If you haven’t heard the news already, Turtle Beach made a major announcement revealing that it has entered the controller and simulation hardware market, starting with the Recon Controller and the VelocityOne Flight Simulation Control System. This seems to be a pretty big endeavor by the company who has been known solely for their line of gaming headsets. Well, it seems that these two controllers are just the tip of the iceberg as the company has plans has big plans to continue to work on more of these in the future.
During our closed E3 presentation with Turtle Beach’s Maclean Marshall and rep Eric Nielsen, we were explained to that although these devices had been specifically built for Xbox and PC, with the Flight System made for Microsoft Flight Simulation, that they were not done with making custom controllers and hardware, looking to expand into other sims and genre in the future.
“The other layer to all of this, whether it’s the game controller or the flight simulation hardware, we’re not entering either one of these two categories with a one set done mentality. On the controllers, there’s obviously plenty of other areas and direction we can go with that, and on the simulation hardware there’s additional flight sim product we are looking at making in the future, there’s also the racing simulation side of that as well, same thing with steering wheels, pedals, what have you, so we’re looking at all of that as how we are going to continue to grow the Turtle Beach brand outside of gaming headsets.”
When we followed up on whether or not the company had plans for a custom controller for the PS5 DualSense, they stated that while their intention is to be on multiple platforms, this would all depend on Sony as their technology is proprietary to them.
We certainly made this big of a move with the intent of having controllers for multiple platforms. Right now, the DualSense tech is proprietary to Sony. Given the accolades of the tech you have to weigh entry with or without it along with a firm understanding of Sony’s plans for keeping it proprietary…we’ll see.
Hopefully this changes real soon as we would love to see more third party offerings. With Forza Horizon 5 coming out later this year and Gran Turismo 7 slated for next, a new racing wheel would certainly be a good addition, especially by Turtle Beach. Not only thatm but imagine a PS5 controller that features back buttons, super human hearing and more, all at the default DualSense price! That would definitely give gamers more choices when it comes to third-party controllers.
Both the Recon Controller and the VelocityOne Flight Simulation Control System will be launching this Summer.