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Default Profiles

there are several profiles included for joysticks. to load a default profile, go to Settings->Controls->Load Profile.

Included profiles at this time are :

  • Controller (based on Xbox360 Controller)
  • Saitek X52 Pro
  • Thrustmaster T16000m FCS HOTAS
  • Thrustmaster HOTAAS Warthog

Before loading a default profile, make sure to back up any existing profile using the option Settings->Controls->Save Profile. these profiles will then be listed in the Custom section of the load profile menu.


Setting up your own profile

most options related to Joystick/Controller input can be found in this section of the Controls menu:

To set up your own profile, start by checking if your device(s) are listed in the menu Settings->Controls->Manage Controllers/Joysticks.

In this menu, you can assign different input devices to slots, check the current device number or disable them. Multiple Input deviced will be symbolized by a small icon with a number next to it.


Settings->Controls->Invert Axes allows you to invert the axes of many axes controlled inputs like steering, throttle, strafe, first person controls, etc

Settings->Controls->Joystick Deadzone controls how big the area of no reaction to input is in the center of your axes

Settings->Controls->Bidirectional Throttle Some devices have the throttle axis in the center. If your throttle has its zero acceleration in the center and you want to change it, set this option to "off".

Settings->Controls->Gamepad Mode this option changes several interface behaviours related to automatic targeting, mouse usage while using a controller/joystick, etc.

Settings->Controls->Adaptive Steering if this is enabled, your input will change automatically to the primary steering axes of your ship.

For example : if roll is faster on the current ship, it will be mapped to the horizontal axis, if yaw is faster it will get mapped to the horizontal axis. For full manual control over your ships steering axes disable this option.


Button/Axis configuration

to map individual functions to your device, go to one of the following sections:

  • General 
  • Platform Movement
  • Menu Navigation

in each submenu, you will find individual functions that can get mapped in different subsections. each functionality can be mapped to two keys/buttons/axes

a small symbol next to the mapped input will tell you on which device it is, or if its mapped to mouse or keyboard.

in Settings->Controls->General you can map the basic flight operations for your ship. be aware that many steering related inputs can be mapped in either the Steering: Analog or Steering: Digital section. On any device using an axis for steering, make sure you map them in the Steering: Analog section to be able to use fine control.

by using the available options, you can also set up mixed steering where you can control your ship via joystick in some situations while using mouse/keyboard input in others.

Remember to save your profile after editing it.