steering wheels. Among other things, this technology provides additional effects designed to better simulate car vibrations. I am curious to see how this technology will work in combination with a Direct Drive powered steering wheel.

Logitech G Pro Racing Pedals

The Logitech G Pro Racing pedals were announced at the same time and come standard with load cell brake pedals. This is definitely a first! Again - of course - they cannot be left behind with this. The layout of the pedal set can be easily adjusted with the included Allen key.

Logitech G Pro Racing Pedals

Price and availability Logitech G Pro

The Logitech G Pro costs €1,099 Euros ($ 999 USD). And yes, that's on the high side. The accompanying G Pro racing pedals, by the way, are sold separately for - expectedly - €349 Euro ($ 349 USD). Want the total package? Then you will have to dig deep into your pockets for this. After all, it costs a whopping €1,488. And that's an absurd amount of money.

The Logitech G Pro is available in two versions, one compatible with the Xbox Series and Xbox One, the other with the Playstation 4 and 5. Both models are fully compatible with Windows PCs. Are you convinced and can't wait? The G Pro will be available from September 2022!

Logitech G Pro Direct Drive review

Conclusion: is the Logitech G Pro worth it?

The Logitech G Pro is considerably more expensive than the CSL DD and the Moza R9. These models are also considerably smaller than the - hefty - G Pro. Because yes, the G Pro is huge. In addition, it is eco system from Fanatec and Moza a lot more comprehensive a attractive with many more options with different wheels.

Admittedly, the extra torque and Nm in the Logitech is considerably better, but by no means necessary. The big advantage of the new G Pro is its ease of use and it is plug-and-play. For the novice sim racer, this is and always will be a nice plus point.

What do you think? Will the new Logitech G Pro be a serious competitor to the likes of the Fanatec DD1/DD2, the Fanatec CSL DD Pro or Moza?

Wilco Verhaegh

Author Wilco Verhaegh

Over 18 years ago, my passion for sim racing began with Grand Prix 4. My passion for racing, motorsport photography and gaming knows no bounds. With, I capture racing cars on film. Moreover, I am proud of my book 'Mastering The Art Of Sim Racing', in which I share my knowledge and insights with aspiring sim racers worldwide!

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