I'm waiting for Virpil Constellation alpha on WarBRD base, I ordered x56 to replace my thrustmaster throttle and stick, but then decided I want Virpil as well. I'm not too keen on Virpil's throttle design (personal preferance) so I will use x56 throttle with virpil stickMan, that's about the same as a VKB Gladiator K.. I'd go for the Gladiator.
You won't be disappointed in the Virpil.I'm waiting for Virpil Constellation alpha on WarBRD base, I ordered x56 to replace my thrustmaster throttle and stick, but then decided I want Virpil as well. I'm not too keen on Virpil's throttle design (personal preferance) so I will use x56 throttle with virpil stick
Wonder if that’s the iteration I have.Just so you know, I talked about x55 and x56, but I started with the x52-pro, the one and only original made by saitek before madkatz ruined them all. It lasted 13 years !!!!!!
After dealing with the junk Thrustmasters for 3 years, I switched to the X52 pro and have been extremely happy with it. I've heard the X56 can be troublesome so I steered clear of it. X52 has been awesome though.I was wandering if our fantastic and knowledgable comunity would assist me on that 1. I was using a T1600m and throttle from thrustmaster for nearly 5 years now, super happy with it APPART of yaw axis on the stick which is a common issue with it. Every few days I have to dissasemble it otherwise I get ghost input from that axis.
So I am currently looking into few options and due to pandemic and all that stocks are very limited, so I have time to get some opinions.
Current options I am looking at are:
X52 pro for circa £150
X56 for £220
Thrustmaster Warthog Hotas for £350
Money is not an issue but don't like to overpay for garbage if lower priced options work same or better.
Any input is highly appreciated. Just to add, I have the game since 2015 i think and with 2 years brake(due to that stupid yaw issue with the stick) I am sitting at over 1000hrs and also playing flight sims from time to time so I am looking for something that will withstand some heavy dogfighting
Edit: I read alot before posting and I am only looking for owners of those sticks opinions first hand so please if You are about to write something that I can find on google already, don't bother
There is no European version, all Logitech X-56 feature one thumb-stick each on the Stick and Throttle. I intuitively gained some control over lateral thrusters with them. Also the twist on the same stick helped me to gain better control over my ships.Add in that analog tuumbstick on the joystick thumb fire button (there is another one on the throttle) I don't think that any other HOTAS currently has. I could be wrong with the European versions.
I highly recommend using DIView for this task. It is both quick and easy to adjust the center and both ranges of all analog axes. For example to make sure the throttles are safely on 0 on one end and on 100% on the other with some margin. The only thing I adjust for analog axes within Elite: Dangerous are the dead-zones.The X-56 Grey was very solid and precise but after break-in even the yaw centering was still off. There was a reset calibration app that helped. This has been an issue with all three.
Still, I think there are two things FDev could do to help us HOTAS users:
Maybe at one time, but I think APEM has been slacking off on their CH line for a while now. I've had issues with all but one of the four Pro Throttles I've purchased in the last six years, in particular, and have had to open up to repair both of my Fightersticks and one set of my Pro Pedals.I use a CH setup. CH pro throttle, pro pedals, and fighterstick. You can't beat the build quality of them.
I'm using a HOTAS because I like having independent analog control over all rotational and translation axes simultaneously, as well as enough buttons (mostly in the form of hat switches) that I can have everything bound with minimal need to use modifier keys or move my hands from my controls.Use a kb/mouse and forget about how supposedly 'immersive' a Hotas/Hosas is.
Agreed!I'm using a HOTAS because I like having independent analog control over all rotational and translation axes simultaneously, as well as enough buttons (mostly in the form of hat switches) that I can have everything bound with minimal need to use modifier keys or move my hands from my controls.
I love the HOTAS functionality...but you have a point !Ok I'm late to the party and decisions have been made so what I write is pretty immaterial here but for anyone else...
I've been playing Elite since the public beta (August 2015?) So far in Elite I have used;
Logitech 3D Pro
Xbox 360 Pad
Virpil WarBrd stick
CH Pro Throttle
My opinion is... none of them are worth the money (especially Virpil). Absolutely none of them.
Use a kb/mouse and forget about how supposedly 'immersive' a Hotas/Hosas is. I'm using KB/M now and I won't return to a crappy Hotas any time soon.
In the interest of fairness the x52 lasted the longest by two years over all the other set-ups. Depends on your threshold for tolerating squeaking plastic and creaking springs.