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Old 10-15-2018, 07:32 PM   #11
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What's a FFB2?
Short for Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback 2. This stick is a legend. You could buy it in stores in the early 2000s, but there are still some on eBay. Even if it's used, it's still good. Price should be somewhere in the range from 50 to 100 bucks. It's worth it, even though it's not a HOTAS. But you'll have a twist grip for rudder, a throttle slider, 8 buttons and a 8-pos hat. Nothing fancy nowadays, but it gets the job done.

The real feature is that force feedback and this stick is undoubtedly the best at it still. This will bring you a trimmer in the Black Shark as close to the real thing as possible at the moment, and it works similarly well in most other modules, giving you some feel for your speed in warbirds and (pre) stall conditions or shifting its center as you trim.

If you just take a quick peek into this thread (comments, not the poll), you'll notice that quite some people still use it, but most add a throttle unit and rudder pedals to it. Again, mine works for ~15 years now, those things are quality.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:53 PM   #12
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I'm also using the good ol' MS Force feedback 2 stick
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Old 10-16-2018, 02:55 AM   #13
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I'm also using the good ol' MS Force feedback 2 stick
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:49 PM   #14
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I can't believe that no one at Heablur owns a MSFFB2 (they've mentioned it a few times). Now that I've seen how well support for it is implemented in the Mig29 PFM Im sad that we probably won't get this level of support for our force feedback sticks with the F14
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:45 AM   #15
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I can't believe that no one at Heablur owns a MSFFB2 (they've mentioned it a few times). Now that I've seen how well support for it is implemented in the Mig29 PFM Im sad that we probably won't get this level of support for our force feedback sticks with the F14
It would be nice if another peripheral manufacturer would make a new, more modern Force Feedback stick compatible with Thrustmaster grips.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:54 AM   #16
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I think the patents expire in 2020. shouldn‘t be too long.
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Old 10-29-2018, 02:34 PM   #17
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Thanks all for your comments.

A quick explanation - I have uninstalled DCS if there is a prospect that I won't be able to play it for a while. Hard drive space is at a premium until I can land my 4TB HDD, so if I don't play a game regularly, it gets removed to make way for one that does.

Sadly, with modern games occasionally topping 100GB in size, a 2TB drive fills up a lot faster than it used to.
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:24 PM   #18
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Thanks all for your comments.

A quick explanation - I have uninstalled DCS if there is a prospect that I won't be able to play it for a while. Hard drive space is at a premium until I can land my 4TB HDD, so if I don't play a game regularly, it gets removed to make way for one that does.

Sadly, with modern games occasionally topping 100GB in size, a 2TB drive fills up a lot faster than it used to.
Nemesis I recommend if you want to have an enjoyable DCS experience that you install it on an SSD all of its own. I've got a WD Blue 250GB one which works great with DCS and drastically reduces load times and preload stutters during gaming as well.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Dig...ords=ssd&psc=1
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:17 PM   #19
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Nemesis I recommend if you want to have an enjoyable DCS experience that you install it on an SSD all of its own.

I second this. I run my OS on an SSD, and it keeps things humming along. SSDs are nice for things where you want quick access, if you didn't know. Like a race car, though: they go fast, but are (slightly?) more prone to failure. A platter drive is more like a truck: slower, not as flashy, but more reliable for the long haul.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:22 PM   #20
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Short for Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback 2. This stick is a legend.

Definitely. I absolutely loved mine until it broke. Still have it awaiting the inclination to fix it though, it was that good. Went with a cheap (at the time) HOTAS X to replace the Sidewinder. Though it's not the greatest, it was within the budget, and while I'm not perfectly happy with it, it did the job for a great price, and hasn't failed in years of hard use.


Next up is a Warthog, though, despite a few negative reviews, and, of course, the outrageous expense. If you're serious about something, you do it right, and hang the expense.
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