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I'm fixin to get a new computer and am curious about P3d.  I have always used FSX and have been more or less satisfied with its performance.  I see where more and more people are switching to P3d and am wondering if anyone has any regrets about switching from FSX.  What are some of the drawbacks or limitations in P3d that didn't occur in FSX.

Thanks for any advice that would be useful before I select which to use in the new puter.

 

Jim

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No regrets. Only limitation is where an addon is not supported in P3D (eg. Coolsky DC9). Also be wary of addon replacement costs - it adds up!

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No regrets at all.  As a matter of fact I have FSX on a WD Raptor drive....I am thinking of formatting the drive as I can't remember

the last time I ran FSX.

 

CK

 

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No regrets. I haven't had a single OOM, CTD, I've been simming for about a year. I have A LOT of add-ons from many developers. Granted, there aren't as many add-ons as FSX. One thing I do is I keep it clean, meaning, if an add-on isn't certified for the version of P3D that you are using, I don't install it, as much as I would love it. There's this rule of thumb out there that if it's good for P3D V2, it's good for V3. Maybe I am too strict on this, but I don't go by that. I am happy with what I have, and many mainstream add-ons are compatible with V3.

 

One thing I do miss is AI traffic, which I refuse to purchase, again, becuase I couldn't find a satisfactory add-on. I got used to it, but, I am still hoping that MyTraffic will release something for P3D.

 

To sum it up, GO FOR IT!

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So far, no regrets. I stepped in with version 2.2 and back then I wished I would have had made the switch earlier.

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In the beginning, I regretted not having access to several aircraft that are not functional in P3Dv3 because I'm OCD about my sims and will only have one MSFS-family sim installed at a time. Then I took a step back and realized that I really never actually flew those airplanes anymore - I was only regretting not having access to them. Simply knowing I couldn't use them was enough to build in some angst.

 

If I'm not flying those planes, I have no real need to be so cranky about it. So, I pretty much got over it and have no regrets as of this point. If you're getting/building a new PC, you're in a prime position to move yourself to Prepar3D.

 

Worst case scenario? You buy it and run it for 60 days and should you have serious regrets, you can take advantage of Lockheed Martin's return policy. I don't think you will, though!
 

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One thing I do miss is AI traffic, which I refuse to purchase, again, becuase I couldn't find a satisfactory add-on. I got used to it, but, I am still hoping that MyTraffic will release something for P3D.

 

 

MyTraffic 6.0a is fully compatible with P3Dv3,

 

MT60a.jpg

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One thing I do miss is AI traffic, which I refuse to purchase, again, becuase I couldn't find a satisfactory add-on. I got used to it, but, I am still hoping that MyTraffic will release something for P3D.

 

Poppet went to a lot of trouble putting this together -  it will help. I've been running MT6 with no issues at all.

 

 

http://www.avsim.com/topic/483116-how-do-i-install-my-traffic-60a-for-prepar3d-v3/

 

 

Vic

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Biggest issues for me is that one of my airports is not compatible with version 3, and also, PMDG addons need to be repurchased, at a higher price than their FSX counterparts. P3D itself is also more expensive than FSX but it gives you a lot more stability and nicer eyecandy so well worth the extra money.

 

Other than that, it's well worth going down the P3D route.

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I, too, gave up my PMDG aircraft.  Also gave up RealityXP and had to repurchase GTN750.  Other than that, the lighting, the dense clouds, the shadows.  it is really nice.

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No regrets at all, but be advised it may be a costly transition, depending on the aircraft/sceneries/publisher you already have.

Some publishers provide free P3D versions when you have FSX version, some charge (again) the full price, and some even charge (again) the full price + a substantial extra amount.

 

So depending on your current add-ons, do the math.

 

Is P3D perfect? No it isn't

Is P3D substantially better then FSX? Yes, it is

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Being one of a handful of pilots who use a laptop, I can say with all honesty that P3D has run a whole lot better with LM's progressive developments.  With FSX, even with tweaks and DX10 fixes, still never ran as fluid or looked as impressive as P3D.  I'm currently running v3.2 (cannot be had anymore as I am told), and I still find it extremely hard to upgrade to v3.3.  A good example to keep note of, when I was invested 100% in FSX (later to FSX:SE), I would fly maybe once a week, likely due to bad stutters, OOMs and the like but with a complete 180 to P3D, I fly about once a day.  I've purchased more for P3D now and have had no regrets of what I have spent in the past.  It's a progression and a hobby and still money well spent.

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No regrets whatsoever.

FS is one of my dearest hobbies.

 

In fact I have invested more money for P3D in 6 months than I did for FSX in the last 4 years.

 

FSX is now pasturing, along with some non compatible addons and my dear older PMDG planes.

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I have a sneaking suspicion, that once REX launches it's new Sky Force 3D, there won't be anything to touch P3D v3! Except maybe P3D v4 :wink:

 

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I went to P3D at version 2.4, and haven't looked back.

I didn't have the slightest issue with having to re-purchase the PMDG NGX and 777,

as in my opinion P3D is that good, has a future, and easily eclipses FSX

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I went to P3D at version 2.4, and haven't looked back.

I didn't have the slightest issue with having to re-purchase the PMDG NGX and 777,

as in my opinion P3D is that good, has a future, and easily eclipses FSX

 

My VA which has a very large number of members, keeps statistics on Sim versions on a monthly basis. Every month now, P3D is gaining in members using it, and at the same time FSX numbers are dropping. FSX is still way ahead, but P3D is attracting many of our members now. 

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Prepar3D Regrets ?  Ah I've had a few, But to be honest, too few to mention really.  I did what I had to do and saw it through and soldiered on with little or even no exemption.
I planned each Install course and followed each careful Tutorial step along the Avsim byway,  Actually you see i ended up doing it my way. 
Yes, i guess , there were times, I'm sure yous know all about it, When you bite off more than you could chew (PMDG)  But through it all, even though i doubted myself,  I faced it all and I stood tallish (5 foot 2) 
You know me, i like to do it my way. Ive been very happy with Prepar3D,  I've loved, I've laughed and even cried with happyness, Don't get me wrong i've had my fill of reinstalls and my share of losing, 
To think I did all that,  And may I say - not in a shy way (I talk a lot)............  
"Oh no, oh no not me, 
I did it myyyyyyy waaaaaay   
 
 
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No regrets at all with Prepar3D,  Having a ball with it. Just take your time it.   Like any serious hobby it can be expensive but well worth it,  Take Golf for example that's not cheap, its also a good walk ruined though  :smile: 
 
So, on that intellectual high note,  What does Golf and Marriage have in common....? Both has the high potential to lose your balls  :Pig:  

 

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No regrets buying P3D v3.2 and putting FSX-SE aside (I only use the latter for testing purposes).

 

Here is my personal pro & con list for P3D vs. FSX:

 

Pro P3D / Contra FSX:

- No autogen popping, while the autogen density is constantly high over the entire rendering radius.

- Beautiful cockpit shadows (even better looking IMO than with DX10 in FSX)

- Improved VAS management

- Cloud shadows, in conjunction with Realism Shader Pack realistic rendering of the atmosphere

- HDR settings allow me to adjust the lighting during day and night in a realistic fashion, while FSX (where nights are too bright) does not offer this option.

- More consistent FPS during the entire flight regime, fewer microstutters.

 

Pro FSX / Contra P3D:

- Stellar cloud performance

- Higher initial FPS (but lower FPS on approach, and it is even worse in DX10 on my system)

- Possible to adjust graphics and scenery library settings before starting a flight.

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Wow!  Looks like P3d gets a big thumbs up from about everybody.  A couple of more questions though.  Is there any conflict in having FSX and P3d on the same hard drive?   Also, should I get the latest version or is one version better than the other?

 

Thanks for all the replys.

 

Jim

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No problem having both on the same system. Get the latest 3.3.5 version.

 

Vic

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Yes you can run  it on the same HD with zero problem. Just get the latest version of P3D (v3.3.5) and have fun with it. 

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Another question.  I use FSUIPC for all my calibrations and button assignments in FSX.    What is used in P3d since I'm assuming that FSUIPC doesn't work in it.

 

Jim

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