“Visually and technically, the X-55 is successful and Saitek has once again ‘landed’ a direct hit.” – Simulator World
“Thank you for making such a finely crafted HOTAS! Thanks for enriching my simming !” – Rob McCoy
“This is hands down the best affordable HOTAS. I highly recommend checking it out.” – scrtagnt69
We’ve gathered up some links of interest including a review from Simulator World, an interview on SimHQ, videos, and a profile for the A-10C in DCS.
Check back here for more links as we get them! If you see something on the Rhino or even make you own review, send us a link on twitter @SaitekSim or on Facebook!!
With the newest v2.1, Lockheed Martin’s flight simulator Prepar3d is now compatible with all your Saitek Pro Flight hardware. All H.O.T.A.S, yokes, pedals, panels, everything is ready to go in this exciting new release.
If you haven’t heard of Prepar3d before, it’s a training and academic flight simulation maintained and updated by the Lockheed Martin team using the ESP engine licensed from Microsoft, the same engine used in FS9 and FSX. Basically, you can think of Prepar3d as the logical successor to the MS Flight Simulator series optimized to take advantage of today’s computers. Features and screenshots are below for you to peruse but what I love about the simulator is its graphically better than FSX in every single way and that the OOM crashes of FSX are all but gone for good.
Prepar3d v2.1 Features
+ Virtual world with 40 high-detail cities and more than 24,900 airports
+ Environment includes highway, air and maritime vehicles and traffic, as well as livestock and wild animals
+ Customizable, data driven graphics and models
+ Whole earth WGS-84 model
+ Accurate topography with regionally and culturally appropriate textures
+ Modifiable real-time weather system, continuous time of day, seasons and a variety of lighting effects
+ Realistic air traffic control
+ Expandable library of vehicle models
+ Fully Backwards Compatible with your Favorite FSX and ESP Addons
+ An all-new, modern DirectX 11 rendering engine that can take advantage of modern day graphics cards
+ SimDirector – a brand new, modern training scenario generation tool suite
+ The introduction of a new Professional Plus version of Prepar3D for military training
+ User interface updates, as well as many other exciting updates to the core platform.
+ An updated SDK including many requested features and a new iSimObject API that allows developers full control over their SimObjects.
In the latest Dev Diary for Elite: Dangerous the developers revealed that multiplayer scenarios are now live for those in the Alpha release program. If you haven’t heard of Elite: Dangerous, it’s the latest installment in the legendary Elite space sim series that started back in 1984. This edition, which began as a successful Kickstarter campaign, is a beautifully rendered, massively multiplayer persistent universe of 100 billion star systems where you are free to make money any way you want: legally, illegally, trading, bounty-hunting, it’s all up to you!
Check out the diary below and keep an eye out for the Saitek X-52 Pro making a cameo in the developer’s studio!
For more info on Elite: Dangerous check out their official website here.
Saitek Pro Flight Panels were originally developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator but thanks to the good work of our friends at X-plane.org, you can now use them with X-Plane. Links to these plugins are on our download page.
As 2013 cools down and 2014 begins its pre-flight checklist, we wanted to take a look back at one of the more interesting and fun events we attended this year. BGS 2013 took place in São Paulo for the first time back in October and attracted over 150k visitors over 5 days. And Saitek was on hand to meet face to face with the thriving, burgeoning flight sim community of South America. Here’s some of the pics we took over the week (check out the cameo from X-Plane’s booth also!)