Best HOTAS Controllers for VR Windows Central 2019

Hands-On Throttle-and-Stick (HOTAS) controllers employ a joystick and throttle grip set up to emulate the controls in an authentic aircraft’s (or spacecraft’s) cockpit. These controllers have always been popular in the flight-sim world, but they’ve taken on a new life in the VR world. Games like Elite Dangerous, War Thunder, EVE: Valkyrie, and House of the Dying Sun can all be used with a HOTAS controller, and the immersion level is immediately ramped up when you place your hands on the hardware. If you’re thinking about investing in this new type of controller, I’ve rounded up the best HOTAS controllers out there now.

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As the cheapest controller in this roundup, the Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X might come across as inferior, but in reality, it will satisfy most people. It was designed way back in the PlayStation 3 days, but it works fine with Windows 10 and the VR games with the right support.

You get 12 programmable buttons split between throttle and stick, and you can adjust the resistance felt when using the latter. A weighted base keeps things steady, and you can separate the two pieces to sit on either side of you for a truly immersive experience. The HOTAS controller plugs in with USB-A, and it will save up to five preset button mappings for quick switching.

Unless you’re interested in the more enthusiast-focused HOTAS models, like the Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS or Thrustmaster Warthog, you can spend about $55 and still have a fulfilling time piloting in VR.

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