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Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas One review

December 31st, 2017. 00:19 hours.
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It arrived. Well, being honest, it arrived a while back. So, I should say, it’s installed. The latest Thrustmaster model, T.Flight Hotas One, that is.

I tested the new throttle and stick in the Elite Dangerous simulator. I was amazed to see support for it be available so soon, it made the dry-run a lot easier. I’ve never been much good at the whole simulation events, but it did allow me to calibrate for the 2018 launch.

The throttle is nice and responsive, but could do with a little bit more resistance for the slower manoeuvres – I felt it was more difficult to get to half power than it was to go all out, the same can be said for reverse speeds. It could be because I am heavy-handed, but an option to add resistance to the throttle would have been welcome. All other features of the throttle are standout, with the button layout being rather intuitive. Everything from strafing, weapon change, to HUD access can be accessed from the throttle; with the primary A, B, X and Y buttons doubling up when used in conjunction with controls from the main flight stick.

I forgot to mention that the Hotas One works on both the Xbox One and PC model of ships we have out our disposal.

Ah, yeah, the flight stick. What a stick it is. During the test run, I never felt muscle fatigue. It has a nice shelf that is shaped at the lower end of the stick, this allowed me to rest my hand when I wasn’t needing to steer through any simulated asteroid fields, or over any low-gravity terrain when scouting out planets for mining. Unlike the throttle, the stick isn’t as intuitive as I’d have liked. I found myself trying to press down the navigation stick, wishing for an additional function – it took me some time, more than I care to admit on record, to realise it just wasn’t there. Also, the B1 button felt oddly alone where it is situated – on the top right corner of the stick.

The one big thing the stick has over the throttle? You ask. Well, you may not ask, but I’ll say it anyways. Resistance, never did I feel I was going to spin out of control, veer past an asteroid or enemy contact. It was an incredibly smooth experience, both in space and on terra-firma.

Before I wrap the report up, can we speak about the criminally short cables and lack of headset support? It’s my log, so sure we can. Both the pairing cable between the throttle and stick, and the installation cable that connects to the ports on both the Xbox and PC models, are too short for my liking. In some models, I know the distance between the floor and the navigation console is greater than a meter. There is no communication port, either. I guess it could be a niggle, as we’re in an era of wireless now, but it is still missed.

All that being said, I’ll be looking to have the Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas One installed in my personal shuttle when I get some shore-leave. It is lightweight, sturdy and, overall, an intuitive piece of kit for a novice pilot like myself.

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The Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas One can be found at many retailers, with the RRP being £69.99/$79.99. For additional details, please see our original announcement post here.

Happy flying, pilot!

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!