Uninformed speculation: that Saitek X55 flightstick teaser

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Flight Simulation, News, Tech
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‘What Saitek X55 flightstick teaser?’ I hear you ask. This here Saitek X55 flightstick teaser, I reply.

Actually, there’s not much to see. Lots of wiggly lines and a few second’s footage of the device itself. Nonetheless, there are enough clues for me to indulge in some unwise speculation. The smart money is on the X55 being a high-end stick-and-throttle combo, something fresher than the ageing X52 Pro but simpler than the £300 behemoth that is the X65F combat stick. The clue’s in the name, and there’s a strong X65F-ness about the shape. But…

…but. See that trigger? It’s red. That’s very arcadey, no? And there’s no throttle in sight. That means nothing, of course – who knows when the X55 will ship, and what it’ll look like when it does. However, it’s got me thinking that it might just be a single-stick solution. That would be very exciting. That would make it a pro version of the Cyborg 3D USB Gold, and the Cyborg 3D USB Gold was incredible. It was cheap, robust, and ideal for everything from Freespace to Flight Simulator X.

Either way, it’s good news. There’s nothing we simmers like better than waggling our joysticks. And hey, Christmas is just round the corner. If any of my friends or family are reading this, you know what to do 🙂

[UPDATE: The official word from Saitek is ‘sooon’. So expect it sooon!]

[Incidentally, thanks to Saitek for giving their permission to share the video]

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