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9th March 2015, Steam Edition update goes into open beta

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From https://www.facebook.com/fsxinsider as of 1hr ago.

 

Next week (9th – 16th March 2015) we are planning to release an update for Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition into open beta. The open beta will run for seven days and allow players to provide feedback about the updated before it is released through Steam to all FSX: Steam Edition players. The beta is open to everyone however you will need to own FSX: Steam Edition to take part. We will be publishing further details regarding the open beta and the exact content of the update over the next few days

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Here is the Changelog:

 

 

 

Update

Please find below the full changelog for the update. Further details of how to join the open beta will follow next week. 

  • FSX: Steam Edition can now be used in Steam’s offline mode.
  • Steam Dumps are now created following crashes to help with diagnoses of reported issues.
  • Fixed issues reported with g3D.dll affecting some add-ons
  • Number of fixes for the terrain.dll crashes experienced by some users have been made.
     
  • Multiplayer:
    VoIP communication is now using the correct device as identified in ‘Settings’.
    During mission-based Multiplayer flights, if the host has activated the ‘Anti-Cheat’ flag, users who have modified their aircraft are immediately disconnected without affecting the host or other users. 
    The Steam ‘Invite to Game’ feature will now work by buffering the request until the user enters the Multiplayer menu.
    Users are prompted to use the Steam Client to invite someone from the Multiplayer menu to become a friend on Steam.
    On the Multiplayer Session and lobby screens, the text in the “Weather” section is now aligned correctly. 
     
  • User Interface:
    If ‘Show Saved Flights’ is enabled, the time stamps on the saved flight data will now show the correct time the flight was saved.
    The HTML content displayed in some windows, eg. tutorials, mission help, etc., now runs in IE9 compatibility mode, rather than IE8, providing better presentation.
    On the Multiplayer Session screen, the user name of the host is now shown.
    On the Multiplayer Session screen, before a session is started, ‘In Briefing Room’ is now shown.
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These are significant improvements, especially the first one!

 

  • FSX: Steam Edition can now be used in Steam’s offline mode.
  • Steam Dumps are now created following crashes to help with diagnoses of reported issues.
  • Fixed issues reported with g3D.dll affecting some add-ons
  • Number of fixes for the terrain.dll crashes experienced by some users have been made.

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After all the negativity expressed towards DTG lately in another thread, I feel that I made a really good purchase decision when I bought FSX:SE in December, it seems that they are keeping promises and actively fixing/refining FSX into something we did not have all these years.  Good on ya Dovetail!

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These are significant improvements, especially the first one!

And the second.

 

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After all the negativity expressed towards DTG lately in another thread, I feel that I made a really good purchase decision when I bought FSX:SE in December, it seems that they are keeping promises and actively fixing/refining FSX into something we did not have all these years.  Good on ya Dovetail!

Yeah, especially for $5.

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These are significant improvements, especially the first one!

 

Yes, although apparently the multiplayer direct connect capability that I use often will still be missing, correct?

Thx,

Al

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After all the negativity expressed towards DTG lately in another thread, I feel that I made a really good purchase decision when I bought FSX:SE in December, it seems that they are keeping promises and actively fixing/refining FSX into something we did not have all these years.  Good on ya Dovetail!

 

I agree with you. That thread was just making me reach for the wine.

 

I've been enjoying a much improved FSX with the Steam addition, so I'm happy.

 

But I don't waste as much of my life on this game these days anyway. Life's too short. B) 

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Oh, it will go on sale again within a few weeks I suspect. Maybe not as low as $5 though...

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I agree with AWACS above. Too many detractors of FSX-SE got into criticising DTG from the get go.

I think DTG will do what it takes to satisfy the average flight simmer, and I feel this platform will be the future of flight swimming the way we like it.I think it won't be P3D (which I own incidently) and is focused on corporations, and almost certainly will not be Xplane.

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Does fsx steam work with most add-ons such as pmdg, weather add-ins, scenery etc?

 

Thanks

 

PMDG released an update to the 777 and 737 NGX recently which allows them to work with FSX:SE. I use REX Texture Direct and it works fine. I don't have any weather engines like Active Sky so I can't comment there. All the ORBX stuff works flawlessly as long as you don't have FSX and FSX:SE installed at the same time.

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But I don't waste as much of my life on this game these days anyway. Life's too short. B)

 

No its not ,Life is the longest thing you can do :lol:

 

Really love my FSX-Se regardless of what some of the dinosaur posters around the boards would like to have us think

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Does fsx steam work with most add-ons such as pmdg, weather add-ins, scenery etc?

 

Thanks

 

Hey Gerry,

I have the PMDG 777, Aerosoft Airbus series, Rex, ASN, all of my 3rd party addons working in Steam just fine.

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I hope whatever they do with this update, they don't break existing addons many of whom just updated their work to be compatible!

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I was seriously thinking of biting the bullet and buying the Steam edition, but a few second thoughts are putting me off.

  • From what I've read, you need to uninstall the box version first, or else some add-ons like ORBX ain't going to work.
  • Hi Fi Active Sky Next isn't compatible ... allegedly. I already run this on a second PC and use simconnect which is the workaround suggested for the previous ASE version (which I still have) to work with Steam.
  • The thought of spending days (yes days!) re-installing all my add-ons, planes and scenery, is daunting and hard work .... when I could be "flying".
  • I haven't seen/read yet many experiences from dedicated simmers of changing to Steam.

But after all that I think it will have to be done soon, as the typewriter got overtaken by the word processor, and FS 9 by FSX, its called progress ... allegedly.

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and FS 9 by FSX, its called progress ... allegedly.

 

Your boxed FSX isn't going anywhere and there isn't that much difference between the 2 versions, except for OOM fixes and multiplayer.

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  • From what I've read, you need to uninstall the box version first, or else some add-ons like ORBX ain't going to work.

 

The scenery works, it is only the installers which have problems. I simply use the same scenery files in both FSX and FSX-SE -- make all the paths in the FSX SCENERY.CFG full paths, including drive etc, then use that exact same CFG file for FSX-SE. That way I've not had to reinstall any scenery whatsoever.

 

  • Hi Fi Active Sky Next isn't compatible ... allegedly. I already run this on a second PC and use simconnect which is the workaround suggested for the previous ASE version (which I still have) to work with Steam

 

I've been using the current Beta version of ASN with FSX-SE's January build (62608) quite happily for weeks. They are working on an update for 62610.

 

  • The thought of spending days (yes days!) re-installing all my add-ons, planes and scenery, is daunting and hard work .... when I could be "flying".

 

 

Again, sceneries are shared by using the same SCENERY.CFG with full paths. Likewise my aircraft are all shared by pointing the FSX-SE's SimObjects paths, in its CFG file, to the FSX airplanes folder. You also need to copy over the Gauges folder and the Effects folder. Took me all of 20 minutes to get a parallel FSX-SE installation with everything my FSX installation had!

 

  • I haven't seen/read yet many experiences from dedicated simmers ofchanging to Steam.

I get much better frames rates in heavy situations- dense airports, lots of AI, high autogen 15-25 at Heathrow now gets me 25-40 in FSX-SE, everything else exactly the same. I can also increase AI and Autogen without noticeable deterioration. And, more importantly, it is smoother, much smoother.

 

And DTG are working on it, fixing bugs (some very long-standing ones, like the G3D one FSUIPC used to patch in FSX, and several Terrain ones already) and making both performance and memory-usage improvements.

 

Forget all the criticism about their profit motives and rubbish DLC. That's the commercial sde. ON the technical side they are definitely employing (or probably contracting) knowledgeable programmers who are quite capable of getting to proper grips with FSX source code.

 

Regards

Pete

 

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Your boxed FSX isn't going anywhere and there isn't that much difference between the 2 versions, except for OOM fixes and multiplayer.

 

Not much difference?! Come round and see the difference on my cockpit!  Very noticeably faster, smoother and more stabile!

 

Pete

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I was seriously thinking of biting the bullet and buying the Steam edition, but a few second thoughts are putting me off.

  • From what I've read, you need to uninstall the box version first, or else some add-ons like ORBX ain't going to work.
  • Hi Fi Active Sky Next isn't compatible ... allegedly. I already run this on a second PC and use simconnect which is the workaround suggested for the previous ASE version (which I still have) to work with Steam.
  • The thought of spending days (yes days!) re-installing all my add-ons, planes and scenery, is daunting and hard work .... when I could be "flying".
  • I haven't seen/read yet many experiences from dedicated simmers of changing to Steam.

But after all that I think it will have to be done soon, as the typewriter got overtaken by the word processor, and FS 9 by FSX, its called progress ... allegedly.

Your right about ORBX. All traces of the boxed version must be gone and in my case a registry cleaner wasnt enough so I had to format my win7 ssd as well as my fsx ssd so the work load of reinstalling was huge , around 2 weeks but let me tell you having FSX-SE (dx10) and a new WIN7 gives me a jaw dropping flight sim experiance and considering I will be doing this for the next 10 years or more makes it worthwhile

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Just tried the new Beta, it broke ASN so I got rid of it fast. Immediately when ASN runs, you get an incompatibility error. Then right after the ASN can not control Ambient weather parameters message and ASN shutsdown. Also get a compatibility error for objectdflow.dll but gives you the option to load it anyway. You have to do that each time you run FSXSE. On the plus side the off line mode works.

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Just tried the new Beta, it broke ASN so I got rid of it fast. Immediately when ASN runs, you get an incompatibility error. Then right after the ASN can not control Ambient weather parameters message and ASN shutsdown. Also get a compatibility error for objectdflow.dll but gives you the option to load it anyway. You have to do that each time you run FSXSE. On the plus side the off line mode works.

 

I do not get that error, or any error in fact. Uninstall ASN and reinstall. 

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Looks like the update is available after you've opted in.

 

Did anyone already take the plunge?

 

 

 

- Edit:

 

Just noticed Tom's post.

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