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I have been using ASN, Rex Essentials plus and soft clouds in P3D v3.1, for a considerable time ,quite happily, but, I would appreciate comments on the new Hi Fi  software.

Is it really a game changer?.

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IMO it is. AS16+ASCA is the most realistic weather I've ever been using. Automated weather dependant texture changes on fly is really cute. Though, there are others who prefer REX SC together with AS16. Do a search in this forum, you'll find many discussions about it.

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The combination of AS16 and ASCA is indeed a game changer but that doesn't mean you will like it. I don't. I reinstalled my computer a short while ago and happily left ASCA out of the reinstall cycle. I liked my HDE clouds more and I sometimes absolutely hated the presented sky colors. AS16 on its own (combined with whatever texture addon you'd like to use) is good although the differences with ASN may be a bit hard to tell unless you look closely. Yes, the changes in the UI are obvious but not of any importance (imho). The skies look more overcast in certain situations, the distant haze seems better somehow, but all in all I am not entirely sure if everything is really worth the upgrade price. Knowing what I know now I probably wouldn't have bought AS16+ASCA and certainly not ASCA. I don't really regret it though: AS16 is good and it's nice to be up to date... :wink:

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Thanks Jeroen, that's one really helpful contribution. I've been using ASN til now, sitting at the fence for some time now, always waiting to see what REX is cooking up (let me guess - we'll know around the holiday season). So I'll just sit and wait a bit longer.

 

Kind regards, Michael

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Thank you for your comments chaps, like Michael I think i'll  hang on a little and await further developments.

 

Many Thanks

Mike

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ASCA + AS16 is the most realistic combo I have used.

 

I am not after the most beautifull blue skies nor the nicest looking clouds.

For me it is about looking as close to what it looks outside...

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I am using FS Global Real Weather to date. Does anyone have experience with both FSGRW and AS16? I would really like to know if it is worth the upgrade as FSGRW was not cheap and neither is AS16, so it would be nice to hear what the differences are if anyone knows.

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ASCA + AS16 is the most realistic combo I have used.

I am not after the most beautifull blue skies nor the nicest looking clouds.

For me it is about looking as close to what it looks outside...

LOL Which is why I don't like ASCA. ;) The clouds often did look odd/fake and the skies often were nothing like I see outside: too many fantasy colors. I suppose everyone's view on reality is a bit different. ;) It's a good thing we have choices!

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Jeroen, take your sunglasses off when looking outside.

Fs is too much Polaroid coloring at most people's setups

 

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AS 16 is a entirely new game, and worth every penny and then some. As far as the ASCA clouds, I have seen them, and I much prefer my Rex Soft clouds. But they are inexpensive, so try them, you can always go back to soft clouds if you don't like what you see. 

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The combination of AS16 and ASCA is indeed a game changer but that doesn't mean you will like it. I don't. I reinstalled my computer a short while ago and happily left ASCA out of the reinstall cycle. I liked my HDE clouds more and I sometimes absolutely hated the presented sky colors. AS16 on its own (combined with whatever texture addon you'd like to use) is good although the differences with ASN may be a bit hard to tell unless you look closely. Yes, the changes in the UI are obvious but not of any importance (imho). The skies look more overcast in certain situations, the distant haze seems better somehow, but all in all I am not entirely sure if everything is really worth the upgrade price. Knowing what I know now I probably wouldn't have bought AS16+ASCA and certainly not ASCA. I don't really regret it though: AS16 is good and it's nice to be up to date... :wink:

Nice write up. I'll hold off on AS2016 for the time being. I pretty happy with ASN & rex soft clouds. Of course, if they continue to update AS2016 I'll have to reassess. 

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I am using FS Global Real Weather to date. Does anyone have experience with both FSGRW and AS16? I would really like to know if it is worth the upgrade as FSGRW was not cheap and neither is AS16, so it would be nice to hear what the differences are if anyone knows.

Weather radar in PMDG aircrafts ( and upcoming FSLabs airbus) only works with ASN or AS16. So no choice.

 

I also have FSGRW but do not use it since AS16 is out. At ASN times, it was less heavy on frames and I liked to use it for VFR.

 

In-cloud experience with AS16 is the best what I have seen on a screen. If you fly VFR mainly (where you obviously may not come close to clouds according to national regulations), you can stick with FSGRW, because it is also a great wx engine.

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Weather radar in PMDG aircrafts ( and upcoming FSLabs airbus) only works with ASN or AS16. So no choice.

 

I also have FSGRW but do not use it since AS16 is out. At ASN times, it was less heavy on frames and I liked to use it for VFR.

 

In-cloud experience with AS16 is the best what I have seen on a screen. If you fly VFR mainly (where you obviously may not come close to clouds according to national regulations), you can stick with FSGRW, because it is also a great wx engine.

 

The best effect in AS16, which to me is  worth the entire price of it, is when flying through clouds, you see the clouds move rapidly over the windscreen, just like in real life. I have never seen that in any sim I have flown with until AS 16.  It is amazing to see. Once you try it, you will never go back to another weather engine. 

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The best effect in AS16, which to me is  worth the entire price of it, is when flying through clouds, you see the clouds move rapidly over the windscreen, just like in real life. I have never seen that in any sim I have flown with until AS 16.  It is amazing to see. Once you try it, you will never go back to another weather engine. 

The problem is you see it too sometimes when there are no clouds in the vicinity of the aircraft.

Also X-plane has this effect also.

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To me, it is a game changer. I see a significant difference in performance from ASN and a huge difference considering dynamic clouds. As to whether or not it looks "real" - I spent a lot of years staring out of a cockpit window and to me, AS16 + ASCA  using dynamic clouds are the most realistic I have seen in a sim.

 

As someone said though, each person is different and if the comparison is purely visual, then it's a singular purely objective opinion and doesn't mean YOU will like it. As far as AS16  - it has a free trial so that's a no brainer. ASCA is very inexpensive so it's worth the try.

 

Vic

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