Star Wars: Squadrons is adding HOTAS flight stick controller support for the PS4 and Xbox One through a patch on the game’s release day.
Star Wars: Squadrons will be receiving support for flight sticks, or more specifically HOTAS controllers, for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a patch on the game’s release day. The new space combat game from developer Motive Studios, which also worked on Star Wars Battlefront II, is set for release on October 2nd, 2020, for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is also backward compatible with PS5 and Xbox Series X/S so will be playable on those consoles as well when they become available.
The demand for flight sticks and similar controllers has significantly increased recently due in part to the release of the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator. The game’s release – along with the availability of other flight simulator games such as Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen – may have helped cause a recent flight stick shortage.
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HOTAS (or hands on throttle and stick) controller support for Star Wars: Squadrons on the PS4 and Xbox One was announced by the game’s creative director Ian Frazier in a recent Tweet. He mentions that while the game already features support for HOTAS controllers on PC, support on the PS4 and Xbox One will be added in a patch that will be available as soon as the game is released. He goes on to acknowledge several of the game’s developers in a follow-up Tweet for taking the extra time to work on and troubleshoot HOTAS support for the two consoles.
Good news, pilots!
As you may know, Squadrons supports HOTAS (throttle and joystick) controls on PC.
I’m happy to announce that we’re adding HOTAS support to both PS4 and Xbox One as well, in a patch that will be available the moment the game goes live! 🙂 #StarWarsSquadrons pic.twitter.com/cVbojAUknL
— Ian S. Frazier (@tibermoon) September 11, 2020
In response to another Tweet, Frazier also added that HOTAS controller support for PS4 and Xbox One was always something the developer wanted to add, but did not want to confirm anything until it was certain that work on the feature would be finished by the game’s release. He also confirmed in another reply that only HOTAS controllers made specifically for either of the respective consoles will work with Star Wars: Squadrons and explains that it’s due to a hardware and console limitation rather than an issue with the game.
With Star Wars: Squadrons only a few weeks away from release, it’s great that support for HOTAS controllers on the PS4 and Xbox One has finally been announced and may help increase the excitement and demand for the game. And since Star Wars: Squadrons also supports VR, it will definitely feel a lot more immersive when paired with a HOTAS controller. Hopefully, those who want to be able to play the game with a HOTAS controller on either game console will be able to find one in spite of the recent shortage.
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Star Wars: Squadrons is scheduled for release on October 2nd, 2020, for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Ian S. Frazier/Twitter
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