VIRPIL introduces new Constellation series joystick

VIRPIL, makers of the MongoosT-50 joystick that I’ve posted about before have announced a new stick aimed at space sim pilots. There’s no reason that you can’t use it as a flight stick either so lets have a quick look at this new stick announcement.

Part of a series of new hardware

VIRPIL has been on a bit of a streak recently with their MongoosT-50 stick and throttle systems. That stick has received some positive reviews and it seems that the Belarussian hardware maker is intent on expanding the lineup.

The new Constellation Delta is meant to be an entry level stick and its aimed at fans of Star Citizen and Elite: Dangerous. Designed to be ambidextrous from the outset, these sticks don’t have a left/right but are instead fairly neutral from the looks of it.

Pilots of that series have found that a dual joystick setup is sometimes the most ideal way to fly and fight in a spaceship and so making the stick easily work for both left and right hands at the same time seems like a smart idea.

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The initial concept images released.

Here are some of the features from the announcement:

  • Dual-Stage Trigger
  • 8-Way POV Hat (With Programmable LED Lighting)
  • 2 x 5-Way Hat (4-Way + Push)
  • 1 x Analog Stick + Push
  • 1 x Scroll Wheel + Push
  • Optional Twist Axis

It’s compatible with the VPC MongoosT-50 Base and apparently will be compatible with future bases as well.

One additional feature…

VIRPIL seems to be a company thats able to listen to customer feedback and iterate on their designs in an extraordinarily quick way. That’s because the image that I posted above is now out of date as VIRPIL has announced a slight modification.

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Here’s what the company had to say:

We received a number of requests for a secondary fire button – In keeping with our desire to work closely with the community, we’re very pleased to announce that we have modified the VPC Constellation Delta design to account for this request!

The secondary fire button has been added below the main trigger, this allows instant activation with the second finger without negatively affecting the ergonomics of the VPC Constellation Delta. The 2 x 5-way hats have also been recoloured black for a sleeker look.

Obviously this was an important feature and VIRPIL has responded quickly.

The new stick is supposed to be available Q1 2018 and I’m sure more information will come out about it. As its marketed as an entry level stick I’m expecting a lower price than what VIRPIL is charging for the MongoosT-50 but as of yet I haven’t heard of what the price will be.

VIRPIL’s products are available on Amazon in Europe but as of yet you can’t get these sticks in North America without some expensive shipping and cross border fees.

For more info visit the announcement for the new stick and the Constellation Delta update, both on the VIRPIL website.

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