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should i get Prepar3d or should i get a fsx add-on

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need help i want one or the other i have been watching prepar3d for sometime now and lots of people say its fsx with higher frames but i also am thinking of getting tacpack or FSpassengers for my fsx my computer specs are intel core 7 (3.5 ghz), graphics Nvidia geforce 765m with 2 gb GDDR5, ram 16GB,  :smile:

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With the release of V2.2, it blew me away. It was stunning. Anyway, If you're thinking fspassengers, my recommendation is FSCaptain. It's P3D and FSX compatible and brings a whole new slew of realism to simming. FSPassengers, to my knowledge, has been dead in the water development wise for awhile now and is not P3D compatible.  Tacpac is cool, I have it too, currently EULA prohibits it in P3D. 

 

Your computer can run it. It's up to you. I have both. PMDG, as of right now still is not compatible, but is in the works. 

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thanks for the reply im gonna get Prepar3d and hopefuly FSCaptin thanks for the reply :smile:

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people say its fsx with higher frames

It is a lot more than that, my friend.  I concur with David above that it blew me away as well.  It is quite an experience.

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I literally almost got it for the IRIS ADF, which (hopefully) they'll update on their FSX version as well.  Much more interesting than the one they released in 2011.

 

My main fun in P3D at this point is blasting around the scenery at Mach 1.2 at 1200 ft. altitude. :)  It's a nice graphics fest!

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David, am tempted by this Prepar3D release but am not too sure which version I should opt for as I am a total novice at it. Any recommendations?

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David, am tempted by this Prepar3D release but am not too sure which version I should opt for as I am a total novice at it. Any recommendations?

Go to the LM website and determine for yourself the right one for you.  The difference between the Academic and Pro versions is the Academic version has a negligible watermark on the top right of your screen.  Other than that, no differences.  It is a great platform.  I, as many others, have the Academic version.  

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Brilliant. Just the answer I was looking for. Thanks

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The Academic Version will be fine.  I just jumped in after quitting 1.4 over 6 months ago.  I'm liking what I'm seeing so far in 2.2 quite a bit.  Performance for me is good, certainly no worse than before, and the immersion with the shadows, fog, etc are great.  I never realized what I was missing before!

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I want to go P3D too, but I fly the PMDG 737 only (well, 90% of the time)...so until then, I will wait and read all the posts ppl are making about P3D 2.2

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Thanks SpoonerFLIGHT.

Had a look at some videos on Youtube about the iFly...it really seems to look and "feel" different than the PMDG. Have you had both versions and compared them?

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I have a feeling that many PMDG users will migrate to P3D once the PMDG product(s) of their choice are made available in P3D.  The P3D platform is solid now, has more features than FSX, performs noticeably better, and will be receiving new features like SLI in the future.  I am kind of on the opposite side of the fence as I will be getting a PMDG product as soon as it is available on P3D as I find it more difficult to fly in due to being spoiled by the performance and visuals in P3D.

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I have a feeling that many PMDG users will migrate to P3D once the PMDG product(s) of their choice are made available in P3D.  The P3D platform is solid now, has more features than FSX, performs noticeably better, and will be receiving new features like SLI in the future.  I am kind of on the opposite side of the fence as I will be getting a PMDG product as soon as it is available on P3D as I find it more difficult to fly in due to being spoiled by the performance and visuals in P3D.

 

Being one of those waiting on PMDG, I can confirm your "feeling"...I am going to migrate the instance PMDG makes their 737 and T7 available for P3D.

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I am not keen on spending a fortune on addons that I already have, just so that I can migrate to P3D.

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need help i want one or the other i have been watching prepar3d for sometime now and lots of people say its fsx with higher frames but i also am thinking of getting tacpack or FSpassengers for my fsx my computer specs are intel core 7 (3.5 ghz), graphics Nvidia geforce 765m with 2 gb GDDR5, ram 16GB,  :smile:

 

You will be dissapointed using a 765m GPU. Not enough horsepower.

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Thanks SpoonerFLIGHT.

Had a look at some videos on Youtube about the iFly...it really seems to look and "feel" different than the PMDG. Have you had both versions and compared them?

the pmdg 737 is also fully compatible with P3D but needs the migration tool for installation.  The youtube videos on the ifly are old, the new Ifly version for P3D 2.2 looks equal to PMDG almost and the windows open too :lol:  I own the fs9, fsx, P3D 1.4 and P3D 2.2 Ifly 737ng.  There was a special coupon offer for previous owners of a low price of $29.99 a year ago.  I own the PMDG also but fly the IFLY more.

Being one of those waiting on PMDG, I can confirm your "feeling"...I am going to migrate the instance PMDG makes their 737 and T7 available for P3D.

the pmdg 737 is also fully compatible with P3D but needs the migration tool for installation.

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I am not keen on spending a fortune on addons that I already have, just so that I can migrate to P3D.

I would not be keen on that either.  From what I understand a lot of companies like Rex, Orbx Carenado, and others include the P3D version of the product for free or for a reasonable upgrade fee.  What companies are requiring the consumer to purchase an entirely new and separate P3D license?

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I am not keen on spending a fortune on addons that I already have, just so that I can migrate to P3D.

 

Neither am I Christopher, but luckily most of them install and run OK using the Estonia Migrator tool.

There are always going to be a few that won't run but that was the same moving over from FS9 to FSX.

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I "migrated" from FU3 to FSX, so there were no addons to start with :smile:

 

I guess my best option would be to purchase P3D (the Academic License......for obvious reasons), and then test all of my addons with it. The question is......do I need to bother? FSX is providing enough enjoyment for me at the moment, so it would seem a bit pointless to "upgrade" simply for the sake of it. I would love to be able to experience the new shadows and fog and stuff, but it just feels like yet more work and effort required. I have done enough of that with FSX over the past few years....

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I would love to be able to experience the new shadows and fog and stuff, but it just feels like yet more work and effort required. I have done enough of that with FSX over the past few years....

 

  

I totally understand the sentiment related to all of the work and effort required.  Truth be told, with FSX, I eventually stopped simming because it required so much technical knowledge and work to get it to even function properly.

 

The good news with P3D is much of the work and effort has been already done by the early adopters in partnership with LM.  The early adopters got in and exposed all of the warts and issues inherent with the new platform.  LM responded in a manner that we have not seen before, and now with version 2.2, the platform is solid. It still requires some refinements here and there, but this is fine tuning that LM will address.  

 

The major stuff has been solved.  The performance is simply better than FSX and it comes with an enhanced feature set that is not included with FSX (volumetric clouds and fog, cloud shadows, way better default ground textures and autogen, tessellation, other DX11 goodies, and future features that will continue to advance the platform.).  

 

Bottom line with P3D is the user does not have to do the work that was required to get FSX to operate like it should have.  Less fiddling and more flying.  Whatever platform we choose, however, I do hope it brings enjoyment to the user.

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