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fighterace66
03-03-2005, 05:48 PM
currently im the owner of a microsoft forcefeedback pro, its a great stick but i have 1 problem, im getting a new computer soon and i i know that new computers dont have the old 15 pin joystick ports so i was hoping to pick up the sidewinder force feedback 2 but i found out they are discontinued, anyhow here is my question, whats a good joystick on the market now, with atleast as many buttons as my force feedback pro (8) and a rudder funchtion such as the twisting handle and a throttle. i would realy like force feedback, unless you belie it is uneccesery, but i hear alot of the new sticks now are very flimsy. so if u have any advice on a good stick in the $100 range then please let me know, and if it is known to be durable, lol, or if u know if i can still get a force feedback 2 and it would work with windows xp sp2 that would also work, thanx in advance for the help

fighterace66
03-03-2005, 07:59 PM
please help me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Longjocks
03-03-2005, 08:14 PM
Generally for quality you can check out CH Products.
http://www.chproducts.com/retail/

Saitek offer flexible setups with plenty of buttons to play with.
http://www.saitek.com/

I have a Saitek X45. Construction & durability is medium quality; button assignment flexibility is very good (over 8 buttons, 3 hats, 6 axis... most buttons can be assigned 6 actions in total); price is good for what's offered.

The next model up, the X52, has the twist handle for rudder though (the X45 has a rudder rocker on the throttle).

The above don't have FFB though.

Many people say to avoid Logitech sticks. I personally don't mind some of them, but others are very ordinary, especially their FFB sticks. Thrustmaster is another brand you might want to try. They have an expensive mother called the HOTAS Cougar.
http://www.thrustmaster.com/

Just have a browse of the forum here. You will find many threads on joysticks.

Tully__
03-03-2005, 10:48 PM
Both Saitek and Thrustmaster do a reasonably priced FFB stick.

fighterace66
03-04-2005, 12:30 PM
i have seen the thrustmaster sticks and it looks nice but is it durable and how is the force feedback effects and is it supported well by the game and xp sp2

Udidtoo
03-04-2005, 12:46 PM
When my MS FFBII bit the dust I tried a Thrustmaster with FFB for 2 days. The fact that I can't recall its proper name offhand is an indicator of how completly underwhelmed I was.

That being said there are several here use it and like it. I think my stick/throttle may have been a bad one but the forces were so weak and inconsistant I didn't bother with a replacement just exchanged it for a X-45.I read a lot of positive things about the Saitek Cyborg FFB but have no hands on knowledge.