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FSBreak 117: Starting out in Flight Sim

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Starting with your First Flight Sim

Sims out there...

MS Flight:

Pros: Free, decent lighting/effects, easy add-on purchasing/management.

Cons: Region Limited, no longer developed/updated, limited add ons, no 3rd party add ons.

http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/


FSX:

Pros: Widely supported (hardware and software), vibrant 3rd party community, low cost (~$20 US). Not region limited.

Free trial: http://www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulatorx/downloads.html#trial

Cons: Dated (a bit) in terms of graphics, not as efficient/hardware friendly as modern sims.

http://www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulatorx/


FS9:

Pros: Low cost, not region limited, still many free/paid add ons. Friendlier on older hardware (More than 4 years old).

Cons: Some New add ons dropping support for FS9. Dated in terms of graphics & development

FlightGear:

Pros: Free, Opensource, Multi-Platform. Not region limited, 3rd party add ons.

Cons: Addon support may not compare to FSX or X-Plane. Hardware support may not be as complete as FSX. (Joystick configuration, etc)

http://www.flightgear.org


X-Plane:

Pros: Active development, 3rd party add ons, unique flight model/engine, great lightning/effect, multi-platform.

Free Demo: http://www.x-plane.com/downloads/x-plane_10_demo/

Cons: Some big name products not on X-Plane, some bugginess for unique hardware setups (However, responsive developers). $69.99.


http://www.x-plane.com/desktop/landing/


Prepar3d:

Pros: Built on top of FSX/ESP Engine, but still updated/supported by LM. Many FSX devs either use side-by-side licenses, or the add ons work with little configuration.

Cons: Licensing unclear (Not to be used for entertainment purposes), Not all add ons available for FSX may work with Prepar3d. Pro license is $199, student is $49.95.


http://www.prepar3d.com


aerofly FS:

Pros: Visually stunning, good hardware support (Track IR, etc), good flight model, multi-platform,

Cons: No add ons, cannot change time of day, region limited


http://www.aeroflyfs.com

Outerra:

Pros: Smooth running environment engine, visually a good looking engine.

Cons: Early days, basic flight sim, more for the bleeding edge user.


http://outerra.com


DCS (Combat Sim):

Pros: In depth, aircraft specific simulations. Engine is fine tuned to be a combat sim.

Cons: Packaged sim engine with aircraft, only useful for hardcore combat sims looking for the specific aircraft they offer.


http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com


Orbiter (Space Sim):

Pros: Free, space simulator, good graphics/effects, good flight model.

Cons: Can be a bit complicated for new users.


http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk

 

Getting Started for Free:

Free "Sims":

Free Addons

For FSX:

For X-Plane:


For All:

Your First Buys

  • Joystick or Yoke
    • Saitek X52 Joystick
    • CH Products for Yokes
    • Check eBay for used ones to save money
  • Rudder Pedals


FSX/X-Plane/P3D Addons: Carenado:http://www.carenado.com/CarSite/Portal/index.php?accion=categories

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