Best HOTAS Joysticks for PlayStation VR Android Central 2020
Here at Android Central, we're experts when it comes to finding all the best ways to improve your virtual reality experience. If you're looking for a HOTAS controller for your PlayStation VR you've come to the right spot. Here are the best options we've found!
Best Overall: Hori Hotas Flight Stick for PlayStation 4
Firstly, I want to say that this is a costly choice for a HOTAS joystick. It's pretty great, but it's almost double the cost of the other HOTAS on the market. That's not to say it isn't worth the money if you are an avid flight game player. But be aware that you will be paying through the nose for a joystick that only works on 6 PlayStation games right now.
That being said the Hori is extremely good. The joystick itself is a sleek black design that feels great in the hand, while the haptic feedback from the controller, while you are playing, elevates it to greatness. When you pull back on the stick, you can feel the resistance as the plane fights you. This kind of immersion is essential in-flight games, but especially in VR flight games where you want to believe you really are flying the plane.
I think the addition of the PS4 touchpad is excellent. When you are in VR, and without a DualShock controller, it can be challenging to navigate around the system interface. The addition of a touchpad means you can control the entire system from your HOTAS without having to leave the VR environment. This saves time and lets you jump from game to game quickly and easily.
Being able to separate the flight stick from the throttle is a big deal as well. Both are well weighted so they feel solid even if they are apart. Having them apart means you can find a more comfortable position for your hands, allowing you to play for more extended periods, while still keeping control in the dog fight.
- Haptic feedback in-flight
- PS4 touchpad
- Separate flight stick
- It's costly
The Hori HOTS is a premium quality product with a premium price tag. Nothing is more immersive for PSVR, however.
Best Value: t.flight hotas 4 ace combat 7 skies unknown edition
The T.Flight HOTAS 4 from Thrustmaster is the controller for PS4 and PSVR. It's even branded with the PlayStation logo while sporting black with blue accents to match your console.
The throttle can detach and move aside to simulate a more realistic setup, so you can sit back and get into the game. The joystick and throttle have all the buttons you would find on a standard DualShock 4 controller to make it extremely easy for you to map out the controls how you see fit.
The base is weighted to keep it in place, even when you're frantically evading an enemy, and the joystick has an adjustable resistance to complement a heavy or light hand. To simulate a rudder function and to pivot your craft on a vertical axis, the joystick twists left and right.
If you're also into PC gaming, a simple switch will set it over to work on your computer. So, are you ready to really feel like you're in the cockpit of your ship? Grab the T.Flight HOTAS 4 from Thrustmaster now.
- Five axes
- 12 action buttons & 1 multi-directional hat
- Built with PlayStation 4 in mind
- Resistance in the stick is barely noticeable
Best simulated flight experience
The T.Flight has 12 action buttons, one rapid-fire trigger, one multi-directional hat switch, and a dual rudder system. All of these features offer you the most immersive gameplay.
There are only two choices right now in the world of PSVR compatible HOTAS joysticks and which one you buy will be based on your budget. If you have the money, then the Hori HOTAS is the joystick to have. The haptic feedback alone makes it worth buying over the competition.
If you are looking for something cheap and cheerful your choice is the t.thrust by Thrustmaster. It's not a terrible joystick by any means, but it is a little light and doesn't give the physical response you might want while dogfighting in VR.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Essa Kidwell is an expert in all things VR and mobile devices who can always be found with an Oculus Go around their neck. They've been taking things apart just to put them back together for quite some time. If you've got a troubleshooting issue with any of your tech, they're the one you want to go to! Find them on Twitter.
Russell Holly Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1 and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Google+ or Twitter.
James Bricknell has been playing games since they game as code in a magazine. He loves console gaming and is always looking for the best setup possible, especially for his VR. If you want to listen to him ramble or talk 3D printers, check him out on Twitter @keridel
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