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Turn Your Xbox Controller Into A Flight Stick

Illustration for article titled Turn Your Xbox Controller Into A Flight Stick
Screenshot: Akaki Kuumeri

Hey, Flight Simulator is out, and Squadrons is on the way. What better time to be playing games that require expensive dedicated peripherals! Only the economy sucks and you’ll never use those flight sticks for anything else, so maybe try this cool mod that’ll do kinda the same thing, only for your Xbox controller.

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Designed by Akaki Kuumeri, this HOTAS (hands on throttle-and-stick) mod is 3D-printed, snaps together (so no glue!) and gives you the precision and leverage to turn an everyday controller into the kind of gentle, comfortable peripheral that makes flying in video games so damn fun.

Is it going to match the performance of a $200 stick? No! Is this a whole lot cheaper, since you can download it here for free? Uh, yes.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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keyanreid
Keyan Reid

This is a really cool novelty and I’ve been geeking out on this today. Fun use for a 3D printer.

Next upgrade would be to get some buttons mapped into it somehow. Unfortunately,in its current state, it would provide great control on speed and direction but that’s about it. Since it only connects to one trigger and thumb stick, it’s leaving a lot of controls out of hand and harder to reach.