Microsoft Flight Simulator has received lots of people hankering to take to the digital skies. However for a lot of the expertise isn’t full with no flight stick of some kind. With a lot of these now bought out that may be powerful. However right here’s an answer: 3D-printed components that snap onto an Xbox One controller for a DIY conversion right into a palms on throttle-and-stick or HOTAS.
This superb little mod is the work of Akaki Kuumeri, a 3D printing tinkerer who maintains a YouTube channel displaying off a few of his creations. Kuumeri has made a video for this mod, too, and it’s nicely value a watch, only for the groanworthy collection of puns alone.
If you wish to made the mod your self, Kuumeri has uploaded the plans to Thingiverse to obtain free of charge. You’ll must have entry to a 3D printer, after all, however Kuumeri estimates it’ll value not more than $10 and “a day of your time” to print and assemble the varied components. All the things simply snaps collectively, and there’s even the choice to suit elastic bands contained in the linkages to regulate the spring pressure on the stick and throttle.
Some caveats: responding to questions on Reddit, Kuumeri notes that the components don’t work with the Xbox 360 controller or PS4 controller (although he says he may go on the latter if there’s sufficient curiosity). By his personal account, although, the entire setup works surprisingly easily. “I anticipated the ball joints to have some slop, which [on] the dimensions of a thumb stick could be an excessive amount of to play precisely, however they’re completely good,” he instructed one questioner. “It additionally helps that the Xbox thumb sticks are on a really clean hinge themselves.”
So for those who’ve not been in a position to seize your self a flight stick, this seems to be like the subsequent neatest thing.