Microsoft Announces Flight Simulator Hardware

Posted on July 22, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PC gaming, Xbox, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 7 Comments

With Flight Simulator coming to Xbox Series X|S next week, Microsoft is announcing new third-party peripherals that will put the experience over the top.

“On July 27, Microsoft Flight Simulator will be opening the skies to millions of new pilots with its launch on Xbox Series X|S,” Microsoft’s Ethan Rothamel writes. “For many, this marks the beginning of a journey to test their piloting skills against lifelike challenges and we want to help Xbox fans find their ideal accessories for how they want to fly.”

The following peripherals are on the way:

Turtle Beach VelocityOne Flight. Developed by aeronautical engineers and pilots, the Turtle Beach VelocityOne Flight is a complete, inclusive flight control system for Xbox Series X|S and Windows PCs. It includes a 180-degree yoke handle with built-in rudder controls, a modular throttle quadrant with an integrated trim wheel and custom lever, a flight management display, and a status indicator panel with real-time alerts and flight details. It’s USB-based and will be available in Fall 2021 for $350.

Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls XPC. Designed specifically for Xbox Series X|S, the Honeycomb is an advanced flight simulation system with a 180-degree yoke, a switch panel with multiple options like master, alternator, avionics, and light switches, and a spring-loaded 5-position ignition switch. The left and right handles include 13 programmable buttons and switches. It will be available for pre-order later this year and will ship in early 2022. Pricing is not yet available.

Thrustmaster T.Flight Full Kit X. Also designed for Xbox Series X|S, the T.Flight Full Kit X is a full flight simulation kit that includes a joystick, detachable throttle, and rudder pedals with slide rails. The joystick has 14 action buttons and 5 axes. The Thrustmaster T.Flight Full Kit X is available for pre-order now and will be available for purchase on July 27 for $200.

Razer Turret for Xbox. This bundle includes a keyboard with Razer mechanical switches and a mouse, plus a mat with the Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor for accuracy. It’s available now for $250.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft Announces Flight Simulator Hardware”

  1. simonmartindye

    Any chance of VR coming to Xbox for this simulator?

    • angusmatheson

      How well has VR done in playstation 4? They didn’t even release it for PlayStation 5 which makes me think not so well. It seems like the VR craze from a few years ago has totally disappeared.

      • MoopMeep

        Didn't PSVR actually do pretty well on PS4? The PS5 version is supposed to come out in 2022 I think with those controllers like the oculus has.

        I like PSVR but I hear people complain that basically the PS4 isn't powerfully enough to run it. I play ace combat which I really like.

        They have VR if you go with flight sim on the PC but I think you need a really powerfully rig because the visuals in flight sim are so good.

      • ecumenical

        PSVR did fine, not amazing but well enough that they are making a new one for PS5. Over 5 million units as of a year ago.

  2. crunchyfrog

    The Thrustmaster stick has been around for a while, perhaps this is updated but has been popular. Adding the pedals is a nice touch as long as they are weighted and don't tip over or slide too easily.

    • monty

      They've had reliability issues with that thrustmaster joystick, I had one that didn't even last a year and that was with careful use. I hope they've sorted the build quality out. It's a shame because ergonomically it's a nice design. It did come with a 2 year warranty though and Amazon was very good at refunding me and getting it shipped back to them.

  3. whistlerpro

    The Razer Turret has also been around for a while (notably still called the Razer Turret for Xbox One on the Razer website) - though I'd never heard of it. Are there any better/cheaper options out there for wireless Xbox keyboards? Or is that pretty much the only option?