I remember, a very long time ago, I had a force feedback Joystick, & it was incredible.
Imagine feeling the rumble as your wheels touch the runway on landing, or the flutter of your wing when you’re just about to enter a stall, or the thud of your landing gear retracting.
More importantly, Trimming the aircrafts pitch in real life is dependent on the forces feeding back. i.e… you trim until the yoke is no longer applying resistance to you.
So what happened to Force Feedback joysticks?
As far as I know, the rights for force feedback where purchased by some evil venture capitalists, & they held onto them tightly. No-one was able to afford the insane cost of buying the rights to use it, so never bothered developing the idea. There was a swiss company that offered force feedback joysticks, but you may as well have bought a private airplane for what they where asking.
It appears that the patent has finally expired though, so the door is open to develop Force Feedback peripherals, & there is no better time in history than now.
The post is intended as a general discussion about Force Feedback.
Do you have any news about a product in development?
Is it worth using the older Microsoft versions from back in the day?
Could we all band together & put some sort of pressure on Microsoft to get them in development again?
Or perhaps a Kickstarter if enough interest is shown?
Alternatives? Buttkicker etc…
Force Feedback is not a nice to have, or a gimmick. In my opinion it is one of the greatest immersion enhancers possible.