The VelocityOne Flight is a common management system designed particularly for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox consoles and PC. Comprising of each a yoke and a throttle quadrant, the system has been developed in collaboration with aeronautical engineers and pilots and is Turtle Seaside’s first simulation peripheral. At $379.95/£349.99, it isn’t precisely low cost, however you’re getting quite a lot of tech right here.
I’ve restricted expertise with flight sticks and yokes, having used them briefly up to now, however after I pulled this factor out of the field, I felt somewhat intimidated. Fortunately, it was an absolute breeze to arrange. The system is available in two models: the precise yoke unit itself and the throttle quadrant. The throttle quadrant merely clicks right into a slot on the facet of the yoke and is then connected through USB-C cable. Then, the entire system is related to both a PC or Xbox console utilizing only one USB-C cable — straightforward stuff. However what I discovered actually spectacular was the neat and tidy mounting system. Lifting up a panel on prime of the yoke exposes a hex key and two screws. Loosening these screws drops down two hooks on the entrance of the unit that may then be clamped all the way down to a desk by retightening the screws. This protects having to fiddle round with a few massive knobs which you can’t see beneath a desk to make minor changes. When you’re all achieved, you’ll be able to place the hex key again into its slot and reattach the highest panel. Should you’re not a fan of clamping the unit down, there are a number of items of suction tape that may be caught to the underside of the unit to maintain it from slipping when performing barrel rolls, although it is probably these will have to be changed over time as they accumulate mud and particles.
After plugging within the VelocityOne Flight to a PC or Xbox, the unit comes alive. A small flight administration show display screen lights up, together with shiny LEDs on the yoke deal with, throttle quadrant, and the Standing Indicator Panel (all of that are totally customisable) that’s presupposed to show warning lights for while you’re touchdown gear is down or when you’re low on gasoline. Sadly, this function wasn’t carried out on the time of writing, however Turtle Seaside has stated it is going to be coming quickly. The yoke deal with encompasses a plethora of buttons and inputs, together with two HATS, two POV sticks, and the common buttons you’d see on an Xbox controller, together with built-in rudder controls which might be sure to the pressure-sensitive LT and RT triggers. Whereas holding, it feels premium and is splendidly ergonomic — each button and enter is properly inside attain, and the yoke glides out and in and turns easily. Nevertheless, the throttle quadrant does not fairly match the identical commonplace because the yoke. The quadrant options 4 levers that replicate the engine thrust controls throughout a lot of plane. These are fairly unfastened, and it’s totally straightforward to knock them out of place and lose all energy to your engines. Should you’re a heavy person, these levers might probably get looser over time. The three vernier levers used to duplicate controls in gentle plane, really feel fairly low cost and plasticky, which is not one thing I’d anticipate from one thing that prices £350. The trim wheel is the star of the present right here, although. It affords a pleasant quantity of resistance, making it straightforward to regulate the pitch of a aircraft in flight.
Taking to the skies with the VelocityOne Flight is simple after some preliminary setup. Utilizing the Flight Administration Show, you’ll be able to choose which platform you are utilizing the system on, and from one in all three pre-programmed management profiles: a default setting, one for single-engine prop planes, and one other for twin-engine jets. I discovered this extraordinarily helpful when eager to get straight into the motion as I did not have to fiddle with bindings, although you’ll be able to change the bindings and inputs to fit your preferences when you so want. The most effective function of all, nevertheless, is the Coaching mode. Turning this on shows what every enter does after a button press dwell on the flight administration display screen — it even exhibits you the way far you are turning or pushing within the yoke or levers. This mode was invaluable for a novice like me because it jogged my memory which enter I wanted to press to drag up my touchdown gear or launch the parking brake.
In flight, the yoke felt superb to make use of, and it actually added a layer of immersion I hadn’t skilled earlier than with different flight sticks on each PC and Xbox Sequence X. I used to be making lengthy, sweeping turns and setting my aircraft down on the runway with such precision that I’m now totally satisfied I might simply fly a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. If each pilots have been to fall sick on a flight I used to be on, no drawback! I might deal with it after my a number of hours with the VelocityOne Flight. No drawback in any respect… In all seriousness, the VelocityOne Flight handles like a dream. Making changes on the fly feels easy and correct. The throttle quadrant does let the VelocityOne Flight down considerably, nevertheless. The levers are only a tad too unfastened, and I might simply knock them with my clumsy fingers as I used to be making an adjustment that may typically want a exact contact. In the event that they have been just a bit tighter, it might alleviate the issue and add somewhat extra resistance which might have improved my total immersion with the levers. Apart from that, pushing my two lever engines ahead to full energy on takeoff by no means obtained previous.
General, the VelocityOne Flight is a implausible piece of package for followers of Microsoft Flight Simulator. If you do not have a yoke and throttle setup, I could not advocate this extra. I discovered it extraordinarily straightforward to make use of and really beginner-friendly, and I’m certain there’s greater than sufficient customisation and options out there on the VelocityOne Flight that may satiate even a few of the extra hardcore simmers on the market. I could not actually discover fault with it on both Xbox Sequence X|S or PC — it really works identically on each methods; it is just some niggling high quality points that allow it down ever so barely. Should you’re out there for a yoke and throttle quadrant and do not thoughts splashing a bit of money, then you must positively think about the VelocityOne Flight.
A evaluate unit of the VelocityOne Flight was offered by Turtle Seaside for the this text.