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X-55 Rhino: Saitek Announce New Controller

Last updated Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:44:47 GMT
Originally posted on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:35:32 GMT

Saitek (owned by Mad Catz) have just announced a new controller system called the X-55 Rhino.  Not much is given away at the moment, but judging from how epic the video released is, we can expect something big.

X-55 controller showing red trigger

Announced in the past few days by Saitek, they have revealed that the new product would be called the X-55 Rhino (or perhaps the X-55 Rhino Advanced Control Flight System Mach).  We don't know the exact name yet, we are only going on what has been made available to us in the video they published.

They also mentioned that this will be a, "significant new product" for the flight simulation community.

From the video that has been published, we can only presume with the limited visuals we can see, that this product will be a joystick controller.  We don't think it's a yoke - at least not in its traditional configuration.  We're also unsure whether it comes with a throttle controller (quadrant) or whether it's a stand alone controller.

It's expected to be a "significant" new product - so perhaps it comes with a multitude of expansions such as throttle controller, rudder pedals and other fancy features (after all, the video reveals it's a "advanced control flight system")... and a system usually means not just a stand alone joystick.

Interestingly, the release announcement has come at a time when there are not that many "newbies" entering the world of flight simulation.  There aren't enough "big budget" companies to drum up interest in virtual aviation like Microsoft did in 2006 with their release of Flight Simulator X.  Microsoft ran commercials on TV - showing the masses that aircraft could be flown on that old dusty PC sitting over in the corner.  At the moment, as the years have past, we are seeing fewer and fewer new virtual pilots.

Hopefully Mad Catz (the owners of Saitek) can bring some new life and new pilots into our community of flight simulation with this release and their advertising campaigns surrounding it.

From what we can see so far, the product seems to be aimed at military simulation (gaming) and less focused on realistic simulation uses (like most of us here stick to).  Having said that, it's far too early to say - we could have something really special here so sit tight and see what they reveal next.

Saitek have announced they will be taking pre-orders on the 20th November (2013) with a pre-holiday launch date - so get your Christmas wish list ready and be sure to write this one down!

Watch the video below - it's pretty epic in design while still keeping you wondering what we can expect.

Sit tight!

Teaser Video from Saitek

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Pro MemberWilliam B Noel Jr.Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:12:52 GMT

It doesn't appear to be Ambidextrius.

JonathanFri, 15 Nov 2013 06:56:57 GMT

What malarkey. The video tells us nothing, the company says really nothing, so what use is it at all. I am certainly not motivated in any way by the video. By the way, pilots is countable, so fewer is a better word. "From what we can see so far...... " Just what do YOU see? I see next to nothing. So again, like so many news topics, the story is the story and not the object of the story.

NateFri, 15 Nov 2013 15:27:47 GMT

Jonathan expressed my sentiments well. There doesn't appear to be anything of substance in the video.

GuyeSat, 16 Nov 2013 04:37:21 GMT

"Interestingly, the release announcement has come at a time when there are not that many "newbies" entering the world of flight simulation."

Star Citizen

SquidbaitSun, 17 Nov 2013 20:44:08 GMT

We can see it's not a force sensing stick.

LordVSat, 23 Nov 2013 02:03:14 GMT

Nov 23rd now and no pre-orders or any additional info.

MarkoThu, 28 Nov 2013 06:49:19 GMT

"Interestingly, the release announcement has come at a time when there are not that many "newbies" entering the world of flight simulation."

Elite: Dangerous http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6WmsnwNq98

N9ZNFri, 29 Nov 2013 23:54:40 GMT

IMPRESSIVE, how is that?

Saitek, I have one of your controllers now and the design of the joy stick base remains true to word, IT STICKS all the time when in use.

There is nothing more JOYFUL THAN A STICKING AND JUMPY JOY STICK! NOT!

Mike kitchellSat, 30 Nov 2013 12:58:35 GMT

Terrible video did not show a thing to Peak my interest!

TinytacoheadThu, 30 Jan 2014 21:44:01 GMT

The ONLY thing I learned from this is that, (thank the lord almighty), it won't be another gawdawful force sensing design. That's it, nothing more. Complete waste of time & bandwidth!

PS - the only thing motivational was the music, lol

Pro MemberAlex NasFri, 28 Feb 2014 15:14:16 GMT

This video was a hole lot of crap (nothing)

kittyhawk63Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:34:56 GMT

You can see it here. No pedals included. Throttle is included.

http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotStore/sep/9814?qryrmv=1&ppcs=google&ppcg=4-96&keyword=saitek%20x-55&gclid=CK2ntIqf77wCFc5efgodx40AZg

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