Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS Review

Up Close - Throttle

Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS Review

Up Close - Throttle

If you're new to the world of HOTAS controls then the TWCS Throttle might not be obviously different. It is though. Most throttles are pivoted around a central point, much like a thumbstick on your console controller, whereas the FCS is a slider. It certainly gives your shoulder a work out if you're more used to the normal throttle. There are a lot of controls beyond the throttle portion, so let's quickly run through those now.

On the far left side there is a dial, useful for mixture adjustments and similar tasks, although it's not the easiest thing to change whilst also making throttle corrections. On the front - or back depending upon your point of view - there are two buttons. Next to that is a two position switch, followed by an 8 way analogue stick with a R3 style click button. In front of all that beneath your fingertips is an analogue slider, perfect for all sorts of roles. If you just have the Warthog stick that doesn't come with a twist rudder then this could easily be your rudder, but as the FCS stick has a twist rudder built in then you can assign it to your hearts content. 

In the thumb position there are three selectors and a button. From the top down there is an 8 way hat switch, then two four way switches, followed by the button. Finally on the underside there are mounting points, should you wish to place the throttle more permanently in your gaming setup. If you already own a set of Thrustmaster rudder pedals, then at the front corner of the throttle there is an input so you can connect your rudder pedals to the throttle. It even works with the pedals you get on the Thrustmaster T500RS wheel, in this case brake and throttle are left and right rudder.

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06-12-2016, 19:38:02

Excalabur50
Good to know that I made the right choice in buying this HOTAS combo then thanks guy's it's as if this review was made for me Quote

06-12-2016, 19:42:58

AlienALX
Wow, that's a lot of dough. Excuse my ignorance (and tiredness leading to me just skimming the review) but what sort of games does this work well with? Just wondered, 'cause the last stick I used was the MS Feedback one. And it was very good I must say Quote

06-12-2016, 19:44:27

jimma47
Really good review Bryan. I'd be jumping on one of these if I didn't already have an X-52. A point to note is the throttle is also available separately for anyone that already has a T16000 joystick.

It's a shame the throttle isn't reversible for lefties but if you're using the thumb hatswitch for lateral and vertical thrust and the toggle rudder for yaw control using your right hand for pitch and roll is probably pretty convenient anyways.

I've often wondered about Airbus flight decks with the stick on the left for the pilot and on the right for first officer. I wonder if the flight crew always sit that way or whether the captain calls shotgun.

It's interesting there seem to be two schools of thought on space sim control - depending on whether you have a traditional flight control upbringing (pitch/roll) or console style (pitch/yaw) as the main controls. Like anything I guess you adapt pretty quickly but I can't get out of the habit of rolling my ship before pitching in the direction I want. Must be less efficient in combat you'd think. The Last Starfighter had it right - dual sticks for gunnery all the way.

/end derailQuote

07-12-2016, 07:48:20

SuB
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Wow, that's a lot of dough. Excuse my ignorance (and tiredness leading to me just skimming the review) but what sort of games does this work well with? Just wondered, 'cause the last stick I used was the MS Feedback one. And it was very good I must say
I can vouch for it working well with Elite Dangerous and DCS World's products, the sensor upgrade in it is worthit over the x-52 series, it's on-par with the accuracy of the Warthog now just a step down on build quality

Really is a neat little stick and throttle for the money.Quote

18-12-2016, 21:29:28

Ando
Good to see someone else has put in the hard grind for the cutter also, ED fan boys unite!Quote
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