I tried it before and just resented it! Using the Precision 2 design once again, Microsoft introduced a value-oriented SideWinder joystick, simply called the SideWinder Joystick. The left side of the controller features an eight-direction d-pad which function varies depending on which mode the controller is on. By going with a geometric design however, it meant the 3D Pro lacked an effective adherence ergonomic principles, making it unsuitable for long gaming sessions for some users. This means that force feedback would be unavailable on the earliest of PCs, where the gameports lack MIDI functionality. How can I test this? It was a simple two button, three axis joystick.

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The original Microsoft SideWinder gamepad had a digital directional pad, six fire buttons, siddewinder trigger buttons, and a “Mode” and “Start” button. It doesn’t function under “real” DOS only Windows.

Now if anyone has the 5. Wingcomander II is a good example, plug your joystick in turn your computer on, load wingcomander II, configure your joysticks “centre” and “turn” and how many buttons not soft config buttonsand away you go.

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Is this sidewindee compatable with vista? Microsoft has not released the hardware specifications so that an open source driver could be developed. Now, Viglen, just need to correct you on some points: Video game controllers Microsoft hardware. How can I find out what kind of SB16 I have? I’ve never experienced any problems with this joystick under DOS and played endless hours of X-Wing and Privateer on it.


I believe it may be version 2. The device also has three movement axes; X, Y and Z rotation.

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If you’re in the market for a new joystick, give the Sidewinder 3D Pro a test drive. Will check the software version CD when I visit the parents next my auxiliary storeroom. The switch doesn’t do anything ATM. The driver software also allowed it to function as a voice command device using programmable macros. It also comes with a complete black design with red “LED Jets” on the back to make it stand out from the original and better fit the X6 keyboard.

Looks like Logitech is remembering about those of us who like to play older games!

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It’s a gamepad, but it is analog and uses just the gameport. Games will still recognize and use the joystick. The overall size and weight difference was not so great with the use of smaller motors. In Windows 95 it switches to digital mode when the driver mucrosoft loaded, and you can see the results in 95’s joystick utility.

In conclusion, I find I using this joystick a joy pun intended. Board index All times are UTC. That way people can just download the Sidewinder drivers without having to download the rest. It was composed of two portions; there is a hinge between the two that allows you to rotate the right side up and down and from side to side.


My thumb would rather press the “hat” control than the second button, which I use more often. The later variants added a native USB interface internally and have a few extra pins on its gameport connector to represent that; naturally, its USB adapter cable just connects to the pins in question and lacks any active circuitry of its own. Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro 2.

Question about SideWinder Precision Pro 2. I’ve been working on a drivers compilation which I want to one day soon upload to Vogons drivers so its a one stop shop for everyone as currently there are many drivers missing.

You do not have the required permissions to sidewijder the sidewlnder attached to this post. Anything radically different other than design? It featured a trigger button, a thumb button and a throttle wheel on left side of the base.

All other buttons are fine. I may have an old copy of somthing kicking around somewere. As a result, the Game Voice ultimately lost that market.