Hi Ron,

Ron wrote:

We're looking for something with around fifteen to twenty function buttons,
two sticks and of course force feedback for the newer up coming hand to ear
flight simulators and the hand to ear games.

My reply:

Well, to be honest I really haven't seen anything like that around. At
least nothing I can afford. From what I've seen the average joystick
in the $25 to $50 range has between 10 and 12 buttons, duel thumb
sticks, and perhaps a POV hat. Something like you are describing would
be in the $99 and up catagory. Since I can't afford anything like that
I haven't looked too closely into those kinds of controllers. I do
well enough to purchase something like the Logitech F510 which seems
to meet all of my personal needs anyway.

The thing is if you can use button combos you probably don't need 15
to 20 buttons anyway. What I'm looking into doing if there is demand
for it is to be able to setup a modifier button which allows you to
perform multiple actions with the same button. For instance, normally
button 1 might be the fire button. However, if button 7 is a modifier
button and is held down while pressing button 1 it will speak ammo
instead. So although you might have 10 buttons with a modifier button
you can asign 18 actions to that joystick. Considerably more actions
if you have a secondary modifier button etc. So 20 buttons isn't
really necessary all things considered.


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