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  • #21
    Originally posted by Chief58D View Post

    I’ve been seriously considering adding the Occulus Rift to my gaming rig, but not real sure how it integrates with an existing HOTAS controller (Saitek/Logitech X-52, in my case). Could you share a brief overview of your controller setup and how it all works (i.e. what controls what) when using the Rift? Trying to get an idea of where the Occulus controllers fit in the mix.

    If you could recommend any online tutorials that might help with the DCS setup with this gear, it would be most appreciated!!

    Thanks!
    Sorry it's taken so long for me to reply. I unplug from the internet for a few days a week. I don't use the Oculus controllers at all when flying, only the HOTAS, mouse, and minimal keyboard. There is a small gap at the bottom of the headset that allows you to see a little bit. It does let a little light in but I prefer to have it there to see the keyboard or the clock on the monitor when flying.

    If you were referring to my HOTAS setup, I have the gear, flaps, spoiler, fuel, starters, and tail-hook on various switches/buttons on the throttle side. I only have ATC, trims, hand brake (Mi-8 and Yak), guns/rockets on the stick for now. I still use the mouse quite often but with my left hand on a TV tray next to my chair. With the X-52 your limited but still have enough buttons/switches/sliders to map most critical functions to it. With the Warthog the mapping capabilities are close to endless.

    If you have the time, patience, and know-how it's worth the time to map as many functions as possible to the HOTAS when using VR. Having to use the mouse or keyboard does take away from the experience a little. If I ever retire and actually have time to invest in truly learning the aircraft systems and mapping everything I will absolutely do it. I just simply don't have the time with working 60+ hours a week.

    If your on the fence with VR and really enjoy DCS, I would say get it. There are those holding out for very high resolution VR, and i'm sure it's not far off but I have not regretted getting mine for 1 second. I even got it when it was $600 just for the headset and 1 tracker!! No regrets!

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    • #22
      No worries on the delay getting back with me -
      I can DEFINITELY relate to the need to unplug now and then, especially during the holidays.

      I do appreciate all the info you've posted ~
      Time to start working on my "blind cockpit" drills with my X-52!
      I might have to drop some gift card hints for my birthday coming up in February...

      Thanks!

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      • #23
        Gents I have a DCS server available for anyone who wants to use it. The current scenario is set up for free flight with a fleet and some ground targets for practice.

        I initially set up the server to help train up some of my RC club members in DCS. But all are welcome. Feel free to fly anytime the server is up.
        If you want me to include a specific plane or type of mission let me know.

        server name: Virtual NAVAIR

        Discord: https://discord.gg/HJgbzVc

        SRS equipped (it should autoconnect SRS....testers needed) However Discord might be easier for training and familiarization flights.
        Meridian Aeromodelers, Meridian MS

        YouTube Channel "Seaviper RC"
        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0...-k6oK0MIQZVpA/

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        • #24
          server is up as of today. also the SRS and Discourse servers are up.

          Server name shortened to NAVAIR

          good news from ED. Looks like they are working on some WWII stuff for us.

          https://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php...&postcount=177
          Meridian Aeromodelers, Meridian MS

          YouTube Channel "Seaviper RC"
          https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0...-k6oK0MIQZVpA/

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