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So I went looking for a decent thread or article about what the current Joystick options are, and I couldn't find anything I agreed with 100%, so I guess I'll make my own! I'm going to make a lot of assumptions based on what I understand is popular opinion, so feel free to add your thoughts or experiences below! I'm only pricing out amazon.com to try to keep an even baseline. you may be able to find items cheaper elsewhere so look around! This whole post is based entirely on my limited personal knowledge, so if you use a different stick than any of these that you love and it's still available for purchase, post it and I'll add it to the post! spoiler tags to prevent Image-wall. Budget / Starter Joysticks [spoiler] Bottom of the pile: There are plenty of basic joysticks around for $20 or less. Would not recommend for Star Citizen because you're going to need a lot of buttons to control everything and limiting your one hand to the 4-5 buttons (at most) you'll find on these guys won't do you any favors. If you've never used a joystick before and you want to just try it a bit before dropping a hundred bucks on something, sure, maybe try one of these for a while. Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick $35 on amazon.com Logitech used to be a huge name in these kind of products but now they only really offer the entry level stuff. This stick is the most popular of the cheap options. Even has twist function and a throttle... flap. Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X ~$50 on amazon.com (out of stock right now a lot of places) This is the de-facto, popular, entry level HOTAS. The two halves can be locked together for stability, or decoupled for a more standard setup. The stick doesn't have many buttons but the throttle has enough to make it a decent option. It doesn't stack up all that well against the next group of sticks, but for $50, it's not a bad deal. [/spoiler] Affordable / Mid-level [spoiler] SAITEK Saitek is a very popular mid-level option for most people. They have had some issues in the past with poor quality control, and sometimes their stuff looks cooler than it is good for, but they're generally pretty decent. Saitek X52 $149 on amazon.com / X52 Pro $177 on amazon.com The X52 and the X52 Pro are basically the same joystick, with the Pro having a few minor upgrades (more sensors on the stick and stronger construction), and a less EXTREEEEME style. Positive notes include a twist on the stick, double trigger, pinkie button for alternate functions, customizable LED colours, and adjustable hand rest and throttle tension settings. There is also a knob on the stick that lets you flip between three button configuration sets on the fly. All this combined give you an obscene amount of available key options, more than even Star Citizen will be able to throw at you. A few downsides on the design are a stupid mouse-nipple on the throttle that isn't very sensitive and (like mine) can get stuck sending bad inputs, and a largely useless display panel on the throttle base. All things considered, the X52 Pro is generally considered the best bang for your buck and is currently the #1 seller on Amazon in the "PC Game Flight Controller" category. I own an X52 Pro, and think it is great (though with a flaw or two). Saitek X55 $199 on amazon.com The more recent descendant of the X52, I've heard it had a lot of quality control issues early in it's lifetime but the newer batches seem to be better at not being broken. Main upgrades over the 52 are better throttle base buttons, and a split throttle. Saitek Pedals $143 on amazon.com Adjustable pedal size and tension. CH Products CH is a big name in professional flight sim hardware. Their quality is better than anyone and their stuff should last forever. That being said, most of it is ugly and looks cheap because of its basic styling and durable construction. CH Flighstick $89 on amazon.com The basic thing. A hat, three buttons and a trigger. pew pew. CH Combatstick $103 on amazon.com A more robust version of the flightstick. CH Pro Throttle $149 on amazon.com Lots of nice hats on this one, it's worth noting that the throttle travels in a flat, linear track, and not an arc like most throttles. CH Pedals $120 on amazon.com You put your feet on them. [/spoiler] Expensive / Fancy High-end [spoiler] Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick $400 on Amazon.com There's really no other joystick to talk about up here, this is the most expensive mass produced consumer joystick commonly available. Quality is very good, most of the construction is metal, and it is modeled after the real A10. The software isn't any more amazing than others though, and it does lack the twist function (as do real joysticks in real planes), so you kind of need pedals to get the complete and full control you're obviously after (personally I like the twist option). Unfortunately Thrustmaster doesn't sell pedals though, so you'll have to go Saitek/CH for them. You can also buy the stick without the throttle if you only need the one piece, or can't justify the combined price tag (be aware it will probably cost more if you end up buying the throttle later, they can sell at over $250 for either piece). Bottom line is this is the best there is right now and pretty much everyone I've read about who owns one says it's worth it. It will be very interesting to see of anyone else ever steps up to compete with it's level of cost and production. [/spoiler] Other Common Items [spoiler] TrackIR $149 on Amazon.com This is a fairly popular (among the sim crowd) head-tracking device that translates the movement of your head into the game so you can look around the cockpit naturally (usually amplified so you don't have to turn away from the screen much) without taking your hands off the controls. depending on your settings/game you can use it to control just your view, or you can do things like attach it to your gimballed mounts/turrets and control them independently from the rest of your ship. Pros: Hardcore Extra immersion Finer control Cons: Expensive for something that essentially only controls one axis You need to wear a thing on your head for it to work (there are hat clips and clips for headphones) not fully supported in SC right now (it will be eventually) Voice Attack $8 on voiceattack.com (free 21 day trial) This is software that translates custom voice commands into keypresses, so you can use your mouth to control things. Good for commands you want to have available but can't justify assigning to a joystick button. Also invokes Star trek feelings while you're yelling at your computer and it listens. [/spoiler]
I'm curious what joysticks others in the community prefer for flight combat and why? I bought a Logitech extreme 3d the other day, and so far think it's fairly responsive after getting through the manual edits to keybinding. What would be great is to hear from some of the aerial veterans on recommendations/suggestions for other models to try out while I'm still within my return period. Thanks all!
Valashar posted a topic in Star CitizenHello fellow ADKer's i hope you all are enjoying AC and if any of you are lucky enough to already be in multi-player are enjoying it as well! My question was about HOTAS i wanted to know if any of you fine folks had any suggestions on a good HOTAS set up. I dont want to break the bank, so CH and the higher end TM models are off the table at the moment. I dont have alot of experience with current HOTAS models since last time i flew in game it was an old dos based military flight sim and i used a mouse for that :p. After having just logged into AC i noticed immediately how the m/kb felt very clunky and not "right" for SC so would love some help getting me into some nice equipment to enable me to be the highest quality wingman/escort/pilot i can be! Thank you all for any and all feedback as well as input.