VKB Kosmosima sneak peek

We’ve been waiting to hear about VKB’s next grip for quite a while now and we finally have our first images of the new grip attached to a Gladiator base. Presenting to you, the VKB Kosmosima – a space sim oriented joystick that looks to be just as useful for flight sim enthusiasts.

Suitable for space, or atmosphere

A post by rrohde on the VKB North America forums gave us our first look and first detailed pieces of information on this new grip.

The grip, independent of base and suitable for use on the Gunfighter and Gladiator Pro bases, was primarily designed for fans of space sims. Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen have helped boots the joystick market a fair bit in recent years and the knock-on effect for flight sim fans is the opening up of new options.

Coming in both left and right handed (this is more for space sim fans) variants, the Kosmosima appears to have a good selection of buttons. There appears to be three hats on the top of the stick, plus the front trigger and a secondary trigger on the top with another thumb hat on the left (or right).

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The Kosmosima will also have a built in twist functionality for people who don’t have rudder pedals.

Here are some of the details quoting from the post:

  • Comes in both left- and right-handed versions (SCG-L and SCG-R)
  • Both have a contactless twist adapter built-in by default (can be hard-locked via screw)
  • Compatible with Gunfighter and Gladiator Pro bases
  • Both have two LED indicators; one single-color, the second RGB (operation of the LED indicators can be customized via software)
  • Both have dual-stage triggers
  • All hat switches on both grips have push functionality, and one can toggle between analog/digital mode via long push
  • Both come with a detachable palm rest
  • Planned retail price is less than $99 (per grip)

Forgetting about the primary target audience for this, VKB’s new grip here is actually a pretty comprehensive package combining a lot of features that I tend to look for in a stick. The twist functionality, multiple hat switches, push functionality on the hats, and a dual stage trigger are a great collection of features.

Right now, we have no information on the details of when his product will release. It is very clearly further along than when we first heard about the TECS throttle (still no new info on that) as the stick actually exists in photos rather than renders. Pricing is planned for $99 USD too. Hopefully we’ll have an official announcement and availability planned sooner than later.

Other VKB news

Availability has been a huge problem for VKB recently as products then to sell out quickly and production numbers remain low. VKB has, in my experience, made some really good products and the demand is certainly there if they can shore up some additional production.

Some of the Gunfighter and Gladiator Pro II items are back temporarily in stock right now on the VKB North American store. So too are the KG12 and MCG grips in a variety of configurations.

Read the full news update here.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. ((dB)) says:

    It’s been a few month that I tried to register on the VKB website and it always fail, It says that I need a valid email, witch I have. I was looking at information regarding the joystick base. I heard lot’s of good thing about the gimbals. Anyways I am just saying that over here maybe perhaps someone from VKB will read it and fix the forum registering process.

    Keep up the good work on your blog Sham

    o7

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I’ve been trying for months to register over there myself without any luck either.

      Hopefully they do fix it at some point!

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  2. Joshua says:

    Finally! I had pre-ordered the MCG for the Gladiator Pro Mk II base and was very disappointed when they canceled all the pre-orders due to lack of stock. I ordered it again Thursday night. Here’s hoping they don’t run out before they get it out the door.

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    1. ((dB)) says:

      o7

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  3. Capt. Zoomy says:

    I been looking at these pics, and I think this will make an excellent stick for Elite Dangerous. It appears to be similar to what I’m currently using for playing Elite, which is a CH Fighterstick Pro. The hats and secondary fire (aka the red button) have switched position, but otherwise it is essentially the same. With of course the addition of a two stage trigger rather than single stage, and, a twist grip for rudder control if you wish, and, based on one the pictures, the ability to swap out the thumb rest hat with a button. Plus of course all the buttons on the base if you have the Gladiator base. The gimbal design of VKB sticks is in my opinion superior to Saitek, CH, and the Thrustmaster warthog, and their build quality so far has been pretty decent.
    I use a Monstertech desk mount and in order to switch out joysticks, say from the KG12 VKB to the CH, I have to take off the plate that the stick mounts on and mount a different plate and then velcro the CH stick to it. This stick would require I remove one screw and then mount a different grip on the same base and then a little configuration in the VKB software perhaps and I’m ready to go.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Thanks for the perspective on this Capt. Zoomy! Especially interested to hear from someone who does play Elite and can see how this stick might work for them.

      I can see the multiple hat switches being very useful for DCS players and I’m sure I could come up with some reasons to use them all in IL-2 as well. Definitely a versatile stick.

      Does the dual stage trigger help you out a lot in Elite?

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  4. Capt. Zoomy says:

    No, not really. At least I don’t know of any use of it. I have a dual trigger on the Thrustmaster Warthog that I used for a while in Elite, and I couldn’t really find a good use for it. It’s most useful in DCS where some aircraft can use it two step targeting or firing procedures. If anyone else plays Elite Dangerous and has found a use for it, shout out. I’m curious if anyone has found a good way of using it.

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