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From Gamespot:LOS ANGELES--Flight Simulator X is being readied by ACES Studio for release towards the end of the year. The series has been running for nearly 25 years now, and Flight Simulator X will be the 10th installment in the series. The latest game will offer dozens of new aircraft, including the AirCreation 582SL Ultralight and Maule M7-260C Orion with wheels and skis. The game will be online-enabled, so you can fly with other gamers around the world. The world is also set to be far more detailed, with moving cars, meticulous buildings, indigenous houses, farmland and wildlife in natural habitats. The planes themselves will also be more realistic than before, boasting shaded rivets, reflective paint, and glint from glass and chrome. Flight Simulator X will also feature over 50 missions, including the Red Bull Air Race and bringing relief materiel to the Congo. ACES Studio has programmed over 24,000 airports into the game that feature AI-controlled jetways, fuel trucks and moving baggage carts. There's no news on whether the game will be at E3 this year, but as the show opens tomorrow we won't have to wait long to find out. Found this all here:http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sim/microsoftfl...tml?sid=6149912Jared

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Guest s4cdd0rk2124

I'd like to also point out that in addition to the info found at the Gamespot link provided by Jared above, there's also a new screenshot (posted on May 9) in the images section. From the screenshot, it looks like clouds have recieved a facelift (they look similar to FS9, but better) and the water looks a lot better than out-of-box FS9 (its not as bright/fluorescent as FS9's).Anyways, just thought I'd point out that there's also a new screenie (hopefully the first of many this week) in addition to the Gamespot's info.Jeff

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Guest Andre_Hedegaard

Fantastic! Thanks for the news."Wildlife in their natural habitat", as I said in an earlier post, I wonder if animals besides birds are present......

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Guest nels

Fantastic. All sounds great and all reliable information from Microsoft.Looks like this is it, the start of the information overload. Prepare yourself for whats about to come.Is there not a fan site yet with all the new information posted in one place? There should be.

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Guest skruer

If you look at the Microsoft Press Conference video (found at fileplanet, Gamespot, IGN ect.) you will at 52:15 see a 10 secound clip of FSX. It is not much but it looks as the hang glider has flexible wings. Just as it turns you'll see the wings flex a little. It could be my eyes are seeing more than there are...

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Guest Dennis_k

I'm waiting for tonight, when FSX presentation is showed. (i hope)

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Guest skruer

Let's then hope for more than 10 seconds and maybe some questions will be answered.

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Guest sclincoln

Did anybody catch this bit off the X-Box site."Flight Simulator X offers you a connected world where you can choose who they (sic) want to be, from air-traffic controller to pilot or co-pilot, as you interact with other aviators from around the globe by chatting in real time via headset and keyboard."It looks like online ATC will be integrated as well as the ability to jointly pilot/copilot the same plane. All with integrated voice chat. Cool. :D

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"It looks like online ATC will be integrated as well as the ability to jointly pilot/copilot the same plane. All with integrated voice chat. Cool."Well, can't that be done now with add-ons?It would be nice if online ATC was integrated, but I'm not sure that's what they meant...Andrew

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"where you can choose who they want to be"Whats this supposed to mean? I'm really getting fed up with the cryptic wordings.

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"you can choose who they (sic) want to be"Pretty sure that's supposed to be 'you can choose who you want to be'.So, you can be a pilot or a controller.Unless, of course, you're just asking what exactly they mean by choosing who you want to be in hopes of their expanding on what roles one may be able to choose. That, I don't know. However, I don't know how well it would go over if FS had build-in ATC features that let you act as an air traffic controller; with the sheer number of units sold, I can't see how the network of ATC wouldn't get filled with people who either don't know what they're doing, don't take it seriously, or are simply trying it out of curiosity and making things rough for "serious" simmers.Andrew

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Guest victorwest

>I'm waiting for tonight, when FSX presentation is showed. (i>hope)I presume that means in the UK we may find out more tomorrow morning.

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>"where you can choose who they want to be">>Whats this supposed to mean? I'm really getting fed up with>the cryptic wordings.You join your buddy (or several buddies) on-line. Two of you can 'share the cockpit' with one of you Pilot Flying, the other PNF. One or more other buddies can choose to be ATC. What's so cryptic?

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>"It looks like online ATC will be integrated as well as the>ability to jointly pilot/copilot the same plane. All with>integrated voice chat. Cool.">>Well, can't that be done now with add-ons?Of course it can. But, why bother when it will be included in FSX at no extra charge???

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"Of course it can. But, why bother when it will be included in FSX at no extra charge???"Oh, don't get me wrong - I think an implementation within the software would be great... I'm just curious to see what happens when a crafty 8-year-old decides to try to put aircraft "in contact" with each other.And... hey - I haven't seen any radar screen shots yet...Andrew

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Guest sclincoln

>And... hey - I haven't seen any radar screen shots yet...I have 133 screenshots saved and I haven't even seen any panel shots yet, so...

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There are no screenshots yet because the panels won't be available until after the DX10 patch. They need full DX10 capability to get the shadows for the gauge mounting bezels to show correctly with changing sun positions.

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Guest JSPuonti

That can't be, considering that the game will be released to the masses before the DX10 patch. Ergo, reviewers will have it before the DX10 patch, and reviewers are known to show any aspect of the game they have the time to show. No doubt panels will be shown in reviews. And let's not forget the mass of end-user screenshots that will litter these and other forums as soon as people get the game installed...So, since reviewers and end-users will be showing screenshots of the panels prior to the DX10 patch, I see no reason why Aces wouldn't beat them to it and post some panel shots before the game is released.

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I just watched 1 hour 30 minutes with peter Moore and Bill Gates presenting the new games for windows and xbox360. All they showed from FSX was a 5 sec clip demonstrating how good Vista will run games, they didnt even talk about FSX, how dissapointing is that.

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>>That, I don't know. However, I don't know how well it would go>over if FS had build-in ATC features that let you act as an>air traffic controller; with the sheer number of units sold, I>can't see how the network of ATC wouldn't get filled with>people who either don't know what they're doing, don't take it>seriously, or are simply trying it out of curiosity and making>things rough for "serious" simmers.>>AndrewWell, without knowing anything about this or if even there will be Multiplayer ATC type controlling available, I would say let's think about how this could work.Using the IF word in programming is like majic. I would tend to think that ATC in FSZ will be SIMILAR to what we have in FS2004, except they opened the program to an outside (multiplayer) "source".So the source see's a command window come up with some options:Source (ATC person) Command Window:1. AMR234 You are Cleared to Land2. AMR234 Go aroundClient Command Window: (what the pilot sees pop up)1. Roger, Cleared to Land2. Roger, going aroundSo if the source does not GIVE an option to the client within "x" seconds, then FSX automatically detects there is no response and default ATC kicks in (on the client) with the same message sent to the client (depending on situation so IF no aircraft on runway THEN send command #1 to client, and so on.. It could work!The trick in making it work is timing, AND limiting the actions both ATC and PILOT can perform.Just a guess!

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Yes - thinking about a "User ATC" feature that may or may not be coming in FS, I'm sure of the idea that a set list of transmissions must be available for those playing without voice support. (As well as for those with voice support..)I suspect that, much like XBOX live and so forth, there will be a "buddies" list - i.e. a group of individuals with whom you'd like to interact, and, perhaps more importantly, a way to screen out those you don't. ;)The benefit of setting up groups is obvious, so my guess is that any particular ATC sector is available many times over, and you join the one you want, like a game of Backgammon on Yahoo.Best would be if ATC worked well, and that unmanned sectors would be controlled by virtual ATC, which ought to be able to hand off to and from other sectors, whether human-controlled or otherwise.-----------Andrew

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>I just watched 1 hour 30 minutes with peter Moore and Bill>Gates presenting the new games for windows and xbox360. All>they showed from FSX was a 5 sec clip demonstrating how good>Vista will run games, they didnt even talk about FSX, how>dissapointing is that.There's more to come, isn't there??

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