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Thrust can detach from Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick joystick Great value for the price Fewer buttons and hats Cheap feeling buttons The action isn't amazing The Thrustmaster T. It's of a much cheaper build and design than the Warthog, but for a tenth of the ticket price you can forgive the use of plastic and lack of buttons and hats. The key elements are there. The detachable throttle is probably the neatest feature: It's also got the much-needed Z-axis rotation for rudder control, although the press of a switch will enable you to operate the rudder via a rocker on the front of the throttle grip. You get plenty Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick programmable buttons too, but they feel very much the sort you'd expect to find on a budget controller.

The action on the stick and throttle aren't great either, and you'll likely notice some grunching plastic noises as you push and pull the controller around. But it's still robust and feels solid on the desk. If you can't convince yourself an X or Warthog is a sensible purchase, then this extremely good-value offering from Thrustmaster is not a bad option at all.

Thrustmaster T-flight Hotas X Joystick

Definitely a step down from the big Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick, but the Thrustmaster T. It's our favorite affordable flightstick. Realistic flight sims were rare, and exciting space dogfighting sims were even rarer. But now you don't have to be an elite Battlefield helicopter pilot or a diehard sim addict to need a flightstick. FAQ Aren't they hideously expensive? You can spend the sort of money generally reserved for a new graphics card on Thrustmaster's Warthog. But you can get an experience that's very close for a fraction of the price. Check out the broad selection of controllers below.

For serious simulation you're going to need throttle control. This is the biggest thing that separates the joypad from a flightstick setup, and the granularity of speed it delivers when dogfighting can mean the difference between virtual life and virtual death. Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick that's number one: Does that mean I need a separate throttle controller? No, but the best and most respected flight controllers do come with an entirely separate control for the throttle, with extra toggle switches and LEDs.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Stick

Others, such as the AV8R, have the throttle control built onto the base of the stick itself. So long as there's a decent amount of travel in the throttle you'll have a good level of control in-game. How many buttons do I need? Some of the controllers in this test have gone overboard on Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick front.

But sims do demand a lot of different controls and having them all directly to hand can be incredibly useful. Just don't forget that your trusty keyboard can make up for any buttons lacking on your controller. You will need at least four buttons arrayed around the stick itself and ideally a hat-switch on the top of it. Anything else I should look out for? Maybe it's time we spoke about the Z-axis. Traditional joysticks just have pitch and roll control—forward, back, left and right—but some are configured for 3D movement. That means as well as controlling the X and Y axis you can also twist the stick clockwise or anti-clockwise to control the Z-axis. Generally this is used to control yaw and replicate the rudder controls of an aircraft. In space that three dimensional control can be vital for accuracy, especially when you're zeroing-in behind an escaping Sidewinder in an Elite dogfight.

On a stick with other controls which can mimic the rudder that's not such an issue, but on budget sticks which allow no such Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick control it is sorely missed. This exciting acronym stands for the rather mundane-sounding 'Hands-On Throttle And Stick' and denotes a dual controller where one hand rests permanently on the throttle and the other remains on the stick. A multi-directional button akin to the d-pad on a modern controller. Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick a flightstick, however, the d-pad has a hat on top which the thumb can easily push to activate the switches.

They come in 4-way or 8-way flavors. Other competitors CH Products Fighterstick and Pro Throttle CH Products may not be a familiar name to most of us, but search through Google Image and you'll find a host of old-school beige controllers as well as serious simulators.


The company mainly makes that serious sim stuff now, including mock Cessner cockpits, and their designs are far more about function than form. By that I mean they're pretty damn ugly. Naturally, you're likely to be more concerned with staying alive mid-dogfight than what the chunky controller you're clinging to looks like, but when you're paying this much cash for the privilege you at least want something that looks like Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas X Joystick was torn out of real-life jet-fighter and not from Toys R Us.

The Fighterstick remains a serious device and has the most extensive flightstick travel of all the controllers in this test. The Pro Throttle you can buy each part individually if you wish is a bit of a disappointment.


The grip itself is fine, with a selection of hat switches and programmable buttons, but the linear movement feels underwhelming. Where the Saitek and Thrustmaster throttles move in a satisfying arc the Pro Throttle moves along a flat axis. It's also got a short travel compared to the other devices. Considering that this is more expensive than the X Rhino in some outlets by quite a long way it's not a pairing that I can particularly recommend.


: Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick: Video Games. Internal memory: to save all of your programming, even with the joystick disconnected. The joystick with detachable throttle control and direct configuration for immediate takeoff!! Entirely Programmable PC and PS3™! Unique: Plug & Play for ultra-simple and fast installation with all functions pre-configured for immediate takeoff (without worrying about.

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