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4.5. vs 4.0

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I’ve been reluctant so far to move to v4. I fly A2A kind of aircraft in OrbX scenery for short flights and OOM are not a problem. The benefit/cost of moving v3 to a 64-bit version was not obvious to me . But...

But most of the new tempting addons are for v4 now and it seems that, over the updates you guys helped to troubleshoot 😉, v4 has improved a bit.

Am I right, is 4.5 much better than 4.0 was for a flyer like me ? Which new features make a difference ?

 

 

 

 

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Yes, go to 4.5. There are some smaller issues with 4,5 and a fix is on it´s way. So, if you want to get started, install 4.4 and upgrade to 4.5 later.

 

Jack 

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Hey Jack

why should I do that ? Whats better now than in 4.0 ?

PS I know about the incoming hotfix

 

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Hello,

I see these questions from time to time and  wonder why the authors do not simply do their own research.

"Tell me why I should" topics usually end in pointless arguments between the proponents of each choice.

If you are happy with version 3, just keep using it.

Progression through the versions is not obligatory and for the type of flying that you say you do, there is

no cost benefit at all.

Add to that the amount of time that you have waited and there could be an even chance that your purchase

of version 4 might be swiftly followed by version 5, yet another cost option.

As to problems with P3D v4, it pretty much worked from the day it was released and since then, probably

95% of the reported problems have been user specific with very few indeed being across the board.

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2 hours ago, domkle said:

Hey Jack

why should I do that ? Whats better now than in 4.0 ?

PS I know about the incoming hotfix

 

Do what you want. But except some special addons like Hifi, GTN, which needed a short time, all other scenery addons were compatible with each 4.X immediately.. Since 4.4 we have PBR which is a nice step forward.

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Why not read on the LM Homepage and look what´s updated from v4.0 through all versions up to 4.5 and make up your own mind if it´s wort it or not. 


There must be some reason why LM releases new versions/updates and people install them

Jack

 

 

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Been using 3.4 since it came out. No OOMs and everything works flawlessly flying NGX and Q400. No reason to switch that I can see. 

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4 hours ago, domkle said:

I’ve been reluctant so far to move to v4. I fly A2A kind of aircraft in OrbX scenery for short flights and OOM are not a problem. The benefit/cost of moving v3 to a 64-bit version was not obvious to me . But...

But most of the new tempting addons are for v4 now and it seems that, over the updates you guys helped to troubleshoot 😉, v4 has improved a bit.

Am I right, is 4.5 much better than 4.0 was for a flyer like me ? Which new features make a difference ?

Given that you appear to be hesitant to move and have waited 2 years to ask this question, your best bet is probably to wait about a year (or maybe less, complete guess on my part) for Prepar3d v5.

There are many good reasons to move to v4.x and plenty of $$$ reasons to remain on v3.

As you can see on this thread, everyone here has made their own personal cost-benefit analysis to move or not.
 

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Thanks for a few hints but I think I am gonna give up this thread .

I don't ask advice about what to do. I asked a simple question, presumably easy to understand. Is 4.5 substantially better than  4.0.. In your own eyes.  Prettier, smoothier, more functional etc.   Or just the same, just cleaned up.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Bobsk8 said:

Been using 3.4 since it came out. No OOMs and everything works flawlessly flying NGX and Q400. No reason to switch that I can see. 

I've had no OOM's with 4.x, upgraded to 4.5 smoothly.  I did not have 3.x so I cannot comment well on what you might be missing, but I can say most who have upgraded, if not all who have commented since 4.x came out, were happy they did (minus the cost of course, lol). 

I do not have the NGX or Q400, but all my add-ons I do have work quite well, I have a mix of photoscenery, Alabeo and Carenado add-ons, a couple of JustFlight ultralights, and QualityWings 787 which I am still learning how to start up, but I like the product a lot for the VC especially and exterior visuals, plus the livery support.  Lockheed Martin has been great about support and periodic upgrades every couple of months or so.  I have heard of some issues with 4.5 but I have not run into any myself, and I've never had an OOM in P3D, unlike FSX which would from time to time balk at my photoscenery but that was my old system which lost access to 4Gigs of Ram when a lightning strike hit my home (and also blew out my power supply in that system, which I replaced with a better one anyway).  Only reason I lost that system was when Windows dropped support for Vista, my computer tried to upgrade anyway and got in an endless loop--wish I had a backup DVD to fix the O/S but Windows would have still tried to upgrade, one thing I hate about Windows is not being able to disable autoupgrade, but that is off topic.

One good thing in 4.5 is the autogen trees look much better now, great for bush flying although in your case if you prefer the bigger airliners, bush flying may not be your bag of tea.  Also, night textures (I just posted some screenshots), look much better and much more realistic, and display in the distance better than Xplane11 which I also have.

I see no stutters except for the odd photoscenery load, and that is only if I have other file activity going on, such as a web download.  Panning is a dream, and the sensation of speed from down low to the flight levels is quite good, as 3.4 may also be for you.

John

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Just now, domkle said:

Thanks for a few hints but I think I am gonna give up this thread .

I don't ask advice about what to do. I asked a simple question, presumably easy to understand. Is 4.5 substantially better than  4.0.. In your own eyes.  Prettier, smoothier, more functional etc.   Or just the same, just cleaned up.

 

 

One thing that was fixed from 4.4 on up, or maybe 4.3, was in flight recording, which used to stutter after about ten minutes or so in flight on playback.  You have probably already seen my other comments, my advice would be to upgrade--it is free, just remember to uninstall client, content and scenery first, then reinstall after the upgrade in that order.  Some suggest clearing out the shader cash, I did not have to do that and never have.

John

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2 hours ago, domkle said:

Thanks for a few hints but I think I am gonna give up this thread .

I don't ask advice about what to do. I asked a simple question, presumably easy to understand. Is 4.5 substantially better than  4.0.. In your own eyes.  Prettier, smoothier, more functional etc.   Or just the same, just cleaned up.

 

 

4.5 is substantially better then 4.0,  IMO 4.4 was a substantial update over 4.3.  Why would you choose 4.0 over 4.5?

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3 hours ago, domkle said:

I asked a simple question, presumably easy to understand. Is 4.5 substantially better than  4.0.. In your own eyes.  Prettier, smoothier, more functional etc.   Or just the same, just cleaned up.

Yes, it works better, has some new features but is essentially "just the same, just cleaned up."

 

 

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Hi,

 

I startet with 4.1 wich was impressiv to the FSX for me. But there where sometimes CTD and other crashes, not much but once a week.

After I change to 4.4 i can say P3D is the stabelst software on my PC - no issus from the beginning of this year.

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Unless you use FS Passengers I don’t see the reason not to upgrade. 

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