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X4: Tides of Avarice and the 5.00 update land March 14

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The next big free upgrade to X4: Foundations along with the X4: Tides of Avarice expansion are releasing March 14. X4 is easily one of the most in-depth space games around

"Encountering and interacting with previously unknown, lawless pirate and scavenger factions, will challenge your perception of social order and justice in the X universe. In new sectors and dangerous regions, you will not only discover new ships and stations, but also encounter stellar phenomena that will significantly influence your plans and actions. What is it all about, and who are the mysterious manipulators that have learned to master a rare and vital resource? Your journey will lead you towards the answers. Set out and discover a new chapter of X4: Foundations."

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To go along with the release date announcement they gave a quick calendar of what's upcoming:

For the full game right now you can buy it on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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TheSHEEEP Feb 21, 2022
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After my Thrustmaster stick broke, I tried to play the game once with mouse & keyboard, but... it's just not the same. Kinda works, but you really miss all those buttons on/around the stick.
And it wasn't even a cheap one - still broke after not even two years and no usage outside of X4.

Now I'm extremely hesitant to buy a new one as it would still be pretty much the only game (well, that and Elite: Dangerous) I'd use it with.


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anewson Feb 22, 2022
Quoting: TheSHEEEPAfter my Thrustmaster stick broke, I tried to play the game once with mouse & keyboard, but... it's just not the same. Kinda works, but you really miss all those buttons on/around the stick.
And it wasn't even a cheap one - still broke after not even two years and no usage outside of X4.

Now I'm extremely hesitant to buy a new one as it would still be pretty much the only game (well, that and Elite: Dangerous) I'd use it with.

kind of amazing how many problems HOTAS systems have relative to how expensive they are.. I had a Saitek x52 for Elite Dangerous and it had countless problems with not a ton of use.
TheSHEEEP Feb 22, 2022
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Quoting: anewsonkind of amazing how many problems HOTAS systems have relative to how expensive they are.. I had a Saitek x52 for Elite Dangerous and it had countless problems with not a ton of use.
When I took mine apart (after the problems started, in an attempt to fix it/see what's going on), I immediately saw how incredibly shoddy the internal manufacturing was.
Glue everywhere, and despite that parts just hanging about kind of loose, sensitive parts just exposed to the elements. It explained a lot about why it broke so quickly, but also raised tons of questions about the expensive pricing point.

My guess would be that only the most expensive variants have any chance at longevity (hoping that some of that money goes into more than shoddy manufacturing), but of course only make sense to purchase if I was using it a lot more.


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denyasis Feb 22, 2022
Quoting: anewsonkind of amazing how many problems HOTAS systems have relative to how expensive they are.. I had a Saitek x52 for Elite Dangerous and it had countless problems with not a ton of use.

Not gonna lie, the best stick I've owned is a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick. Despite being a cheap retail stick (you can tell because they added "Extreme" and "Pro" to the name, lol)

Mines 17+ years old. Not perfect, but gets the job done.
SuperTux Feb 23, 2022
I have the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog, its really expensive and solid, apart from one thing; the throttle is very sensitive to power cuts, its a known issue with people replacing the part inside to rectify the issue. Cost of replacement outside of warranty is about $70, or was pre-Covid.
JoeCool Feb 23, 2022
I have the full suite of CH Products bought used over the years: CH Fighterstick, CH Throttle Pro and the CH Pedals. They would have cost a fortune new, but they are awesome quality. Maybe a bit big for smaller hands. And the drivers on Windows in a VM are quite iffy (needed only to flash extra functions to the sticks). You can even order replacement pots (it's about the only thing that can break on them).

Even my original 2 button + Throttle Flightstick I played Tie Fighter with in the early 90s still works on the last PC that has a gameport.
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