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- Flight simulator accessories maker Honeycomb Aeronautical showcased several upcoming Xbox and PC compatible products.
- The manufacturer is bringing its Alpha Flight Controls control and switch panel to Xbox consoles in early 2022, with various minor upgrades. Preorders will open later in 2021 for $ 300.
- The Sigma Tau combat flight stick will launch in the first half of 2022, priced at $ 130 alone or $ 300 with an accompanying throttle.
Following the console debut of Microsoft Flight Simulator, flight simulator accessory maker Honeycomb Aeronautical has introduced an upcoming series of Xbox compatible accessories. The expanded lineup debuted at Flight Sim Expo on Thursday, bringing some of the best Microsoft Flight Simulator flight yokes and sticks to Xbox.
Microsoft Flight Simulator released on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S this summer, an impressive technical feat, in what we’ve called a “true graphics showcase” for 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 preparing Xbox accessories, with all upcoming products compatible with Xbox and PC.
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Honeycomb Aeronautical previously announced a reworked Xbox version of its Alpha Flight Controls command and control panel, featuring the new Tango Foxtrot joystick and joystick and the Sigma combat joystick and joystick, now also intended for consoles. It now has more details on all three devices and what virtual pilots can expect when they hit the shelves.
The new Alpha Flight Controls XPC seeks to translate one of the best Microsoft Flight Simulator PC yokes to Xbox consoles, paired with an updated design and wide compatibility. The same 180-degree yoke returns, an exhaustive switch panel and dozens of assignable buttons, with build quality among the best in flight simulator hardware. The XPC also comes with new Hall-effect sensors, which Honeycomb says improve durability and accuracy, along with a spring-loaded ignition switch.
But with the scarcity of Xbox compatible products, 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 and Charlie Rudder accelerator pedals to work with Xbox consoles. It has also partnered with Logitech, allowing its rudder pedals and throttle quadrant to work on Xbox through Alpha Flight Controls XPC and the associated hub.
The Sigma flight stick, and the Sigma Tau flight stick and throttle, will also bless Xbox consoles and PCs in 2022. This is a new HOTAS offering from the manufacturer, occupying a space similar to that of the Thrustmaster. HOTAS Warthog, offering an alternative to the full yoke. . It is focused on the requirements of fighter jets, with a two-stage trigger, various configurable hat switches, and buttons between the stick, base, and accompanying throttle quadrant. The same device will work on all platforms, with a dedicated Xbox button tucked away at the bottom of the flight stick.
The Tango Foxtrot stick and throttle are aimed at general aviation, also intended for Xbox and PC. The modular device is divided into two separate units, with a telescopic mounting system, for robust control. The announced features include support for both left and right-handed people, as well as configurable buttons, switches and a trigger compatible with major flight simulators.
Alpha Flight Controls XPC and the accompanying Xbox Hub are slated for 2022, with preorders slated for later this year. The yoke and switch panel sell for $ 300, an attractive price considering the accessories maker’s strong existing portfolio, while the Xbox Hub sells for $ 30. Those looking for the full experience can already find the Bravo Throttle starting at $ 280 in the US
The Sigma combat flight stick targets the first quarter of 2022, while the Sigma Tau flight stick and full throttle drops in the second quarter. The price of the flight stick starts at $ 120, while the two-piece stick and throttle kit costs $ 300. The pack arrives just in time for the Top Gun Maverick expansion, also set to hit Microsoft Flight Simulator next year.
Honeycomb Aeronautical plans to announce more details on Tango Foxtrot pricing and availability at a later date.