Ever since it was first introduced in 1982, “Microsoft Flight Simulator” has been the top flight sim with several editions over the years. MFS picked up a lot of new fans when it was introduced onto the Xbox as part of the Game Pass subscription, opening a new generation of players to what it’s like to be a pilot.
While you can play “Microsoft Flight Simulator” with just a controller or a keyboard and mouse, there are certain accessories that hardcore enthusiasts love to use. Out of the countless peripherals made for the flight sim, these five stand out as the best to use when playing “Microsoft Flight Simulator”.
Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack – Boeing Edition
If you want the most accurate simulation of flying a jet, look no further than the Thrustmaster pack that features aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s name right on it. The first of its kind, this yoke is a full 1:1 scale and was made with experts in mind that want to take full control of the skies. There are plenty of key features that make the Boeing Edition even more special.
The ergonomics are complete replicas, simulating the feel of being in a Boeing Dreamliner down to the metal frame. The springs are adjustable and the levers are swappable, with a Boeing-designed autopilot mode. The Boeing Edition can be used on the Xbox One, Series X|S, or the PC, but comes at a hefty price. A new Boeing Edition out of the box costs $499.99, though much cheaper when used.
T Flight US Air Force Edition
One of the most important aspects of flying is making sure that you have good communication, which means having the right headset. The highest-rated headset is the Thrustmaster T Flight US Air Force Edition, which of course is officially licensed by the military branch. These comfortable headphones work on the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, and can be bought for $119.99.
These headphones are designed to simulate real-life aviation ones and have faceplates that adorn the United States Air Force logo. Function, fashion, and comfort, are all things that you’ll be getting with the T Flight USAF Edition.
Samsung CRG Curved Gaming Monitor
The right monitor is important to get an accurate flight simulation, and Samsung has a top of the line one that makes it feel like you’re staring out of a cockpit window. The CRG curved gaming monitor is Samsung’s best, featuring a curved design that really increases the immersion for simulation fans.
Since those that are playing flight sims tend to be staring at the screen for lengthy time periods, you’ll want a monitor like the CRG since it’s easy on the eyes. For something a bit cheaper, Samsung also makes the CHG, with both being fantastic options.
TPR: Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder
Getting total immersion in a flight simulator wouldn’t be complete without the right rudder mechanism, and Thrustmaster has a great (albeit expensive at $600) option that can be adjusted and is compatible with all flight simulator games.
Thrustmaster uses what they call the PENDUL_R technology to make the TPR a unique experience that hardcore flight sim fans love. The precision of the TPR is second to none, which is why so many find it to be worth the price. There is one caveat, though, and it’s that the TPR is only able to be used for the PC.
Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls
If you want something that doesn’t take up a lot of room and can fit onto your computer desk, the Honeycomb Alpha is a fantastic option at $279.99. The Alpha has pretty much everything that a flight sim fan could ask for, including an eight-way hat switch, two vertical two-way rocker switches, and a push-to-talk button.
Even the lighting can be adjusted on the Alpha, which really helps the immersion. Sim fans have praised the Alpha for being durable, and though it comes with a two-year warranty, you aren’t likely to even need it.