Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS Review
Published: 6th December 2016 | Source: Thrustmaster | Price: £175 |
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.