VPC rudder pedals and V.F.X grip pre-order live June 21

VIRPIL’s product offensive continues with their new WarBRD and ACE rudder pedals as well as their new V.F.X going up on pre-order. We still lack a few details but today’s announcement reveal a whole bunch of new details about V.F.X including a new Z-axis lock-out option.

V.F.X for Tomcat fans

Although VIRPIL can’t say it explicitly in their announcement, its pretty clear that the V.F.X is inspired by the F-14 Tomcat’s grip. Although its not a 1-to-1 representation, all the buttons and features are there and that means that fans of DCS: F-14 will probably have a lot to like about this grip and how it will interact with their favourite DCS module.

We’ve learned a bunch of new things today surrounding the V.F.X:

  • Dual-stage trigger
  • 4-way weapon select w/ push
  • DLC thumbwheel axis – spring loaded return to the center (Contactless digital sensor)
  • Paddle lever axis w/ physical push button at 100% (Contactless digital sensor)
  • 8-way ungated POV hat w/ push
  • 3 x momentary push buttons
  • All metal twist axis (Contactless digital sensor)
  • Twist axis lockout
  • Compatible with all VPC bases
  • Compatible with TMW base (Twist axis, Paddle lever and DLC thumbwheel will respond as buttons)

Every axis input is a digital contactless sensor which sounds great. So does VIRPIL’s compromise on the Z-axis which will let people lock-out the Z-axis twist function if they don’t want to use it. If you own rudder pedals, deactivate the Z-axis and away you go. Sounds great in concept and hopefully it’s good in practice.

WarBRD and Ace pedals

Completing the trio of product types for a flight sim hardware maker, VIRPIL is preparing to sell their first batch of the WarBRD and ACE series pedals. Three versions are going to be available which will give an array of price and options depending on what you’re looking for.

  • WarBRD Rudder Pedals – 1-axis pedals designed for a simpler setup or for helicopter pilots.
  • VPC ACE-1 – 3-axis pedals with adjustable full foot pedal platform with toe brakes.
  • VPC ACE-2 – 3-axis pedals with accessory option that turns them into “combat-style pedal platform.” Also has toe brakes.

That’s quite a range of options.

Pricing and pre-order on 21st of June

Final pricing and the opening of VIRPIL’s pre-order program for these products opens on June 21st at 6PM GMT (2pm ET). VIRPIL has responded to a number of criticisms of their first pre-order program and have instituted several new guidelines and rules both for how they will handle payment from pre-orders and how stock will be allocated.

Read all about the latest announcement right here!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. William T Taylor says:

    good very good i wish i had the money to run one of their sticks but hey i just cant have anything no matter how big a tantrum i throw … anyway Any word on the F-16C’s weapon loadouts? also are they only going to run one mav per pylon or they gunna use multipul racks i have seen both mounted on the F-16 im hoping for 2x or 3x racks but who knows looking forward to the F-16 and finding out what heatblur is doing next

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I am going to try and get some reviews done for some lower cost options too. What are you using these days? I’m going to try and be a resource for both sides of the equation here because even basic sim gear can make for a great experience.

      I think the F-16 is getting the triple rack but I can’t find a reference right now.

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  2. VK-94 says:

    I can’t believe how fast they came with a Tomcat grip release after VKB unveiled their own Tomcat grip last year. People still not equiped with VKB or Virpil hardware and big fan of the F-14 will probably go with Virpil now.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      They’ve probably been working on it for a while but the timing is pretty good for fans of DCS: F-14.

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