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#3861304 - 11/11/13 08:58 PM X 55 MACH  
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The "Hornet" stick?



Cyborg Force Feedback have this coil spring...

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#3861316 - 11/11/13 09:26 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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That didn't show very much.


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#3861338 - 11/11/13 10:34 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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The grip looks a little like the Warthog stick.

#3861354 - 11/11/13 11:28 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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The grip is like the X-65. Edit - with repositioned top red button.

My guess is Force Feedback version, these vents on yellow strip suggest.
Cyborg FF use spring coil too.

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#3861459 - 11/12/13 07:16 AM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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Might be worth a look

#3861599 - 11/12/13 06:08 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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I doubt it's FFB - if it indeed has it, the slogan wouldn't read X-55 'Advanced Control Flight System MACH'.... The marketeers would be screaming to add a 'FORCE' monkier to it...

I wouldn't put much emphasis on the 'vent' holes, Saitek is known to have excessive styles...

#3861627 - 11/12/13 07:02 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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My money is on it being an all plastic and spring based stick as a cheaper to make replacement to the x-65f which might be discontinued now as being as they're hard to find.

#3862395 - 11/14/13 12:34 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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Just rummaging around Saitek's official blog and noticed this picture of their 'testing bench' from August this year. See the throttle unit on the far right? Looks as if a 65F and Warthog units had a baby...anyone able to shed more light on that?


#3863029 - 11/15/13 03:46 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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Could be wrong but aren't those all navy squadrons on the wall? Possible rhino link?

#3863173 - 11/15/13 08:16 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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Air Force is also represented on that wall, though you're right about it being a good number of VFA squadrons.


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#3863184 - 11/15/13 08:51 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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yeah I wasn't sure about a few lol

#3863813 - 11/17/13 06:34 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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#3864111 - 11/18/13 01:27 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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The throttle looks pretty sweet.

#3864818 - 11/19/13 06:41 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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I'm hoping for three things:

-The gimbals shouldn't be so mechanically sloppy this time. I had to shim the X-52 Pro's gimbals with cut bits of laminated paper to minimize that!

-That X-65F style grip better bring back the dual-stage trigger they had on the X-52. Plenty of sims could use that functionality, and TM's the only one to consistently implement it thus far.

-Saitek/Mad Catz needs to scrap SST and write some software that can compete with TM's TARGET and especially CH's Control Manager.

I'm not counting on any of those happening, though.

#3867630 - 11/25/13 06:58 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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Originally Posted By: Sokol1


I could see owning that. Looks like a nice bit of kit.

Fly Away Simulation also speculates that this is the start of a new product line, so we could see the stick sold first followed by the throttle. That would be a refreshing change of pace, as only CH breaks our their components as separate products.

If the stick features GOOD force feedback (think the second coming of the MS Force feedback sticks) then I'm sold. None of that crap Logitech pulled with the sloppy centering and grinding gears. Saitek will also need to be on top of the software, as good force feedback is all about the drivers and the games that support the FF signal.

More likely is that this is an X-52 replacement, and knowing Saitek I'll bet that the buttons you see surrounding the throttle are a dock for an add-on panels.

In any event, what it's way past time for the high-end HOTAS world, is ADJUSTABLITY. I want the ability to tailor the physical feedback, centering, and linearity of the control stick. I don't think this is asking too much in a $300 video game controller.

In any event, we'll probably know more soon, as this is apparently due out for the "holiday season," which starts, um, right about a week ago.

Edit:
Saiteks already off to a bad start here, as per the Flyaway simulation article:
"Saitek have announced they will be taking pre-orders on the 20th November (2013) with a pre-holiday launch date - so get your Christmas wish list ready and be sure to write this one down!"
http://flyawaysimulation.com/news/4691/

So they're already 5 days late just with the dang pre-orders.

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#3868166 - 11/26/13 10:39 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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I'm sort of erring towards a new stick/throttle (currently got an X45) but the prospect of a FF unit leaves me cold (has there ever been a genuinely good one and one with wide support?) and will most likely mean it costs a bomb too.

It would be nice too if Saitek did one that didn't look so damn blingy. I did own a CH setup before OS support died a death for it (it was the old gameport/keyboard passthrough type) and I liked the no-frills simplicity.

#3873278 - 12/08/13 07:37 AM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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Just wondering if there's anymore info coming out or are they waiting until after Christmas now? I'm pretty sure I'm going to need a new HOTAS next year as my CH pro stuff is getting to be a little long in the tooth, mind you I have had them since 2001. The warthog kinda leave me cold after the piece of crap my cougar was.

#3873282 - 12/08/13 08:24 AM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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I've also been looking for an update on this -but no luck. My X52 is at the end of its natural life and was hoping for an X55 as a selfie Christmas present.

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#3873301 - 12/08/13 10:43 AM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Sokol1]  
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gotta love selfie Christmas presents, in my case there normally better than the rest!

#3873775 - 12/09/13 03:18 PM Re: X 55 MACH [Re: Hobnail]  
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Originally Posted By: Hobnail
Looks as if a 65F and Warthog units had a baby...anyone able to shed more light on that?



It looks to me as if they just took a 65F throttle and slotted it into a separate U-shaped button bay... from a production standpoint that would be a good way of keeping costs down.


looks very modernishy-phoney-windows eighty-tabletty like

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