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Thrustmaster Unveils 1st Official Flight Stick for the Xbox One

Thrustmaster is at it again! Not content on delivering a premium experience for the racing community on Xbox and Windows, they are now taking to the skies and beyond with the Hotas One.

Members of the Flight Sim community rejoice, Thrustmaster® has heard your pleas loud and clear. To meet the demands of this growing audience on Xbox One, Thrustmaster decided that there’s never been a better time to release a joystick that will allow the many, many gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7 to experience Thrustmaster’s extensive flight simulation expertise. The T.Flight Hotas One will allow gamers on both platforms to fully immerse themselves in the feeling of flight offered by today’s cutting-edge Flight Sim titles and become part of these amazing aerial worlds in a way that hasn’t been possible until now. Based on the T.Flight Hotas concept, one of their all-time bestsellers, Thrustmaster has developed a comprehensive solution officially licensed for Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7.
How exciting does that sound? Well, if that little tease hasn’t made you dig out your flight suit, then here is a whole lot more information provided to us here at TiX!

  • Official Thrustmaster Flight Stick for Xbox One… (And they aren’t working alone!)
    • Thrustmaster is thrilled to be the first to develop a product that the Xbox One community has been dreaming about since launch.
      Eager to deliver on the growing demand from members of this community, the team at Thrustmaster joined forces with Microsoft to create a joystick specially designed for use on Xbox One, with the T.Flight Hotas One being the end result.
      Thrustmaster has worked with Frontier to fully support the T.Flight Hotas One in Elite Dangerous for Xbox One. Frontier has been keen to deliver an even deeper level of immersion for the Elite Dangerous community on Xbox One and recommends the T.Flight Hotas One, supporting it with an upcoming patch for Elite Dangerous adding T.Flight Hotas One compatibility on September 26th!
  • Complete & Accessible Hotas Flight Stick system for Instant Immersion
    • The ergonomic T.Flight Hotas design (combined with the development of next-generation electronics officially licensed for both Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7, including an “ecosystem-ready” port allowing users to add the TFRP rudder system – Which will be sold separately) allows for instant playability and the ability to adapt to all types of flight simulation (space adventure, modern combat, warplanes, civilian flight etc.) This creates an unrivalled degree of practicality which has become the gold standard set by Thrustmaster over the years.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: Realistic & Ergonomic Flight Control System
    • In the real world, flight controls used by pilots include both a stick and a throttle: this combination is the most effective in terms of performance and precision. The T.Flight Hotas One provides the same level of realism.
      The joystick’s realistic, ergonomic design has been lauded right from its earliest designs. The wide hand rest helps gamers keep their hand in a very stable and relaxed position, allowing the stick to respond to even the most subtle movements, and maintain total comfort throughout long combat missions.
      Gamers can adjust the stick’s resistance according to their needs and preferences. The base is weighted, for enhanced stability during gaming sessions.

  • T.Flight Hotas One: Detachable Throttle
    • Another key feature which has helped to establish the reputation of Thrustmaster’s Hotas system is the fact that it includes a full-size throttle, which gamers can use to easily control the acceleration of their aircraft or spaceship.
      The throttle is detachable, and can be used in either of two different ways:
      – Detached and separated from the joystick, to recreate authentic piloting conditions; or
      – Attached to the joystick, for better stability and to take up less space.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: Dual Rudder System
    • What’s more, the joystick includes an extremely precise rudder function: this corresponds to the pedals used by pilots to turn the steering, allowing the plane to pivot around its vertical axis (therefore making the plane turn left or right, without impacting its elevation). This rudder function is accessible by rotating the joystick’s handle (with an integrated locking system), or via the progressive tilting lever located at the front of the throttle.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: part of Thrustmaster’s Flight Sim ecosystem
    • The T.Flight Hotas One joystick is part of Thrustmaster’s flight simulation ecosystem. It is therefore compatible with the T.Flight Rudder Pedals (sold separately) – the first rudder ever to feature the S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Tracks) slide rail system, for incredibly smooth turns.

If after that info-drop, you are still unsure about the T.Flight Hotas One then make sure you keep your eyes on TiX for a detailed review in the near future. In the meantime, stay safe whilst making your cardboard / wooden cockpits to go with your new Hotas One!

Race you for it… the Thrustmaster TMX Racing Wheel

With Forza Horizon 3 fast approaching and over 350 cars to choose from, are you geared up with an Xbox One racing wheel? You’re not! Well best you take a look at what Thrustmaster have for your consideration.

Need more convincing, then check out my review – SPOILER – it’s awesome!

Blasting around the tracks of Forza Motorsport 6 is exhilarating at the best of times, but do so while gripping the TMX Force Feedback wheel and that exhilaration will be overclocked. The thrill of the race. The feel of the road. It’s how racing games should be played.

Word has it we may even be giving away a Thrustmaster TMX Racing Wheel so keep an eye on TiX.

Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Steering Wheel takes over the Mircrosoft Store

Thrustmaster recently took over the Microsoft Store to show off the rather nifty Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Steering Wheel.

Some of the features include:

  • Drive system with adjustable force feedback lets you feel every detail while you’re racing (the road or track’s relief, loss of tire grip, braking, bumps and impacts, etc.).
  • Rotation angle adjustable from 270° to 900°!
  • Very precise wheel: optical reading with 12-bit resolution  (i.e. 4,096 values on the wheel’s steering axis)
  • Mixed belt-pulley and gears system (smoother, more fluid and less noisy than helical gears with metal ball-bearing axle (for enhanced sturdiness)
  • Internal memory and upgradeable firmware
  • Robust and versatile attachment system, compatible with all mounts (desks, tables, etc.)
  • Compatible with the T3PA* and T3PA-PRO* pedal sets (Thrustmaster 3 Pedals Add-on)
  • Compatible with the Thrustmaster TH8A* shifter

You can find out more about the Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback steering wheel here.

 

E3 – Behind the scenes with Thrustmaster

Michael Peterson, North American Marketing Director for Thrustmaster, gives us some insight on what it’s like to produce a booth at E3 and what it takes to survive such a huge show. As a dynamic and hyper productive marketing lead. He is no stranger to hard work and tenacity. E3 is one of the largest shows in the gaming industry and it is not for the faint of heart. But the excitement and rewards of doing such an amazing show are amazing. Check out his take on E3 and his process and stay tuned for more E3 coming your way.

Thrustmaster – Day 1 at E3 2016

E3 Day 1 was filled with energy and excitement. Thrustmaster returned to E3 in a big way hitting the show floor at booth 2705 in the South Hall, with VR on flight and racing. Games like Project Cars and Elite Dangerous were on demo at their booth, showing off the latest advancements in Virtual Reality. Stay tuned for more footage from our friends over at Thrustmaster. You can also follow them on their new twitter account @TMThrustmaster

Thrustmaster reveal the Y-350x DOOM headset

Thrustmaster Y-350X D all

With the imminent release of the Xbox One version of the legendary DOOM, gaming accessory giants, Thrustmaster, have released some information on not one, but two new liveried headsets. The recently released, and reviewed, Y-300CPX, gets a make-over from it’s clinical white. It will be released on the 13th of May for around $59.99.

The star of this release would have to be the DOOM Edition of the Y-350x headset, however. The daddy of the range, the Y-350x boasts 60mm drivers. These are the most powerful to date, on console headsets. Combine this with Bass Boost and the gamer will experience the full range and intensity of combat. The earpieces are large in design too, to enhance the bass and power. The cups will also provide the ultimate in comfort and sound isolation thanks to the memory foam earpads.

As if that wasn’t enough, Thrustmaster have allied with AM3D technology to provide 7.1 Virtual Sound on a level that’s rarely been heard for this price point. This should allow you to pinpoint opponents and plan your moves accordingly.

The frequency response range has also been worked on by the manufacturer. It has been optimised in an anechoic chamber. The aim of this was to let users experience a gaming environment with incredibly vivid bass response, while at the same time allowing them to understand the hostile DOOM world using the spacialisation provided by the 7.1 Surround.

As with the Y-300CPX, the microphone for the Y-350x is unidirectional, adjustable and detachable. The new headset comes with a couple more key advantages though.

The Y-Sound Commander, when used with the Xbox One controller, will provide a handy one-stop shop for all volume, bass, chat and 7.1 sound controls. These are positioned to be right at your fingertips, giving a unique feature in the category. The backlit real-time indicators also provide instant status overviews allowing you more time to play instead of fiddling with your settings.

The Y-Power Pack has been designed with gamers in mind. This provides power to your headset so that it doesn’t run down your controller batteries and interrupt your gaming experience. This even allows gamers to play and charge the headset at the same time, giving you no excuses for not keeping the fight going.

The Thrustmaster Y-350x DOOM Edition headset will be available from the 13th of May for a suggested retail price of $149.99 or your local currency equivalent. Check out it’s awesomeness below.

Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback revealed

thrustmaster tmx box

Following on from the recently released Y-300 CPX headset, gaming accessory manufacturer Thrustmaster have revealed the new and awesome looking TMX Force Feedback racing wheel. This new wheel is officially licensed and designed for Xbox One and Windows for cross-platform fun.

This stonking new hardware is equipped with a high-performance force feedback motor which offers adjustable intensity and a rotation angle form 270 to 900 degrees. Thrustmaster’s TMX Force Feedback wheel is promising to deliver a realistic and versatile racing experience. Thrustmaster want the controller’s versatility to benefit all players, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pilot with all types of tracks, cars and races.

The mixed belt-pulley and gears of the force feedback motor offers the gamer a balanced combination or performance, robustness and precision. Steering won’t suffer either. The steering axis has 12-bit resolution. This means 4086 values on the wheel’s steering sensitivity. This will be delivered by an optical sensor, giving extreme precision and a highly realistic racing sensation.

The controller will be attachable to pretty much all mount types. Desks, tables, your own custom-built cockpit in your petrol-head man-cave, the TMX should offer a sturdy connection to them all.

The certification for Xbox One is important. This means that the controller is automatically recognised by the console. Subsequently, this means that it will be compatible with the menu systems in all racing games supporting racing wheels.

Got a Windows 10 machine? No problem whatsoever. The TMX is also Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista compatible so you won’t be confined to just playing with it on the Xbox.

The wheel will cost somewhere in the region of $199.99 or your local currency equivalent, but for that you’re not just getting the 13cm, all metal wheel. Oh, no. You’ll also be getting a wide two-pedal set that delivers efficient acceleration and braking. Each pedal’s incline can be adjusted, for greater comfort and realism. The brake pedal will also offer progressive resistance.

The TMX Force Feedback has also been designed to be compatible with the T3PA and T3PA-Pro pedal add-ons and the TH8A shifter.

Thrustmaster have announced that the TMX Force Feedback will be available in May this year.

thrustmaster tmx wheel pedals

Thrustmaster reveal the Y-300CPX headset

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Gaming peripheral heavyweights, Thrustmaster have been around for a while. Their last multi-format headset, the Y-280CPX, offered reliability and performance in bags. The time has come for Thrustmaster to replace this hardware now, and they’ve revealed the Y-300CPX headset in order to do that.

The new Y-300CPX incorporates all of the previous headset’s most popular features and improves on those that weren’t quite up to Thrustmaster’s own high standards.

The first improvement announced is extended compatibility with pretty much everything with a 3.5mm stereo jack. This means that both the Xbox One (with adapter if required), and Xbox 360 are catered for in this new hardware.

The headset will also feature 50mm drivers with a stable frequency response curve that is optimized for gaming, ensuring a perfect balance between bass, mids and treble. This, coupled with electro-acoustic bass amplification for a really powerful low-frequency response.

As you can see form the images below, there are deep, large, soft ear pads, for optimum comfort. The headset will feature a unidirectional microphone which is both adjustable and detachable. This has been specifically designed to pick up only the gamer’s voice.

If you want to adjust the headset settings, Thrustmaster have designed and included a multifunctional inline controller which will let you adjust the audio levels of the game and the voices of your buddies.

All of this and it will come with a whopping 13.1 foot (4 metres) of cable to make sure it’s compatible with any gaming set up.

The Y-300CPX gaming headset will be available from mid-February at a suggested retail price of $54.99

Thrustmaster partners Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO for game launch

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What better symbiotic partnership than a fast-paced, rally racing environment and a perfectly tailored racing peripheral? Thrustmaster are proud to announce today that they have partnered with Milestone to bring full compatibility with all current racing wheel peripherals, for Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO.

With the launch of the title fast approaching, both Milestone and Thrustmaster are pleased to have delivered this perfect racing partnership in time for release on the 29th of January.

Thrustmaster Development Director, Gilles Raulet;

In Milestone’s teams, we’ve seen an approach focused on striking a perfect balance between realism and driving sensations for fans of rally racing and Sebastien Loeb. It’s been a pleasure for us to provide our support on this great project.

Sebastien himself has also had a hand in the development of the game, with regular validation at various stages of development.

Milestone’s Vice President, Luisa Bixio;

The interactions between our development teams and Thrustmaster’s have been productive and positive, and will continue after the launch. Using Thrustmaster racing wheels in Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO is an undeniable asset in terms of living the rally competition experience even more intensely. The game has been designed to be enjoyable with racing wheels, and that’s the reason we’ve decided to make it compatible with all peripherals available from Thrustmaster.

Cementing this successful collaboration, a number of media-related activities have been scheduled for the lauch of Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO, using wheels from Thrustmaster’s racing ecosystem.

You can find out more about the Thrustmaster range here.

Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO is out on the 29th of January.

Customise your racing experience with Thrustmaster’s TX Servo Base

T300 Servo Base

If you crave more realism from racing games, then you might be interested in Thrustmaster’s racing ecosystem.

At the centre is Thrustmaster’s TX Servo Base, which can take a variety of different steering wheels – perfect if you fancy jumping into the cockpit of Ferrari’s Formula 1 or going for an offroad sprint in a Jeep Wrangler – there’s a steering wheel to match your racing experience and you can even choose from two pedal sets. With a clutch pedal giving you the most realism when paired with the TH8A gearbox.

Intrigued? Check out the TX Servo Base – Ecosystem overview trailer below and visit Thrustmaster for more information.