What is joystick?

  • (noun): A lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane.
    Synonyms: stick, control stick
    See also — Additional definitions below


A joystick is an input device consisting of a stick that pivots on a base and reports its angle or direction to the device it is controlling. A joystick, also known as the control column, is the principal control device in the cockpit of many civilian and military aircraft, either as a center stick or side-stick. It often has supplementary switches to control various aspects of the aircraft's flight.

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Assassin 3D
... (A3D) by First-Person Gaming is a trackball designed to be used simultaneously with a joystick to replace the keyboard and mouse combo for player movement and aiming in first-person shooter games like Quake and Unreal ... Warrior Extreme, a very successful joystick developed for First-Person Gaming by Logitech ... connection that received and filtered the analog signal from the joystick, combined it with the trackball data, and sent it in a single pass to the computer ...
... via paddle shifters from the steering wheel or via a "joystick" like a sequential manual gearbox ... normal driving it is possible to use either the paddles or the joystick but if the driver tries to use paddles during joystick mode the joystick has higher priority ...
Midnight Magic (Atari 2600) - Gameplay
... Midnight Magic utilized the Atari 2600 joystick for performing simulated pinball functions, such as activating the flippers and shooting the ball ... Moving the joystick controller down pulls the pinball machine plunger back while pressing the joystick button shoots the ball into the playfield ...
Super Advantage
... The SNES Advantage is a large joystick produced by Asciiware, sold for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System ... The controller was designed to be used like an arcade game joystick and featured larger action buttons than the standard SNES controller ... It is used with both hands, one for the joystick and the other to manipulate the buttons ...
Joystick - Assistive Technology
... Specialist joysticks, classed as an assistive technology pointing device, are used to replace the computer mouse for people with fairly severe physical disabilities ... Rather than controlling games these joysticks plug into the USB port and control the pointer ... Miniature joysticks are also available for people with conditions involving muscular weakness such as muscular dystrophy or motor neurone disease ...

More definitions of "joystick":

  • (noun): A manual control consisting of a vertical handle that can move freely in two directions; used as an input device to computers or to devices controlled by computers.