- Product Dimensions: 46 x 25 x 32 cm ; 6 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 9.9 Kg
- Batteries 1 リチウムイオン batteries required.
- Item Model Number: 2960720
- ASIN: B00371R8P4
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 1 September 2017
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick
- 16-bit resolution
- Surgical precision stays sharp over time
- H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate technology
Style Name: Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog PC
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The Most Precise and Feature-Filled Joystick You Can Get
The joystick features 19 action buttons, along with a 'Point Of View' hat. It provides extreme precision, thanks to the H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology magnetic sensor system it employs: 16-bit precision (65536 x 65536 values), with no gimbals (cardan joints). What's more, pressing on the joystick's buttons and triggers requires pressure identical to that required in an actual airplane – a true first in the world of joysticks. Particular attention has been paid to freedom of use for simmers, with the joystick's handle being detachable (so that it can also be used on the base of the Hotas Cougar joystick, if the user wishes), and its base being detachable as well (allowing you to install the joystick in a cockpit).
Pull and Push Throttle System with Disengageable Afterburner
The throttle component has also been very carefully designed, with a dual throttle system allowing for independent control of 2 motors: a locking system lets the user either attach the 2 throttles together, or else keep them independent of one another. The magnetic sensor technology used for the throttles (14-bit resolution, with 16384 values on each throttle) provides unrivaled precision. Switching to the Idle and Afterburner detents is carried out via a Pull and Push system, for even greater realism. The Afterburner detent is disengageable, allowing users to perfectly adapt the throttle control to the type of airplane they are piloting. The throttles feature a total of 17 action buttons, a 'Point Of View' hat and a 'mouse hat / slew control'.
Control Panel with 5 Programmable LEDs
The product's final mechanical component, the control panel, provides an extensive number and variety of controls. It includes a friction wheel, allowing users to manually adjust the resistance of the throttles according to their own taste. It also features backlighting for functions, which users will certainly appreciate for night flights; the 5 programmable LEDs are also a plus for use in dark or low-light conditions. The base includes a "trim wheel" and 15 action buttons, including numerous push buttons with resistance identical to that on a real airplane and industrial metal switches (2 or 3 positions) with highly realistic pressure.
Innovative, High-Performance T.A.R.G.E.T. Software
The Hotas Warthog joystick's deadly weapon is known as T.A.R.G.E.T (Thrustmaster Advanced pRogramming Graphical EdiTor). T.A.R.G.E.T is a software suite allowing users to test, configure and program Thrustmaster controllers, chief among them being the all-new Hotas WARTHOG, but also the MFD Cougar, the Hotas Cougar and the T.16000M.
T.A.R.G.E.T lets users create programming configurations which are either more or less complex, depending on the user's taste, simply by using their mouse and the Drag and Drop principle. Three different programming levels are available: 'Basic', to get started; 'Advanced', to employ more advanced functions; and finally 'Script', to harness the full power of the software. It should also be noted that in this software suite, the standard Script language has been totally rewritten to provide more flexibility, new functions and virtually unlimited possibilities.
T.A.R.G.E.T is more than an interface: it's also a powerful software application capable of simulating virtual devices such as a keyboard, joystick, mouse, and so on, in order to simulate all of the actions required for these devices' use. These actions are measured on the axes and buttons of the physical controllers, but sent to software applications via a virtual controller.
In this way, T.A.R.G.E.T allows for total interaction between different Thrustmaster USB controllers, with simplified configurations in simulators, and the use of a single preset for all controllers, rather than having to use as many different presets as controllers. Finally, T.A.R.G.E.T includes built-in presets for well-known games (both recent and older titles), and lets users create new presets too.
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TLDR: A must buy. Just buy it. It's worth every penny. For more detail, read on.
This was by no means an impulse buy on my part: I deliberated long and hard between this and the Saitek X55, which had only been out a few months. The X55 was less than half the price, but it was getting lukewarm reviews and appeared to suffer from serious QA problems. (Unfortunately its successor, the X56, seems to be suffering the same fate). It came down to this: Do I want to spend $200 on a $50 piece o' junk that might last a couple of years *if I'm lucky* or do I want to plunk down twice that much on a product that--provided I don't get a 'bum steer'--will probably last a lifetime?
I took the plunge on the Warthog and I am pleased to report I am not disappointed. Unless your pockets are deep enough to get into GoFlight or Yoko The Yoke territory, and until Saitek gets their act together and stops building mediocre junk, the Thrustmaster HOTAS is, in my opinion, the only viable choice for a premium joystick and throttle.
I have never had controllers that are so smooth and precise. I concur with other reviewers that the stick has a more 'heavy duty' feel than the throttles, but by no means did Thrustmaster cut corners on the throttles. They have no 'play' and do not feel 'mushy,' plus they have a longer throw than any other throttles I've ever owned, which makes precise adjustments (absolutely critical when flying the Majestic Q400 on final) easier than ever. In fact, it was only after I purchased the Warthog that I was able to fully tame the Q400. The switches on the throttle handles are not quite as stiff as those on the base of the throttle, but I'd be willing to bet this was done to minimize torsion on the throttles and make them easy for single digit control. They do have a much better feel than the 'plasticky' switches on my old controller (Saitek X52).
I also concur with other reviewers that the firm spring on the stick takes some getting used to, but after a few months of break-in it's not quite so stiff, and your arm will have built up sufficient strength to operate it without fatigue. Now that I am used to it I doubt I could ever go back to a flimsy stick that fails to provide the same level of precision and control. I do wish the stick was rubberized--instead it is hard and rather slick, which does make it somewhat difficult for me to grip firmly. Note also that the stick is X/Y only, there is no 'twist' to control the Z axis. This is one of the reasons Saitek held my interest, but now I'm convinced that a 'twist' stick is not a good thing. Now I use the rightmost slider on the throttle for rudder control, which took a little getting used to but is now second nature (due to mobility issues I am not able to use foot controllers).
Two last remarks: First, if you are using this with FSX, get FSUIPC and LINDA as they take 90% of the headache out of configuring this beast. Second, I also purchased a Logitech G13 gaming controller and moved all of my EZCA views off the stick and onto the G13. This makes it possible to program the hats and switches to do true hands-on-the-stick (and almost completely off the mouse) flying.
To sum up, the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog has exceeded my expectations in every way. Even a year later I'm have absolutely no regret for making this purchase. Rarely do I consider expenditures on entertainment products an 'investment' but in this case I'll gladly make an exception. Its quality is worth the price, it has taken my enjoyment flight simulation to new heights, and shows no sign of 'going bad' or wearing out. In fact, it will most likely outlive its owner.
What cannot be denied is the abhorrent build quality and overall design. I have years of experience as a V&V engineer so this is precisely my area of expertise. The gimbal mechanism is injection molded and not properly finished. It’s surface is not smooth and has what is called flash; material that flows out of the cavity where the two mold halves meet. This can results in what the community has dubbed “Stiction”. Google it.
The throttle levers are very flimsy, are made of plastic and have only a thin metal veneer.Yet the throttle weighs nearly 10 pounds due to the steel ballast affixed to the upper side of the bottom cover plate.
Switches on the throttle and stick are of the lowest possible quality. Buttons are extremely cheap membrane switches that frequently fail open or closed.
I would gladly take analog potentiometers over TM’s “H.E.A.R.T.” hall sensors in the throttle if the cost would allow something resembling a quality switch or button .
Look at the stickied posts on various flight simulator forums showing how many TM customers have had total main board failures for the throttles. My throttle is now on that list, despite following TM’s absurd instructions to plug the throttle in after PC start up. Why does no other USB device have such problems? Yet Thrustmaster Support continues to manufacture this product with a known flaw and when the failure occurs immediately they will offer sell you a replacement for $60. If you’re lucky enough to have it fail within the warranty, they will still send you a replacement board that you must replace yourself.
Look at all the forum posts where customers have had switch failures.
Take all the 5 star reviews you see with a HUGE grain of salt. Initially you may be pleased with this HOTAS but inevitably switches and buttons WILL fail. The throttle main board will likely fail sometime after two years.
It is a fantastic stick for that. Other don't like the stiffness of the stick, but that is perfect for the precise maneuvering needed for my rockets or planes with too many control surfaces.
KSP is also built on unity which only takes positive values into account so most sticks have to use a 3rd party game controller. Not so with the Warthog. It registers only positive values and, when connected with the TARGET system, begin registering negative values as well. So you can have the best of both worlds, which is amazing.
Some concern themselves with TARGET gui and programming. To someone who plays KSP and has sent Kerbals to the Pluto equivalent it is a godsend and extremely simple to setup (though very time consuming, first setup took 5 hours). I completely mapped every single function to the switches twice over as this thing supports up to 7 layers! of programming. The flip switches can be made into momentary switches or they can be used to hold a specific key. The Trigger is dual action! There is a !mouse! on the throttle body so I can still scroll and click without ever taking my hands off the HOTAS. They thought of everything.
I am beyond impressed and just pray that I do not experience any of the "6 months in" issues that others have had with buttons and LEDS not working.