Over the past couple of years, Thrustmaster has launched quite a wide range of gaming accessories, designed to work with pretty much any gaming console or platform available on the market. Even more, several of their products work with more than one type of gaming rig, and that's also the case with the T.Flight Hotas X, released in August 2008, which works equally well with the PS3 and personal computers.
Much in the same was as most other similar devices from Thrustmaster, the T.Flight Hotas X provides adjustable resistance control, while its base has also been fitted with additional weights, for an enhanced level of stability. Moreover, the gaming peripheral supports 2 standard configurations, one designed especially to be compatible with PC games (as for example Flight Simulator X from Microsoft), while the second configuration is PlayStation 3.
Additionally, the joystick sports a detachable, real-size, ergonomically-designed throttle control, as well as a dual-system aerodynamic control: by rotating handle (with integrated blocking system) or by progressive tilting lever.
Overall, the T.Flight Hotas X offers 12 buttons and 5 axles, all of which are completely programmable. Moreover, in order to save all of the user's presets even when not powered, the joystick even sports a small amount of internal memory.
Beside the control buttons themselves, the T.Flight Hotas X also sports two very useful quick-access buttons. First, there's the "MAPPING" button, which allows users to instantly switch all functions around between each other. Then, there's also a "PRESET" button, which allows gamers to instantly switch, while playing, from one particular program to another.
Since it's one of the latest products launched by Thrustmaster, it's also one of the most expensive. Thus, the T.Flight Hotas X sells for an estimate 50 US dollars, but it's all worth it, given just how useful this device could prove to be for the true fans of simulators.