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MultiCrew.... Whats it worth?

Whats MultiCrew Worth To You?  

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  1. 1. Would you pay for the NGX MultiCrew Addon?

  2. 2. How much would you be willing to pay in USD?



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I would like to first give a thanks out to PMDG for the release of SP1 and the 600/700.Robert and Tabs have both recently mentioned that MultiCrew for the NGX is still planned, as long as they can overcome some of the challenges imposed by making a shared cockpit for something as complex as the NGX. With this being said, I understand that in the business world, effort must be ballanced by return and if the effort put forth to make multicrew exceeds potential return, then PMDG might not complete something like MultiCrew.I personally, would love to see a shared cockpit in the NGX. This feature alone would increase the fun factor in the NGX tenfold.So, I posted the poll above, to get an idea of the possible return on any effort made by PMDG to complete the MultiCrew addon. I know that PMDG mentioned that MultiCrew might be included into a free service pack, but I also wanted to see how many people would be interested in paying for such an addon to the NGX. If the poll points to the fact that many people would pay for this, then maybe PMDG would put more effort into developing MultiCrew regardless of any development challenges they might encounter.I do have a question for those who would not be willing to pay for such an addon.... Is it that you don't find any interest in sharing the NGX pit with another simmer, or, do you not think such an addon is worth paying for?ThanksJB

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I'm still very curious why some would not pay for this type of addon...Just to be repetitive...I do have a question for those who would not be willing to pay for such an addon.... Is it that you don't find any interest in sharing the NGX pit with another simmer, or, do you not think such an addon is worth paying for?JB

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I think this feature would add loads of immersion into the sim (as if it didn't have enough already).Although, I wouldn't pay more then 20 dollars. The price of the NGX is already high even though it's worth every penny.Anyway, why would they charge for this feature when they already said it's planned for a future service pack?

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I think this feature would add loads of immersion into the sim (as if it didn't have enough already).Although, I wouldn't pay more then 20 dollars. The price of the NGX is already high even though it's worth every penny.Anyway, why would they charge for this feature when they already said it's planned for a future service pack?
They probably wouldn't charge for it if it's development is not a PITA. Now, if the development of MultiCrew does pan out to be very time consuming, then obviously PMDG won't continue the development when they could focus on other addons that could make them some income. Too me, the idea of the NGX in a shared cockpit environment is too awsome to pass up. So maybe if they could make some income on it, then they would be able to afford more development time to complete the project.JB

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I would pay $20, or a little more for this. I would love to share the experience, and have a real FO beside me, working coms, flaps, and such. I think it would be great.Also, on complex flights into difficult airports, it would add just so much more excitement knowing that each person has to actually do their own job, and do it correctly for it to succeed.

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the multicrew function was one of the reason i bought the 737NGX. That i should pay again for it is a no go so i voted "no".

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It's a great idea and would increase immersion. However, I wouldn't pay for it just because most of my flights are offline. When I have time, VATSIM with full ATC coverage and a multicrew cockpit would be awesome. I have to step away from computers for real life too often though to frequently dedicate the attention needed in such situations. So most of my time is spent with FS2Crew and offline flying.

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I would pay $20, or a little more for this. I would love to share the experience, and have a real FO beside me, working coms, flaps, and such. I think it would be great.Also, on complex flights into difficult airports, it would add just so much more excitement knowing that each person has to actually do their own job, and do it correctly for it to succeed.
Ohh yeah...But beyond just the extra company in the sim experience, simmers would be able to practice and execute actual CRM (Crew Resource Management) as dictated by different air carriers policy. Besides understanding how an aircraft and it's systems operate, there is a whole new world to experience while being able to efficiently work in a cockpit with another flight crew member. If you think succsefully flying the NGX solo is a rewarding experience, then imagine flying with your Virtual Airline buddy and sharing cockpit responsibilities, flows and procedures where two people come together to seamlessly execute an entire flight as one. If you think that the NGX is hard to put down now... If PMDG actually pulled off the MultiCrew addon, once you and your buddy nails down CRM, then you will never fly anything else in FSX again...JB

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I'm still very curious why some would not pay for this type of addon...Just to be repetitive...I do have a question for those who would not be willing to pay for such an addon.... Is it that you don't find any interest in sharing the NGX pit with another simmer, or, do you not think such an addon is worth paying for?JB
For me, it's the former. It just doesn't interest me, so I wouldn't buy it.

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the multicrew function was one of the reason i bought the 737NGX. That i should pay again for it is a no go so i voted "no".
It was one of the main reasons I bought it as well. But I halfway understand that making it work over a network would require alot of time and effort, not to mention that if it wasn't done right, it wouldn't be worth doing it at all. So my biggest concern is that this opportunity might be passed up if making multicrew is too time consuming for what PMDG's resources will allow. Considering that one of the reasons you bought the NGX was for Multicrew, wouldn't you be more dissapointed if they just scrapped the idea entirely, then if they produced it to sell it, thus giving you the opportunity to buy it when you have an extra 20 bucks sittin around?JB

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I would love it, but since we were told it'd come as part of a service pack, I'm not going to pay for it.

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I would love it, but since we were told it'd come as part of a service pack, I'm not going to pay for it.
Well for your sake, I hope they can code it without pulling too many of their resources away from other projects.JB

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I already have planes that are multicrew compatible, and none of them charge extra for it. Yes I would like it, no I wont pay extra for it.

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The mad dog or any other currently out there dont share properly. Try being the slave computer and its easy to see why. Every so often it has to update its position with the master computer and you get a stutter and relocation.

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Ive had consisten success with the maddog and a shared cockpit for 3 years. Just need to make sure your either on a lan or a virtual lan on the web.. Some of the best FSX experiences I have had.Keeping fingers crossed that PMDG can do MultiCrew.JB

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Multicrew will only "take off" if EVERYONE has it, as part of their Standard PMDG aircraft.This should not be an issue, as PMDG has clearly stated that it will be part of a future Service Pack.While the development of a customized PMDG "Multicrew" will take some considerable development time, I suspect that that initial development work, would be applicable to current 737NGX, and any future PMDG aircraft, so that development cost could be spread over the whole future PMDG future addon fleet.I hope it happens... it will certainly give PMDG a significant market advantage over others like Ifly.When, -- well your guess is as good as anyone else.Flying the 737NGX as a single pilot is totally UNREALISTIC, so that alone is a good reason to intrioduce a level of cockpit sharing.In any case, its MUCH more enjoyable to SHARE your FS hobby with others with the same addiction Money Eyes.gif

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Flying an airliner isn´t a single pilot job. Simulating airliner flight will never be realistic unless there are at least 2 pilots.So why hasn´t this feature been implemented in many payware products before ?? Why don´t FSX payware producers put more focus on implementing something like this instead of focusing way too much in "visual" detail (eye candy) ? ...if you know what I mean. Not that I´m anything against "visual" details, I´m just saying the priorities should be right.This feature would be SO useful for training etc. Not to mention it would be much more fun !. Airline pilots put really ALOT ! of focus on this. MCC, CRM, SOPs...basicly..flying an airliner is all about this ! I really really hope this feature will be implemented into the PMDG 737 NGX. As very few payware aircraft have this feature, I would easily pay 100 USD for a feature like this.

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. Very few payware aircraft have this feature As very few payware aircraft have this feature, I would easily pay 100 USD for a feature like this.
But there is not much point in you paying $100 for a "MultiCrew" feature that nobody else has !!BTW: Realair's "Duke Turbine". the Addon Plane that won the Avsim 2011 "Best Addon Aircraft" award, fully supports both FSX Multiplayer, and is also 100% FSX Shared Cockpit Compatable.

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But there is not much point in you paying $100 for a "MultiCrew" feature that nobody else has !!BTW: Realair's "Duke Turbine". the Addon Plane that won the Avsim 2011 "Best Addon Aircraft" award, fully supports both FSX Multiplayer, and is also 100% FSX Shared Cockpit Compatable.
I heard that the Turbine Duke has a few issues though. I haven't tried it yet, but maybe I will tonight durring the suicide ops on Vatsim.JB

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Did you succeed in sharing the Duke 60T (v1.2) in multiplayer ? I'm still trying but it seems it doesn't work for this plane... :s

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None of my friends are interested in flight simulators. I would like to share my cockpit with someone I know. So that's why MultiCrew is not for me :) But it's an great idea to use MC with NGX.

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Well, lets hope PMDG succeeds in making the Multicrew module for the NGX, if not though, maybe the SDK will be open enough that someone else can make a third party app to allow for FULL SHARED COCKPIT with the NGX.JB

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I can understand a poll to see how many people are interested in multicrew. I don't understand why there should be a poll regarding what people might pay for it. Remember before NGX release when there were threads about what the price would be and discussing what people would be prepared to pay and PMDG shut the speculation down. It's their business (literally). It's not up to us to determine what their pricing policy should be. Same goes for this. Anyway it's a daft question because for some people $20 is a lot for others it's loose change, so the answers are likely to be meaningless.Sorry JB, whatever your name is, but I don't think this question should be asked.Kevin Hall

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I'm not against the idea but it doesn't appeal to me. I don't think I'm the only one who likes takeoff and landing. As PNF, I will lose takeoff and landing. There's not a lot left.Paul Scholey

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