Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:27 AM
What's the best joystick or joystick/throttle? I don't necessarily mean best overall, but best in this game: most stable, least problems, best supported, etc.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:13 PM
Basically, joysticks for the game fit in one of 3 categories:
1) Older joystick (MS Sidewinder for instance) with a USB plug.
2) New joysticks, basic configuration (fighter stick)
3) New joysticks, advanced configuration (civilian stick)
I have 2 of the old Sidewinder II joysticks and I love them. You can probably still get one on eBay somewhere, or at a flea market/garage sale/thrift store. These work perfectly with the game, have zero issues with programming and are very solid performers.
The Logitech 3D Pro is a cheap joystick in category 2 that many here use. I dont personally like it, but at under $30 in some places it is a bargain. The CH Fighterstick joystick is a much nicer (and more expensive) option. The Thrustmaster T-1600 is a nice stick as well, better quality than the Logitech but has limited buttons on the stick itself.
In category 3 we have HOTAS style sticks, separate throttle and stick configurations. Saitek has this category pretty well locked up in terms of quality but they are very expensive. The Saitek X52 goes for about $140-150 with the separate throttle control. These are worth every penny, but out of reach for many casual gamers (like myself). I purchased a Thrustmaster HOTAS X setup for about $50 that works really well with the game. Buttons program easily and throttle is smooth and clean.
So....if you have an old USB joystick, that will work great. If not, there are some cheap options available at your local Best Buy or Walmart. If you want to go full tilt boogie, the Saitek is the best choice.
Saitek HOTAS X52
http://www.amazon.co...aitek HOTAS X52
Thrustmaster HOTAS X
Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:23 PM
I have a logitech 3D Pro ; For the seriousness of this game it is perfect!; But their are people who would spend $100-300Dollars for the enjoymentof a win!(To each his own I suppose).
Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:38 PM
Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:12 PM
After reading some more here I began to get the impression that Xbox-style controllers were better supported I realize it's beta, and early-days, and it's understandable that some controller code is more mature than others. So which is better-supported right now, joysticks or Xbox-style controllers?
Posted 13 June 2013 - 01:38 AM
i'm currently using mine with no serious issues, (other than it's very old and worn and throttle axis needs to be inverted in controller setup), thus far.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 03:49 PM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:15 AM
For the truly best, be-all, end-all Flight Stick, the Thrustmaster A-10C Warthog HOTAS paired with Rudder Pedals tops the cake. Nothing out there even begins to compare to it as far as quality or functionality.
Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:08 PM
Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:10 PM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:46 PM
I'm using one of the cheapo Logitech Extreme 3D pro's, and love it for what it is.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:19 PM
try out the good well stores I got two JS for ten bucks (make sure you test them at the testing center go to the setting and check the calibration)
then if you see of find one you really like get it new if you can (note I have been using my goodwells for over 60 days now)
but the main thing get what fits ,or feels good in your hand.
then get the latest drivers updates and have a blast
Edited by FreeFOXMIKE, 29 June 2013 - 10:20 PM.
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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:22 PM
Yes it is. It was in fact used in Focus Group Test as WG's stick of choice...
Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:53 AM
I'm pretty sure it only lists Adobe for some of the included documentation, but Adobe is pretty much a PC necessity anyway. The stick includes a CD with some software, but honestly, it should just be plug-and-play. It's very user-friendly. If I were you, I'd be sure to calibrate the stick just to be sure, but it should work right out of the box.
Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:17 PM
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:25 PM
I initially struggled with calibration, but after trying out a pre-built joystick.xml file (on this same forum) that reduces the overall sensitivity, I'm quite happy.
Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:56 PM
It's fairly rugged, stable, and precise stick you can find.
I just wish they made a throttle to go with it.
Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:10 AM
hope you can find a decent stick,