There are not a lot of well known, big names in the flight simulation peripheral industry. You have some bigger companies which have dipped their toes into the market to varying degrees of success but most flight simulation gamers turn to lesser well-known companies for specialized peripherals. Enter Turtle Beach, a company that has been in tech and peripherals for decades, and their VelocityOne lineup. Recently, we got the chance to check out the Turtle Beach, VelocityOne Rudder Rudder Pedals, the rudder pedal entry into their product line.
The design and overall build quality of the Turtle Beach VelocityOne Rudder Pedals is outstanding – second to none when it comes to big company flight sim peripherals. It’s heavy, weighing over thirteen pounds, and feels extremely sturdy. I have used a lot of rudder pedals over the years and these have been the best of the bunch. They feel like a real piece of aviation equipment. Versatility is something the Turtle Beach VelocityOne Rudder Pedals have in spades. The pedals themselves can be configured in one of two ways. They arrive in the more standard pedal configuration, where the user’s foot is placed on the entire pedal in an angled fashion. The alternate configuration of the pedals allows you to push the pedals back and forth then move your foot to the brakes when needed. Usually, pedals are sold in one of these two designs – with Turtle Beach, you get both! An additional feature of the VelocityOne Rudder Pedals are its adjustable width. Very easily, you can adjust the width of the pedals from to accommodate your personal comfort. The Turtle Beach VelocityOne Rudder Pedals utilize HAL effect sensors in each axis for precise movement. Inside the base of the pedals, you’ll find another set of springs with a heavier tension rating. With an included tool, you can swap out the springs based on the amount of tension you prefer.
Connecting the Turtle Beach VelocityOne Rudder Pedals to your PC is super easy. There is a mode button on the back of the pedals and you need to make sure that is set to “PC”. From there, just plug the USB-C to USB-A cable into an available port and off you go. Unfortunately, in order to use the pedals on the Xbox Series X or Xbox One, you will need to also purchase the Turtle Beach VelocityOne Flight Yoke as it will act as a passthrough. Turtle Beach has been smart enough to include friction pads with rubber cleats that can be adhered to the button of the pedals – this makes the pedals carpet ready, and they will NOT move around on you while in use. There are also mounting holes that could be used to screw or bolt the pedals down if that’s your preference.
In my time with the Turtle Beach VelocityOne Rudder Pedals, I played an unhealthy amount of MS Flight Simulator, X-Plane 12, and DCS. The pedals never failed me, they performed every time I needed them. The precision of these pedals is so impressive. Switching between pedal setups takes very little time and as I jumped into DCS, my F-14B Tomcat wheeled around the carrier with newfound agility. I was also able to maintain level turns a lot easier thanks to the VelocityOne Rudder Pedals. Simply put, they feel like pedals ripped from a very expensive professional level simulator – just in my own gaming setup!
Overall, the Turtle Beach VelocityOne Rudder Pedals are the best big company rudder pedals that you can purchase at this time. They cost $299.99 and, while that’s not cheap, they are worth every penny. They are available for purchase now – you can find more information at the official Turtle Beach website. Due to their overall excellence, we are awarding the rudder pedals a 5 out of 5 and our coveted Seal of Excellence award.