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“Microsoft Flight Sim 2018”

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Just curious what others think about this hypothetical question:  

If Microsoft did not abandon their flight sim project, how would Flight Simulation by Microsoft have evolved at the present time?

Is Prepar3D v4, or XP11, a likely representation of what Microsoft could have been now, with 64 bit technology . . or could they have produced something even better? . . . payware quality default planes, weather generator, default sceneries, ATC, etc. all in one package?  Hmm . . :cool:

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They would developed some less sophisticated, more "game-playing" and more appealing to a broader market.  They are about making a profit, after all.  With P3D, my feeling is that we are the incidental beneficiaries of the development of a product intended for government and large market training needs.  XP11 is a labor of love on the part of many, but also has a large market training base.

 

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If Microsoft had carried on developing FS in the same direction with the same intensity of progress I would have said it would be better than we have now. They developed FS without a restrictive budget and were involved first hand with the improvements to Direct X and also the way PCs and GPUs progressed to today.

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