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X-Plane 9 Testflight

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A few days ago I bought X-Plane 9 here in the USA. It was way cheaper than in Germany...

I tested it on my friend's computer and I was surprised how great the graphics are!

This is just a shot from a testflight, departed with a B747-400 of UA in KATL (Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport).

Look at the scenery density :-O
Not even FSX can do that!!

And the framerates are AMAZING!!!!


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GreyWolf221Student Digital Artist
I knew it! X-Plane is better but I'll stick to FSX.... :P
flightlevel-380's avatar
Yeah the world scenery and the flying physics/weather physics are the BEST I've ever seen in any flight simulator. No wonder Lufthansa and co. use X-Plane for their training flight simulators :)

But I don't like that most aircrafts don't have a virtual cockpit, the cockpits are not exactly the same as in real world AND there's NO FMC in the airliners which makes it kinda difficult to fly a route :lol:
Furthermore, the airports are not as good as in Flight Simulator 2004 or FSX, because there are almost no addons.
However, you can use a little tool to convert sceneries that you've installed into FS2004 to X-Plane which is quite cool :)

It's hard to tell which simulator is better. Both have their advantages and I can't decide really. A mix of both would be awesome :D
PaulRokicki's avatar
density is not that important in my opinion. i would rather have actual satellite imagery of the entire globe like i had on fs2004 a few years back but somehow lost the install files for it. i think it was like 8 gigs of imagery or something. dont remember exactly as i have no idea wher it is. maybe i deleted it by mistake.
flightlevel-380's avatar
Hm, i usually prefer very high density. And for some areas like my home area I use self-made photoreal sceneries (but there are no autogenerated sceneries :( ). Oh well, I'm talking 'bout FS2004 now.

I'll have to check out at home if I can use photoreal sceneries in X-Plane 9, too. There's some converting tool for MSFS sceneries to convert them to X-Plane 9 scenery.
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since i cant find my files i will try to find them online again. when i do i will message you.
flightlevel-380's avatar
Oh that's cool, thanks.
PaulRokicki's avatar
i looked on the torrent site im a member of and seen part of the scenery set but a few dvds are missing and not hosted anymore BUT i saw somewhere that fsx scenery can be converted to work in fs9 but i havent attempted to do that yet as im a bit lazy now AND i need to reload windows on the computer that i would use for doing the conversions.
flightlevel-380's avatar
Hm, go and buy it. It's way too much to download :XD:

It's 6 DVDs all in one, over 60 GB of disc space, if you install all the scenery ;)
PaulRokicki's avatar
i dont work now and cant spend money on entertainment but a hooker could be fun LOL. anyway its 10% done. ill have it all in 2 weeks. i already reserved space on my laptop for the downloads. on my gaming pc i need one of the 2 harddrives refreshed with new windows install. as i use that to transfer files to it from my laptop. ya i know its huge. i dont know how i will do it. i think ill do the north american first and see if i like the game enough for the rest.
flightlevel-380's avatar
Save money and use your own hand. So you can spend the money on some entertainment that's a lot more exciting than sex (actually, there's nothing better than sex haha).

Yeah, that's a good idea. You don't have to install the regions you don't fly at.
ChevySuburban's avatar
Ah ha! You went over to the dark side!:XD::lol: Still, great shot.
flightlevel-380's avatar
Why the dark side? :XD:
ChevySuburban's avatar
LOL, well I've never really liked X-Plane.
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I have no idea.
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00AngelicDevil00Professional Filmographer
:omfg: much better than every screenshot I've seen!! :clap:...come back right now, dammit!! :lmao: (kidding) :XD: ...what are the specs of that computer you use there?
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Intel Core 2CPU 6400 @2.13 GHz
2 GB RAM
Video Card I'm not sure about, but I guess 256 MB.
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00AngelicDevil00Professional Filmographer
fine, I just wanted to know if the the program would work well on my PC if I set everything to the highest...but I think it would :XD:
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00AngelicDevil00Professional Filmographer
:clap::clap::clap:
PaulRokicki's avatar
the previous xplane versions i tried worked fast on substandard hardware compared to fs2004.
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00AngelicDevil00Professional Filmographer
I'm glad to hear it...I have a quadcore with 6 gigs of RAM (win x64), so I think it will work fine :)
PaulRokicki's avatar
how much ram does your video card have? if you have a good amount (atleast 512megs) than you can have high detail and wont really notice a major problem if you have high detail enabled. personally i would not use vista for games as the operating system uses alot of resources just tu run itself. but you can install a second harddrive and boot that with windows xp and you will have higher performance in games.
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