Belarusian based VIRPIL, the makers of some very interesting and apparently high quality flight sticks, is ramping up their production line after some delays and that means that their Mongoose T50 base, grip and throttle as well as their new WarBRD base and Constellation Delta grip are ready to be shipped out.
Constellation nearly ready
While VIRPIL markets the MongoosT50 as a high end flight stick, their Constellation Delta stick is meant to fill in more of a middle market role (although VIRPIL calls it entry level) and together with the new WarBRD base offers up a pretty compelling option. It’s aimed a little more at people interested in space sims such as StarCitizen and Elite: Dangerous but it has the serious look of a stick that would work well for flight simmers too.
The LED on the top of the unit helps players identify which mode its in. Shift states and modes can be used to increase the total button count. The stick comes with a decent number of features:
- 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 ambidextrous so it works well for people wanting to have a stick in left and right hands (for space sims) but the grip and design are serious enough to make it appealing to people looking for a good flight sim stick too.
No reviews are out to my knowledge but I will keep an eye on this stick for you.
Production ramps up
VIRPIL has taken what I think is a wise move towards ramping up production by establishing their own factory and being able to dedicate production to their products. VKB’s Gladiator series is unfortunately out of production because of production line issues and it looks like VIRPIL is aiming to avoid that.
We have some pictures of their facilities and production line here as well as on their company blog that you might find interesting.
Having multiple options on the market for game controllers is a good thing. Companies like CH and Thrustmaster have long been established as companies offering up controllers for sim pilots. So too has Microsoft, Logitech, Saitek, and others over the years. Adding VIRPIL to the mix with some very appealing grips and bases offers up so many more options.
July 9 is apparently the target date for units to start shipping:
We’re very excited to get these products in everyone’s hands and we’re standing by 9th July as the beginning of pre-order dispatches.