Best Controllers, Flight sticks And Joysticks for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

How to make your setup first-class.

The Flight Simulator reboot has been taking off with players around the world, and with good reason. The game literally puts you into the cockpit in one of the most realistic experiences to date.

With the entire world at your disposal, Flight Simulator 2020 offers a realistic piloting experience designed to test your skills against real-time weather and traffic systems in a dynamic world.

To get you prepped and ready for take-off, we've put together our top picks for the best Flight Sim controllers- including budget and high-end options.

Stock can sometimes be a little thin of the ground for these hugely popular accessories, so make sure to check back in! At the time of writing, the SAITEK Pro Flight Yoke System is stock at Currys PC World.

Best Controllers, Flight Sticks and Joysticks for Flight Simulator

The BEST flight controller

The Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog offers the full Flight Simulator experience, being a replica of the setup used in a U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft. This stick and throttles control setup gives the most immersive Flight Sim experience possible and is in a class of its own.

The joystick features 19 action buttons, while the control panel includes a further 15 plus five programmable LEDs. The throttle system includes an afterburner you can disengage and independent control of two motors.

You'll forget you're not flying the real thing!

The Best Yoke controller

If you prefer using a yoke/wheel when playing flight simulators, look no further than the Logitech G Pro Flight Yoke System.

This setup includes a total of 25 programmable buttons and switch positions, allowing you to fine-tune your virtual cockpit however you like.

The pro-grade Logitech controller features a stainless steel elevator and control shaft, creating a durable setup designed to last for years to come. 

While the Logitech G Pro is unfortunately out of stock on Amazon at the minute, the SAITEK Pro Flight Yoke System is very a suitable alternative and currently available at Currys PC World.

The best budget controller

If you want a proper HOTAS control system without spending almost £400, Thrustmaster also has the T. Flight HOTAS X, often referred to as the best flight controls for those on a budget.

The T. Flight HOTAS X is perfect for those who want to plug in and play without worrying about fine-tuning. It features a detachable throttle, high-precision joystick, weighted base, wide hand rest and internal memory.

For just under £60, it's an absolute steal for a Thrustmaster control setup.

The most affordable joystick

If you just want the bare-bones setup without throttles or complex control panels, check out Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick.

The precision twist rudder control gives you all the accuracy you need, while a comfortable hand grip ensures you stay happy the whole flight. With 12 programmable buttons and an 8-way hat switch, there are plenty of customisation options available, all for the low-cost of £33.99.

It's currently out of stock on Amazon, but luckily Currys also offers the joystick for the same price, which you can view here.

Best Add On: Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Add-On Airbus Edition (T.A.R.G.E.T Software) Compatible with PC (Windows 8) - £89.99

There are a load of additional pieces of gear you can add-on to your existing controls, and this Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Add-On Airbus Edition is yet another way to transform your setup to give an even more immersive and realistic experience. 

The controls include trim, landing gear, auto brake and parking brake., and as usual there are a ton of programmable buttons and virtual button too.

You've even got 10 non-slip feet so there's little chance of this moving around on your desk or table.

A worthy addition!

Best Flight Stick

Get Microsoft Flight Simulator

Of course, all of these products are irrelevant unless you buy the game.

Microsoft Flight Simulator's Standard Edition is available now from the Microsoft Store for £59.99, and it can also be played via Game Pass, which can be bought here.

The Deluxe Edition, which can be bought here, costs £79.99, includes five additional airports and five additional planes.

The Premium Deluxe Edition includes everything from the Deluxe Edition, as well as five more airports and additional planes. It is available for £109.99.

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