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Star Citizen | Recommended hardware

Last Update: Star Citizen Alpha 3.23 March 2024

These are currently the best components for quality/price to have a better gaming experience.

The guide will be updated every month.


Hotas & Hosas

Virpil VPC WarBRD Base + VPC Constellation ALPHA

The Virpil VPC WarBRD Base + VPC Constellation ALPHA is a high-quality joystick base and grip combo, designed for both desk and mounted cockpits. The WarBRD Base features independently adjustable axis clutch dampers and a dual-cam per axis, while the Constellation ALPHA grip is versatile and well-suited for space/sci-fi games. Both components offer a robust build and a multitude of control inputs for a customizable gaming experience.

Gladiator NXT Evo Space Combat Edition

The Gladiator NXT Evo Space Combat Edition is a robust and compact HOTAS setup, perfect for space flight simulations. It offers a solid build quality and an array of control inputs for a customizable gaming experience. Despite its small size, it feels sturdy and comfortable to use, making it a great upgrade for any space sim setup.

Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog (Grips + Throttles)

The Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog is a high-end flightstick that is often considered the first and last word in this category. It is a Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) controller for PC, featuring an astonishing number of buttons and switches. The joystick and throttles are replicas of the controls of an A-10 Warthog.

Link to Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog

Logitech G X56

The Logitech G X56 is a versatile HOTAS controller, offering a multitude of buttons and switches. It’s an upgrade from the older X55, improving nearly every aspect. Ideal for flight and space simulation games, it provides an immersive experience.

Link to Logitech G X56

Logitech G Saitek X52

The Logitech G Saitek X52 is a reliable HOTAS controller, offering an affordable upgrade to traditional controllers. It features a Z-axis control on the flight stick and is customizable for more experienced users. Its long-lasting quality makes it a great choice for flight simulation enthusiasts.

Link to Logitech G Saitek X52

Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Space Sim Duo

The Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Space Sim Duo is a solid, dual flightstick setup ideal for space flight simulations. It combines plastic and metal components, offering a robust feel and futuristic look. With an array of control inputs, it provides a customizable and immersive gaming experience.

Link to Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Space Sim Duo

Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Hotas

The Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Hotas is a well-priced joystick/throttle combo that’s hard to beat. It offers a wealth of buttons and switches, and the joystick design is a classic. Despite the joystick feeling a bit dated compared to the more advanced throttle, it’s a great purchase for flight simulator enthusiasts.

Link to Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Hotas

Memorie NVMe M.2

Samsung Memorie MZ-V9P2T0G 990 PRO

The Samsung Memorie MZ-V9P2T0G 990 PRO SSD is a high-performance 2TB internal SSD, compatible with PlayStation 5. It offers impressive read/write speeds up to 7450/6900 MB/s, and its intelligent thermal control ensures optimal energy efficiency1. The slim heat sink design prevents performance drops due to overheating.

Link to Samsung Memorie MZ-V9P2T0G 990 PRO

Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 1TB

The Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 1TB is a top-tier SSD offering blistering speeds, outperforming many competitors. It’s equipped with Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology and the new Elpis controller. Despite its high performance, it maintains a competitive price point, making it a great choice for those seeking a balance between cost and performance.

Link to Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 1TB


The WD Black SN850X is a high-performance SSD, offering one of the fastest speeds for gaming. It comes with an optional heatsink and RGB lighting, and its performance is near the top in almost every category. However, it’s a bit pricey and its Game Mode 2.0 feature is considered gimmicky.

Link to WD_BLACK SN850X

Kingston FURY Renegade

The Kingston FURY Renegade SSD is a refined version of the KC3000, offering high-end performance with no real surprises. It delivers up to 7.3 GBps of bandwidth and up to 1 million IOPS over the PCIe 4.0 interface. However, its power efficiency is weak and the hardware is beginning to show its age

Link to Kingston FURY Renegade

Crucial P3 Plus

The Crucial P3 Plus is a budget-friendly PCIe 4.0 SSD, available in capacities up to 4TB. It meets its rated sequential speeds, but its durability ratings and PCMark 10 benchmark numbers are on the lower side. Despite this, it offers a good value for its cost, especially for users who won’t be writing terabytes of data every week.

Link to Crucial P3 Plus


Astro Gaming A40 TR

The Astro Gaming A40 TR is a solid gaming headset, offering good sound quality and comfort. Its semi-open design is unique, and the 3.5mm connector makes it versatile for any device that supports a traditional headphone jack. However, its high price point may be a deterrent, as there are lower-priced headsets that offer similar features.

Link to Astro Gaming A40 TR

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is a premium gaming headset, offering multi-device-and-platform connectivity, long battery life, and excellent sound quality. It’s comfortable and versatile, with a hot-swappable battery and detailed sound. However, its high price tag and some design elements may need tweaking.

Link to SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

Sony Inzone H9

The Sony Inzone H9 is Sony’s highest-tier gaming headset, offering active noise canceling (ANC) and Bluetooth connectivity. It provides good sound quality, effective ANC, and a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions. However, its high price and some design elements may need tweaking.

Link to Sony Inzone H9

JBL Quantum 910X

The JBL Quantum 910X is a feature-packed gaming headset with good sound quality, but it falls short due to its weight and usability. It offers extensive connectivity options and is well-padded, but its high price and non-detachable microphone are drawbacks. Despite these, its excellent sound and comfortable fit make it worth considering.

Link to JBL Quantum 910X


Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum

Corsair K60 RGB PRO

Razer BlackWidow V3

Logitech G413