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.