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Installing and setting up a usb joystick.

Hi all...I'm new to VR and need help with how to properly install and set up a joystick for flight sims.  I purchased the Rift S soley for combat flight sims, and have no need for any controllers other than my joystick, and of course, I'll be sitting only.  Can a member here guide me through the proper steps?  How to make sure my joystick is recognized?  What do I click on to activate joystick?  I have IL 2 from Steam and the new IL 2 Battle of Stalingrad etc.  Please help if you can...thanks all...take care...

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  • Techy111Techy111 Posts: 6,338 Volunteer Moderator
    Hi mate and welcome  :) for starters what joystick do you have ? Is it a combined throttle and stick ?
    A PC with lots of gadgets inside and a thing to see in 3D that you put on your head.

  • kojackkojack Posts: 5,446 Volunteer Moderator
    The first thing to note is that VR doesn't affect this. The Rift software doesn't understand proper joysticks, it's purely up to the sim to do it. So any guide on joysticks will be valid.
    This also means you can't go without the Rift controllers altogether, they are the only way to interact with the Rift software itself while in VR. But while in the sim you should be fine not using them.

    Next, it really depends on which simulator. Some have very detailed joystick setups supporting multiple devices at once. You'll need to do this for each sim, there's no simple shared setup. The sim may have build in defaults for popular joysticks.
    I don't know about IL 2, but DCS and X-Plane have VERY detailed setups. :)
  • EddiekaplanisEddiekaplanis Posts: 3
    NerveGear
    Thanks for the response.  My Joystick is the MS Sidewinder FF.    I do have the controllers set up etc., I was unsure because I didn't see anything that allows me to select the joystick in the Oculus device page.  Should I start a sim, and find the joystick and it's settings in the game menue?  I know this sounds like I'm a bit slow, but I'm really new to all this and what's required to get it all going.  Know what I mean?  Are there any video set up demos available from anyone in this Forum?  I've googled, but can't find any video instructions pertaining to joystick set ups.  This is the place where the Pros are, and that's why I registered.  Where better to learn?  Thanks again..all info etc. is SUPER appreciated.  take care all....
  • Randall116Randall116 Posts: 3
    NerveGear
    edited September 4
    Thanks for the response.  My Joystick is the MS Sidewinder FF.    I do have the controllers set up etc., I was unsure because I didn't see anything that allows me to select the joystick in the Oculus device page.  Should I start a sim, and find the joystick and it's settings in the game menue?  I know this sounds like I'm a bit slow, but I'm really new to all this and what's required to get it all going.  Know what I mean?  Are there any video set up demos available from anyone in this Forum?  I've googled, but can't find any video instructions pertaining to joystick set ups.  This is the place where the Pros are, and that's why I registered.  Where better to learn?  Thanks again..all info etc. is SUPER appreciated.  take care all....

    Hey yeah! 
    Just plug it in and go! I was a little confused at first even as an avid "simmer' and was unsure, but most sims can allow multiple control devices. I've used both my rift controllers and my joystick in tandem for some games (ie: DCS)
    Have fun!

    (If the joystick, pedals, throttle, etc. aren't set up as you like, just reference the programs settings page and edit them as needed.) 
  • kojackkojack Posts: 5,446 Volunteer Moderator
    There's two ways a VR game can go for getting input.
    - Use the Oculus SDK. This gives access to the Oculus Remote, Oculus Touch and an XBox One controller. That's all it supports. These are what you'll see in the device page.
    - Use normal Windows input methods (Raw Input, Direct Input, etc). This potentially gives support to joysticks, steering wheels, rudder pedals, etc.

    Most VR simulators started as flat monitor programs. They keep all the same input stuff. Some added motion hand controls to interact with the cockpit (like X-Plane).

    The odds are if a simulator has a non-VR version then it will have it's own joystick support. It's possible some VR specific games (like VTOL VR) don't support other devices, they only support the motion controllers (oculus touch or vive wands).

  • EddiekaplanisEddiekaplanis Posts: 3
    NerveGear
    Good morning all, and thank you for the valued info provided. The Sim I"m going to fire up is IL 2 Battle OF Stalingrad, Moscow etc.  This is the new IL 2 series release.  In the game set up, it shows a box to enable VR and it was  already enabled when I loaded the game.  It would appear I'm good to go.  Just one more question...should I disable SLI prior to launching the sim in VR?  Or,does Oculus disable it by default when VR is enabled?    Once again I thank all tips from the members here at Oculus for the Quick and proper advice.  I knew I would get the right answers from you guys. I'll let you all know what happens. You never know.lol.   Take care all...




  • dburnedburne Posts: 2,591 Valuable Player
    Good morning all, and thank you for the valued info provided. The Sim I"m going to fire up is IL 2 Battle OF Stalingrad, Moscow etc.  This is the new IL 2 series release.  In the game set up, it shows a box to enable VR and it was  already enabled when I loaded the game.  It would appear I'm good to go.  Just one more question...should I disable SLI prior to launching the sim in VR?  Or,does Oculus disable it by default when VR is enabled?    Once again I thank all tips from the members here at Oculus for the Quick and proper advice.  I knew I would get the right answers from you guys. I'll let you all know what happens. You never know.lol.   Take care all...




    Il-2 Great Battles by 1CGS is awesome in VR !
    You should check out Open Composite, you can use it rather than Steam VR for IL-2. Helps performance a lot.
    Don

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  • Techy111Techy111 Posts: 6,338 Volunteer Moderator
    Yes disable SLI or you'll have no end of problems. Same goes for any game and VR sadly.
    A PC with lots of gadgets inside and a thing to see in 3D that you put on your head.

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