What you need to know
- Flight simulator accessories maker, Honeycomb Aeronautical, has showcased several upcoming Xbox and PC-compatible products.
- The manufacturer brings its Alpha Flight Controls yoke and switch panel to Xbox consoles in early 2022, with various minor upgrades. Preorders open later in 2021 priced at $300.
- The Sigma Tau combat flight stick launches in the first half of 2022, priced at $130 standalone or $300 alongside an accompanying throttle.
Following Microsoft Flight Simulator’s console debut, flight simulator accessories manufacturer Honeycomb Aeronautical has showcased an upcoming series of Xbox-compatible accessories. The expanded range debuted at Flight Sim Expo on Thursday, bringing some of the best Microsoft Flight Simulator yokes and flight sticks to Xbox.
Microsoft Flight Simulator released on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S this summer, an impressive technical feat, in what we named a “true graphical showcase” for the systems. However, the title launched with limited accessory support attributed to the lack of Xbox-compatible products on the market. Honeycomb Aeronautical joins several manufacturers cooking up Xbox accessories, with all upcoming products compatible with Xbox and PC.
Honeycomb Aeronautical previously announced a reworked Xbox version of its Alpha Flight Controls yoke and switch panel, with the new Tango Foxtrot flight stick and throttle and Sigma combat stick and throttle, now also headed to consoles. It now has more details on the three devices and what virtual pilots can expect when they hit shelves.
But with Xbox-compatible products scarce, Honeycomb is also positioning the Alpha Flight Controls XPC as a bridge for existing accessories. It requires its “Xbox Hub,” priced at $30, allowing existing PC accessories like its Bravo Throttle and Charlie Rudder Pedals to work with Xbox consoles. It also partnered up with Logitech, allowing its rudder pedals and throttle quadrant to work on Xbox via the Alpha Flight Controls XPC and accompanying hub.
The $30 Honeycomb Xbox Hub brings Bravo Throttle and Charlie Rudder support to Xbox.Source: Honeycomb Aeronautical
The Tango Foxtrot flight stick and throttle cater to general aviation, also headed to Xbox and PC. The modular device breaks into two separate units, with a telescopic mounting system, for sturdy control. Features announced include both left- and right-hand support, plus configurable buttons, switches, and a trigger compatible with leading flight simulators.
Foxtrot Tango stick and throttle bring a lightweight alternative to the Alpha yoke.Source: Honeycomb Aeronautical
The Sigma combat flight stick targets Q1 2022, while the complete Sigma Tau flight stick and throttle drop in Q2. Flight stick pricing starts at $120, while the two-piece stick and throttle bundle costs $300. The bundle arrives just in time for the Top Gun Maverick expansion, also poised to hit Microsoft Flight Simulator next year.
Honeycomb Aeronautical plans to announce more details on Tango Foxtrot pricing and availability at a later date.