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I have used FS since FS 5.1 and, more recently, Prepar3D, almost exclusively. As mostly an airliner flyer, I was always a bit skeptical of X-Plane. Nonetheless, after the release of the Flight Factor 767 (my most beloved airplane model), I have decided to bite the bullet and ended up buying X-Plane one month ago during a Steam sale. 
 
Well, four weeks later I must say that I am barely touching my P3D V3 with all the thousands of euros I have spent on addons for it. I cannot say that much about the flight modelling, even though I am liking it very much, but the atmospheric effects, the lightning and the environment of X-Plane just compels me to keep coming back! I wont abandon P3D for sure, but I might spend less and less time on it from now on...
 
Here are some completely unedited pictures of my experience so far..
 
 
1. Preparing for departure - Rio de Janeiro Airport (SBGL)
 
rwIEvxs.jpg
 
 
 
 
2. Taxiing with rain - Flight Factor 767 (Delta Livery) Rio de Janeiro Airport (SBGL)
 
7yXX0XS.jpg
 
 
 
3. On Runway 10 - Flight Factor 767 (Delta Livery) Rio de Janeiro Airport (SBGL)
 
5IFiORn.jpg
 
 
 
4. Approach - Flight Factor 767 (Delta Livery) San Francisco Airport (KSFO)
 
COdt06u.jpg
 
 
 
5. Approach in Italy -Airfoillabs C172
 
 
nWZXPbd.jpg
 
 
 
6. Approach in Canada -Carenado Beech 1900D
 
gyCOTYM.jpg
 
 
7. Approach in Canada -Carenado Beech 1900D
 
xGOQvp9.jpg
 
 
 
8. Cruising over Germany -Airfoillabs C172
 
Xs1hiKS.jpg
 
 
 
9. Cruising over Germany - Carenado C210 Centurion
 
hfhS0IM.jpg
 
 
 
10. Cruising over Germany - Carenado C210 Centurion
 
 
XZfoUYY.jpg
 
 
 
11. Approach in the German-Austrian border - Carenado C210 Centurion
 
0mOwqt9.jpg
 
 
 
12. Flying with traffic - Carenado B1900D
 
AmHoYPL.jpg
 
 
13. Flying towards the sunset - Carenado Beech 1900D
 
8YJVt7W.jpg
 
 
14. Climbing over Canada - JARDesign A330
 
d0RfBHn.jpg
 
 
15. Cruising - JARDesign A330
 
Gqyms36.jpg
 
 
16. Preparing for departure - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
UIeiarZ.jpg
 
 
 
17. Pushing back - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
GNMNkPC.png
 
18. Entering Runway 26L - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
nocc2PY.png
 
 
 
19. Morning approach in Brazil - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
q5E6hKi.jpg
 
 
20. Climbing over Nova Scotia - Flight Factor 767 (Air Canada Livery)
 
E2yJjS9.jpg
 
 
 
21. Climbing over Nova Scotia - Flight Factor 767 (Air Canada Livery)
 
 
sZjrqOW.png
 
 
 
22. Cruising over Canada - VATSIM Traffic - Flight Factor 767 (Air Canada Livery)
 
eF6xzFl.jpg
 
 
To everyone that is a little lackluster with FSX/P3D, forget about the naysayers and try X-Plane. 
 
The amount of free quality content is just astounding and the payware aircraft are getting better and better. Having flown PMDG´s almost exclusively on P3D and being very picky with my  addon planes, I must say that I am quite satisfied with what I have bought on this new plataform. 
 
Hope you guy enjoy it!

 

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yes, i'm a new convert to X-plane too.. got FF 757, carenado King air 200 and SSG 747-8F..  

 

I'm going thru the same emotions as yourself.. not sure if I can ever go back to FSX..  the main pull towards X-plane for me is the night lighting, roads/freeways @ night, sloped runways, clouds with shadows, etc.. 

 

but some limitations - AI traffic not as evolved as FSX, simulation rate can barely touch 4X, etc.. 

 

One very tough decision to make for me is which 747 to buy? PMDG 747 V2 in FSX, iFly 747 in FSX or some other developer like flight factor's 747 in x-plane?  In the next few months, all of this will be released and we have to decide which platform to invest in.. 

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.. not sure if I can ever go back to FSX..

 

if you are like me... you will never go back to FSX :-)

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Really nice shots!! Looking forward to some more.

 

Thanks, Phil! Will keep experimenting and making screenshots!  :smile:

 

yes, i'm a new convert to X-plane too.. got FF 757, carenado King air 200 and SSG 747-8F..  

 

I'm going thru the same emotions as yourself.. not sure if I can ever go back to FSX..  the main pull towards X-plane for me is the night lighting, roads/freeways @ night, sloped runways, clouds with shadows, etc.. 

 

but some limitations - AI traffic not as evolved as FSX, simulation rate can barely touch 4X, etc.. 

 

One very tough decision to make for me is which 747 to buy? PMDG 747 V2 in FSX, iFly 747 in FSX or some other developer like flight factor's 747 in x-plane?  In the next few months, all of this will be released and we have to decide which platform to invest in.. 

 

 

Since I cant live without PMDG, I will keep P3D installed and surely will buy the 747 when it comes out! I plan to keep enjoying what both plataforms can offer. There are no A330s or 767s on P3D as good as the X-Plane ones atm, therefore I will use it to fly those planes. The same is true when we think about the 777 or the 737 (even though the IXEG one is looking amazing and on the verge of being released). Traffic for me is not necessary as I fly only on VATSIM or IVAO. Hell, I am even satisfied with weather since I can finally have rain on the windshield!

 

Welcome to the Dark Side. Where the lights are so much better

 

Hahaha...for sure! Thank you and all the others that have commented!  :P

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I am a recent convert myself and also have the 757 and the King Air 200. Nights are fantastic and so that is when I do all my X-Plane flying. I call it my Dawn to Dusk simulator. 

 

I still use P3D because of planes like the Duke and of course the great GTN 750 gps that will never make it to X-Plane. 

 

I also still use FSXSE for my work platform when doing graphics and textures for developers. 

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Beautiful shots!

 

The main reason I can't get into Xplane is because of the lack of good ATC and AI traffic functionality. Not that FSX or P3D default is great, but it's a lot better than Xplane's and we have a slew of addons to choose from for those functions.

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simulation rate can barely touch 4X, etc.. 

What does this mean?

 

One very tough decision to make for me is which 747 to buy? PMDG 747 V2 in FSX, iFly 747 in FSX or some other developer like flight factor's 747 in x-plane?  In the next few months, all of this will be released and we have to decide which platform

SSG does the 747 series in X-Plane.

The same is true when we think about the 777 or the 737 (even though the IXEG one is looking amazing and on the verge of being released)

 

You don't like the VMAX 777?

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I'm also using X-plane only as a night/dusk/dawn simulator..  that's where the real strength of x-plane lies - in the lighting.. 

 

but when daylight comes, you realize the plausible world doesnt have landmarks and doesnt resemble real world.. so thats when i go back to FSX.. because there I have ORBX Global.. 

 

so FSX by day, X-plane by night... 

 

 

I am a recent convert myself and also have the 757 and the King Air 200. Nights are fantastic and so that is when I do all my X-Plane flying. I call it my Dawn to Dusk simulator. 

 

I still use P3D because of planes like the Duke and of course the great GTN 750 gps that will never make it to X-Plane. 

 

I also still use FSXSE for my work platform when doing graphics and textures for developers. 


1. x-plane cannot go beyond 4X sim rate due to the way physics is modeled.. whereas in FSX u can go upto 8X which enables you to do ultra long hauls..

 

2. I do have the SSG 747-8F.. its an okay aircraft.. still far behind iFly 747 V2 and upcoming PMDG 747 V2.

 

3. I didnt buy VMAX 777.. only got their 757 due to budget constraints.. that's the other issue.. I'm torn between investing in FSX vs X-plane.. don't want to buy the same plane in 2 platforms...

 

What does this mean?
 

SSG does the 747 series in X-Plane.

You don't like the VMAX 777?

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To the OP,

 

What mesh and scenery did you install?  I also bought the Steam Edition but have not installed it yet.

 

Thx,

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Amazing captures! I, too, switched from P3D to X-Plane 10. XP10 has been my primary sim for a little over a month now.

 

One thing I absolutely love about X-Plane is the amount of high quality freeware scenery available. One example of ultra high quality freeware is MisterX's KSFO, KLAX, and KSAN - 3 ultra detailed airports available without costing you a penny and they're insanely realistic that I just had to find a way to give back for all the incredible hard work. With working jetways and marshallers, it's pretty much payware standard scenery as freeware, if you will.

 

And yes, it has truly amazing payware addons created by amazing devs :smile:

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Beautiful shots!

 

The main reason I can't get into Xplane is because of the lack of good ATC and AI traffic functionality. Not that FSX or P3D default is great, but it's a lot better than Xplane's and we have a slew of addons to choose from for those functions.

 

Yes, I have heard about those issues. For me is not a problem, as I have already stated that I only fly online. Better performance and more realistic ATC! :)

 

 

  

To the OP,

 

What mesh and scenery did you install?  I also bought the Steam Edition but have not installed it yet.

 

Thx,

I'm using the amazing free HD Mesh - http://www.alpilotx.net/downloads/x-plane-10-hd-mesh-scenery-v3/

 

As for sceneries, I would say that I have 60% Freeware and 40% payware. From the pictures, KSFO and EDDM are Free and SBGL payware.

 

  

Amazing captures! I, too, switched from P3D to X-Plane 10. XP10 has been my primary sim for a little over a month now.

 

One thing I absolutely love about X-Plane is the amount of high quality freeware scenery available. One example of ultra high quality freeware is MisterX's KSFO, KLAX, and KSAN - 3 ultra detailed airports available without costing you a penny and they're insanely realistic that I just had to find a way to give back for all the incredible hard work. With working jetways and marshallers, it's pretty much payware standard scenery as freeware, if you will.

 

And yes, it has truly amazing payware addons created by amazing devs :smile:

Agreed! It's never enough to thank those people!! The quality of these free sceneries is simply mind blowing.

 

Thanks again everyone!

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Why am I still using P3D?

 

Anyway... On another note, will SLI ever make it to XP? It seems like, if/when it does, the flightsim performance barrier would finally be broken...

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Anyway... On another note, will SLI ever make it to XP? It seems like, if/when it does, the flightsim performance barrier would finally be broken...

 

As far as I know there is not plans for it now, though your best bet would be asking the X-Plane devs directly. They seem to be really open and responsive.

As for performance - X-Plane is rather CPU based anyway, so as far as performance goes, it seems to be better than other two sims (at least in my case with FSX). 

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Performance for me is not that different from P3D V3, but X-Plane feels more fluid. Even though my system is not that powerful (Stock i7 4770 + GF970), I can run both at 3440x1440p and high settings most of the time around 30 fps (goes down to 15-20fps on the really heavy sceneries like CYYZ on P3D).

 

Of course, not having to worry about Virtual Ram is a huge plus for X-Plane...

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ever since I moved to DX10 in FSX, I've never had to worry about VRAM or OOM... 

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I have used FS since FS 5.1 and, more recently, Prepar3D, almost exclusively. As mostly an airliner flyer, I was always a bit skeptical of X-Plane. Nonetheless, after the release of the Flight Factor 767 (my most beloved airplane model), I have decided to bite the bullet and ended up buying X-Plane one month ago during a Steam sale. 
 
Well, four weeks later I must say that I am barely touching my P3D V3 with all the thousands of euros I have spent on addons for it. I cannot say that much about the flight modelling, even though I am liking it very much, but the atmospheric effects, the lightning and the environment of X-Plane just compels me to keep coming back! I wont abandon P3D for sure, but I might spend less and less time on it from now on...
 
Here are some completely unedited pictures of my experience so far..
 
 
1. Preparing for departure - Rio de Janeiro Airport (SBGL)
 
rwIEvxs.jpg
 
 
 
 
2. Taxiing with rain - Flight Factor 767 (Delta Livery) Rio de Janeiro Airport (SBGL)
 
7yXX0XS.jpg
 
 
 
3. On Runway 10 - Flight Factor 767 (Delta Livery) Rio de Janeiro Airport (SBGL)
 
5IFiORn.jpg
 
 
 
4. Approach - Flight Factor 767 (Delta Livery) San Francisco Airport (KSFO)
 
COdt06u.jpg
 
 
 
5. Approach in Italy -Airfoillabs C172
 
 
nWZXPbd.jpg
 
 
 
6. Approach in Canada -Carenado Beech 1900D
 
gyCOTYM.jpg
 
 
7. Approach in Canada -Carenado Beech 1900D
 
xGOQvp9.jpg
 
 
 
8. Cruising over Germany -Airfoillabs C172
 
Xs1hiKS.jpg
 
 
 
9. Cruising over Germany - Carenado C210 Centurion
 
hfhS0IM.jpg
 
 
 
10. Cruising over Germany - Carenado C210 Centurion
 
 
XZfoUYY.jpg
 
 
 
11. Approach in the German-Austrian border - Carenado C210 Centurion
 
0mOwqt9.jpg
 
 
 
12. Flying with traffic - Carenado B1900D
 
AmHoYPL.jpg
 
 
13. Flying towards the sunset - Carenado Beech 1900D
 
8YJVt7W.jpg
 
 
14. Climbing over Canada - JARDesign A330
 
d0RfBHn.jpg
 
 
15. Cruising - JARDesign A330
 
Gqyms36.jpg
 
 
16. Preparing for departure - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
UIeiarZ.jpg
 
 
 
17. Pushing back - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
GNMNkPC.png
 
18. Entering Runway 26L - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
nocc2PY.png
 
 
 
19. Morning approach in Brazil - JARDesign A330 (Lufthansa Livery) Munich International Airport (EDDM)
 
q5E6hKi.jpg
 
 
20. Climbing over Nova Scotia - Flight Factor 767 (Air Canada Livery)
 
E2yJjS9.jpg
 
 
 
21. Climbing over Nova Scotia - Flight Factor 767 (Air Canada Livery)
 
 
sZjrqOW.png
 
 
 
22. Cruising over Canada - VATSIM Traffic - Flight Factor 767 (Air Canada Livery)
 
eF6xzFl.jpg
 
 
To everyone that is a little lackluster with FSX/P3D, forget about the naysayers and try X-Plane. 
 
The amount of free quality content is just astounding and the payware aircraft are getting better and better. Having flown PMDG´s almost exclusively on P3D and being very picky with my  addon planes, I must say that I am quite satisfied with what I have bought on this new plataform. 
 
Hope you guy enjoy it!

 

+1.... I got X Plane for Christmas and I use P3Dv3.1 as well but I must say I am spending more time in X Plane learning all I can about the UI.  Love the night lighting and scenery, it is the best I've seen in any sim period.

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I agree with your post. I've been a long time FXS user. I picked up XP 6 months ago and have been very impressed with some of the lighting effects and emersion factor. I also like the freeware airports that look amazing and add to the emersion. The add-on aircraft fly very well and realistic in XP and I'm very happy with the Saab, Carenado,  JAR330, and FFB767.  XP is relatively easy on the wallet too for what you get. Now I probably go to XP 3 out of 4 SIM events. There are room for improvements to be made in XP,  but for now XP continues to draw me in .........  

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I think there will be more and more people checking out XPX.  The FF767 and JAR330 make up for what is lacking in P3D aircraft wise.   I mirror the sentiments of others. XPX dusk to dawn and P3d for daytime.   AI is getting there but no where near as robust as P3D custom AI.

 

What I dont understand is the lack of willing cooperation from XPX devs to help out VAs. Ive inquired a few VAs for its support of XPX and they dont really support it because the XPX devs refuse to work with them in developing ACARS data to track XPX aircraft. Seems quite unfortunate they have this attitude.

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