Logitech Flight System G940: Flight simulation controller with Force Feedback
The latest product of Logitech's G series is the Flight System 940. Equipped with Force Feedback and several other features the flight simulation controller is supposed to deliver a realistic feeling when flying military or civil aircrafts and helicopters.
In order to grant a most realistic fight feeling Logitech's Flight System G940 consists of three parts: Force Feedback joystick, throttle control and pedals. Due to more 250 programable key options that are integrated into a HOTAS design (Hands on Throttle and Stick) the player has access to important systems without having to let go of the controls. The joystick is connected to the throttle and the pedals and the system itself is linked to the PC via USB. Current PC flight simulations like Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Il-2 Sturmovik: 1946 and Lock On: Modern Air Combat or X-Plane 9 are said to be compatible to the Flight System G940.
With the Force Feedback effects the gamer can feel the movements of the aircraft reacting to wind, turbulences and G forces. The Flight System G940 joystick has a 2 stage metal trigger, six programmable buttons, 8-way hat and three analog trim controls. The comfort of the player is also an important point and the joystick has a wide, solid base, a hand rest and a rubber cover.
For a most realistic control over the aircraft the throttle stick is separable into two individual sticks granting better control over aircrafts with more than one engine. But flying a single engine plane is not a problem because the two sticks can be linked again. The buttons in the base are cooperating with the flight simulation and interact with the status of critical on-board systems of the aircraft. Besides eight programmable keys, the throttle control also has two 4-way hats, four programmable buttons on the grip and two analog rotary controls. With the Logitech software any steering command of the buttons and controls can be programmed.
The pedals are aligned to the controls of modern fighter planes. Besides their stainless steel treads they have build-in toe breaks. Thus flying evasive maneuvers, landing with crosswinds or flying a helicopter is becoming a realistic experience. The resistance of the pedals is adjustable.
The Logitech Flight System G940 is supposed to hit the markets in September 2009 for about 300 Euros.