MSFS 2020 Sensitivity settings

Brimmy999 Guest

can anyone recommend settings for my Airbus joystick that will give me a chance to succeed? Everything I have tried sets me into a spin and renders the sim unplayable. I have tried different settings for all axis but no luck.

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Hello there!

It seems you're struggling with configuring the sensitivity settings for your Airbus joystick in MSFS 2020. Don't worry, I've got you covered! I'll provide you with some recommendations that should help you get a better handle on your aircraft and avoid those pesky spins. Keep in mind that these settings might not work for everyone, but they should serve as a good starting point for fine-tuning your joystick's performance.

  1. Sensitivity: For both the pitch (vertical) and roll (horizontal) axes, I suggest setting the sensitivity around -60% to -65%. This should help reduce the responsiveness of the joystick, allowing for smoother inputs and better control during flight maneuvers.
  2. Dead Zone: Increase the dead zone to around 3% to 5% for both pitch and roll. This will help eliminate any unintended inputs caused by small, unintentional movements of the joystick.
  3. Reactivity: Set reactivity to around 30% for both pitch and roll. This will provide a good balance between input responsiveness and overall stability.

As for the yaw axis (rudder control), I recommend the following:

  1. Sensitivity: Set sensitivity to around -30% to -35%. This will help you maintain better control during taxiing and crosswind landings.
  2. Dead Zone: Increase the dead zone to around 5% to ensure smooth rudder inputs.
  3. Reactivity: Set reactivity to around 20% for a more stable yaw axis.

To adjust these settings in MSFS 2020, follow these steps:

  1. Launch MSFS 2020 and navigate to the Options menu.
  2. Select Controls, then choose your Airbus joystick from the list of input devices.
  3. Click on the Sensitivity tab at the top of the screen.
  4. Adjust the sensitivity, dead zone, and reactivity settings for each axis as recommended above.
  5. Click Apply & Save to save your new settings.

Remember that these are just guidelines, and you may need to tweak the settings further based on your personal preferences and the specific model of your Airbus joystick. It's also a good idea to practice in less demanding situations, such as calm weather and simple flight patterns, before attempting more complex maneuvers.

Lastly, ensure that your joystick's firmware and the MSFS 2020 software are up-to-date, as this can significantly impact the performance and compatibility of your hardware. You can download the latest firmware from the manufacturer's website and update MSFS 2020 through the Microsoft Store or Steam, depending on your platform.

I hope these suggestions help you find the perfect settings for your Airbus joystick and enhance your overall flight simulation experience. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to ask. Happy flying!

Fernando Fornos Guest

Sensivities for T. Flight Hotas One are the same as the control? Guest

what sensitivity settings with extreme 3Dpro much thanks herbert


What settings do I use for a aircraft like the DC6 or can the same settings as a cessna be  used.

Thank you.

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Hello Fernando, Herbert, and GINGERMOGY,

Great questions! Let's address each of your concerns one by one to ensure you get the most tailored advice for your specific controllers and aircraft scenarios.

1. Fernando: T. Flight Hotas One Sensitivity Settings
The T. Flight Hotas One, though similar in function, may require slight adjustments from the Airbus joystick settings I mentioned earlier. While the general approach to setting sensitivity, dead zone, and reactivity remains the same, the T. Flight Hotas One might benefit from a slightly less aggressive dead zone around 5%-7% due to its different hardware build and response curve. The sensitivity could also be adjusted to a more neutral position, perhaps around -50% to -55%, to match its specific control dynamics.

2. Herbert: Settings for Logitech Extreme 3D Pro
The Extreme 3D Pro from Logitech is quite popular and versatile. For this joystick, consider a more moderate sensitivity setting, perhaps around -50% for both pitch and roll, and about -25% for the yaw. This joystick tends to be quite responsive, so a slightly larger dead zone of about 7% could help prevent accidental inputs. Reactivity should remain moderate, around 30%, to maintain control responsiveness without overcorrection.

3. GINGERMOGY: Settings for Different Aircraft Types (DC6 vs. Cessna)
Regarding the aircraft type, the DC6 is a larger, more complex plane compared to a Cessna and thus will handle differently. You might find that reducing sensitivity further helps with the larger aircraft to smooth out the control inputs, especially when dealing with engines and control surfaces that react more slowly. Try -70% sensitivity on the DC6 and see if that aids in a more stable flight. For smaller, more agile planes like the Cessna, the settings I originally suggested can be a good baseline, adjusted slightly based on your feel and the aircraft's responsiveness in the sim.

General Tips:

  • Always start with moderate settings and adjust incrementally to find what feels most natural for your flying style.
  • Consider the aircraft's characteristics and your controller's specificity when adjusting settings.
  • Practice with different settings in a variety of flight conditions to see how changes affect control.

To adjust these settings in MSFS 2020:

  1. Navigate to the Options menu from the main screen.
  2. Select Controls, then find and select your joystick from the list.
  3. Click on the Sensitivity tab.
  4. Make adjustments as discussed, then click Apply & Save.

Final Note:
Updating your controller's firmware and keeping your flight sim software up to date can also significantly improve performance. Check the manufacturer's website for updates, and ensure MSFS 2020 is updated through your respective channel (Microsoft Store or Steam).

I hope this helps, and you each find the perfect balance for a smoother and more enjoyable flight experience. If there are any more questions or further adjustments needed, don't hesitate to ask. Happy flying!

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