An announcement on VIRPIL’s forums started off with 2-years in review detailing the growth of their company making sticks and grips for flight and space sim enthusiasts. Then there was the surprise announcement of a new twist-grip compatible with their WarBRD base! Let’s get to the details!
Warbird enthusiast grip
The new WarBRD Grip is aimed at flight sim enthusiasts and particularly at WWII era enthusiasts with a design that draws some inspiration from the grips used on German, American and other aircraft of the era. The marketing obviously connects this grip with their previously released WarBRD Base.
VIRPIL’s VPC WarBRD Base is a desktop oriented all-metal gimbal that has been on sale for some time now and compatible with a series of grips from VIRPIL including the MongoosT-50 and the Constellation Delta. Now, they have added another option to the mix.
There are a good number of control options on the WarBRD grip:
- Dual Stage Trigger
- 1 x 8-way POV Hat (+ Push)
- 2 x Momentary Push Buttons
- 4-Way (+ Push) Thumb Hat
- All Metal Twist Axis with VPC Contactless Sensor
- Configurable Mode LED
Being a desktop enthusiast, I’m very pleased to see that VIRPIL has included their twist axis (presumably the same design as used in the Constellation Delta) in the list of features. Also of note are the dual stage trigger, a POV hat, and a thumb hat.
This grip has enough controls to make a case for being used with modern jets while having the style of a WWII or early jet stick and that’s not a bad thing at all.
Pricing and availability
The WarBRD Base is already available on the VIRPIL store and retails for €149.95 (currently out of stock but it seems that VIRPIL’s in-stock numbers are starting to climb) while the WarBRD Grip is expected to retail for €109.95 – the same price as their Constellation Delta grip.
The new grip is expected to arrive on their web store on January 23rd 2019.
Hints coming from VIRPIL suggest that this won’t be the only announcement from them in the new year and I’ll be keeping an eye on the latest developments.