How to Fly Like a Pro in Star Citizen with the X52 HOTAS
Star Citizen is a massively multiplayer online space game that offers a realistic and immersive experience of flying, fighting, and exploring in a vast universe. Whether you are a casual pilot or a hardcore combatant, you will need a good controller to get the most out of your ship and your skills. One of the most popular and recommended controllers for Star Citizen is the X52 HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick) from Logitech.
The X52 HOTAS is a high-end joystick and throttle system that features a lot of buttons, switches, dials, and LEDs that can be customized to suit your preferences and needs. It also has a built-in LCD screen that displays useful information such as your speed, altitude, target, and weapon status. The X52 HOTAS is compatible with Star Citizen and can be configured in-game or through the Logitech software. However, setting up the X52 HOTAS for Star Citizen can be a bit tricky and confusing, especially for beginners. That's why we have prepared this guide to help you install, setup, and optimize your X52 HOTAS for Star Citizen.
How to Install the X52 HOTAS
Before you can use the X52 HOTAS for Star Citizen, you need to install the drivers and software for it. Here are the steps to do that:
Download the latest drivers and software for the X52 HOTAS from this link.
Run the installer and follow the instructions on the screen.
Connect the X52 HOTAS to your PC via USB.
Launch the Logitech software and check if your X52 HOTAS is detected and working properly.
If you encounter any issues or errors, try updating the firmware of your X52 HOTAS by following these steps.
How to Setup the X52 HOTAS in Star Citizen
Once you have installed the X52 HOTAS, you can configure it in Star Citizen. There are two ways to do that: using the in-game keybindings or using the Logitech profile. We recommend using the in-game keybindings as they are more flexible and easier to customize. Here are the steps to do that:
Launch Star Citizen and go to Options > Keybindings > Joystick / HOTAS.
Click on Advanced Controls Customization at the bottom right corner.
Select Flight - Movement from the drop-down menu at the top left corner.
Click on Clear All at the bottom left corner to unbind all the default keybindings.
Click on each function you want to assign to your X52 HOTAS and press the corresponding button or axis on your controller.
You can also use modifiers such as Shift, Ctrl, or Alt to create more combinations.
Repeat steps 3 to 6 for other categories such as Flight - Targeting, Flight - Weapons, Flight - Defensive, etc.
Save your changes by clicking on Export at the bottom right corner.
If you prefer using the Logitech profile, you can download one from this Reddit post or this YouTube video. However, keep in mind that these profiles may not be updated or compatible with the latest version of Star Citizen. You will also need to launch the Logitech software before launching Star Citizen and select the profile from there.
How to Optimize the X52 HOTAS for Star Citizen
After setting up the X52 HOTAS for Star Citizen, you can tweak some settings to improve your performance and comfort. Here are some tips to do that:
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