An early look at the MCG Pro

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An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby rrohde » Mon May 08, 2017 3:23

(Shenzhen, PRC / Norman, Oklahoma, USA / Utrecht, The Netherlands) – May 8, 2017

Modern Combat Grips

In the last Modern Combat Grip announcement, VKB highlighted the three different variants of the MCG currently in development:

- The baseline MCG (14 programmable buttons, 5 analog axes)
- The MCG TM (23 programmable buttons, compatible with Thrustmaster® Warthog™ and Cougar™ bases)
- The MCG Pro – (24 programmable buttons, 6 analog axes)

The VKB-Sim MCG Pro

As a reminder, here are the MCG Pro specific highlights:

- Right-hand grip design
- 24 programmable buttons; 6 analog axes
- Compatible with VKB-Sim Gladiator Pro Mk.II, and Gunfighter controllers
- Metal Folding Trigger - Button + Contactless Sensor (axis); programmable
- User-swappable thumb button on grip (either simple push button, or 4-way switch with push); programmable

MCG Pro Production Status:

Initial Mockup Ready for Testing

Here are a few impressions of the MCG Pro mockup attached to the VKB Gladiator Pro Mk.II base, as well as the VKB Gunfighter (with and without extension):

MCG Pro/Gladiator Pro Mk.II Base:

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MCG Pro/Gunfighter Base:

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MCG Pro/Gunfighter Pro:

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The next step in the MCG Pro Production:

Based on this initial MCG mockup, VKB HQ will make a few changes to the following items based on their evaluation and testing:

- Folding trigger shape
- Microstick shape
- Brake lever shape
- Minor adjustments to grip shape

Once these changes have been finalized, VKB HQ will make a final version of the mockup, and, if everything checks out, launches the tooling process to get production underway.

About MCG Compatibility:

VKB HQ is planning a special edition of the MCG - the ‘MCG MG’ with a 5-pin connector. This version will allow backwards compatibility with older generation VKB-Sim controllers, such as:

- Black/Fat Mamba Mk.II / Mk.III
- Vintage Mamba
- Gladiator Pro Mk.I
- KingCobra Mk.IV

Besides having a 5-pin connector, the MCG MG is no different than its 3-pin counterparts:
MCG MG (14 programmable buttons, 5 analog axes) and MCG MG Pro (24 programmable buttons, 6 analog axes).

This solution is still up for discussion at VKB HQ, as there’s another option: instead of offering the MCG MG variant with 5-pin connector built in, an adapter could be made available instead.
Such adapter would allow the 3-pin MCG to be adapted to the aforementioned older controllers. However, an adapter would add around 20mm to the overall height of the MCG grip – which might not be the most desired outcome.

Please share your thoughts on what you would prefer in this dedicated VKB Forum Thread http://forum.vkb-sim.pro/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=2633.

For more information, please contact:
http://www.VKBcontrollers.com
http://www.flightsimcontrols.com
http://www.VKB-Sim.pro
VKB North America
https://VKBControllers.com

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby marcusstratus » Mon May 08, 2017 16:04

Awesome. Very much looking forward to this grip. I didn't see any information about the twist add-on, can you give us any info about that? I wont be using this until I have the twist functionality on the MCG also.

Also, in some of the pictures I see the secondary, flip-up trigger appears double, is that just a photoshop error?

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby Ron61 » Mon May 08, 2017 17:39

No, it's not a mistake. Made as on the original.

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby marcusstratus » Mon May 08, 2017 19:03

Ah that makes a lot more sense now. Thanks!

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby DawnWing » Mon May 08, 2017 20:17

meeeeetaaaaaaalllllllllllll
that's all, if we have metal edition, no reason to buy warthog.
and also that modern combat throttle.

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby Bourrinopathe » Tue May 09, 2017 9:12

I can barely imagine all the programming options with all those controls!

Long presses, modifiers, axes sending button inputs, mode(s) selector(s), panic button with macro, mouse emulation, keyboard inputs combined with voice recognition software to trigger some audio feedback (e.g. VoiceAttack), etc.
The MCG should be really versatile. (and my brain will probably melt while trying crazy things)
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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby ariley1984 » Mon May 22, 2017 4:45

Is it not possible to have a quick release. That uses a lever instead of a allen key just think having to have an allen key to hand to swap out grips seems abit daft seeing as it would be quite easy to loose the smaller one.

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby MGH » Thu May 25, 2017 12:51

i am absolutely interested in this grip for my mkiv king cobra.

is there any indication on pricing for the pro yet ?

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby StarLordRick » Tue May 30, 2017 15:52

nice work. Im interested in trying dual stick in star citizen, but would need a left handed stick, and this would put my old cougar base back into use. Just dont know about the stiff gimbal with a plastic stick.

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby OscarJuliet » Sat Jun 03, 2017 20:56

I will jump all over this as soon as it is released. I fly using CH products but the reviews of your items is too good to pass up.

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby ActionBowman » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:54

It's exactly what I'm after! Good to hear a lefty version is in the works for HOSAS as well. Only snag for me is that I don't yet own a compatible base. Will you offer the MCG Pro in conjunction with a gladiator/multi-button base?

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby DawnWing » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:42

any news about grip, ecp and throttle?

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby petrvs » Mon Oct 02, 2017 0:12

I'm trying to preorder on usa website but I get bad getaway please help

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby rtrski » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:56

I did too, but I just waited 5 minutes and the email confirming pre-order came thru. So I guess it went ok; if not I'll find out come Nov 1st...

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Re: An early look at the MCG Pro

Postby Hackl » Mon Oct 02, 2017 20:34

petrvs wrote:I'm trying to preorder on usa website but I get bad getaway please help


I ordered and got the same circumstance. Bad Gateway but received a confirmation E-mail for Nov 1.

So did our orders take or must we re-order.

Can moderators confirm either way please.


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