Some of you may have seen my 'Star Citizen CH HOTAS' tutorials. I did the last one about a year ago for AC 1.1, well before 2.0 released, so it's quite out of date.
I've had some requests to do an updated one. Thought before I started working on it I'd see if there was anything you guys wanted to see in it.
Things I want to cover:
Setting up a full CH HOTAS for Star Citizen. Using the CH Control Manager in a combination of DX and Mapped mode to assign commands. Primarily using the CM to assign commands -I do very little within Star Citizen itself. Setting up using translation on the ministick -or- roll for those that don't have pedals (might look at doing a mode swap as well, so you can have both on the ministick). Currently looking into using the ministick for WSAD movement in FPS so you can use your throttle and a mouse and get rid of the keyboard. This will involve programming two separate modes for the HOTAS -a Flight Mode and an FPS mode. If anyone has any suggestions for things they want to see let me know.
Why I made this thread: I recently purchased CH Products Pro Throttle and CH Products Combatstick and am using it as a standard HOTAS setup. It was a steep learning curve and it took me about a week or two of talking to other CH users and a fair amount of Google-fu to get it just how I like it. That's enthusiast gear for ya. It's got an overwhelming degree of customization. It drops you into the ocean and you either sink or swim. I'd like to help other CH users finish their setups quicker than I did, so here we are.
Okay, now that that is out of the way, let's get down to business.
This thread IS about:
Assisting new CH Products owners with configuration General Discussion of CH Products hardware Sharing tips, tricks and config files with other CH users Hardware modding Sales/Deals on CH Products
This thread is NOT about:
Bashing any other company or vendor Sharing reasons for why you switched to CH from another company or vice versa Discussing the merits of twist sticks vs pedals Of course, I'm happy to bitch and argue with you on this subject on TS anytime, as per usual.
Compendium of CH-related websites and downloads:
Company Page (product descriptions)
CH Manager for Dummies Vol. 3 [PDF.ZIP]
The CH Hangar Front Page
The CH Hangar Downloads Section
Current USA (as of August 2015) Amazon PRIME Prices of CH Products gear.
Flightstick - $85 [link]
An ambidextrous joystick.
Fighterstick - $120 [link]
Similar to the Combatstick, removes two buttons and replaces them with hat controls.
Combatstick - $100 [link]
Similar to Fighterstick, removes two hat controls and replaces them with buttons
Pro Throttle - $120 [link]
One of the most popular throttles on the market
Pro Pedals - $120 [link]
Tri-axis flight pedals
Quadrant - $130 [link]
Multiple throttles for extreme precision
Eclipse Yoke - $190 [link]
CH's high-end flight yoke
Flight Sim Yoke - $120 [link]
A cheaper flight yoke
Multi-Function Panel - unavailable
Additional info from
My final take on CH:
High-quality industrial plastic Never re-invent the wheel CH Pro Throttle is considered among enthusiasts to be one of the best, if not THE best on the market You buy each piece individually, which allows for greater freedom and customization CH Control Manager: best, most versatile driver HID software ever (once you learn it) Advanced device management - you can merge all your devices onto a single DX Device (limit of 32 buttons per device, though -- DirectX's fault, not CH's) Advanced scripts and macros supported CH Control Manager has been supported by the developers for over a decade and receives regular updates
No money/effort wasted on marketing "Slide" design for Pro Throttle. "Hinge" design for joystick, makes space flight feel more intuitive (assuming you put spin on your stick)
No LEDs, no flashy stuff Some people don't like that it's made of plastic Each device requires a dedicated USB port Steep learning curve for CH Manager (remedied, hopefully by my OP) Only the Pro Throttle and Flightstick are heavily community-supported (also hopefully remedied by this thread) Joystick design takes a bit of getting used to for some people. Similar to TM Warthog, you will need pedals to get optimal control (stick has no twist). Fortunately, there is also an analog stick on the throttle that you can use if you don't have pedals. CH Control Manager doesn't look pretty