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Great Joy Stick for Steel Beasts - Saitek X52

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I recently purchased a Saitek X52 mainly for flight simulators, but I found that it is the best joystick I have found yet for gunnery in game. The buttons on the joy stick are mapped almost perfectly and the aiming is very very smooth and responsive while not being jerky. I was using a Logitech G5 mouse which was very over sensitive, and I also tried my old Logitech Joystick which frankly sucked more then the mouse for aiming.

I got my Saitek X52 Joystick/Throttle combo at Circuit City for about a $108 bucks. If you are a hard core gamer - this is the combo for you. I have to admit though it was hard putting that kind of money down on a joystick/throttle combo.

Here is a link to the manufactures website

http://www.saitekusa.com/usa/prod/x52.htm

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Hi Sirchimp.

Thanks for the tip i was looking for a good joy stick.

No problem

Here is a review of the pro version. The only difference I can see between the pro version and the regular version I have is the different buttons on the multifunction display and the lights along the length of the throttle gage showing your throttle setting. Otherwise its the exact same product.

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I am an avid flight simmer (as much or more as SB, gasp!) and would really like an X52 or maybe a CH Products stick for FS. It would probably improve the quality of SB a lot as well (currently I use a regular old mouse).

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I'm using a CH Throttle and Joystick combo, and I have no complaints. Maybe a bit pricy though.

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I'm using a CH Throttle and Joystick combo, and I have no complaints. Maybe a bit pricy though.

How much do they run? They look like a nice set up too.

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They're about $150.00 US each. Might be able to find a better deal on EBay though.

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I just purchased it yesterday (the saitek) and the cable connecting the stick to the throttle was broke. luckily found a replacement part i can replace it with.

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I recently purchased this game and I think it's great.

I'm using Logitech Extreme and I think my default controls are reversed (when I pull the stick the gun goes down and when I push the stick the gun goes up).

Is this realistic or do I have to change controls for gun elevation?

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I recently purchased this game and I think it's great.

I'm using Logitech Extreme and I think my default controls are reversed (when I pull the stick the gun goes down and when I push the stick the gun goes up).

Is this realistic or do I have to change controls for gun elevation?

CTRL-J will invert it.

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CTRL-J will invert it.

Thanks!

But it only works inside the mission so I have to change it every time I start the mission. I guess I have to find some other way (maybe joystick remapping).

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But it only works inside the mission so I have to change it every time I start the mission.

Good point. Let's see if we can make that permanent.

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Hi All,

Does anyone use a yoke for Steel Beasts? I currently use a Saitek X35F and I want to replace it as the fine control no longer works all that well. I was thinking that a yoke like the one below might work better than a joystick for gunnery.

http://www.saitekusa.com/usa/prod/yoke.htm

I'd appreciate any any input from anyone who has tried a yoke with SB.

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I'm not sure if the buying decision should be exclusively guided by SB requirements. If it is a digital stick, programmable, with at least four buttons, it will be "good enough" for SB. But maybe, if you're also playing flight sims or other games that can use a joystick, you may want some additional features - force feedback, for example, makes a lot of sense for flight sims or racing games even though it's useless for SB Pro. Being programmable is always a good thing, though for SB a "programming lite" (hotkey assignment à la Logitech ForceWare) solution is good enough (other simulations may profit from the more complex CH interface).

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The difference between the X-52 and the X-52 Pro is that the pro version has twice the number of magnets in the magnetic hall, so it is even more accurate and sensitive, excelent for tracking distant targets etc. There are other differences, e.g. the spring arrangement is much better.

A great piece of kit and worth spending the extra loot on over the X-52 if you can afford too.

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