You may have heard the name TurtleBeach before in reference to some pretty good soundcards back in the day and some decent headphones or other audio equipment. Now, they are introducing their own yoke and throttle quadrant system and it looks really interesting. Let’s have a look!
All new yoke and throttle
TurtleBeach is a well known company but not one that traditionally makes flight sim hardware so this announcement has been totally unexpected. Other companies have made a name for themselves in this space and it looks like TurtleBeach is throwing their hat in the ring.
With massive sales of Microsoft Flight Simulator already happening on the PC, the jump to Xbox seems to be attracting renewed attention and potentially a much larger market as well.
Here are some of the key features:
- 180 degree yoke with hall effect sensors
- Dedicated trim wheel
- Yoke with integrated rudder controls
- Integrated headset audio jack
- Customizable throttle quadrant with interchangeable controls
- 10-programmable buttons
- Status indicator control panel
- Flight management display
Notably, the integrated rudder controls are essentially the same layout as an Xbox controller and so are the thumb sticks which should provide for plenty of ease when it comes to looking around the cockpit. It also has an integrated display which will show off aircraft details or possibly readouts from the avionics. That’s really interesting to see and a distinguishing feature from other systems out there.
Fully usable for Flight Simulator, others?
Impressively, this does look to be a fully capable unit that has enough options, buttons and axis that you can manage many of the aircraft of Microsoft Flight Simulator without needing to use a mouse/keyboard/Xbox controller to access something. It’s big enough to contain all of that but should work on a desk or mounted in-front of you on a couch if that’s how you were playing.
This is very much marketed at just the one sim and it remains to be seen if it would work with other sims such as X-Plane, DCS, or IL-2, but hopefully it does as it offers another alternative in the growing varieties of controller that are out there.
The Turtle Beach VelocityOne is listed at $349.95 and has support for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10. Learn more about this at this link.