Premium hardware let down by a lack of supported titles to take advantage of it
Avaliado no Canadá em 16 de novembro de 2020
As a PC and console gamer who has a son that enjoys racing and simulation games, a racing wheel is always something we wanted to get back into (we had an older Microsoft Xbox wheel once in a blue moon).
The G923 is the current top of the line wheel from Logitech so I was expecting a lot from it.
This is as simple as it gets. Logitech doesn't include a manual in the box. Instead, they've opted to give you a simple sheet of how to plug everything together.
The overall presentation is clean and looks great.
The G923 is a solid piece of hardware. While much of it is plastic, several of the parts are metal (i.e. the pedals and shifters).
Unfortunately, the wheel does have a real leather cover which cannot be removed. This is a shame to see in 2020 where leather is no longer needed, especially in a gaming peripheral.
The pedals connect to the wheel and the wheel then connects to an external power source (adapter included) and connected to either your PC or Xbox via the included USB cable.
The cable is really short. Absurdly so. Playing on a PC might be fine if your tower is close to your monitor, but on a console, you have to be four feet from your TV to be able to use this wheel. Why Logitech didn't include a room-length cable is beyond me, but it certainly limits console play to an almost deal-breaking situation.
All of the standard Xbox controls on the wheel, and you get some extra for controlling the Trueforce feature.
Just above the wheel are RPM lights, which is cool, but they only work with Trueforce-enabled games, which is a bummer.
The pedals are of excellent quality, but the brake pedal is super stiff. If you are playing on hardwood, you'll likely have a bad time hitting the breaks. I strongly suggest using this wheel on the carpet (you can retract a bar of spikes to help keep the unit planted to the carpet).
The built-in clamps have worked in at least three different desks/tables we've tested on and it accommodates both thick and thin desks.
While the G923 supports a manual gearbox option, it does not include one in the box. I can't say how play is with the option shifter, but the paddle shifters do feel nice and work well.
If you are playing on console, it's pretty much plug-and-play. Of course, each game will have its own settings for calibrating the wheel, adjusting the force feedback, etc. but this is to be expected.
The consistency of settings across various games is really hit and miss and some offer far more control than others, regardless of whether they are listed as compatible on the Logitech site.
On PC, you can get more flexibility from the G923 by setting it up in the Logitech G Hub software (which interfaces with pretty much any Logitech hardware).
For games that support Trueforce (very few at this time), the feel of driving is top-notch. It's completely different from traditional force feedback, and it raises the level of immersion to new heights.
For games that don't support Trueforce, but are still fully supported (quite a few), the results do tend to be mixed with some games feeling more authentic than others. Some games, like Mudrunner, feel terrible.
In either case, the feedback you get is responsive with little to no noticeable latency.
Games without Trueforce tend to make the wheel rumble more (and not in a good way), and the wheel is a little loud regardless of whether you are using a Trueforce game or not.
Performance across PC, Xbox One S, and Xbox Series X seem to all be the same.
Let's face it, it doesn't matter how amazing Trueforce technology is if no games support it.
At the time of this review (and several months since the launch of the G923), Logitech lists two (2!!) supported games on Xbox and two (2!!) on PC that works with Trueforce. Unofficially, I do know that Snowrunner has recently added support, so that makes three. But three out of dozens of driving and vehicle simulation games is really bad.
And because the experience with non-Trueforce games is just "ok", it makes me wonder why someone wouldn't just get the G920 over this one.
That said if you do own any of the Trueforce supported games, you will be in for a real treat. Hopefully, this list will grow, but I have to review this wheel based on what you get today.
While you get some great hardware and a (relatively) smooth software experience, your enjoyment of the G923 in its full glory relies heavily on supported titles. Unfortunately, with so few Trueforce games available, it's hard to recommend this wheel over any other model - at least for now.
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