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Gladiator Pro Delays

Hi guys,

VKB HQ shared with me today that the final batch of Gladiator Pro sticks will not be ready until after the 2018 Chinese New Year, which will likely delay its release until March 2018.

Even though the delivery date is slipping by a large margin, your pre-order status will not change, and your credit/debit card will not be charged until March 2018.

That said, feel free to cancel your Gladiator Pro pre-order if you (understandably) don’t want to wait this long.

This does not affect the release date of the Gunfighter series, nor that of the MCG/MCG PRO grips, which is still slated for December 2017 (barring any news to the contrary).

Until next time,

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MCG Delays

Hi guys,

VKB HQ shared with me today that they are not going to make it in time for the shipping date of November 1 as initially envisioned.

The main reason is debugging the various different firmware elements for the multiple different MCG variants to be programmed, tested, and injected into the Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). This enormous task is slowing things down more than expected.

A word from VKB HQ:
“We are here to humbly offer our apologies to our loyal, trusting, devoted customers. The only reason we breach our promise is that we are determined to give you a product that works flawlessly. As you can see in the picture below, the grip is totally ready to be marketed – hardware wise. However, creating flesh out of mud is one thing, but blowing life into it is something different and this is what we are doing now. It is not going to take long, but it will still take some time. We work 15 hours a day, both our HQ and supporting engineers worldwide. Please don’t give up on us, we’re doing our best to hurry up.”

With that in mind, VKB HQ has requested to push back the MCG release date to December 1, 2017.

This also affects everything else on pre-order, delaying:

  • the next batch of Gunfighters and Gladiator Pros
  • all MCG/MCG PRO variants

(A special note for those waiting on the MCG-TM release – it was pushed back even further, to February 1, 2018.)

I know that this is not what everyone wanted to hear – but this is something we at VKBcontrollers.com have no control over.

That said, I will adjust the pre-order ‘release date’ to to reflect the new date, and this will push back all automatic payment charges to December 1, 2017 (and February 1, 2018 respectively).

Your current pre-order status is not affected by this, and your credit/debit card will not get charged until then.

Please keep in mind that if you don’t want to wait, you can always cancel any existing pre-order from your customer account dashboard at VKBcontrollers.com

I will keep you posted as I learn more.

Until next time,

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MCG PRO – Side-by-side comparison with Twist Adapter installed

Hi Guys,

courtesy of VKB HQ, here’s the first ever image that shows the MCG PRO with Twist Adapter installed. The twist mechanism is self-centering, and will prevent unwanted twist input by the way it was designed. Also, note how little extra height the Twist Adapter adds. This is perfect for the tabletop users out there.

I hope to have more news about the VKB Twist Adapter soon.

(click to enlarge)

 

Until next time,

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Categories added

Hi guys,

to make it easier to browse for MCG grips for specific, compatible bases, I’ve created a few more categories to drill into. This should make it easier for you to identify the right MCG or MCG PRO grip for you out of all 11(!) MCG variants by identifying the name of any existing base/stick combo first.

Hope you find this useful.

Until next time,

 

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‘Bad Gateway’ – hopefully fixed

Hi guys,

a lot of you had run into a “Bad Gateway” issue while pre-ordering from VKBcontrollers.com these past couple of days, leading often times to multiple orders from the same customer because it wasn’t clear if the initial order was accepted by the system. Because of this, a lot of people tried to order again.

Our webmaster has allocated more RAM to the operation of the webshop, and we hope this issue has now been solved. Please let us know if this issue persist on your end. Thank you.

Until next time,

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Quick note on Apple Pay

Hi guys,

for some reason Apple Pay does not play well with pre-ordering and has charged the credit cards of several customers immediately, instead of charging them at the projected shipping date of Nov. 1. 2017. The customers affected by this have been promptly refunded are are encouraged to pre-order again, outside of Apple Pay.

Because of this issue, I have disabled Apple Pay within the payment gateway for the time being.

Sorry for any inconvenience that may cause.

From the developers of Woocommerce, Apple Pay support should be fixed in the next version of Woo, and once that’s in place, I will enable Apple Pay again.

Until next time,

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Pre-ordering is now live!

Got done a day early – so you can get your pre-oders in today if you wish:

Have at it – and please do not forget* when ordering an MCG (standalone or bundle) to follow this simple task:

“DURING CHECKOUT, PLEASE USE THE ‘ORDER NOTES’ SECTION TO SPECIFY IF YOU WANT RUSSIAN OR ENGLISH LABELS FOR YOUR MCG GRIP! IF NO CHOICE IS GIVEN, THE DEFAULT WILL BE RUSSIAN (CYRILLIC) LABELS.”

*If you do forget, instead of emailing me your desired label language after the fact, please cancel your pre-order and start over again. This is the easiest option as nothing has been charged to your credit/debit card yet. This also helps me out tremendouslyt because I don’t have to track tons of emails that way. Thank you!

In other news:

  • The MCG-Left is likely getting a name change to reflect its intended use for a space simulation grip. I was asked to remove it from the webshop until more details are available to share with everyone. It’s not gone, it’s just still being developed with not much to show for yet.
  • The MCG Twist Adapter is shaping up nicely, and VKB HQ did some of their magic to not make the MCG grip stand taller at all. Their goal was to have the same MCG height for tabletop users whether they use a twist adapter or not. …and they pulled it of. Once I have more info, I will let you know.
    • Please keep in mind that neither the MCG-Left nor the MCG Twist Adapter are part of the pre-ordering process, and will be made available at a later date. 
  • Also, please remember that MCG versions for the older Mamba Mk.II and Black/Fat Mamba Mk.III, as well as the King Cobra Mk.IV are currently not available for pre-ordering.

Until next time,

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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,

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MCG and Gunfighter pre-Ordering starts October 1, 2017

Hi Guys, 

Good news – pre-ordering for the next batch of VKB Gunfighters and a select choice of MCG grips will start October 1, 2017.

I prepared VKBcontrollers.com with the new lineup of products – so have a look around:

I will keep you updated about the development of the other MCGs (5-pin and left-hand versions), as well as the Twist Adapters availability as I learn more. I also hope to have a final MCG announcement out around October 1 – so stay tuned for more info soon. 

NOTE: Pre-ordering is contingent upon having received final pricing from VKB HQ prior to October 1, as well as having received a good ETA for shipment to start from VKB HQ. Worst case, pre-ordering could slip by a few days. 
NOTE: When pre-ordering, your credit/debit card will not be charged until the product is available for shipping from VKB HQ; if the shipping date gets delayed, the pre-ordering plugin allows me to push back the shipping date without affecting your pre-order status. 


Until next time,