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I have had a look in the C:\X-Plane 11\Resources\joystick configs folder and there is a configuration file for the Sidewinder joystick, so it should be OK in XP11.
Personally I use the Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X and/or the Logitech Pro Flight Yoke/Rudder system, depending on which aircraft I'm flying at the time. Photos below.
Basically though, any USB flight controller should work, but a HOTAS version with separate throttle and stick might be best, such as the one I have. HOTAS = Hands On Throttle and Stick.
Hope this helps?
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