Joystick for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Koltrast, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Does anybody know of a joystick that REALLY works on a Mac.

    My old trusty "ThrustMaster" is dying! I bought a Logitech, but that is a piece of crap -- and no support for a Mac either. One firing button does not even work with Warbirds.

    Any suggestions people? A plain old simple joystick is all I ask for.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    I picked up a Logitech Extreme 3d at Cash Convertors for 15 bucks. its got 12 buttons and every one works out of the box. No special drivers needed.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    ThrustMaster Top Gun Fox 2 Pro

    It seems that my old ThrustMaster is being phased out -- which explains why I could not find a replacement. But, there is still hope. A few of them are still available in Germany (!

    As for Logitech joysticks -- I still say "blah" -- no software for a Mac and no support from Logitech either. And, IT DOES NOT WORK WITH WARBIRDS!

    So, I guess once the last "ThrustMaster Top Gun Fox 2 Pro" is gone, we Mac owners will simply have to "stay on the ground".
  4. macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Logitech Extreme 3D here too. It doesn't need Mac software. Don't know about Warbirds but it works with everything I have with zero issues.

  5. macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I've had several logitechs, they look good, but they die fast. I haven't had one last more than 3 months. The plastic holds up, its having to recalibrate it every 10 minutes. I think they must be using real cheap potentiometers.

    I'm currently using a Saitek on my PC for the last 8 months. I haven't had to recalibrate it once. But the plastic is cheaper and looks like it will break eventually. Logitech 3D has a heavier base, the Saitek I have is a little too light. The nice thing about the Saitek is that it can be adjusted for left handed use, unlike the logitech 3D. If the Saitek lasts another 3-4 months I'll buy another. Its lasted far longer than any of my logitechs.

    On a lot of sticks or pads you have to get shareware to make them run on your mac. I use usboverdrive, but I havent tried it with the Saitek yet.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2004
    Your other option is CH Products. Pricy, but good. I've been using their stuff since the OS9 days, and no issues to speak of. They're designed for flight sims, so no worries there. I have a Combatstick 568 which works in OSX and XP via bootcamp. Also, I've got a set of Pro Pedals. All USB inputs.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
  8. macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
  9. macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    I have a cheap Logitech "Attack 3" joystick that I purchased from CompUSA when they were going out of business. It was priced at $19.99. Include their going-out-of-business discount, I spent $15. :) Great for my little X-Plane adventures.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Your other option is CH Products.

    Thanks for the tip. I have not even seen these before. But, sadly, no guarantee that they will work on a Mac mini WITHOUT Bootcamp. Anyway, I have a new ThrustMaster on the way from Germany. It should last me another five years!

    I'll spend my money on a new Mac mini next spring -- even if Apple doesn't come out with an upgrade. This old PPC is a bit slow for both photography and music.

    After that, who knows?

    Thanks for all the input, guys.
  11. macrumors G3


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Saitek joysticks or for better quality, higher cost look at CHProducts.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2009
    Thrustmaster Top Gun Fox 2 Pro w/ X-Plane 8 on Mac?

    I have a mint Top Gun Fox 2 Pro with the com->USB adapter that I am trying to use with X-Plane 8 on OS X 10.6.2 with no luck so I am flying from the keyboard/mouse.

    I tried USBOverdrive and that recognizes all of the joystick controls but X-Plane still does not. If I cannot find a way to get it to work then I will sell the TM and get something that works. If I sell it what's a reasonable price?

    Suggestions welcome.

    The New Guy
  13. macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2008
    Hi, just doing searches before posting a similar thread.

    Anyone had any recent luck with joysticks? I'm also looking at gaming consoles (like the "Dual Shock Feedback gamepad") and whatever other cool game controllers there are out there. :)
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2010
    You might also consider getting the "Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows" ( which apparently work with a Mac as well if you use this driver:

    I have not used it myself, but I saw a youtube video of a guy who had it set this up on his macbook pro, "Using Your Xbox Wireless Controller On Your Mac"

    Definitely looks promising, I plan to try setting this up someday.

    Edit: Another thread with more info on this:
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2011
    CH Products or other joystick

    I have just downloaded Xplane 9 to my iMac.

    CH Products seem to indicate that their joysticks are not so compatible to Mac OS X.

    Any advice gratefully received or suggestions for alternative.
  16. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Joystick for OSX

    The Thrustmaster "used to" work with OSX -- the new one should. Contact:

    Guillemot Inc.

    180 Varick Street, Suite 820 -New York, NY 10014

    Tel: 00 1 646 443 8000

  17. macrumors regular

    May 4, 2011
    What do I do?????????

    I have a thrust master top gun fox 2 from my old toshiba portege. I just bought the new macbook air, and when I plug in the joystick into the computer nothing happens??? I play GE Flight Simulator Online.

    I can't even find a page on the computer that shows the joystick is connected (on windows, there is a page that showed it was contacted to the laptop)

  18. macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    Logitech Joysticks are HID compliant and work on Mac OS X without the need for any drivers. I know you can use a lot of Logitech Joysticks in Feral games and we never have had any major problems (we had a few small ones over the years if a new stick design is released) but no missing buttons etc

    If you have a problem in a specific game I would email the makers of the game it is more likely the problem can be fixed in an update rather than an unsolvable problem with the actual joystick design.

  19. macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2011
    so does the logitech extreme 3d work without specific mac drivers for the microsoft flight simulator games as well?
  20. macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2009
    Somewhere in the middle of nowhere
  21. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008

    It seems that Saitek has only programs for Microsoft - PC. Are you sure it works on OSX? Anybody try it on "Warbirds"?
  22. macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2011
    Logitech Joystick

    What is the PN fro the Logitech you guys are using. The one recommended to me is 963290-0403. I need to know as I can get one from Best Buy, but it says it is only good for a PC, on the box.

    Thanks in advance

  23. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
    I use a Saitek x52 flight stick didn't try it on the Mac yet
  24. macrumors member


    Nov 24, 2010
    Dualshock 3. works perfectly with 10.6 and 10.7. I use it all the time for mame.
  25. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Dualshock 3

    Oops! Your Dualshock 3 doesn't have a stick. No stick, no flying ... at least not the way a P-51 is supposed to be flown. I managed to find one of the last Thrustmasters in Germany.... after that goes "kaputt", I don't know what I'll find, may try that Saitek. Remember it is with Warbirds that this stupiid PC Logitech doesn't work. Don't have anything else to try it on either.

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