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Recommendations for Microsoft Flight Simulator

We've selected the best hardware to enhance your Microsoft Flight Simulator experience. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pilot, flight simulator hardware can make all the difference in your virtual flying adventures. From high-performance joysticks to realistic flight yokes, our top picks will help you soar through the skies with ease.

Controlling an aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator can be done with either a joystick and throttle or a yoke, throttle and rudder pedals.
We've selected hardware recommendations for Microsoft Flight Simulator to help you make a choice between all the different options. Hardware listed on this page works out-of-the-box with Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS2020 and MSFS2024), without any manual configuration.

Recommended Joysticks for Microsoft Flight Simulator

We've selected the folowing flight sticks as our recommendation to use in Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS).

Recommended Yokes for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Our top picks for Flight Yokes to use in MSFS.
When using a flightsim yoke, you also need a throttle and preferably rudder pedals,.

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Thrustmaster TCA - Airbus and Boeing Controls

Thrustmaster has developed licensed replica controls - adjusted for Flight Simulation - for both the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Microsoft Flight Simulator. By using these Civil Aviation controls you lift you flight experience to new heights. View all Thrustmaster TCA hardware ⇢

Are you flying on Xbox Series X|S?

All Flight Simulator hardware listed on this page is fully compatible with Flight Simulator on Windows PC.

Are you a virtual pilot flying on Xbox Series X|S? Please make sure to check out our dedicated Flight Simulator Hardware for Console page, as not all hardware is compatible with Xbox.

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What you'll need to run Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator runs on Windows PC and Xbox Series X|S. Please make sure your PC meets the following minimal requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5-8400 | AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 | AMD Radeon RX 590
  • Storage: 150 GB available space

Almost all flight simulator hardware is compatible with MSFS on PC. Our recommended hardware has default profiles for flightsimulator, which means that you can plug it in and fly away immediately. Additional configuration is not necessary. Not all hardware for Microsoft flight simulator is always compatible with Xbox Series X|S. Please make sure to check the requirements for controls as well.

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A new era of Flight Simulation awaits

Microsoft has announced that the succesor to Microsoft Flight Simulator will be released somewhere in 2024, under the name Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 (MSFS2024).

At the same moment as the announcement Microsoft has released an announcement trailer, which is showing a careermode, and several type of aircraft, including helicopters, hot air balloons, zeppelins and experimental aircraft. There are no airliners in the trailer, but Microsoft already confirmed that these will be included in the simulator.

Flight Simulator 2024 is a complete new stand-alone version, and won't be an upgrade to the current version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. In a brief explanation, Microsoft states that the Asobo-engine has 'significantly evolved' in MSFS2024.

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