Best racing games on PlayStation and Xbox

Buckle up - we've rounded up the best racing games on PlayStation and Xbox you can buy right now.

Forza Horizon 5

by Curtis Moldrich |

There's no doubt that when it comes to racing games, you're spoilt for choice. Sims like GT Sport and Dirt 5 offer a great range of cars and now a greater focus on online racing, while other driving games such as Forza Horizon 4 offer an accessible route for the casual player. Whatever you’re after, you'll find the best racing games for either console here.

Every racing game on our roundup is pretty incredible. Hardware has significantly progressed in the past two years, with machines such as the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro capable of pushing out beautifully crisp 4K, HDR content – provided you pair them with the right TV. With the right setup, you can now experience some of the most realistic graphics and car handling we’ve ever seen – and constant updates mean the amount of content on offer is only going to get better. If you're a competitive gamer or simply want to improve your performance, you may find investing in one of the best gaming monitors will be your best purchase this year.

So, which driving games and racing sims should you buy? We've done the legwork for you, and put together a roundup of the best racing games on PlayStation and Xbox. Whether you've got a wheel or a controller, a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC or PS4. After that, you'll find a list of the best forthcoming racing games, too. Buckle-up!

The best racing games

Forza Horizon 5

GT Sport

Need For Speed Heat

F1 2020

Dirt 5

Grid

TT Isle of Man

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Project Cars 2

Assetto Corsa

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Best upcoming racing games

Above, you’ll find the best driving games out right now, but there’s more on the way. In this list, you’ll find the best driving games to be released in the near future.

Are they worth waiting for? Probably, but that shouldn't stop you from getting some of the older games above for a discount price in the meantime. For example, the latest version of Assetto Corsa comes with all the DLCs, and costs less than the game originally did when released.

So, what racing games should you be looking forward in the months to come?

Gran Turismo 7

GT 7

It’s been confirmed that the new GT game is on the way, with an official release date - 4th March 2022. If you’ve read what we’ve got to say about GT Sport, then you’ll understand why this is an exciting release. Sony revealed at the Future Of Gaming event that it'll be coming to the PS5, along with a whole host of other exciting titles.

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Curtis Moldrich has worked in the technology sector for the last few years, reviewing and testing the best audio gear, laptops and gadgets at titles including The Telegraph, Mixmag and Expert Reviews. Now the online editor of CAR magazine, he's a keen sim-racer, too.

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