So for those who are just starting out, never played a space sim before but wanted to, here's a tiny little jump start. Right or wrong it's what I've done, so far seems very right.
First this isn't about if Star Citizen, Elite Dangerous, or No Man's Sky is better or worse than another. Let's face it, if we like the genre, we'll get them all.
STEP 1: Get your sim. For now, I started with Elite cause I didn't want to spend weeks reading the lore of SC and wonder how badly the in game purchases would violate my bank nor did I want to spend any more time trying to research which package to start with. Plus the fact it's still very beta, I thought I'd wait til I got better with something less complicated like Elite, so there it is.
Step 2: You'll need a controller. I got the X55 Rhino. I can't give you a real good review, cause I've not played a sim for a few years. So I have nothing to really base this one against, but I will say this...
I love it.
That's my review of the stick.
STEP 3: Get your X55 Configs. You'll need to get a good config for it, unless you want to make your own. I decided to start here and will modify it as needed...https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ku70Km1WFzYV9yMmdtQS1KUkk/edit?usp=sharing
And here's a dandy reference card to that profile...http://i.imgur.com/cfjApWM.jpg
(Thanks SandCracka for the profile and image)
And this site makes images that you can print any profile you make. I printed this one cause the one above was too hard to read when I've lost my ass and found it on a silver platter in space of all places...http://www.mcdee.net/elite/
(I don't know who to thank for this)
This is nice cause later as you modify your config to your taste, you can make a new print if you need to.
STEP 4: Get Elite Dangerous and install it if you haven't already...http://www.elitedangerous.com/
STEP 5: Put your config in...
C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\Frontier Developments\Elite Dangerous\Options\Bindings
STEP 6: When you install your X55 note to INSTALL YOUR DRIVERS FIRST!!! Fortunately I ready the instructions and bypassed the headaches of many people in forums who had problems because they didn't. Also note: When you install the drivers, there's an arrow that shows you DO NOT PLUG IN THE CONTROLLERS UNTIL IT SAYS TO DO SO!!!! (again part of the headaches people had out there). There's an arrow that shows it pointing from PC to stick this means unplug. Later it shows it pointing reverse to the pc which means to plug it in. You'll do this during the install process of the drivers. THEN install the software for the controllers... but note: you won't need to use the software. Elite Dangerous has all the binding control in the game. But you'll be smart and start out with the SandCracka configs so you won't even have to mess with that.
STEP 7: Watch the FRONTIER DEVELOPMENTS channel on YouTube for the basics. If you are dense or lost in the eye candy of space like me, you'll need to watch it a few times...https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd1Xmm1TFBD-lfZUWaWf7EA
They have many great short intro videos.
STEP 8: Jump into the tutorials and find your shorter in your chair, so raise it before you begin. It's merely due to the fact that your ass is misplaced. Not to fret, its probably on the same platter that mine was on out in space. Go find it.
Actually I've only done half the tutorial flights and I've not died yet. From the looks of it, they get progressively more complicated quick, so this is by no means bragging as I will be raising my chair in the next round no doubt about it.
I've been sick and had my brain finally working today so I got to try this out. I'm usually working on projects that keep me from such fun as of late, so I don't know that I'll be back in to finish these tutorials up any time soon. That's why I thought I best post these links now before I forget.
I hope they help. Let me know what you think of Elite. I think this is going to be a blast! (pun may or may not be intended) This is a beautiful game and playing it on a 34" 21:9 screen up close, there's been times that my stomach was in knots as I felt disoriented a bit.. Not bad, but a hint enough that it added to the realism. It's way way more fun than I thought it would be.
I look forward to Star Citizen too. That one looks beautiful as well, and in fact more so.
Few last minute thoughts before I send... You'll need a stick with rudder controls. The X55 gives you lots of options here. You've got about 48 buttons (of which 20 go towards the 3 hats and 2 mini hats), 3 control dials, 2 base dials. The throttle is split too. There's a lot of features to this stick to last quite a few years.
I told some friends that I thought the stick would need weight to hold it down so the base wouldn't tilt up off the desk. That's not an issue at all.