Popular Mechanics; Courtesy Thrustmaster
Gaming foot pedals aren’t the most well-known peripherals on the market. They’ve always been essential for accessibility, but the gaming spotlight has historically shined on accessories like mice, webcams and headsets. However, with new options hitting the market from brands like Elgato added to existing top-performing industry standards — such as the Savant Elite 2 — many gamers are starting to look at foot pedals for the first time.
They’re designed to take play to the next level with any game, particularly with flight simulators and racing games. And luckily, you don’t have to spend a ton to buy yourself a more immersive gaming experience, as there are plenty of solid choices averaging around $50, plus models for novices and pros alike.
Whether you’re upgrading to something more high end or want to see what it’s like to put the pedal to the metal, we’ve rounded up the best of what’s out there for your consideration. Read on for our recommendations plus a guide to get you started off on the right foot.
Best Gaming Foot Pedals
What to Consider
Before purchasing a gaming foot pedal, think about the games you play and how much you want a foot pedal will tackle. Some foot pedals are completely customizable, able to execute any type of input in any situation; others are better for specific kinds of games. You’ll also want to double check the gaming foot pedals’ interface for compatibility. The last thing you want is a foot pedal that you cannot plug in to your PC.
Lastly, make sure the game or software you are planning on using supports multi-USB inputs. If not, you won’t be able to use many of the foot pedals on the market, even those that are budget buys.
How We Selected
Our selection includes gaming foot pedals in a wide range of styles and price points. During our research, we extensively review content from expert and consumer sources alike, as well as thousands of customer reviews from online storefronts. As for the products themselves, we feature foot pedals from well-regarded brands and evaluate them on functionality and overall design. Also, all of the gaming foot pedals we cover have average ratings of 4 stars or more.
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Stream Deck Pedal
|Pedal(s)||One (three inputs)|
|Interface||USB-C to USB-A|
Best for Racing Games
Thrustmaster Racing SIM
T-3PM Racing Pedals
|Interface||RJ12 (adapter sold separately)|
Best for Flight Simulators
T. Flight Rudder Pedals
|Pedal(s)||Two (sliding rails)|
|Interface||Included RJ12 to USB-A adapter|
USB 2 Foot Switch