The x55\56 are based, albeit slightly less strictly than the warthog to the F-16 stick, think they added a few buttons as well as the twist.
If it feels to big, well that's 90% of the time because of ergonomics and you have it mounted wrong, I'm not a big guy, well 183cm and my hands are perfectly average, and the ch-fighterstick is if anything as large or larger than the saiteks and it is perfect, when I mount the base at knee height, when I'm using it, my arm hangs naturally from my shoulder with the elbow bent at a comfortable 90 degrees.
Don't necessarily use knee height for a measurement, test this yourself for yourself.
I got my height by sitting down, holding my arm out comfortably, then I took my measuring tape in my hand and measured the distance to the floor.
That was the height I built my mount to place the palm rest, it just so happens to be at knee level for the base.
I did the same for the throttle, they actually might need different mounting heights.
When I first started and just plopped it on the desk, I was having real trouble reaching even my secondary fire button, and I was getting severe shoulder pain, that lasted for days after playing, it was stressing my muscles under the clavicle, I'm not the only one.
*Al* in the A-team was going through almost half a dozen ice packs a play session with his warthog for his shoulder, and per my insistence and recommendation he got a HOTAS mount and went from needing 5+ ice packs per gaming session to none.
I don't consider anything in terms of what replicates what.
I'm concerned with what control input serves my needs the most, I don't care whether pedals in terms of a spaceship makes sense mechanically or not, it is simply an input method I can exert with a significant level of precision in tandem with the other axis of roll and pitch.
With a twist axis for yaw you have a lot less play, and the human anatomy just can't go through roll or pitch and not twist as well, or vice versa.
But back on topic, Virpil isn't trying to be competitive, they are trying to be an exclusive product and manufacturer.
You wouldn't consider a lambo as competitive to the Prius, and now even though Toyota has their premium Lexus brand, like Thrustmaster has the Warthog, it's still a Toyota.
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