Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Wheel
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Use it regularly after 8 years of no use
2 May 2014
Summary: Got this as a Christmas present when I was 6 (2001), used it regularly for a few years and then it became less involved in my life, so my mom put it away in the closet for 8 years. After getting into racing again I took it out and remarkably it works like new!
Summary: Its well worth spending more and buying a quality wheel. Of course you can spend hundreds on very expensive wheels, but in this price range the main contenders are the MSFF wheel, Logitech, and Act Labs wheel.
Excerpt: This joysticks is on of the best I've had. Its big and heavy enough to keep it balanced unlike some joysticks I've had which needed suction cups. The force feed back is very good and feels realistic.
Pros: Great Force Feedback, Ergonomic, Lots of buttons
Excerpt: Well this is one hell off a joystick and im sure it’s beaten any competition that might’ve threatened it. It’s pretty big to look at first but soon becomes a synch to operate. The force Feedback feature is what’s really fascinating about this product and im sure it beats any other force feedback...
Excerpt: I bought my Sidewinder forced feedback Wheel just after christmas as a belated pressie for my hubby.Having been unable to manage one in time fro christmas I took advantage of the post crimbo sales and went shopping for his new toy. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ What is it? It's a steering wheel!!
Excerpt: I have had the Microsoft Force feedback Pro for about 2 years now. In this time I have had no problems with it what so ever! so the hardware would appear to be very reliable. A lot of games can be played using a combination of mouse and keyboard.
Excerpt: I've had the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Joystick for about 3 months now and battered it to death using it mostly for Flight Simulator 2. I've tried other joysticks for this game but wanted a top-end reasonably priced piece of hardware - and it hasn't disappointed!
Excerpt: Fed up with spinning off the track because you had to use your digital controller only allowing you full lock left or straight on. This is not driving but surely a punishment for buying a driving simulator and playing it with a keyboard. The answer you need a steering wheel. The next question?
Excerpt: Gamers the world over and particularly Flight gamers will no doubt be aware of the great joysticks Microsoft have to offer. Yes they are a bit on the pricey side but at least you can garauntee a quality product with untold amounts of support.
Excerpt: Before I start this review I would like to make a couple of things quite clear. Firstly, I am reviewing Force Feedback 1 and not the newer USB Force Feedback 2. Secondly, I did not buy this joystick myself but had it given to me by a relative.
Pros: Adds extra interactivity to games, works with Windows XP, durable
Cons: Now outdated and replaced with 2nd version, not USB, limited support in games, quite expensive, big