VKB makes “Kosmosima” grip official

VKB-Sim’s new space combat oriented grip is now official and we’ve got plenty of details about the two different versions that VKB is offering, pricing, features, and everything that you need to know about this new controller.

For flying in space and air

If your simulator experience is oriented towards flying in air only, don’t be put off too much by the space combat marketing around the “Kosmosima.” This new grip from VKB has plenty of features for fans of any kind of flying and no gimmicks that would only appeal to fans of just space.

According to VKB, this is a desktop oriented grip, complete with twist Z-axis, meant to be used with VKB’s Gunfighter base. It’s also designed with some degree of modularity in mind with swappable buttons available on one of the version of the grip.

Did I say versions? Yes, VKB is offering two slightly different versions catering to different interests.

Two versions with small differences

This Premium version has a analog thumb stick and a secondary trigger VKB-Sim calls a “rapid fire trigger.”

VKB is shipping two versions of the Kosmosima grip. A standard and a premium edition. Let’s talk about what the two have in common first before exploring the differences.

The design is a pistol grip, available in left and right hand versions, is compact enough for tabletop operation (some sticks are often a little too tall for use on a desk), and sports a contactless MaRS sensor twist axis on a cam based design. There’s also a dual action trigger, 3 or 4 buttons, and hat switches on both versions. From there things separate a bit so lets compare features.

Standard version features:

  • Left- or Right-hand versions
  • Compact grip design – Perfect for tabletop joysticks
  • Lockable Twist axis w/ contactless MaRS sensor
  • Dual Action Trigger
  • 3 Hat switches with center push
  • 4 Buttons
  • Programmable red color LED
  • Programmable RGB LED
  • 2 interchangeable palm rests (total of 3 palm sizes)

Premium version features:

  • Left- or Right-hand versions
  • Compact grip design – Perfect for tabletop joysticks
  • Lockable Twist axis w/ contactless MaRS sensor
  • Dual Action Trigger
  • Rapid Fire Trigger
  • 3 Hat switches with center push
  • 3 buttons
  • 1 analog ministick with center push
  • Programmable red color LED
  • Programmable RGB LED

Premium adds a second trigger that they call the “rapid fire trigger” and removes a button for an analog ministick. If you’re not sold on the ministick, the Premium lets you modify that yourself. It comes with a conversion kit to add a hat switch to the A1 position (I’m not clear where that is) and change the analog mini-stick in the C1 position (on the left side of the stick) to a single press button.

As with most VKB grips, this one is made of industrial grade ABS plastic, a 32-bit ARM controller that makes this an effectively driverless experience on Windows systems, and ALPS buttons which are supposedly some of the best quality out there. There’s also interchangeable palm rests for different hand sizes.

A versatile grip

Moving away from some of the marketing stuff for a second, this does look to me like a versatile grip that’s well placed to support the space sim crowd playing titles like Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen while also being what looks like a useful stick for fans of modern air combat games like DCS World.

The three hat switches offer ample ability to setup controls for things like trim, sensor slewing, and trim. The dual stage trigger is useful too for fans of WWII air combat titles where switching gun groups through the two stages is very helpful.

Available in 2019

Final assembly is happening early in January and the first batch is expected by late in the month meaning the first sticks should be in the hands of the general public by late January or early February.

Pricing on the standard version is $79 USD and $119 USD for the Premium. Keep in mind too that if you don’t have a base, you’ll need to buy one of those. The Gunfighter tabletop edition plus a Kosmosima SCG right hand premium edition runs $369 USD or $329 USD for the standard. Pricing is identical for left handed versions.

VKB now has region partners for Russia, the EU and North America. If you’re interested in purchasing, you’ll need to visit the region partner that is most relevant to you:


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Daaang, that is a slick control stick. As someone who wants to get back into space flight, I’ll have to keep an eye out on this one.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      For sure!

      This is definitely a good grip to keep an eye on. Tons of flexibility and options for a space-sim or flight-sim pilot.

      Now we just need to convince VKB to finish up their work on their throttle system.

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