Microsoft Flight Simulator there are many people who aspire to go out into the virtual sky. But for many, the experience is not complete without a flight stick. With many of those already sold out, it can be difficult. But here’s the solution: 3D printed parts that plug into an Xbox One controller for DIY conversion in the hands of a choke or HOTAS.
This amazing little mod is the work of Akaki Kuumeri, a 3D printing tinsmith who maintains a YouTube channel showing some of his creations. Kuumeri has also made a video for this mod and it’s worth watching, just for the silly choice of puns.
If you want to make your own fashion, Kuumeri has uploaded the plans to Thingiverse to download them for free. Of course, you will need to have access to a 3D printer, but Kumeri believes that printing and assembling the various parts will cost no more than $ 10 and “an afternoon of your time.” Everything just breaks and it is even possible to mount elastic bands in the connections to adjust the force of the spring on the rod and throttle.
Some caveats: Answering questions about Reddit, Kuumeri notes that the parts don’t work with the Xbox 360 controller or the PS4 controller (although he says he can work on the latter if there’s enough interest). On his own account, however, the whole setup works surprisingly smoothly. “I expected the ball joints to have some slop, which [on] the scale of the thumb will be too much to play accurately, but they are absolutely perfect, ”he told one questioner. “It also helps that the Xbox’s thumb sticks themselves are on a very smooth hinge.”
So, if you haven’t been able to get a plane for a flight, this seems like the next best thing.