You can use any radio transmitter (TX) wirelessly with FPV simulators such as AccuRC, Liftoff, Velocidrone and DRL thanks to the latest feature in Betaflight 3.4. I will show you how to set it up in this tutorial.
Check out my other Betaflight tutorials.
Why Setup Flight Controller as Joystick
Betaflight 3.4 can turn your flight controller into a joystick (HID device) when you plug in the USB cable. With the commands coming in from the radio receiver (RX), you can play FPV simulators with it!
The best part is that you can now use any transmitter you want for the simulators, even if they don’t have a USB port. For example the cheap old Flysky i6 or Turnigy 9X! Access to sims is not an excuse to buy a Taranis anymore.
Another good thing is the wireless connection, you are no longer constrained by the USB cable when playing.
You need F4 or F7 FC and RX
Only F4 and F7 FC support this feature currently. It’s not supported in F1 and F3 FC because they don’t have enough memory to store the additional codes. (This article digs much deeper into the differences between F3, F4 and F7 FC)
You can set it up on one of your quads. But if you want a dedicated FC and RX setup just for playing simulators, these are the cheapest ones I can find:
- F4 FC: http://bit.ly/2sVkf6t
- Frsky RX: http://bit.ly/2xWyayZ
- Flysky RX: http://bit.ly/2Mfsu68
- Spektrum RX: http://bit.ly/2JIFt1S
- Futaba RX: http://bit.ly/2l1Luc9
You can even recycle broken FC 🙂