I have Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and would like to purchase a quality joystick. I am looking at the Microsoft line of joysticks. Is there any particular one that I should look at? Or maybe I should look at a different brand? Thanks for any suggestions.
i am using Logitech Extreme Pro 3d and its pretty good. I have tried the logitech forcefeedback and I didnt like it much...
Here is a good post about sticks.
I understand that saitek has a new one out, I think a X54, not sure about the #.
I use a Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner Force Feedback. I'm hooked on the force feedback. The rumbling you feel when you're taxiing on grass vs. on a runway (among other effects) adds an extra layer of realism that I wouldn't want to be without. Also, if you fly combat sims, it's a must have.
Microsoft Force Feedback 2 for me. I agree with euprax, the difference it makes is great. If you fly through a turbulent storm, your arm certainly takes a beating! If you try to make a turn your aircraft can't handle, you'll know it. Possibly one of the biggest advantages you'll have is when you decide to fly the helicopters. They're a very touchy aircraft, and depend on sensitivity to the aircrafts movements as well as subtle movements. Learning with a force feedback usually cuts the learning curve dramatically.
I have the logitech attack 3. I think its meant for combat flight sim, but i dont care. its pretty simple. No rudder control on it, but i got used to the num pad. If you want to go with something, useful, simple, and inexpensive, I suggest the logitech attack 3
Hi! I am back. I extend my appologies to everone who has missed me.School started Monday and I haven't had time to visit the site. Anyway, about the joystick. I don't like the Microsoft joysticks. I am always hearing of problems with them. They are also pretty expensive. I don't know how much you want to spend, but you can get really good joysticks for about $60-75. I would suggest looking at the Logitech Joysticks. I have a Logitech WingMan strike Force 3D pro. It is awesome! I love it. Mine cost 75 dollars. It is compatable with Windows 98, 2000, and Windows ME. I have Windows XP, though. My friend, who knows alot about computers came over and helped me install it. He had some CD that made my joystick compatable with my computer. I didn't watch too closely on how he was doing in. (I was too busy getting his lemonade and sandwitch. lol.)
CH Yoke and Pedals, now we are talking realism 😀
That is if you are willing to spend alot of money. 😂
I bought the Microsoft Sidewinder Pro Plus 2 off of E-bay for $19.95 plus $12 for shipping. If I stay with this simulator hobby, which I probably will for a while, I will probably invest in a flight yoke and rudder pedals. 🙂
I posted an article here reviewing some great joysticks:
Feel free to comment on the article over there.
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