Ouch. But to be honest I could never find any of their products alluring.
Even factoring in the low price it simply didn’t click for me.
Still, sad for the people working there.
I think they went wrong taking the race to the bottom in recent year. I agree most of their stuff was so cheap and lacked quality. Hopefully some of those employees may stay in the game and bring us some cool new stuff.
Don’t forget, the Saitek division was sold to Logitech. So there is that.
Maye also the increase in self made projects thanks to a lot of interesting hardware (Raspberry Pi, Leo Bodnar…) undermined the “cheap stuff” segment of the market.
This one is a hard one. Saitek x52 to me was an unbeatable bang for buck product. I have the original still in use (before the x52 pro came along). For the money i spent, there really is no better value. It must surely be 10 years old now. One rotary has a spike and the stick has some slop in it but still very usable
Also i have the x52 pro pedals. These are also excellent, lasted far longer than i can think, and have absolutely zero spikes on any of the axis. This must be 7 or 8 years old. I did damage it though after a nasty drop where an internal guide rail broke. I just ripped it out and works like a charm.
So for me, Saitek products were excellent.
Saying that though, i did follow with severe intent the madcatz offerings of the x55 and x56 as well as the take over of the drivers that effected my glrious x52.
I never did upgrade though because of two reasons. One my x52 was still perfectly usable and two i was hearing quality control issues with madcatz.
I think its sad that this company went under. Saitek had a fantastic place in the market offering good products for an excellent price. Now what is going to fulfil the gap of " best bang for buck" products?
There is a big hole now. We have cheap end then the big jump to high end. Thats a problem for the simming industry as thse that want to get into it will be forced to pay even more money to have a semi decent go at it, and that is never a good thing.
You could argue though that you may get some bargain prices now on the x55/x56. In their own right these are good stick, but with the quality control of madcatz being a bit rubbish, would you role the dice on a discounted stick with no support or recourse?
My old X52 was modded into my collective now, I have also had 2 sets of pro rudder pedals and a yoke and quadrant that are still good as new. The biggest shame is that it was an affordable way into flight sims, starting out I bet none of us would have bought a 300£ Hotas when we first delved into PC flying. I started with a 20£ MS sidewinder then 100£ for my X52 when I thought this is my kinda gaming and then the 300£ warthog when they where first released. With out saitek I might never have taken the essential leap
Wow. Even after selling off Saitek.
Thrustmaster makes a phenomenal mid range HOTAS in the T16000 FCS. It’s fairly well made, has Hall sensors, and it comes with rudder pedals, so there’s hope.