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Gladiator Upgrade Kit Lite w/ MCG Bundles coming

Hi guys,

VKB HQ believes that roughly 90% of you who wait for the Upgrade Kit Lite to be released do so because they want to use it to make their Gladiator (non-pro) base compatible with the MCG/MCG PRO grips. With that in mind, VKB HQ allowed me to make Upgrade Kit + MCG grip bundles, and sell them instead for those of you who would otherwise be wanting to buy an MCG grip when the Upgrade Kit releases.

Until next time,

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Flash/Reset/Calibrate guides for new MCG/MCG PRO users

Hi guys,

For those of you who have an MCG series grip inbound for your Gladiator Pro Mk.II or Gunfighter joystick, please follow the respective guide provided on how to Flash/Reset/Calibrate your joystick with your new MCG or MCG PRO grip installed:

Hope these are useful to you.

Important: You will have to flash your Gunfighter or Gladiator base to make your new MCG work with it. Simply removing your current grip and installing your new MCG will not magically make the base understand what just happened. You need to tell the base (via firmware update) that there’s a new grip in town!

Until next time,

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New MCG PRO odering back online

Hi guys,

MCG PRO ordering back online.

due to the spiking demand for MCG PRO stand-alone grip orders, VKB HQ asked me to slow the ordering process down a little for them to catch up testing grips before shipping them out.

Thus, I temporarily put the MCG PRO ordering option on hold (message reads: SALE TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DUE TO DEMAND. SHOULD BE BACK IN A FEW DAYS), and will open them again as soon as VKB HQ gives me the green light to do so. MCG (non-pro) ordering is still open.

Please be aware that this does not affect any orders that have been already placed, and they will be shipped out as planned by VKB HQ starting this week. 

Until next time,

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New SMTP server

Hi guys,

just a site-internal tidbit here:

As of today, we’re using a new SMTP server that should see less emails landing in your spam folder, as it’s using the sender’s domain (vkbcontrollers.com), and that jives a lot better with (DKIM) DomainKeys Identified Mail.

In addition, all automated messages from the webshop come from ‘no-reply@vkbcontrollers.com’ now, which should relieve some of the strain on the vkb-sim.pro email server.

Until next time,

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Some Items Back in Stock

Hi guys,

MCG and MCG PRO stand-alone grips are finally back in stock at VKB’s warehouse, ready to ship starting next week.

Here’s the current MCG series lineup available again now:

  • MCG for Gunfighter Mk.I (RUS label only)
  • MCG for Gunfighter Mk.II (RUS label only)
  • MCG for Gladiator Pro Mk.II (RUS label only)
  • MCG PRO for Gunfighter Mk.I (ENG label only)
  • MCG PRO for Gunfighter Mk.II (ENG label only)
  • MCG PRO for Gladiator Pro Mk.II (ENG label only)

In case you’re wondering: I have currently no updated information on the availability of MCG grips for Mamba, Gladiator Pro Mk.I or the TMW base (all 5-pin) at this time. 

Gunfighter Mk.II Extension Kits are also back, ready to ship next week.
I have no updated info on the availability of Extension Kits for Gunfighter Mk.I at this time.

In other news:

  • The ‘Gladiator Upgrade Kit Lite’ will have to be pushed back one more time because of the need for a new type of spring, designed to overcome the additional resistance of the installed upgrade kit. More info sometime next week, once I hear more from VKB HQ on this. 
  • End of June still holds for the availability of Gunfighter/Gunfighter Pro Mk.II w/ MCG/MCG PRO/KG12 grips.
  • Mid-July looks good for the availability of Gladiator Pro Mk.II with MCG/MCG PRO/KG12 grips.
  • Updated firmware for Gunfighter (bug fixes and enhancements), and new firmware for Gladiator to support the MCG series of grips, should be available shortly.
  • And, in case you haven’t heard, VKB HQ did a sneak peek of the Kosmosima SCG (Space Combat Grip); click here to have a look.

As always, I will send out additional newsletters as soon as I get newsworthy updates from the developers at VKB HQ.

Until next time,

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VKB Kosmosima Space Combat Grip Sneak Peek

Hi guys,

UIV, VKB owner and chief engineer, has dropped a little sneak peek yesterday, and since it’s out in the open now, here are a couple of teaser images of the VKB Kosmosima SCG (Space Combat Grip).

Please be aware that this is not an official announcement, but a little something to see for those that have been waiting for the Kosmosima design to be revealed:

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A few key points of info I was given so far about the Kosmosima grip:

  • Comes in both left- and right-handed versions (SCG-L and SCG-R)
  • Both have a contactless twist adapter built-in by default (can be hard-locked via screw)
  • Compatible with Gunfighter and Gladiator Pro bases
  • Both have two LED indicators; one single-color, the second RGB (operation of the LED indicators can be customized via software)
  • Both have dual-stage triggers
  • All hat switches on both grips have push functionality, and one can toggle between analog/digital mode via long push
  • Both come with a detachable palm rest
  • Planned retail price is less than $99 (per grip)

Please be aware that I don’t have any further info and details at this time (and no ETA). Once I get more updates down the line, I will try and keep everyone informed.

Fell free to discuss the Kosmosima sneak peek on the official VKB forum.

Until next time,