Microsoft's new virtual reality game has come out in virtual reality. This is one of the most realistic games ever released in virtual reality, when playing the new game you can definitely understand what Elon Musk means when he says that we may live in a simulation.
With a genre-defining experience that is both gorgeous to look at and profoundly immersive, Microsoft Flight Simulator made a triumphant return to form in 2020. Besides tens of thousands of airports, and endless views of real-life cities and landscapes, it features high-end images and true-to-life depictions of a wide range of intricately detailed aircraft.
There are a variety of ways you can boost your own immersion too for a game (and series) so married to the authenticity of the experience of real-world flying. One option is to use real-world flight sim controls and devices such as joysticks and throttles, but there are other accessories that can also boost your experience with the Flight Simulator.
A Joystick of Flight for Microsoft Flight Simulator
A Headset Comfortable for Microsoft Flight Simulator
A Superb Monitor for Microsoft Flight Simulator
With H.O.T.A.S. for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Flight Yoke System for Microsoft Flight Simulator
A Mighty Flight Sim PC for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Pedals for Flight Rudder for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Panel Flight Turn for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Trackers for Head and Eye for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Headset VR for Microsoft Flight Simulator
1. Joystick Microsoft Flight Simulator
Buying a joystick is one of the best ways to improve your flight simulator experience.
With a single hand, they give you immediate three-axis control where the keyboard and mouse needed in tandem before. For the throttle or other levers, this frees up the other side.
Analog control also provided by joysticks, allowing for complex inputs for yaw, pitch, and roll, giving you much more subtle control of your plane.
Although they aren't what most actual plane pilots use (see below for more real-world flight controls) they are far similar to either a mouse and keyboard combination or a handheld gamepad.
The Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. RGB Throttle and Stick Simulation Controller for VR Gaming is a classic, It gives you 12 programmable buttons that, and a built-in throttle, bring all the toggle able behavior of your plane within easy reach.
You could select a more capable joystick if you have a larger budget or want anything of higher quality. But consider any of the more advanced choices below for big money Flight Simulator controllers instead.
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2. Headset - Microsoft Flight Simulator Comfortable Although real-life pilots need a great headset to interact crystal clear with ground control stations and their colleagues in the aircraft itself, Flight Simulator pilots need a great headset to appreciate all the beautiful work that has gone into the sound design of the game.
From detailed renditions of the engines of the aircraft to the bump and rattle of takeoffs and landings, to the patter of rain on the windscreen and chassis; all of this will make an enormous difference to the overall immersion of the game.
Great headsets deliver virtual surround sound, a supportive headband and equips, and audio customization that lets you customize the sound to just how you want it.
But actually, the best headset to increase your experience with the Flight Simulator depends on your personal headset design preferences, whether you want a wired or wireless headset, and your budget.
With this in mind, for additional comfort, the SteelSeries Arctic 5 is a beloved gaming headset with fantastic virtual surround sound and a comfortable ski-google-like headband.
The Logitech G Pro X wireless Lightspeed headset provides great range, battery life, and excellent audio if you have a higher budget or prefer a wireless design for more freedom of movement while flying.
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3. A Superb Monitor - Microsoft Flight Simulator
Your Flight Simulator experience will only be as good as the display you view it from, regardless of what settings you run the game at.
If you're stuck with a low resolution and refresh rate on a small screen, you'll find that the game's details just don't stand out in the way they would be on anything more high end.
You don't need to spend the world having a fantastic gaming monitor, though.
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However, if your budget can reach further, with some higher resolution and ultrawide displays out there, you can really unlock an immersive experience.
See the section below for more on the sort of PC you need to run Microsoft Flight Simulator at its prettiest and most interactive.
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4. Thrustmaster F-16C Viper HOTAS Add-On Grip (Windows) - Microsoft Flight Simulator
An extension of the power provided by a typical joystick is H.O.T.A. S, or hands-on throttle-and-stick. It provides you with the same power with three axes, but with a far more complex and robust throttle system.
For improved control, it also includes its own buttons and switches and the option of additional customizable key mapping as well.
There is a sliding scale of quality depending on your budget and personal requirements, like any other Microsoft Flight Simulator accessory, but the Thrustmaster T.16000M Hotas Flight Stick and Throttle is a fantastic starting point that does not compromise on quality.
It employs the same underlying technology as the more high-end versions from Thrustmaster, but at a fraction of the price. It involves four-axis control, in any direction, and precise, linear control.
The throttle of the Thrustmaster Arm Control System allows gamers the ability to fine-tune speed even more precisely than a keyboard and mouse, and with a smoother, more satisfying motion than the throttle control installed by a joystick.
Its ergonomic nature is both comfortable and supportive, making it ideal for long-haul flights and faster engagements where you always need to fill the throttle to get your aircraft's optimum performance.
Thrustmaster also employs its excellent tracking and high-accuracy joystick control in its Warthog HOTAS if you have more to invest. For those who want a more real-life flight sim accessory, this Flight Sim controlled features a more professional, utilitarian look.
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5. System of Flight Yoke - Microsoft Flight Simulator
A Flight Yoke is the next move up from an H.O.T.A.S. and a regulation that more resembles the kind used in commercial jets rather than helicopters.
Dual-hand control makes it easier to make fine-tuned manoeuvrers, no matter what you're flying, and top-tier solutions include safe mounting points to let you repair your flight yoke in place for a robust flight experience.
The Logitech G Flight Yoke System, which is designed using precision bearings and stainless steel for solid, smooth operation, is a nice, inexpensive choice, allowing you to be as gentle or as rough as you want in managing the aircraft through the skies.
For complete control of any aircraft, you get absolute, three-axis control, and the 25-programmable buttons provide you with immediate access to a variety of functions within easy reach.
The built-in stopwatch is a pleasant touch that other jokes overlook. This makes it much easier to approach timing and take-offs and allows you to stay immersed with your individual control rather than resorting to a secondary gadget or smartphone timer.
The yoke comes with an additional throttle quadrant, entirely programmable for controlling flaps, throttle, fuel mixture, or several other flight aspects that were previously merely toggled or mouse-controlled, with each of the three levers.
In the future, if you want to extend the feature, you can also add additional quadrants.
With its Alpha Flight Controls yoke and transfer pack, Honeycomb Aeronautical has another great option for a flight yoke. It specifically designed to prevent any issues with dead zone tracking and offered the most realistic Flight Sim experience possible with actual pilots.
It doesn't have a throttle component yet, but there is one in the works for Honeycomb Aeronautical and it's coming soon.
Fly as a rookie or as a veteran commercial and private aircraft, with a joystick and genuine simulation dial. Build muscle memory and experience the sensations of precise and realistic control.The Logitech G Flight Yoke System with included throttle quadrant has five axes, stainless steel control shaft for rudder and spoilers, and 25 fully programmable buttons and switch positions. The joystick system is the hero of flight simulation and part of a complete and balanced set based on modular components from Logitech G.The Logitech G Flight Yoke System with included throttle quadrant has five axes, stainless steel control shaft for rudder and spoilers and 25 fully programmable buttons and switch positions. The joystick system is the hero of flight simulation and part of a complete and balanced set based on modular components from Logitech G.
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6. A Mighty Flight Sim PC - Microsoft Flight Simulator
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7. Microsoft Flight Simulator - Pedals for Flight Rudder pedals
are an aircraft controller that flight sim fans too frequently forget, but they can add a surprising amount of immersion to your experience with the Flight Simulator.
They give you the opportunity to monitor the taxiing of your aircraft with your feet on runways-a much more lifelike experience than turning a yoke or joystick-and when playing without your dampening, they really come in handy.
Some of the most beloved of all pedal accessories are the Logitech G Pro Flight Rudder Pedals, which complement the yoke, throttle, and other Logitech peripherals.
They are fully adjustable for whatever size your feet might be and also have a tension change wheel so that for extra support you can absolutely rest your feet on them, or make them feather-light for fine control. They also include left and right toe brakes, perfect for fine control during takeoff and landing.
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8. Panel Flight Turn - Microsoft Flight Simulator
Nothing feels as satisfying as flicking switches and clicking actual keys, but a lot of the tactile feel is missing from digital sports. However, with Flight Sims, with a flight turn screen, you can adjust that.
They have toggle real-world switches, turn on everything from the different avionic lights, to the master ignition switch, lift and lower the landing gear, and much more.
At the end of 2020, support for switch panels in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator limited, so you need to make sure that some measure of official (or unofficial) support has given to everyone not designed to work with the game.
One that we can guarantee that works as expected is the Logitech Flight Switch Pad, one of the most common solutions for other flight sims, too (formerly Saitek Flight Switch Panel). It includes 13 adjustable switches, a level of up and down gear, built-in lights, and a magneto dial with five positions that allow you to control the magnetos in your different engines individually.
If that excites you more than it confuses you, a Flight Sim controlled switch panel might really boost your experience with the Flight Simulator.
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9. Trackers for Head and Eye - Microsoft Flight Simulator
one of the few real downsides of using a comprehensive selection of Flight Simulator accessories is that when you choose to look out a window or display a dial that is just out of reach, you lose immediate access to the easy and intuitive view control of a mouse.
By providing a more realistic way of looking around your in-game, head and gaze tracking will revolutionize your gaming experience.
With bespoke hardware for the job, the more common way to do so is.
TrackIR 4 and 5 (they're a little hard to find at the time of writing because of the popularity of Flight Simulator) and Tobii's various eye trackers are common solutions there, as they give your industry-leading precision in tracking head and look.
There is no formal support, but users have both collaborated with Face Track No IRIR (it also works with standard webcams, though with a lesser accuracy).
You can also achieve a similar effect with your phone and the Open track software if you have a smartphone with a depth-sensing camera (like an iPhone X or 11). You will find a guide here on how to do exactly that.
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10. Headset VR - Microsoft Flight Simulator
Virtual reality can be one of the best ways to play a variety of genres of sports, but few can be as successful as cockpit games. When you're actually in the game, you need little room, you can stay seated, and you can look all around you-no bespoke head tracking required.
At the time of publishing, the only drawback of virtual reality is that in-game support isn't there yet. However, it promised by Microsoft by the fall of 2020, so it should be just around the corner.
The HP Reverb G2, a headset that was developed in collaboration with both Valve and Microsoft, is the first headset to receive official support for the Flight Simulator. With groundbreaking resolution and inside-out-tracking characteristics, its super top end.
It, too, is not yet completely available, but it is coming soon. Other headsets would presumably also receive help, but nothing has yet confirmed.
Photo of the VR headset HP Reverb G2 for Flight Sim
Ultimately, a PC update could be the best option.
Until that's verified, it's best not to fork out just for Flight Simulator for a VR headset, as they can be very pricey, but in the meantime consider a PC upgrade.
VR headsets bring a whole new level to demand, just as taxing as high-resolution gaming is. You not only need to attain incredibly high resolutions (4,320 x 2,160 on the Reverb G2), but you also need to achieve comfortable frame rates of about 90Hz.
You'll need a truly innovative gaming PC for that. Nothing else can otherwise even come close to power it.
Get in touch with one of our many specialists and they will help put together a PC that is well tailored to all your needs for Flight Sim!
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Virtual Reality, Augmented and Artificial Intelligence 2021 specialist Amit Caesar wrote the article.
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