I’m still using that same old V1 Flight Stick, and having a great time in Elite.
Though, I would recommend a separate thruster to go along with your flight stick. It’s a fun game, but it depends on the kind of gamer you are. I try to stay away from guides and forums discussing it, and just experience the game, keeping the mystery and discovery aspects of it intact. That way, I also don’t just look for the fastest way to “beat it” and get all the things in it, but rather enjoy the ride and take it as it comes. I’ll mine some, then I’ll bounty hunt some, fail at getting my friends into it some, get interrupted by pirates and have some rare, but o-so-epic space fights every now and then. Good times.
(Unless you go out specifically looking for trouble) It is slow 70% of the time. A sort of “podcast game” or something where I would usually listen to some music while exploring the galaxy. However that slowness is what I see making the action parts so much more exiting. Part of that is that there are basically no loading screens, you’re doing and experiencing the adventure in real-time. So that includes stopping of at a station every now and then, to fix scratches in the paint job on your ship.
Currently, I’m just waiting for a good opportunity to get a Valve Index, so I can completely disappear into space if that space-legs update comes along in 2020.
TL;DR: No clue, I didn’t play it back then, but I’m enjoying it right now!