Bandai Namco’s arcade flight experience Ace Combat: Skies Unknown is a couple of months away from launch, offering PlayStation VR compatible sequences rather than the entire experience. For avid flight fans after a more immersive control scheme than that offered by the DualShock 4 controller, Thrustmaster has just announced an official launch date for its new joystick, the T.Flight Hotas 4 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Edition.
Capable of being used in both virtual reality (VR) as well as on TV, the setup includes a limited edition joystick and throttle control. The device features a comprehensive flight gear: 5 axes + 12 action buttons + 1 rapid-fire trigger + 1 multidirectional hat switch (navigation / panoramic view), a weighted based for stability, official buttons for PlayStation 4 system (PS/Share/Options), adjustable stick resistance with large hand rest, and a dual rudder system which works by rotating handle (with integrated locking system) or by progressive tilting lever.
Additionally, to make the entire setup is as comfortable for all players as possible, the throttle is detachable.
The T.Flight Hotas Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown Edition will be available for preorder as of Thursday, 13th December, 2018, available at a suggested retail price of £74.99 GBP. The official launch date will be 17th January 2019, one day before Ace Combat: Skies Unknown lands.
Having previously demoed the title VRFocus found that: “In its present state Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown promises high octane flying action for PlayStation VR players that’s sure to encourage legions of fans to try the VR compatibility. As long as Bandai Namco manage to provide enough content to satisfy then PlayStation VR is likely to have another killer exclusive title when the videogame finally arrives next year.”
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Thrustmaster and Ace Combat: Skies Unknown, reporting back with any further updates.