Thrustmaster Boeing Yoke for Xbox review: ready to use out of the box

Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Boeing Edition and Microsoft Flight Simulator On Xbox Series X. The $499.99 kit includes a yoke and a separate throttle quadrant and is essentially a plug-and-play device. Let me say it again: the default settings work out of the box. With a rudder pedal and a second throttle, it brings high-end flight simulation peripherals to the console for the first time. The system is also fully compatible with Windows PC.

Thrustmaster sent an early unit to Polygon late last week, and we have been adjusting it for a few days. The core is the yoke itself, and its working principle is completely different from other things we have tried before. Traditionally, top models such as Honeycomb Aeronautical Alpha and the upcoming Turtle Beach VelocityOne have relied on steel shafts inserted into the dashboard. Push the yoke in, and the nose down; pull it back, and the nose will come up. However, the TCA yoke rotates on a hinge, which Thrustmaster says simulates the floor-standing yoke on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the left side of the yoke.
Picture: Tomaster

Although I have never piloted a jumbo jet in real life, the TCA yoke feels great to use. The most important thing is the button layout, which distinguishes the difference between the actual Boeing yoke and the Xbox controller. There is even a small platform where you can place your mobile phone, tablet or paper flight plan. Everything needed to fly the plane is where it should be and is labeled like on an Xbox controller. It makes learning controls a breeze.

For any high-end controller, configuring it correctly is both an art and a skill.but Microsoft Flight Simulator Identify the TCA yoke after insertion. I just connected the USB cable, typed in the first landing challenge I could find, adjusted the flaps, lowered the landing gear, and pulled back the throttle.After years of struggling with the configuration in the game, for example Weapon 3 with IL-2: Stumovich, It’s shockingly simple.

Front view of TCA Quadrant Boeing throttle unit

Each throttle has three axes. The modular arm allows you to swap functions to simulate different aircraft.
Picture: Tomaster

Top view of the TCA Quadrant Boeing version of the throttle device

The throttle arm includes a thumb button and a fully functional reverse thrust arm.
Picture: Tomaster

There are some quirks, to be sure. For example, I still need an Xbox controller to handle the menu. Thrustmaster told us that its engineers are still working on the final touches on the configuration, so it may change. My biggest complaint is that when using only the TCA yoke without using the pedals, your rudder is on the hat switch on the right. To be honest, it’s a bit sensitive, and it’s not my favorite way of flying—especially on a large airliner on a final approach.

This is where the scalability of the device comes into play.

Polygon is sent TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition ($499.99), which includes a yoke and a separate throttle, is officially called the TCA Quadrant Boeing Edition.We also received the same Second throttle ($149.99) and one set TPR rudder pedal (Now about $600 Amazon). All four devices are daisy-chained together, the pedals are connected to the second stage throttle, the second stage throttle is connected to the first stage, and the first stage is connected to the yoke. This leaves only one USB cable to plug into the Xbox Series X.

Amazingly, it all worked. This proves the rigorous design work done by Thrustmaster, which in turn is built on the solid foundation provided by the Asobo Studio developers.Manufacturer of Microsoft Flight Simulator For years, they have been building their own studio cockpit out of old planes, and it is really starting to pay off.

The Boeing 7u47-8i Bank is in the Microsoft Flight Simulator. Below it are tens of thousands of feet of clouds, shining in the afterglow of the setting sun.

Picture: Adobo Studio / Microsoft

Of course, this is an extremely expensive hardware solution. Do you need a kit worth $1,250 to fly a plane on Xbox? Absolutely not. The basic Xbox controller is working properly. But before the Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Boeing version of the system, there were no high-end options for consoles at all. This means buying a PC that is much more expensive than Xbox. Microsoft Flight Simulator For Xbox Series X, combined with this new Thrustmaster (Thrustmaster) system, the entry barrier for serious flight simulation has been lowered by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

The Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack Boeing version includes a yoke and a separate throttle quadrant, as well as an additional bracket for mounting the throttle to the desk. The bundle will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, November 9th at a price of $499.99. The stand-alone throttle valve is priced at $149.99, and pre-orders will begin on the same day. It does not come with a stand. Delivery is expected before Christmas, and the retail supply date for these two products is December 23.

A separate yoke, which retails for $399.99, will not be available until early next year. Similarly, TPR Pendular Rudder Pedals are in short supply, and online prices are too high. Thrustmaster stated that the system is also compatible with cheaper Thrustmaster TFRP pedal (This is also a popular item at the moment), but we have not been able to test it so far.

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