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The Thrustmaster Viper TQS: A High-End Throttle Control for Combat Flight Simulators

If you’re a veteran combat flight sim pilot, then you know the importance of having specialized gear. The Thrustmaster Viper TQS is a US Air Force-licensed replica of an F-16 Viper’s throttle controls, and it is designed to provide an expert-level experience for flight simulation enthusiasts. Priced at $349.99 / £299.99, this peripheral is not for the casual gamer.

The build quality of the Viper TQS is impressive, with a mix of plastic and metal components that give it a sturdy feel. Thrustmaster recommends mounting the TQS to a cockpit or using a clamp, but it is also sturdy enough to be used freestanding on a desk. The control panel is backlit in military green, making it both visually appealing and useful for low-light gaming sessions.

In terms of performance, the Viper TQS is designed with DCS World in mind. It integrates seamlessly with the game, offering accurate mapping of inputs to the F-16 Viper’s flight controls. However, compatibility with Flight Sim 2020 is only partial at present. The throttle cutoff lock and afterburner lock have been accurately recreated, adding to the realism of the simulation. The landing gear lever and weapons arm switch are also mapped to the unit, providing a more immersive experience.

The Viper TQS features numerous axes, switches, dials, and buttons, all designed to enhance gameplay. While some controls are stiff to operate, overall, the unit provides a satisfying and authentic experience. The unit connects via a single USB-C to USB cable, making it easy to set up and use.

Overall, the Thrustmaster Viper TQS is a high-quality, expert-level peripheral that delivers a realistic and immersive combat flight simulation experience. While its price may be steep for casual gamers, those who are dedicated to aviation simulations will appreciate the attention to detail and performance of this throttle control.

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