Microsoft Fsx well its type of a game where you can fly planes. PM sound is altitude call outs and much more you should give it a go!!!! Might have been the DirectX 9 that it installed without asking. But whatever it was, it left me with a paperweight for a computer until I did a system restore. If the thing wasn't compatible with Windows 7, Microsoft's install ought to have known that. I will lokk for it in the discount crate at Fry's.
I like the graphics and everything about the game. I could say more if I could play it with my card. I just stop and go! Can' give a good review on this part, but I assure you all, that it would be well worth your time and money to purchase the game. I have I think nine aircraft games that I can play on my computer. I enjoy playing all of them. Too bad they are all older games. Download and enjoy!!!
Updated on Apr 29, thank you for you. Controls are poor, and the graphics are of a level as you would expect 5 years ago. I have seen freeware that is better. Putting a product of such low sophistication on the market for such a price, is a disgrace. You can get noticeably better programs for a fraction of the cost, and there is software that is equal to this totally free. The features are very limited, and the quality of the graphics is very disappointing.
There have been a number of releases, expanded features, and new platforms added. It has the double benefit of open source innovation, and the backing of a huge software company. If you have the tech chops and like working with open source software, give it a whirl and see how it works for you. Just be realistic in your expectations. Tweaking FSX config settings. Now, changing these settings is not really recommended unless you really know what you are doing, and we can't be responsible if something goes haywire.
You could even harm your computer so any changes you make are at your own risk. With that caveat, the tweaks and tips can be found on our page here. Steve White wrote some suggestions at the Flight Sim Network to help the "tweaking" process. He said to use the same aircraft when making tweaks because it is much easier to judge performance changes.
Also, use an aircraft that ships with the program. Some add-on aircraft can be a little wonky, and will affect the performance evaluation. Probably the best advice is to make sure your Mac has plenty of juice. Realistically, FSX needs a powerful computer when it is running in its native Windows.
Microsoft lists some of the basic Windows system requirements as:. To get the most out of FSX, however, you will need more firepower than these specs , especially if you are going to be running it inside of a current OS X session.
Get a large hard disk and plenty of processing power. Should you tweak the configuration files to make it run better? It sounds simple, but if something goes wrong you could botch up some software, or even worse fry your computer. It gives you an idea of what can be achieved. You may want to start with Boot Camp and test how your system reacts. With good results, consider adding Parallels or Fusion to up the ante. Keep in mind that FSX is a graphics intensive game. It is leaps and bounds more immersive than Flight Simulator But impressive graphics come at a price.
You should invest in as much hardware power as your budget allows. Apple iMac running FSX. This advice is even more applicable if you plan on running other Windows programs at the same time as FSX. For example, concurrent screen capture programs can slow things down unless your system has the horsepower to keep everything running smoothly. While it worked like a breeze on my relatively new MacBook Air, both Windows 8 under Parallels, and Mac programs running simultaneously, suffered delays when I tried them on an older iMac. Before you go ahead and buy a full copy of FSX why not download the demo and test it out?
Also, we have a full review of the Steam Edition here.
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One thing you read on flight sim fora is how powerful a video card you need for this or that to work. John W. Windows Xbox OS. Robert Parker Thu, 24 Oct GMT Could some one tell me program in my control panel how to set it to for single engines and up to four engines. Some software add-ons provide operability with specific hardware, such as game controllers and optical motion sensors.
I had set up exactly the same way my FSX but unfortunately if i can say that i have a rMBP and the high resolution its a framerate killer. I thought at first you were saying flying on Mac as on Mac and not on Windows. Anyway thanks for sharing with others who probably weren't aware of this before. Either that or run something like VMware fusion, parallels workstation or the free virtual of from oracle.
In my experience not one of the emulation programs has full access to the computer's video card's capabilities. That includes fusion. One thing you read on flight sim fora is how powerful a video card you need for this or that to work. Unless you use bootcamp you will be extremely disappointed. Can anyone. Help me out? I did the whole bootcamp process. However when its time to run the flight sim, its says the drivers may need to be updated.
Iused a software. That finds these driver's. And it's also supposed to install the drivers aswell. But the never do install. It says error. Help me. I am at my wits end. I spent a good bit on the this imac latest version just to push the fsx without breaking the bank. I really don't like the whole set up of the xplanes. These are the tools I want to use to push me thru aviation school. After releasing Version 2 in and Version 3 in , the team released bit Version 4 in May On July 9, , Dovetail Games announced that Microsoft had granted them rights to develop the next Flight Simulator in the series.
It includes "all standard Steam functionality", and replaces the GameSpy multiplayer system with Steam's multiplayer system. On June 9, , Microsoft announced a new installment, simply titled Microsoft Flight Simulator , as part of their E3 conference and with a teaser video on their Xbox YouTube channel. Release date, pricing, and other features are yet to be announced. The simulator will be released in on Xbox and PC. It includes a graphics engine upgrade and compatibility with preview DirectX 10 and Windows Vista. It was released on October 17, , in North America.
There are two versions of the game, both on two DVDs. The "Deluxe" edition contains the new Garmin G integrated flight instrument system in three cockpits, additional aircraft, and missions, Tower Control capability in multiplayer mode, higher detail scenery for cities and airports and a Software Development Kit SDK for development.
The main improvements are graphical.
Microsoft has also released a Flight Simulator X Demo, which contains three aircraft, two airports, and two missions. It includes content that was provided with the original FSX: Gold Edition which includes FSX: Deluxe Edition , the Acceleration expansion pack and both official Service Packs and repackages them in one bundle and a single installation.
The Steam Edition includes an overhaul of the multiplayer support to go through Steam rather than the now-defunct GameSpy , improved stability on Windows 7 and 8 , and features minor performance tweaks including a complete recompile using VS Additionally, Dovetail Games has worked with existing developers and publishers to distribute their content on Steam as DLC. Microsoft released a new simulator in February , developed and aimed at drawing new users into flight gaming.
While claiming to be simpler to use for inexperienced users, it is incompatible with Flight Simulator, and does not allow the use of existing Flight Simulator add-ons including aircraft, objects, and photographic scenery. On July 26, , Microsoft cancelled further development of Flight. In August , Microsoft announced they would be closing the Xbox. Previously purchased items would still be usable, but acquiring new items through the marketplace would be eliminated. The Microsoft Flight software may still be downloadable, however content will not be available for purchase.
The new flight simulator includes 4K ground satellite textures and aircraft.
Take to the skies in the World's favourite flight simulator! The multi award winning Microsoft Flight Simulator X lands on Steam for the first time. Microsoft Flight Simulator X makes a major break from tradition with the inclusion missions to complete all over the world. The prerelease demo.
The title is due to be released in The long history and consistent popularity of Flight Simulator has encouraged a very large body of add-on packages to be developed as both commercial and volunteer ventures. A formal software development kit and other tools for the simulator exist to further facilitate third-party efforts, and some third parties have also learned to 'tweak' the simulator in various ways by trial and error.
As for number of add-ons, tweaks, and modifications FS can accommodate solely depends on the users hardware setup. The number is not limited by the simulator, and when multiple computers are linked together with multiple monitors and 3rd party software and controls, Flight Sim Enthusiasts can build their own realistic home cockpits.
Individual attributes of Flight Simulator aircraft that can be customized include: cockpit layout, cockpit image, aircraft model, aircraft model textures, aircraft flight characteristics, scenery models, scenery layouts and scenery textures, often with simple-to-use programs, or only a text editor such as 'Notepad'. Dedicated 'flightsimmers' have taken advantage of Flight Simulator's vast add-on capabilities, having successfully linked Flight Simulator to homebuilt hardware, some of which approaches the complexity of commercial full-motion flight simulators.
Most versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator include some of the world's most popular aircraft from different categories, such as the Mooney Bravo and Beechcraft Baron 58, which fall into the general aviation category, the Airbus A and Boeing , which fall into the civil jets category, the Robinson R22, which falls into the helicopter category, the Air Scheffel , which falls into the general aviation category again, and many other planes commonly used around the world.
Not being limited to using the default aircraft, add-on planes can be downloaded from many sources for free or purchased, which can then be installed into Microsoft Flight Simulator. The Beechcraft D pictured above, is an add-on aircraft. Similarly, add-on repaints can be added to default aircraft; these repaints are usually downloaded for free. A growing add-on category for the series is AI artificial intelligence traffic. AI traffic is the simulation of other vehicles in the FS landscape.
This traffic plays an important role in the simulator, as it is possible to crash into traffic this can be disabled , thus ending your session, and to interact with the traffic via the radio and ATC. This feature is active even with third-party traffic. This has since been supplemented with many files created by third-party developers. Typically, third-party aircraft models have multiple levels of detail, which allow the AI traffic to be better on frame rates, while still being detailed during close looks.
There are several prominent freeware developers. Some third-party AI traffic can even be configured for "real time" departures.
Scenery add-ons usually involve replacements for existing airports, with enhanced and more accurate detail, or large expanses of highly detailed ground scenery for specific regions of the world. Some types of scenery add-on replace or add structures to the simulator. Both freeware and payware scenery add-ons are very widely available.
Airport enhancements, for example, range from simple add-ons that update runways or taxiways to very elaborate packages that reproduce every lamp, pavement marking, and structure at an airport with near-total accuracy, including animated effects such as baggage cars or marshalling agents. Wide-area scenery enhancements may use detailed satellite photos and 3-D structures to closely reproduce real-world regions, particularly those including large cities, landmarks, or spectacular natural wonders.
Virtual flight networks such as IVAO , VATSIM and Pilot Edge as well as Virtual Skies use special, small add-on modules for Flight Simulator to enable connection to their proprietary networks in multiplayer mode, and to allow for voice and text communication with other virtual pilots and controllers over the network. These networks allow players to enjoy and enhance realism in their game.
These networks are for ATC air traffic control. Some utilities, such as FSUIPC, merely provide useful tweaks for the simulator to overcome design limitations or bugs, or to allow more extensive interfacing with other third-party add-ons. Sometimes certain add-ons require other utility add-ons in order to work correctly with the simulator. Other add-ons provide navigation tools, simulation of passengers, and cameras that can view aircraft or scenery from any angle, more realistic instrument panels and gauges, and so on. Some software add-ons provide operability with specific hardware, such as game controllers and optical motion sensors.