With the revival of space sims recently, joysticks and HOTAS peripherals are once again being updated and selling. If you are looking for more than just a joystick then check out Nikktech's review of the Saitek X-55 Rhino. Not only do you get a joystick you also get a nifty looking dual throttle with seven 3-way toggle switches and a pair of rotary buttons and to top it off they use separate USB cables so you can put one away when not in use to save on desk space. The joystick ships with four removable springs to allow you to choose the relative stiffness of your stick, or you can pull the spring out completely if you happen to swing that way. At $160 is for those who really do plan to get a lot of use out of it but many people have already paid far more than that to get a fancy ship in Star Citizen so the market is certainly there.
"If you were a teenager in the 90's then you probably know that compared to that time combat flight and space simulators are almost non-existent today mainly because this particular genre doesn't have as many fans as it used to (perhaps age has something to do with that). You see back then we had the joy of playing not one but several space simulators like the entire Wing Commander series (I/II/III/IV/V/Privateer), Frontier: Elite II and Frontier Wars, Tie Fighter, X-Wing, X-wing VS Tie Fighter, Starlancer, Freelancer and Decent: Freespace I/II along with many regular combat flight simulators like Strike Commander, F-14 Fleet Defender, Jane's ATF, Jane's IAF: Israeli Air Force and of course Falcon 4.0."
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I have many fond memories of
I have many fond memories of playing Mechwarrior 4 with a nice HOTAS. Damn shame there’s still no sequel.
MWO just doesn’t have it.
MWO just doesn’t have it. MW2 and heavy gear. All time mech favs
The stick is sub par but, you
The stick is sub par but, you can only buy it as a package deal.
I know : http://i.imgur.com/qbYqYR6.jpg
now just need another pair of Milans MFG cross wind pedals for my ranches sim pit
MW4 Failed us all while
MW4 Failed us all while catering to the lowest common denominator. Having said that, I already have the HOTAS Warthog from Thrustmaster. Truly the best HOTAS system I have ever owned. Too bad Piranha games screwed the pooch when it come to the sim enthusiast’s… Shitty company for equally shitty gaming experience.
The X55’s throttle is much
The X55’s throttle is much more functional then the warthog throttle. the botton and switch layout on the warthog is a design from the late 60’s early 70s’ when the A-10 was being developed.
the X55 feels a functions like a modern day, current day fighter HOTAS should be.
Saitek’s Rhino sucks major
Saitek’s Rhino sucks major donkey balls compared to the GODLIKE Warthog from Thrustmaster.