VIRPIL wants your feedback plus new grip coming Q1

VIRPIL Controls wants to know what grip you want them to make next. After successful releases of their MongooseT-50 and Constellation Delta grips, VIRPIL wants to know what you want from them next as they prepare the next generation of their air and space combat series grips. You can also win a prize! Plus, we’re learning that a new grip is coming in the first quarter of 2019.

What are you looking for?

In recent years we’ve seen some healthy competition with Thrustmaster, CH and Logitech offering some well known options along with the more boutique options from VKB-Sim and VIRPIL Controls expanding into the market.

That has opened up things and offered some new takes on how sticks, grips and bases are offered both in terms of the quality of components as well as the ability to make adjustments and customize for individual set-ups and preferences.

Now, VIRPIL is looking to the future and they want you to weigh in on what it is that you want next. Here’s the word from them:

Hello VIRPILs!
We’ve received some great responses from the community regarding what the next VPC grips should be. To thank you guys for your input and support we’re turning this poll into a giveaway!
Everyone who votes in our “What Grip Should VIRPIL Make Next?” forum poll will automatically be entered into a prize draw. There will be 3 winners each winning one of the next generation VIRPIL Controls Grips that will be released in Q1 2019 – but be quick as this poll will close on December 31st!
VIRPIL Controls Team


New grip coming Q1 2019?!

Coming sometime in the first three months of 2019, VIRPIL is working on their next gen of grip and that news in and of itself is interesting. Though the poll is surely aimed at another future product further down the line (the prototyping for this new Q1 grip is likely already done) it does seem that in the meantime they have something incoming in the nearer future.

For me and for you

I really want someone to make a good medium-high end grip with plenty of hat switches, a thumbstick, dual stage trigger, and a Z-axis for twist grip use. Some sim players have setups that enable rudder pedals and for them those are ideal, but others for a variety of reasons either don’t want or can’t have that kind of setup and for them there is still a desire for a high end option.

A MongooseT-50 with twist axis or a VKB MCG Pro with twist is the kind of thing that I’d love to see.

How about you? What kind of flight sim hardware are you interested in right now? What do you want to see in a grip? Let me know in the comments.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott says:

    The thing I would like to see most is availability of product 😉 Perhaps bad timing on my part, but both Virpil and VKB have some real challenges with prolonged stock-outs. Granted, I think Virpil has had the edge in that camp, but still a frustration. I’m personally not a fan of twist grip, but it would be good option to offer for some users. I think their current stick is fine; adding additional hate options instead (like a MCG Pro) would be a nice option however.

    The base would be my focus; if I had my wish, it would be to incorporate force feedback.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Stock availability has been a real issue for both companies. My understanding is that both were in semi-similar situations dealing with increased interest and demand which necessitated changing factory arrangements. My understanding too is that VKB-Sim had a typhoon affect their factory operations which lead to some major issues there.

      My hope is that both companies have better stock availability in the new year.

      More hat options on the T-50 I’m sure would be appreciated. It’s the second thing that I see mentioned by folks after the twist option for the T-50. I’d also really like them to go to a metal trigger.


  2. Boris_CRO says:

    I want to have viable alternative to the T16000M. Seems that product doesn’t have any competition at its “battle rating”.


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      When it’s available, VKB’s Gladiator is in a similar price bracket with similarly sophisticated sensors and features although The T16000M has a HOTAS option and the Gladiator doesn’t.


      1. Boris_CRO says:

        in that case we would compare the price of basic t16000m joystick and Gladiator. Not fair to compare FCS pack of 16000m + throttle with just a joystick. Think i payed 55 USD just for T16000m and then the same amount for its TWCS throttle so we get 110 USD as a total for a pack. Im not sure Gladiator is the product of same price range.

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Fair point! I hadn’t exactly thought about it that way. The T16000m then truly is in a class of its own.


  3. Scott says:

    EDIT: “hat” not hate options! oops…

    Liked by 1 person

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