Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 joystick

Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 joystick

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The Sidewinder needs itís own power socket (keep those power boards coming) - it has 8 buttons, a hat, throttle and rudders on board.

It comes with all the necessary software and uses a USB port.

To use Microsoft® SideWinder® Force Feedback 2 with the Game Controller Software you will need:

  • Pentium 166 or higher processor
  • USB port
  • Microsoft Windows® 98 or Windows 2000 Professional operating system
  • 16 MB of memory (RAM)
  • 25 MB of available hard-disk space
  • DirectX® 7.0a API (included)
  • Quad-speed CD-ROM drive
  • Super VGA, 256-color monitor
  • Microsoft Mouse, or compatible pointing device
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later browser software to view User Guide
  • Printer for profile printouts (optional)
  • Joystick is compatible with Windows 98 or later based games only

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O/S Year Compatibility / setup
Windows 2000 2000 PC reported:

"Upon getting the Force Feedback 2 out of the box I was impressed by the solid feel of this stick, in the weight stakes it was right up there with my old Thrustmaster Pro.

After reading the many warnings both on the manual and a sticker on the USB connection I decided that Microsoft was serious, they actually wanted me to follow the instructions and install the software before plugging the stick in.

Anyhow the installation was painless and quick. I then got under the desk and plugged the joystick into the USB port, at this point I started getting very excited as I heard the Ďwindows beepí of recognition.

I didnít want to get too overconfident, but Wow it seemed that this device would/ could maybe work as advertised!

Hat switch and weapon select buttons
Hat switch and weapon select buttons

Throttle control
Throttle control

Rudder control is achieved by twisting the stick
Rudder control is achieved by twisting the stick

From experience I try not to get to whipped up at this point in the installation of any device as Iím sure the computer can detect the adrenaline flowing through me and tries to teach me a lesson by making me spend the next few hours (or days) tinkering to get the device or program working."

That would be "Murphy's Law" in action - Contact MiGMan with your experiences regarding this sim.

"Iím happy to say that my fears were unfounded because the joystick worked fine."

Windows 7 64 bit Dec 2018 This info worked for me.
I then used JoyToKey to map the buttons.
  • "Make sure your MSSWFF2 is powered up and plugged into a USB port (I'm using USB2 - haven't tested it on USB3).
  • Go to Control Panel -> Devices and Printers
  • You should see the SideWinder Force Feedback 2
  • Right mouse click and select Game Controller Settings from the pop-up menu
  • Select (highlight) Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick from the Controller list
  • Click the Properties button
  • This brings up the settings and calibration for the joystick
  • No, you cant set any macros to the buttons with this BUT I can bind the defaults to my in-game key bindings on almost all games.

"Indeed, as of November 4th 2013 the MSSWFF2 is correctly identified and a driver will automatically be downloaded from Microsoft Update. All buttons/throttle/point of view and z rotation settings work perfectly for Windows 7 64bit. "

From answers.microsoft.com...