- Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
- Item model number: 656-00105
- ASIN: B00005NIMB
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 19 2009
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #585,128 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick
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- 16 programmable functions; 8 buttons plus 8-direction hat
- Rotating handle givprecise rudder control
- 16-bit 25-MHz on-board processor delivers 100 different forces
- Save and download programmed game commands into game-specific controller profiles
- USB connection for plug-and-play ease
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Experience the feel of victory. Screaming in at Mach 3, guns blazing as you wrestle with a badly damaged wing, SideWinder Force Feedback 2 puts you right in the cockpit. With a new onboard A/C power supply and optimized feedback system, you will feel every subtle force effect and have a rock-solid base to enjoy it. The SideWinder Force Feedback 2 delivers the ultimate stick to players who demand the best. With 200 force feedback-enabled games, you will feel your game.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
When I was shopping for force feedback joysticks I was torn between this and the Logitech "3D" model. I have to admit, the Logic had a nicer design. The stick itself had a slightly better feel and the throw on the throttle control was longer and more precise. However, I decided to go with the Microsoft model because of the positive experience I've had with their force feedback steering wheel. Just like the wheel, the construction on the joystick is very solid. I expect this will stand up to a lot of abuse.
This stick is not without it's drawbacks. First, the throttle control is a bit small. I would like something a bit bigger and with a bit more resitance. Second, the force feedback is only activated when you are fully grasping the stick. This is actually a neat feature, but can be annoying when you don't feel like "properly" holding the stick.
I would recommend this controller to anyone that is *really* into gaming. Otherwise, forgo the feedback and just get a regular joystick. If you play console type games or shooters, get a gamepad!
One thing to note - whatever you do - do NOT lose the CD that comes with this. It contains the drivers needed to install this joystick. Microsoft does NOT have them on its website. Windows XP will not auto-detect and install the joystick.
A couple of items really detract from the experience, however. I found the throttle control to be far too short and far too "touchy;" it offers very little resistance, and it's entirely too easy to blast yourself to full throttle without realizing. Also, the joystick is activated when you wrap your finger around it - there's a small beam that, when interrupted, brings the joystick online and upright. The problem here comes when I relax my grip at all - there are times when I want to stretch my fingers out in front of the stick, and then suddenly I find that the stick has gone limp. ARGH! It's also a really large piece of equipment, simply because that's how things are with force feedback right now; but it doesn't easily find space on my fairly-crowded desk.
Despite these detractions, it's still an excellent device overall. There are 7 buttons (three on the top of the stick, four on the base ahead of the throttle control,) plus the trigger and a "hat" control. It comes with good software which includes sample force feedback settings - this was the first force feedback stick I've owned, and running it through the automated feedbacks was huge fun. :-)
So, great piece of MS hardware with a few defects, only one of which I find hugely detrimental (the grip light.) Two thumbs up.
First, I bought this for MS Flight Simulator 2002. I had been flying it for several months with the keyboard. I decided to get a joystick. One reason for choosing this one was because MS "manufactured" it--my thinking being that it should surely integrate into the game! And it does.
With the keyboard, I was happy if I could land the aircraft on the airport property! If I could get *near* the runway, I considered myself quite fortunate. Also with the keyboard, I would use autopilot with lock into the elevation to level out the plane.
Now with the joystick, I can level out the plane AND I can actually land on the runway! (I am not a real world pilot.) Being able to finesse into position is a real treat.
Structurally, I was amazed at what I got with this joystick. I am quite pleased with it.
There are one or two reviews here that mention the throttle lever. I have found no problem with it, and in fact, I find it quite easy to use. I am, however, going to redefine two buttons for the increase/decrease fuel mixture functions.
Lastly, there was also some reviews that mentioned installing the software. I am using Windows XP(h). The software would NOT install. I finally decided that XP(h) should surely have the drivers already in the computer. So I plugged in the unit. There was one little beep--announcing that new hardware was found. I clicked on the balloon window that accompanied the beep. Another beep and balloon window saying that the software was installed! From there on, it was play, play, play.
I am quite happy.