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    Are there any joysticks that are pre-configured to work out of the box with FS 2020? I just got new computer and installed FS 2020. I figured I would start off simple and use my 18 year old micro soft sidewinder 2 which I used for FS2002, FS2004 and FX and of course it needs to be configured with FS 2020, which I don't know how to do. I'm really regretting now going down this rabbit hole now...new computer and can't play the game. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

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    I have the Sindewinder II (although force feedback doesnt work anymore)
    Its working fine in MSFS but i had to configure it manually
    check tutorials in youtube
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kapitan View Post
    I have the Sindewinder II (although force feedback doesnt work anymore)
    Its working fine in MSFS but i had to configure it manually
    check tutorials in youtube
    Same, it is a bit of a PITA to set up but it does work.
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    I have to say, I was in the same boat hoping to use my Sidewinder. Requires a lot of set-up and in the end it really was not ideal (knowing how it works with perfection in the other sims). Finally managed to get a new joystick (Thrustmaster T16000m) and it was like night and day compared to the Sidewinder in this sim. The sim recognizes the T16000 and it was plug and play without changing a single setting. Best of luck.
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    As with some of the other replies, my Sidewinder 2 FF works fine with FS2020, albeit without force feedback.

    As this photo shows, it still has pride of place in my cockpit control setup, to the right of the Honeycomb Yoke. (this shot was taken in FS2020.)

    It runs really well in both Sims, though you need to create individual saved control profiles, with the yoke enabled and the joystick disabled and vice-versa, so that they don't clash. I also have separate profiles for the Joystick with it's twist stick rudder enabled , and also another with the Pro Flight Rudder Pedals, so I can use the stick with and without pedals.

    I still find it to be the best stick, built like a tank, with very realistic force feedback in xplane (with an addon), so it will be good when the FS2020 FF support gets enabled. (as has been indicated).

    I generally use it with microlights and very light planes, and when used with a VR headset (in XP), the immersion is really good.
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    agree Sidewinder II is the best joystick, bought mine in 1999
    rudder is great on axis Z hat switch, sensitivity giving some counter-pressure etc
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    Thanks, going to buy one (if I can find one) right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glider66 View Post
    As with some of the other replies, my Sidewinder 2 FF works fine with FS2020, albeit without force feedback.

    As this photo shows, it still has pride of place in my cockpit control setup, to the right of the Honeycomb Yoke. (this shot was taken in FS2020.)

    It runs really well in both Sims, though you need to create individual saved control profiles, with the yoke enabled and the joystick disabled and vice-versa, so that they don't clash. I also have separate profiles for the Joystick with it's twist stick rudder enabled , and also another with the Pro Flight Rudder Pedals, so I can use the stick with and without pedals.

    I still find it to be the best stick, built like a tank, with very realistic force feedback in xplane (with an addon), so it will be good when the FS2020 FF support gets enabled. (as has been indicated).

    I generally use it with microlights and very light planes, and when used with a VR headset (in XP), the immersion is really good.
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    nice glider66
    but unless you enjoy more being the copiltot I would switch places, sidewinder to the left and throttle pedestal to the right
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    As others have reported, not having the program recognize "old" but familiar joysticks has been a disappointment in FS2020. However, mapping my (and your) MS Sidewinder FF 2 is not hard.
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    Of course, the force feedback does not work.
    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kapitan View Post
    nice glider66
    but unless you enjoy more being the copiltot I would switch places, sidewinder to the left and throttle pedestal to the right
    It was a tricky decision, ideally it needed to be in the centre, but I use the yoke much more, and being right handed it seems much more controllable than using it with my left.

    Another reason is that the whole under desk contraption (panels,yoke,pedals,joystick,quadrants) is on castors, so slides easily to the right when I'm not simming or when I'm using my g940 heli gadget. (just visible folded up underneath the left hand end of the desk).

    I'll have to take a photo of it to explain it more clearly. It's an old Logitech G940 force feedback joystick and pedals that I've heavily modified for helicopter use. The stick has been extended to about 15 inches with a bent tube giving much more precise movements, and the throttle stick has been mounted on a horizontal arm to mimic the collective control.

    When I'm using that, I'm also able to use the saitek panels just to the right of it.

    You've just made me realise that means I'm sitting in the left hand seat of the Helis, which I guess is usually the copilot position as well !!

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