Sign in to follow this  
JiBrady

FS 2004 -How good is mountain terrain?

Recommended Posts

There were add-on products that improved elevation data for FS 2002. These products made the mountains look better. How does FS2004 compare to FS2002 in this area? Will we still want to buy add-on products to obtain the improvements, or has FS 2004 already done this for us?Thanks,Jim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

>Yep . . . The kids will eat for another couple of years, at>leastAs will we - a healthy diet of quality mesh and landclass!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Justin,Will I be able to use the product I purchased for FS2002 (your products) to "upgrade" FS2004, or will a new set be required?Thanks,Jim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know that even freeware mesh scenery designed for FS2K & FS2002 still works.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"I know that even freeware mesh scenery designed for FS2K & FS2002 still works."ah, excellent! That way I can feed my virtual kids with my virtual dollars for the next couple of years too ;-)Cheers, Holger

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, the terrain works fine.The current installers won't locate FS9 yet, but I'm working on that. For now, you'll have to manually copy the files to your(fs9)sceneryworldsceneryfolder and you'll need to adjust one line of your FS9.cfg file in order to see the higher-resolution mesh. The 76.4m terrain will show up fine with the default setting, but to see the 38.2m you'll have to changeTERRAIN_MAX_VERTEX_LEVEL=19to =20and to see the 9.6m change it to =21 (or 22?)I'll have a complete transition tutorial up on my web site before FS9 hits the shelves.Thanks-------Justinhttp://www.fsgenesis.netHigh Quality Scenery for FS200x

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi HolgerIf you made the British Columbia mesh I would like to thank you. You did an excellent job and made my local flights a 1000% more enjoyable.FloydMission B.C.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've seen some FS2004 screenshots where the terrain mesh resolution has improved since FS2002. These were shots taken of Australian scenery. Therefore, I guess there have been some enhancements in limited areas where the previous terrain resolution was very low to start with.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Floyd:thanks for the kind words - much appreciated!Where else to fly but in B.C.? ;-)Cheers, Holger

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>I've seen some FS2004 screenshots where the terrain mesh>resolution has improved since FS2002. These were shots taken>of Australian scenery. Therefore, I guess there have been some>enhancements in limited areas where the previous terrain>resolution was very low to start with.I do believe that the FS2002 Australian mesh was sampled at approx 1 klm intervals -- so this meant that many features of the Aussie landscape( like the volcanic plugs called the Glasshouse Mountains north of Brisbane ) did not appear. I do hope that the resolution is better in FS2004Barry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"Where else to fly but in B.C?"try Reunion Island (FMEE) with mesh scenery it's nice withStrongly recommended add-ons :- Landclass Ile de la R

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a press beta copy, not the gold version and don't see a fs9.cfg file anywhere. Where is it in your install? Just curious.Thanks.Hornit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gidday Jon,Where abouts are these shots. I am very interested to see if YPPH (Perth International) has been dug out of the crater that it found itself in, in FS2002.Cheers and thanks for the info,Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern AustraliaIntel Pentium IV 3.0GHz (800FSB) Socket 478 pins CPU w/Hyper-Thread Technology MSI 875P NEO FIS2R, AGP 8X, i875P ICH5R Chipset with Gigiabit LanKingmax 512MB PC3200 Double Data Rate (DDR) RAM CAS-2.5- 400MHz Rated x 2BUILT By ATI (Original) Radeon 9800PRO w/TV Out & DVI 128Meg DDRTEAC DV-W50E, 4x DVD-R/ 2x RW, 16xCD-R, 8xCD-RW, 16xDVD, 32x CD-ROM Internal Drive Only Western Digital Raptor 36.0GB HDD IDE, 8MB Cache, 5.2ms, 10,000rpm , S-ATA, w/DataLifeguard WD 40Gig HD for dataATX 470W Pentium IV Power Supply CESkyhawk Jupiter Aluminum CaseHyundai -ImageQuest P910 , 19" Multi-Scan Digital MonitorHercules Game Theater XP, 6.1 speakers Dolby

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Chris,I haven't seen anything to suggest YPPH environs mesh has been improved upon, nor YPAD or YMML. Sydney on the other hand at least benefits hugely from the new satellite texturing, but I'm not sure about the mesh. It seems that any obvious improvements I've seen in people's screenshots seem to be restricted to areas in eastern Australia. Perhaps MS noticed a lot of "flatness" west of the Great Dividing range so they didn't wish to devote the time and resources to developing a higher res mesh (that said, Uluru seems a bit more shapely and less "blobby" than in FS2002). And also my own home airport YSCN (Camden on the extreme south west of the Sydney basin) shows no change at all in the mesh detail.Here are some that in the following links that appear better than FS2002:http://forums.simflight.com/viewtopic.php?t=7836and here's YBCS looking a lot better:http://forums.simflight.com/viewtopic.php?t=7521I remember asking for YSTM as well, but the screenshot would have been purged from Avsim by now. Nevertheless, the mesh looked more accurate there as well. It's a bit hard to tell exactly what is improved or not without having the sim though. Sometimes a screenshot can fool the eyes a bit. For my part, I just hope the Great Dividing is good enough for me to go VFR there without any navaids at all other than a chart. The problem with the existing add-on mesh for FS2002 is that it suddenly goes low-res halfway between Sydney and Orange, meaning the mountain line pluges down like a waterfall. But Eastern Vic to my eyes has always been pretty good for a $120 game.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this