Microsoft Flight SimulatorSource: Microsoft

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator's development is going strong.
  • Thrustmaster finally revealed a bunch of hardware that supports the game.
  • You'll be able to get sidesticks and thrust reversers.
  • The accessories also support X-Plane 11.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is an upcoming project from Xbox Game Studios that wants to push the boundaries of realism. In order to do so, the company has partnered with Thrustmaster to release a range of flight simulator hardware. You can take a look at them below. If you're into X-Plane 11, you'll be happy to know that they support that too. According to Thrustmaster, the accessories are officially licensed by Airbus and designed for flawless integration in civil aviation games.

  • TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition: June 25 for $70
  • TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition: September 24 for $100
  • TCA Quadrant Add-on Airbus Edition
  • TCA Officer Pack Airbus Edition: September 24 for $160
  • TM Flying Clamp: September 24 for $70

TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

The first flagship product launched in the Thrustmaster Civil Aviation range, is a remarkably well-rounded PC joystick. Designed for flawless integration in civil aviation games including X-Plane 11 and Microsoft Flight Simulator, this ergonomic replica Airbus sidestick is a versatile companion for virtual pilots across all types of flight simulation.The throttle built into the base of the joystick includes a thrust reverser function, a unique feature found on real life airliners. This is a major advantage in terms of helping you master complicated maneuvers and ensures that your landings are always perfectly controlled.

TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition

To properly celebrate the launch of its civil aviation product range, Thrustmaster has taken the opportunity to create a fantastic companion device for its new sidestick: the TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition. The release of the TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition will be followed by two complementary modules: the TCA Quadrant Add-On Airbus Edition, that will replicate real-life air brake, flaps, autobrake and parking brake features found on world-famous Airbus airliners including the A320. If you are looking for a truly complete experience, that allows you to operate as a virtual airline captain, Thrustmaster has you covered... the TCA Officer Pack Airbus Edition lets you get your hands on both new Thrustmaster TCA products — the sidestick and throttle quadrant — at the same time.

TM Flying Clamp

The TM Flying Clamp is the cherry on top of this wide-ranging launch. Long requested by Thrustmaster's fans for inclusion in its range of products, the TM Flying Clamp will now be joining the brand's advanced flight sim ecosystem. Developed to facilitate enhanced gaming set ups for all users, the TM Flying Clamp is a solidly-built solution for use with popular Thrustmaster product ranges.


T.A.R.G.E.T (Thrustmaster Advanced pRogramming Graphical EdiTor) is a powerful software suite that lets you test, configure, and program Thrustmaster controllers. With T.A.R.G.E.T you can even merge all of your different compatible Thrustmaster accessories so that they're recognized as a single USB device, for enhanced modularity and customization of gaming controls.

You'll be able to preorder all of them through the Thrustmaster Store.

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