Best racing simulator cockpits 2022

Thrustmaster TS-XW
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Sim racing has experienced significant growth in recent times. As such, a whole new audience has been introduced to the virtual racing space, and there's a ton of equipment you can get to make your experience even better. Getting the best racing wheel is only the first step, though, as a proper cockpit is also a smart investment. You want to be comfortable, and you want your gear well supported. Here are the ones to get.

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You can't go wrong with any of these cockpits if you're looking to take your sim racing to the next level, which conveniently is also the company that makes the simply superb GT Ultimate. It's easy to put together, easy to put away, strong, stable, and the massive seat is very comfortable, which is of added importance since racing usually takes up a fair bit of time.

For those just getting started, though, it can be a little daunting, and the Next Level Challenger is a perfect entry point into the world of sim racing. It's simple, comfortable, doesn't take up much space, and with the option of an integrated monitor mount, you can have a complete little setup without needing acres of space in your room.

For the more serious out there, it's hard to look past something like the epic Trak Racer TR80. It's quite pricey, but what you get included in the box makes it an excellent value, and it's so strong and sturdy that it'll eat up even the most aggressive racing action with ease.

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