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Microsoft Flight Simulator Planning to Go DirectX 12 In The Future
Posted: 25/09/2020 16:56:22


Developers have said that DirectX 12 offers a lot more flexibility for creators and more functionality to take advantage of features for the latest graphics cards. How Microsoft Flight Simulator will use the new rendering API is yet to be seen other than fixing an issues reported by the community.




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Pilot2ATC Upgrade 2.6.1.3 Now Supports MFSF2020
Posted: 09/09/2020 23:26:53


Pilot2ATC is a powerfull ATC application for flight simulators has recently been upgraded to version add support for MSFS2020. For those looking to experience flying with full air traffic cotrol but prefer to fly offline this is the perfect solution. Voice recognition allows you to interact with ATC using natural speach. The radios and readbacks can be handled automatically by a virtual co-pilot or you can go "full on" and do everything yourself. It has built in flight planning and will take you from cold and dark to arrival gate and deboarding. Supporting both IFR and VFR flights it is the closest thing to real ATC available. Connection to X-Plane is via its own plugin and connection to MSFS requires FSUIPC V7 which is currently free till the end of October. Finally the moving map, which has options for various sources including open street maps or full satalite imagery, not only displays the taxi routes but also displays all the AI aircraft around your location as well.




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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Official Launch
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:33:02


Powered by Ampere, NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture, GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards feature faster 2nd gen Ray Tracing Cores, faster 3rd gen Tensor Cores, and new streaming multiprocessors that together bring stunning visuals, faster frame rates, and AI acceleration for gamers and creators. GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs also feature several world firsts: they’re the first gaming-class graphics cards with up to 24GB of new, blazing-fast GDDR6X VRAM; they’re the first GPUs with HDMI 2.1, for 4K high refresh rate and 8K gaming; they’re the first discrete GPUs with support for the AV1 codec, enabling you to watch high-resolution streams using significantly less bandwidth; and our Founders Edition cards are the first with innovative dual axial flow through cooling solutions.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator Patch 1.7.14.0 Now Available
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:27:28


Posted just now on the FlightSimulator blog, MicrosoftFlight Simulator patch 1.7.14.0 is now available to download. The new patch, which is free and can be installed now and addresses some issues such as installation issues, content manager problems and also provides a much more stable SimConnect experience to no longer have significant FPS drops when using it.




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Next Level Racing Introduces New Flight Simulation Hardware
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:25:25


Whilst the name of the company implies that flight simulation isn’t their speciality, this is far from the case as Next Level Racing has introduced a new series of products designed specifically to enhance flight simulation. The all-new F-GT Flight Simulator and the GTtrack Flight Simulator are both designed to offer a premium experience for enthusiasts with a desire to have a mounted and realistic hardware set-up.




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VIRPIL Releases Range of Control Panels
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:23:02


Hardware producer VIRPIL has released a new series of products for anyone looking to build up their VPCockpit. The all-new VIRPIL Control Panels are a standalone USB device that can be attached to your PC to add a huge number of customisable switches and buttons for your at-home cockpit.




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X-Plane Updated to 11.50RC1
Posted: 19/08/2020 09:03:45


The Development has been battling many different issues throughout the beta phase, but it seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the implementation of Vulkan/Metal for X-Plane. Vulkan/Metal is a new way of utilising the way your computer and its systems utilise the hardware of the GPU. This results in a much smoother experience with fewer stutters and in most cases, a higher frame rate.




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Fulcrum One Yoke Pre-Orders Open
Posted: 17/08/2020 13:58:46


A new yoke which has been in development for multiple years has now just been made available to pre-order. The Fulcrum One Yoke is designed to be a modern yoke using Hall Effect sensors to give eliminate spiking and wear that can happen overtime. The yoke will also feature a unique connection method so that yoke handles can easily be swapped out in the future when additional aircraft types are made available.




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737 Ultimate for X-Plane Becomes Threshold LevelUp
Posted: 14/08/2020 11:57:21


What was once known as the 737 Ultimate project has now been handed over to Threshold to develop. Now branded as the LevelUp series, the project will bring the Boeing 737-600 to the -900 & -900ER to X-Plane 11. The development project is being worked on with both Zibo and Laminar Research to bring the freeware package to simulator users.




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Pilot Experience Sim Releases P3D5 Settings Pack
Posted: 11/08/2020 20:45:51


Pilot Experience Sim has released its P3D5 SettingsPack for Prepar3D v5. The settings pack is designed to give users the ability to create a stable Prepar3D platform whilst adding in other functions such as smart backups, adding in preset settings and more. The product acts as a guide to give you the best performance in your simulator based on a range of criteria you can select through the application. It will work on a network computer, features an online updater tool and the ability to quickly reset your Prepar3D installation to factory settings in just minutes.




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Orbx Announces First Products to come to Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 09/08/2020 21:52:22


Broken through a lengthy post on the Orbx Forums, Orbx has shared the news on the first of their vast product lineup to be hitting the latest Flight Simulator on the market. Orbx is highly commended within the flight simulation community for their vast series of products ranging from regional and global autogen replacements, airports and their True Earth series, although many enthusiasts doubt the future of this series in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.




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Verticalsim Studios VStates
Posted: 06/08/2020 16:16:21


Verticalsim Studios VStates is an X-Plane Orthos product, whcih covers most of the united states where ORBX does not. Although it is free to download, users are encouraged to make a donation. Verticalsim Studios also produce highly competatively priced commercial airport scenery. Check out their web site using the link below.




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Will My Old P3D Addon Work With P3D Version 5?
Posted: 06/08/2020 08:47:05


The team at FSElite maintain a list of addons for P3D that have been tested against V5. For those still yet to make the choice to upgrade or not, a quick look at this section will let you know if your addons are ready.




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Big Tire Productions Previews Kitfox in Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 05/08/2020 17:28:26


Aircraft developer Big Tire Productions has announced that their Kitfox will be available for Microsoft Flight Simulator as soon as the simulator launches. Writing to the x-plane.org forum, the developer wrote that the Flight Simulator version will be available free of charge for all existing users of the X-Plane version on the simulator’s release day, about two weeks from now. Ironically, existing customers can download the Flight Simulator version through x-plane.org which is exclusively for X-Plane content, though Big Tire Productions cites convenience as the reason behind this further down in the thread.




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SimCoders Releases a REP for the Just Flight Piper Arrow III
Posted: 05/08/2020 17:25:45


SimCoders have just released their latest Reality Expansion Pack for the non-turbocharged Just Flight Piper Arrow III, an add-on that mainly praises itself on enhancing flight dynamics.




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MilViz Previews Their Aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 05/08/2020 17:22:49


Military Visualizations, a popular developer for P3D, not so much for X-Plane, has previewed its aircraft in development for Microsoft Flight Simulator on their FB page. The pictures showcased the T-50 Bobcat, 737-200, and 310R in various stages of flight, though only the cockpit of the 737 is shown. Further information regarding the aircrafts has not yet been disclosed and how they differ from their P3D counterpart is still unknown.




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Microsft Flight Simulator VR Support
Posted: 04/08/2020 23:09:54


Update (July 30th, 2020): Microsoft today announced in a blog post that official VR support for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator will arrive as a free update to the base game sometime this fall with the release of HP Reverb G2. Eurogamer reports that HP Reverb G2 will be the first VR headset supported by the game. “We’re starting with them,” Microsoft’s head of Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann told Eurogamer, “There’s some extra work to be done for some of the others. I mean, we’re going to bring it to all the devices – all the common ones. It’s just going to take a few more months after that.”




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Helipads for P3D and X-Plane
Posted: 04/08/2020 23:02:48


Whilst not the largest repository of scenery, the Charity Scenery Project offers something fairly unique. The opportunity to support charity while purchasing HeliPad scenery, and they will only charge £1.00 per Helipad. As mentioned it is not a vast collection, in fact £7.00 currently buys the complete library, and they are not fast in producing new airports. But the quality of the scenery is excelent and brings new helipads into the simulator that are not included as standard, for example The Royal London Hospital.




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Orbx Announces TrueEarth Balearic Islands for XP
Posted: 04/08/2020 09:50:30


Orbx has announced on their forums that their next TrueEarth region for X-Plane would be off the coast of Spain, in the Balearic Islands. The Balearic islands are a major touristic site of Spain, welcoming more than 16 million visitors each year. The scenery will be fully integrated starting with a highly precise light detection and ranging (LIDAR) mesh, reworked aerial photography, dedicated autogen and vegetation as well as custom points of interest.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator Release Date and Pricing Confirmed
Posted: 13/07/2020 14:11:57


Microsoft has confirmed that their all-new Microsoft Flight Simulator will release on Tuesday, August 18th 2020. Along with the confirmed release date for the all-new simulator, pricing and various editions have also been confirmed.




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