Best controller for Flight Simulator 2020

Best controller for Flight Simulator 2020: The best joystick and throttles for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator

The rebooted Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now, with its PC and Xbox One release coming on August 18th, 2020. To get you geared up, we’ve looked at the best controller for Flight Simulator 2020, including budget and high-end options for joysticks, throttles and wheels. Check ’em out below…

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Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog

The very best flight controls

For the full Flight Simulator experience, look no further than the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog. This stick and throttles control setup is the most realistic, immersive experience available.

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

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

Logitech G Pro Flight Yoke System

The best yoke controller

If you prefer to use a yoke (control wheel) when flying, the best system for you is the Logitech G Pro Flight Yoke System, which also includes throttle quadrant.

With a total of 25 programmable buttons and switch positions, you can set up your virtual cockpit exactly the way you like it with ease. The pro-grade yoke features real steel and precision bearings, plus customisation software makes it easy to fine-tune settings.

Thrustmaster T. Flight HOTAS X

The best budget controls

If you want a proper HOTAS control system without spending £400 on the Warthog above, Thrustmaster also has the T. Flight HOTAS X, often cited as the best budget flight controls.

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

Logitech Extreme 3D Pro

The best budget joystick

If you just want the bare bones without throttles and the like, check out the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, a super low-cost joystick for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The precision twist rudder control gives you 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 options for customisation available.


André Pusey