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Ultimate Guide to the Best Yoke for Flight Simulators in 2021

With the upcoming release of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, the flight simulator community is stoked. People are updating their PCs, setting aside money for DLC, and, yes, buying new flight controllers. Now, we should acknowledge that it’s entirely possible to play a flight simulator with your mouse and keyboard. But that lacks the immersive experience you’ll get from using genuine controls. If this doesn’t matter …

Guide to 2021’s Best Rudder Pedals for Flight Simulators

If you’re a flight simulator enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with the awkwardness of traditional control schemes. Console-style controllers, for example, are excellent for shooters like Call of Duty or action titles like Red Dead: Redemption. But they don’t provide enough inputs for a flight simulator. Oftentimes, this means you’ll end up scrolling through menus or moving your cursor around with the thumbsticks. Needless to say, …

First-Look Review of the Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition

If you’re a flight simulator enthusiast, you don’t want to use just any control scheme. For most games, a mouse and keyboard, or a game controller, will do the job just fine. But most games are just that: games. They’re not simulators. The whole point of a simulator is to become immersed in the experience. You’re not just manipulating pixels on the screen. You’re fully …

First-Look Review of the Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

For most gamers, finding a good control scheme is easy. If you’re a console gamer, for instance, the stock Xbox or PlayStation controller is going to be your go-to. At most, you might choose a third-party controller with different ergonomics. PC gamers, meanwhile, have plenty of choices. You can choose from hundreds of mouse and keyboard options. Whether you want a chunky mechanical keyboard or …

ThrustMaster HOTAS Magnetic Base w/ F-16C Viper HOTAS Add-On Grip Review

Home flight simulators have been around almost as long as computers. Way back in 1988, you could play the original Jetfighter on your DOS or Amiga PC. The graphics weren’t exactly realistic, but they were cutting-edge for the time. And for all of us flight enthusiasts, it was an amazing, fun experience. Nowadays, you can take to the skies in much more advanced, more immersive …