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  1. This change is in my very humble view detrimental. The expertise amongst the collective simming community is vast, and you only have to glance back though the foums to see how many times Orbx staff and simmers together have solved problems. It often that problems arise because of our many different set-ups, and there is often someone out there with a similar rig who has trouble shooted and saved us all many frustrating hours. I do hope Orbx can reconsider - maybe take a wider poll from the community on the best way forward.
  2. Is this a common direction to Orbx by developers?
  3. Perhaps there is a reason why it is €42.44 (incl UK tax) through Orbx and €29.99 (incl UK tax) on the developers website?
  4. It's like Father Christmas - no one would dream of suggesting he isn't real...
  5. I remember my father driving around this the wrong way towing a caravan. Cried with laughter, better than Disneyworld!
  6. Well my American friends, if you ever visit England, I will buy you a drink, when you will discover to your delight that an English pint of beer is 568ml in volume, whereas the US pint is 473ml. This is because you foolishly declined to update the definition of the gallon in 1824, preferring to stick with the 1707 'wine gallon'. Cheers!
  7. Since MSFS launched I've only bought one payware product; a helicopter. Why? Because landclass is old tech for most of the globe now, and freeware developers seem able to produce amazing airports and regional poi's mesh and aircraft mods. It has shot Orbx's fox, as we say in the UK, unless there is some unique specialism left to offer, which seems unlikely. I agree with others above; the incomplete SDK has leveled down the possibilities so that anyone can bring new content, and Orbx has nothing more to add at this stage. There appears to be a mismatch between ASOBO's promise to open up the SDK to developers; and the lived reality of, for example update 5, given the way even their close affiliates get caught by surprise. I'm not saying Orbx is not as good; it can't move forward as it wants because of these restraints in the SDK. It has become, by default as good as the best freeware, and therein lies the dilemma.
  8. You should check out the CJ4 with freeware working title mod... so good that MSFS have taken them on board. Others will follow without doubt. You can with latest Navigraph data, and with extraordinary night lighting effects. Coming in 2022, I understand. I keep P3D on my PC only because I enjoy flying helicopters, when they come to MSFS it's going. I do, but mostly I like flying, and the default MSFS flight model as it reacts to terrain effects and weather is extraordinary. Flying the exact circuits and navexs I used to as a student pilot is as real as it gets for me. As you say it's not all there yet, but the promise in the SDK is there, and I'm sure Aus scenery will develop in time. I'll leave it at that, and as I said this is a personal view, it's up to you of course.
  9. Having spent a great deal on Orbx products in the past, I have not bought any pay ware since the announcement of MSFS. I have spent hours exploring the Earth VFR in MSFS, and still so much to discover. For example, Flight yesterday over Bristol was just extraordinary. It's enough for me. I cannot for the life of me see why anyone still uses older platforms. Just saying, and respect all other views.
  10. I agree John - the timing of the survey coincided with a time when a major new (and attractive) sim was being enjoyed, but not developed enough to 'take over' the function of the more developed platforms. Also of those respondents that had returned to Flight Sim this year 59% had done so because of MSFS, and 20% because of the Covid situation. This must make comparisons with previous years quite difficult. It's also likely that purchase of P3Dv5 was affected by the move to MSFS - some never going back having seen the promise of the new Sim. Is there a sense that P3D has given us all it reasonably can, but that MSFS may have greater promise once the SDK is developed and made more available? Its also difficult to interpret the results in respect of the status of MSFS when some of the features we appear to rate highly (detailed aircraft systems, ATC and working real weather for example) were still in development or not yet available. Also there are other developments just around the corner that we may be waiting for that will affect our responses. For example next generation graphics cards with ray tracing, and the frame rates making VR use more likely to grow. It may therefore be difficult for developers to get as much out of this as in the past, although it's a very interesting read!
  11. Nvidia users may find the latest driver update interesting... What’s new in GeForce Experience 3.20.5 Enhanced In-Game Overlay GeForce Experience 3.20.5 Beta now adds new performance monitoring metrics in the in-game overlay. In addition to FPS, the performance monitoring metrics now show detailed performance stats, temperature, and latency metrics. Press [Alt+R] to toggle visibility of these metrics. To enable this beta feature, click "Settings" > "Enable experimental features."
  12. Nvidia users may find the latest driver update interesting... What’s new in GeForce Experience 3.20.5 Enhanced In-Game Overlay GeForce Experience 3.20.5 Beta now adds new performance monitoring metrics in the in-game overlay. In addition to FPS, the performance monitoring metrics now show detailed performance stats, temperature, and latency metrics. Press [Alt+R] to toggle visibility of these metrics. To enable this beta feature, click "Settings" > "Enable experimental features."
  13. Hey Benny, thought you'd like this video for your collection... if ever there was a case for a good helicopter model, this was it! Maria's channel is very interesting for both the helicopter flying and the geology of the Columbia river in WA. This flight is from Washington to Oregon over the Cascades.
  14. Suggest you seek support here: https://soflysim.freshdesk.com/support/home whilst waiting for a response.
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