It has been a long time coming but Gaijin has finally released War Thunder on the XBOX One. Originally launched on the PC it later released across Linux, Mac and PlayStation 4 and lets players fight it out over air, land and now sea as well. The launch ties in with the ‘Project X’ v1.79 update that brings 13 new ground vehicles and 17 new or updated aircraft.
There will be a free version of War Thunder on the XBOX store later this year but if you’re keen to get started you can buy bundles that include vehicles and in game currency ranging from £15.99 to £64.99. The game supports crossplay with the PC but not PS4 and perhaps a little disappointing is not being able to transfer your account from PC.
E3 is over for another year but before this one finished Thrustmaster unveiled its impressive looking TPR rudder pedal system and T.Flight US Air Force Edition headset. The TPR rudder pedals are made almost entirely from steel and aluminium and weigh a hefty 7kg. The pedals work on a pendular system, the first time this has been done for a mass market set of pedals which Thrustmaster has dubbed its PENDUL_R™ system and the pedals also include to-brakes. Thrustmaster has long since moved on from potentiometers which were the Achilles heel for its HOTAS Cougar stick and throttle back in 2002. All their high end controllers then have featured magnetic HALL sensor technology and the TPR pedals are not different and feature Thrustmasters patented HEART technology and can be integrated into their TARGET software.
No word on price as yet but some suggestions have been at around $500 – expensive but they look like they could well be worth it. The T.Flight US Air Force Edition headset features 50mm drivers and a high performance unidirectional microphone and the ear cups are fitted with fabric memory foam rather than the usual fake leather other headsets use that can get sweaty over long periods of use. Check out this video taken by YouTuber ‘Jabbers’ who visited the Thrustmaster booth and looked at not only the TPR rudder pedal system and T.Flight US Air Force Edition headset but also Thrustmaster F-18 stick that has been rumoured to be in development for a while now.
Today see’s the launch of another hallmark module for DCS World. Like the A-10C Warthog module the Hornet goes into some serious detail and Eagle Dynamics claim it represents around 40 man years of intense research, technology development, art creation, and ground-breaking coding. It requires the very latest version of DCS World v2.5.2 and looks absolutely stunning and a module with a very steep learning curve but very rewarding experience once mastered. The full write-up for the module can be read below but check out the promo video and screenshots for the Hornet, its on sale now at Eagle Dynamics E-shop for $79.99
Our Hornet is the culmination of more than 40 man years of intense research, technology development, art creation, and ground-breaking coding. The Hornet brings the first, true, multi-role fighter to the skies of DCS World with equally impressive air-to-surface and air-to-air capabilities.
DCS: F/A-18C Hornet is initially being released as Early Access, with several features to be added during the Early Access period. This includes several sensors, weapons, and sub-systems.
About the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
The F/A-18C Hornet is twin engine, supersonic fighter that is flown by a single pilot in a “glass cockpit”. It combines extreme maneuverability , a deadly arsenal of weapons, and the ability to operate from an aircraft carrier. Operated by several nations, this multi-role fighter has been instrumental in conflicts from 1986 to today.
The Hornet is equipped with a large suite of sensors that includes a radar, targeting pod, and a helmet mounted sight. In addition to its internal 20mm cannon, the Hornet can be armed with a large assortment of unguided bombs and rockets, laser and GPS-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles of all sorts, and both radar and infrared-guided air-to-air missiles. This results in amazing gameplay potential with this single aircraft.
The Hornet is also known for its extreme, slow-speed maneuverability in a dogfight. We have gone to great lengths to model the flight aerodynamics and fly-by-wire flight control system of the Hornet to allow you to experience the real feeling of power and extreme capabilities this aircraft has to offer. Although incredibly deadly, the Hornet is also a very easy aircraft to fly.
Being an aircraft carrier capable aircraft, our Hornet also comes with the most detailed aircraft carrier ever created for a PC game. Catapult from the “boat”, strike a large assortment of targets that only DCS World can offer, then “call the ball” and land on the carrier. DCS: F/A-18C Hornet in DCS World provides the most rich and authentic digital combat aviation you will ever experience!
Key Features of DCS: F/A-18C Hornet:
Professional Flight Model (PFM) and authentic Flight Control System (FCS). Experience the thrill of flying this supersonic warbird.
Includes a new, highly-detailed USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier with fully operational steam catapults, arrestor wires, “meat ball” landing system, TACAN navigation, jet blast deflectors, radar antennas, defense systems, and lights.
The most realistic model of the F/A-18C imaginable, down to each bolt and flake of paint, animated controls surfaces, lights, damage model, and landing gear.
Detailed simulation of the Hornet’s many sub-systems like engines, fuel, electrical, hydraulic, radios, lighting, emergency, and many, many more. Although features like “auto start” are available, the sense of accomplishment cannot be overstated after learning to operate this state-of-the-art machine.
Inertia and GPS navigation systems with moving map display allow you multiple ways to find your target and get you back to “mother”.
Dozens of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons and sensors. From simple rockets to high-tech GPS and laser-guided bombs, experience what only Hornet pilots have experienced ‘til now.
A highly realistic and exhaustively researched cockpit that is mouse interactive with 6 degrees of freedom. Interact with the cockpit by pressing buttons and moving switches. You will feel like part of the aircraft with our Advanced Systems Modeling (ASM).
Authentic Hornet sounds provided with the assistance of Boeing, the Hornet’s manufacturer.
New effects have been developed for our Hornet like leading edge extension vapor, over-wing vapor, rain on canopy, and new explosions.
Virtual Reality support. Take advantage of the latest VR technologies to immerse yourself in the simulation. Other than the G’s, you will feel like you are there!
Multiple liveries for the US Navy, US Marine Corps, Canada, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, and many more.