Gimballed mouse pilots aim with their mouse, fixed flightstick pilots aim with their ship, although I noticed that it is also possible to fly gimballed with a flightstick, if you set look ahead and target focus correct. Your ship lags behind your aim, your aim is more precise, not dependent on the mass and inertia of your ship.
I think gimbal assist it great, more casuals will be playing and if its straight one-sided it will kill the fun for most of the player base. This is a video game first and a simulator second. People with flight sticks will be able to use them and not get completely smashed to pieces and will be able to enjoy a combat fight.
I agree with Toys, and I would add that this will force pilots to fly more defensively, trying to get behind their opponents because they can't depend upon their opponent's crappy shooting to keep them safe. Eventually this should force piloting skills to develop and the best pilots will still be able to hit much harder by flying fixed.
Sounds good to me.
My whiny complaint is that the ships page does not currently tell us what has gimbals. That sucks.
Does anyone know if this gimbal assist works with remote turrets, like the chin mount on the Vanguard and Polaris?