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MCG grip on MAMBA/GLADIATOR – yes or no

Hi guys,

here’s a nice writeup from VKB HQ about the compatibility of the VKB-Sim MCG variants with some of the legacy VKB controllers out here; have a look – you might find it interesting. It’s also been posted on the official VKB forums (feel free to ask questions and comment there as well).

A.
CONNECTORS in the BASE.
(“Connectors” are hardware (physical) couplings, usually “male” and “female”. Just hardware, no less, no more).
A1 – Female 5-pin air force style connector:
– Mamba Мк2\3
– Vintage Mamba
– Gladiator Pro Mk1
A2 – Springed 3-pin connector (rev A)
– Gladiator Pro Mk2
– Gunfighter RevA
A3 – 3-pin connector patch (platform)
– Gunfighter RevB
The above listed are the CONNECTORS.

B.
Now, the PROTOCOLS.
(“PROTOCOLS”, unlike “connectors”, are not “material/physical” plugs and sockets. They are pieces of software made to en/decrypt the signal/data that is received through the dedicated “connector” itself).
There are 2 of them:
B1 – 5-wire button protocol
– Mamba Mk2\3, Warthog
B2 – 3-wire digital button-axis protocol
– Vintage Mamba, Gladiators Pro MkI,II, GFs A/B
The above listed are the PROTOCOLS.
NOTE: Vintage Mamba and Gladiators MkI Pro are equipped with 5-wire connectors but 3-wire protocol. 2 wires are not used.
Mamba Mk2\3 internal controller on its PCB has a connector that can be used for digital grip protocol.

However there is also a Fat Mamba. It is based on Mamba but it has buttons and axes on its sides.
To connect MCG to Mamba it only takes replacing 5-pin connector with 3-pin one, and plugging it into a different socket.
However to connect MCG to Fat Mamba one would need an extra PCB because the socket that was meant for grip is already occupied by axes.
The above mentioned extra PCB allows plugging in additional jacks. By installing this PCB you will effectively turn your Fat Mamba into Vintage Mamba. Don’t forget to cast a spell “Mambio transformio!”

As everyone can see,
MCG GRIP CAN BE USED WITH MAMBA Mk2\3 and Vintage, GLADIATOR, and GUNFIGHTER.
It might be easy and straightforward, or take some 15 mins for installing an extra (cheap and easily available) PCB into the grip, but it is possible and perfectly doable.

Until next time,