How to build an excellent Xbox One racing rig on a budget

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If you're a serious racing fan, there's nothing quite like that authentic wheel and pedals experience when playing the best racing games. However, setting yourself up with a good wheel and seat can be very pricey, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some of our favorite products to help you build an excellent racing rig while keeping the budget in check.

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Having a stellar (virtual) racing experience doesn't have to be expensive, and with something like the Thrustmaster TMX you can take a very positive first step. It's a high-quality product with excellent build quality, the force feedback is robust, and the leather trim makes it comfortable to use for prolonged periods.

But when it comes to virtual racing, the equipment is only half of the battle. To push yourself, you need to be incredibly comfortable, and the beauty of the Playseat Challenge is that it has one of the more realistic driving positions of any chair. It has the added benefit of also being one of the most affordable. It also accepts virtually any wheel on its mount should you upgrade in the future.

Ideally, you also want a lot of screen real estate in front of you. A crazy three monitor setup isn't much help on a budget, but getting a decent TV is a good substitute and Insignia has a nice 4K one for an attractive price. Since you don't need super-fast response times for racing games, a big 4K TV is a great way to save some money.

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