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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!

Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer Sparco P310 Competition Mod review

That price is £650/$699 – So it certainly isn’t for the casual gamer, however, if you can afford to this steering wheel is highly recommended. The Steering wheel itself is a 1:1 replica of the P310 steering, famous across the racing tracks of the world. Teaming up with Sparco has ensured that the wheel is essentially identical to its real life counterpart. The pack also comes with the pedals also, which we’ll talk about a little later in the review.

As I first got my hands on the steering you can notice immediately that this is quality product. The aluminium frame is covered with a comfortable material will take the wear and tear from some frenzied driving by myself over the past week. The shift paddles behind the wheel are solid and comfortably within reach, while on the wheel are the A, B, X & Y buttons plus a small joystick to allow you to navigate the menus from the Wheel.
Setting up the wheel is very simple, thanks to the quick release system that Thurstmaster have created for all of their racing products. All you need to do is slot the wheel into place before twisting the plastic behind to lock it place before using a screwdriver to tighten up wheel. The pedals plug into the back of the Servomotor then the whole thing plugs into your Xbox One or PC. When it first powers on the wheel calibrates, so don’t be shocked as it spins like mad! The set also comes with a toroidal-shaped Turbo Power supply with a finless design, for optimized power efficiency. Everything you need to attach the unit to a table safely are all included and again it’s all very easy to setup, of course you’ll need a bit of space for everything so it’s worth taking that into consideration.

The first game I loaded up had to be Forza Horizon 3, I jumped in my 2016 Aston Martin and hit the road. Immediately you could feel every bump in the road, and as soon as you came off the tarmac the force feedback had you fighting with the wheel to keep the vehicle straight. What is clever about this wheel is that it uses a Power Band to control the wheel via rubber pulleys which are connected to two motors. In simple terms it will give you a fantastic racing experience.

The Pedals are mounted a plastic box with rubber feet that will ensure they don’t slip away from you when you are trying to accelerate, the metal pedals themselves are very responsive and give you much greater control over you speed, the brake has a conical rubber brake mod, which again gives you much greater control over your braking, which in turns adds to the experience.

I really enjoyed using the paddles to shift the gears, and being able to use all the buttons to activate DRS in F1 2017 certainly helped me improve my driving. It took me quite a while to adjust to the different cars I raced in, let alone the different games. Slamming into the gravel on the first corner at the Australian Grand Prix, really shocked me as I’d driving perfectly well in Forza Horizon, but of course, every car handles differently and the P310 reacts amazing well to each car.

As I mentioned at the beginning, you are going to need to be a bit of a hardcore driving fan if you are thinking of picking this up, but if you do, you are getting once of the best racing wheel setups around. PS4 Users are out of luck currently but Xbox and PC fans will be most pleased.

Thanks to Thrustmaster for supporting TiX

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.

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 Y-300CPX Headset Review

There are a lot of emerging headset manufacturers hitting the gaming scene. HyperX, Polk and Giotek are all good entry-level priced gaming headsets. There’s a new, if not old, name re-hitting the market now. Thrustmaster have been around for some time now, with a pedigree in making solid, reliable and affordable accessories for PC gaming and consoles alike. Made available from the 7th of March, the Thrustmaster Y-300CPX headset is the successor to the popular Y-280CPX and looks to improve on the older model’s design and features. Does it deliver, and can it compete with the emerging entry-level headsets?

Kicking off with the box contents, Thrustmaster have included a plethora of connectivity straight out of the box. They really have covered all bases with Component, USB and 3.5mm connectivity. They have also included an in-line controller so you can alter the sound to your own preferences. This would be fine, if it could be used with the 3.5mm jack. As it is, if you’re using the headset adapter on an Xbox One controller, stick the 4+metre cabling back in the box as you won’t be using it.

y300cpx-product

The Y-300CPX boasts 50mm drivers to deliver quite fantastic sound quality which, even when being used with the 3.5mm jack is simply amazing for the cost. The audio I experienced while reviewing Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was simply brilliant. From the various projectile firing sounds to the almost metallic bouncing of the bullet casings, each sound was picked up and picked out excellently. The double electro-acoustic bass amplifier provides a deep, heavy sound and is powered by one of Thrustmaster’s stable-mates, Hercules, who specialise in PC hardware.

As with so many other headsets that are or have come out recently, the Y-300CPX features a removable microphone stalk. Such a key component of a gaming headset should be able to deliver clear, accurate audio with an absence of background noise. In this respect, as with the sound delivery, the Y-300CPX does not disappoint. The unidirectional mic, as mentioned, can be detached so you can simply use the headset as high-quality headphones.

The overall design of the headset lends itself to comfort. The Y-shaped headband and cup-supports provide pressure in the right areas to keep the headset steady and comfortable. There isn’t so much pressure from the headband that you feel the need to pop them off to give your ears some respite. They sit very lightly on the head too, even if initially they feel a little ungainly. There was a lot of gap between the band and my head when worn, but it’s just aesthetic, right?

earpads

The ear cups aren’t too tight to the ears and the cushioning is nice and deep, the sort of cushioning you’d like to feel yourself sinking into at the end of a long day. There did seem to be a little sound leakage into the ear-cups, which if truth be told was nothing more than muffled noise, but when that muffled noise is your wife trying to get your attention, I suppose it’s better to be able to hear something rather than nothing at all.

Initially, I was slightly disappointed with the quality of the Y-300CPX. It’s mainly constructed of white ABS-feel plastic and there are a couple of sharp edges on the outside of the headband. The band does expand, to fit, exposing the metal skeleton of the unit. This in itself doesn’t make the unit poor, but some curved edging or design forethought could avoid the stiff ratcheting of the expansion area trapping fingers when being adjusted for smaller heads. The overall quality of the unit is good, however, with some nice design detailing on the band and cup supports.

Thrustmaster have played well in updating the look and feel of their Y-series headset. The connectivity options make it a good all-rounder for PC gamers, console gamers and headphone lovers everywhere. While the build-quality might initially seem on the cheaper side, it soon becomes clear that the design is optimised for crystal clear and powerful sound and accurately picking up voice with little background noise. The in-line controls are a great addition to those who need that little bit extra configuration and while it might lack the presets and options of the more expensive kit, at an entry price of £39.99, you really cannot go far wrong if you’re in the market for a reasonably-priced, good quality headset.

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