Xbox version of MSFS receives 3 new controllers
Fans of Microsoft Flight Simulator who play on Xbox Series X will soon have a choice of three new controllers. In addition to the Turtle Beach yoke announced in June, Thrustmaster and Honeycomb Aeronautical unveiled new Xbox-compatible flight control solutions this weekend. The announcements were made during Flight Sim Expo 2021 in San Diego.
According to FSElite, the Thrustmaster solution will be called the TCA Boeing Yoke Pack and will be a replica of the controls for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It will feature a self-contained yoke with an all-metal interior structure, as well as a separate separate throttle. Both will be bundled in the same box and both will be compatible with Windows PC and Xbox Series X. No pricing or availability information has been provided. Expect more in an official announcement on November 9.
These include the first yoke ever made by Thrustmaster, which is best known for its high-end throttle and throttle configurations (HOTAS), including the previously released Airbus Sidestick TCA system. The addition of the Boeing license means that the French company now has an exclusive relationship with the two largest airliner manufacturers in the world. You can watch a full interview with a Thrustmaster representative on Youtube.
Then newcomer Honeycomb announced a review of its well-regarded Alpha flight controls, yoke and integrated button box. Called Alpha Flight Controls XPC, this new device will be compatible with the Xbox Series X and Windows PC. In a press release, the manufacturer said it will include many of the same features as the original, as well as an “x4 resolution boost to improve accuracy” and a new spring-loaded ignition switch.
Honeycomb will also launch the Xbox Hub, which will allow users to connect its Bravo Throttle Quadrant and Charlie Rudder Pedals to the Xbox Series X. The Xbox Hub will also be compatible with Logitech Flight Rudder Pedals and Flight gas quadrant.
The Alpha Flight Controls XPC will retail for $ 299.99, while the Xbox Hub will cost $ 29.99. Pre-orders should start in the coming months, with delivery scheduled for early 2022.
Finally, as reported Threshold, Turtle Beach noted that it had increased the expected price of its VelocityOne flight control system from $ 349.99 to $ 379.99. It will feature an integrated, user-configurable display panel in the center of the yoke. There will also be a removable overlay for the status lights, which will allow users to specifically tailor the type of information they have at a glance.
No release date has been given, but the VelocityOne is expected to be released before the end of 2021. Polygon has contacted Thrustmaster and Turtle Beach for more information on their announcements.