With the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator a few weeks ago and the upcoming release of Star Wars: Squadrons, it’s a bit difficult right now to find a dedicated HOTAS (hands on throttle-and-stick) setup. Even if you do find one, they’re usually an expensive investment for a slight curiosity, which might make this 3D-printed alternative more alluring.
Granted you still need a 3D printer (or a generous friend with one) but if you already have that then this Xbox One controller conversion won’t cost you more than $10. The two printable components let you add both a flight stick and thrust throttle to your controller. The prints themselves seem easy enough to assemble, too, snapping together in place and connecting sturdily to the controller.
Creator Akaki Kuumeri has shared the plans for the mod on Thingiverse, along with additional prints that let you expand to more advanced setups from this simple base. With just the flight stick and thrust, you might have some trouble playing a dogfighting game like Star Wars: Squadrons, as you won’t have dedicated buttons for weapons. But if you’re just looking for a cheap way to make your Flight Simulator time feel more immersive, this is it.
If you happen to have a HOTAS and even a VR headset, then you’re set for one of the most immersive ways to play Star Wars: Squadrons when it launches tomorrow, October 2. But even if you’re just planning to play with a controller, the interstellar dogfights feel great. In our Star Wars: Squadrons review impressions, critic Edmond Tran writes, “…as my experience stands right now, the campaign of Star Wars: Squadrons is a solid showcase of setpieces that conveys what’s possible with the game’s engaging flight combat mechanics.”