Thrustmaster® is a designer, developer and manufacturer of gamepads, gaming headsets, racing gear and accessories for PCs and gaming consoles. Other products include the Thrustmaster hands-on throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) controller models that emulate controls in an authentic aircraft cockpit. The company has licensing agreements with brands that include US Air Force, AIRBUS®, Ferrari®, Sony® PlayStation® and Microsoft® Xbox®. They offer a range of officially endorsed racing wheels and game-specific peripherals such as light guns.
Smooth curves and contoured rubber grips on select Thrustmaster gamepads ensure long and comfortable play sessions. The familiar layout provides console-style control to your PC games, while a long cord allows you to sit back and relax when playing your favorite titles. Wireless gamepads usually connect via Bluetooth® or a manufacturer’s receiver, which is helpful when connecting to a television. Precision-tuned analog sticks support tracking accuracy. Some models have fully programmable controls and buttons that can even mimic commands with gaming mice and keyboards. Built-in XInput (XID) standards ensure Windows® systems instantly recognize the unit as an Xbox gamepad.
Machined almost entirely from metal, some flight simulator joysticks offer a solid feel with a military aesthetic. HOTAS configurations try to simulate spaceship and aircraft cockpits for immersive gameplay experiences. More controls on a joystick add more realism and fewer reasons to reach for gaming keyboards while playing. If trying to pull off advanced pitch, yaw and roll maneuvers, choose a Thrustmaster gaming joystick that includes a D-Pad and thumbstick for ample one-handed control. The wide hand rest allows you to keep your hand in a relaxed, stable position, so the stick reacts to subtle movements. Change stick resistance to meet your requirements during gaming sessions.
The Thrustmaster Challenge Wheel line brings linear resistance and steering sensitivity to your gaming world, so you feel every detail while racing. Some models have RPM LEDs and integrated game controls to help you maintain control in supporting games. Built-in pedals let you speed up and brake with precision, and center console paddles make it easy to change gear. Move fluidly from one gear to the next with the H-pattern Thrustmaster gearbox shifter that solidly clicks into gear for smooth shifting on hairpin turns.
2in. drivers in these headsets provide powerful audio, and a stable frequency response curve ensures efficient sound reproduction as game developers intended. A uni-directional microphone filters out background noise so teammates hear every word. Breathable memory foam ear cushions offer comfort for use over extended gaming sessions. Models with a USB audio control box let you adjust the mic and audio volume, mute the microphone and adjust game chat and audio balance. Wired headsets come with a 4-pole, 3.5mm cable for easy connectivity to PC, Xbox One™, PlayStation, Android™ and other non-USB devices. Bluetooth Thrustmaster headsets enable simple wireless pairing with Bluetooth-enabled phones, consoles and TVs.