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- Super accurate flight characteristics using a virtual wind tunnel
- Includes 30 aircraft, from gliders to the Space Shuttle
- Online flying with other virtual pilots
- Air Traffic Control actually controls the other aircraft around you
- Detailed terrain for the whole world including very accurate altitude data
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X-Plane 10 is the latest version of a nearly 20 year series of high realistic simulators. At its core is a virtual wind tunnel that creates the most realistic flight modeling available on a desktop. Equally capable of simulating every type of aircraft, the virtual pilot is able to experience the challenges of flying big airliners or tiny ultra-light aircraft. The realism of X-Plane 10 is proven by the fact that X-Plane is used as a certified training tool. Created from many real world databases you will see almost all roads and built-up areas exactly as they are around you. The completely new rendering engine shows the world around you in high detail and with global illumination so lights behave like real lights. Air Traffic Control will guide you from startup to shutdown and also controls the other aircraft around you. Those other aircraft are not robotic as they are in other simulators, but they interact with the world in the same way as your own aircraft does. They will fight the same cross winds and turbulence as you encounter, they will need more runway to stop when the weather conditions are not favorable. Just like real pilots do, you will watch their take-off to be prepared for what your take-off will be like. It's still simulated but it gets very close to real aviation! X-Plane 10 is built with the future in mind and makes full use of the hardware in your system. If you own a fast multi-core machine you will be able to simulate more aircraft around you and see more details but even with a moderate machine X-Plane 10 is capable of displaying a tremendous amount of objects without slowing down.
Auto-generated scenery that includes almost every road New rendering engine with innovative global lighting system (first for flight simulation) Totally flexible and extendable with thousands of existing add-ons (and many more to come)Minimum System requirements - Windows XP / Vista / 7, LINUX
Top Customer Reviews
To me the differences between 9 and 10 are quite noticeable. If you are interested in purchasing version 10 I would recommend keeping a few things in mind before you buy it.
First, I think X-plane 10 has fantastic night lighting which was not present before x-plane 10. Version 10 uses a new system of lighting called dynamic lighting. Any light from a plane or street light will light up the ground, buildings, cabin as would a light in the real world. The graphics are little better in 10 than in x-plane 9 but still X-plane graphics are lacking.
Second, something the documentation/advertisements for X-plane 10 will not say is that it is not complete or truly ready for market. It is in an on-going beta testing state. There are no buildings for airports or any major man-made landmarks but add-on airports and buildings can be imported into the game for free or for purchase. Some roads are missing, buildings flicker (in the daytime) and some landmarks are just plain misplaced. If you enjoy tinkering with a program to make things "better" rather than having everything streamlined you may like x-plane 10. However, if you would like to have the game already polished you will not find that in this version of x-plane.
Finally, you will want to have the mind-set that the cities out of the box (without add-ons) are not realworld cities as you might see in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In my opinion the cities look somewhat like a Simcity game city but to me it's neat to see cars, signal lights and street lights without a huge hit on frame-rate. Water also looks quite good in X-plane.
If you are new to x-plane I would recommend downloading the demo version before you purchase it and viewing YouTube videos for X-plane 10. (FYI, the demo version does have airport buildings but there are none found at any other airports as I mentioned above). Overall, as a beta flight simulation X-plane 10 is a great simulator.
It is not easy to learn.
Want a NOT VERY SECRET way to learn it easily?
YouTube.Com and search for both "X-Plane" and "XPLANE". Beware, I think some of the instructors are smart pre-teens.
There are dozens of videos on step by step video instructions on how to quickly enjoy X-Plane. There are even videos on how to adjust to your flying hardware.
One of the best things to do after you see a few videos is go to Locations and enter an airport and click on a takeoff or a landing 3 to 10 miles out.
There is even an optional flight instructor for you. Check out FSFlyingSchool for X_Plane.
Please check it out. I started with FSX and now rarely go back. I have bought a stick, pedals and now a throttle quadrant from Walmart.
The latest 64bit with some free add-ons for scenery have me totally engrossed and having huge periods of frequent flying around the USA.
After several years of flight simulators you would think I would be bored? Not at all. I learn something new every flight.