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Finally. We have been waiting almost to long for this. Looks stunning.

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Awesome pictures of the comparison with ORBX AU v1 and this new v2

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Yeah!

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I'd wish that they would update and enhance NA and EU FTX regions too. But I fear, Australia will be their last update for FTX regions. We will probably never see  FTX Arizona or FTX France regions because they focus on TE.

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great news

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Looks good, just what I need to use P3D again.

 

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I wonder if ORBX central uninstall the original version, or just overwrite it?

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Nice but it woild be good if they could do Africa and Asia first as the scenery is so ugly and bland in places.

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...from the FAQ:

" Q. I own FTX AU (v1), am I eligible for some kind of discount? A. As long as you have a copy of FTX AU v1 in your OrbxDirect account, a discount of 40% will be automatically applied at check-out."

Great!

Richard

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16 hours ago, Matthew James de Bohun said:

Nice but it woild be good if they could do Africa and Asia first as the scenery is so ugly and bland in places.

Waiting for OpenLC Africa and Asia for years...

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I remember that almost three years ago, they announced in their "roadmap" that they would add more scenery designers to their team and that we could expect two LC continents per year starting in 2017. Now it looks like they are hardly releasing one continent every two years. After they will release AF LC (hopefully this year, but it wouldn't surprise me if not), I don't want to think how long we would need to wait for Asia LC, which is the biggest and most diverse continent they would be facing. And who knows if they won't change their roadmap again in favor of more TE regions...

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I remember ORBX saying that San Francisco was in development over a year ago, since then you have had Barcelona and Miami no word on San Francisco, there roadmap slips every year and since taken on XP in a big way looks like P3D will slip a lot more in the future. 

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2 hours ago, Boeing or not going said:

Waiting for OpenLC Africa and Asia for years...

Same here. Has been postponed many times over. It will be entering Beta this month (latest news on their forum).

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They have now the XP crowd to milk first.

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And the TE crowd. Imagine the ressources for TE would have gone into the remaining OpenLC products...

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8 minutes ago, AnkH said:

And the TE crowd. Imagine the ressources for TE would have gone into the remaining OpenLC products...

.. imagine the  ORBX FTX regions we could have in vast parts of Europe an America without TE development. Now we have a rag rug.  I am not against TE, but two or three years later with 4TB-8TB SSDs and a Sim that can handle those immense amounts of objects.

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2 hours ago, Afterburner said:

I remember that almost three years ago, they announced in their "roadmap" that they would add more scenery designers to their team and that we could expect two LC continents per year starting in 2017. Now it looks like they are hardly releasing one continent every two years. After they will release AF LC (hopefully this year, but it wouldn't surprise me if not), I don't want to think how long we would need to wait for Asia LC, which is the biggest and most diverse continent they would be facing. And who knows if they won't change their roadmap again in favor of more TE regions...

OLC Africa entering "beta" this month (for now!) 😉

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What I personally do not really understand: I always thought that TE Netherlands will be the test platform for TE products and many, many responses and user feedback basically showed that those TE products are nice and the future of flightsimming, but the cost is to big for the moment. Disk space, endless loading times, performance worse than back in FSX days and back to a coverage that is so "little" that even GB needs to be splitted into three parts. Back from global or super-regional products to the tiling way of sceneries. Something I thought is gone with OpenLC and stuff. Back to the patchwork way of scenery development where you have no motivation to fly outside a small and defined area (due to the bad looking boarders or the suddenly worse depiction if you leave the TE area). But no, obviously TE Netherlands was not a test platform but the beginning of putting almost all resources into this branch and abandoning the road map(s) for all other products. Bummer.

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So much misinformed conjecture...

If you bother to read the AustraliaV2 announcement you will see that the landclass regions team is unchanged from ten years ago, with Holger still at the helm. Holger has nothing to do with TE regions; those are led by TonyW. So there are different teams working on different tech. But the P3D crowd smell a conspiracy even though most of the recent new Orbx releases (not ports) are for P3D and JV promised this past week that most new content will be for P3D. Clearly the upcoming AustraliaV2 has taken a lot longer to produce than was planned, likely adding more and more features like photoreal areas, to make it a hybrid of sorts.

Why is everyone ignoring the big white elephant in the room? TE regions run superbly on XP11, but really badly on P3D (for now). Add to that P3D’s lack of proper autogen building scaling and the same TE regions just don’t look the same across sims. I very much doubt Orbx would pursue TE regions for XP11 if they were not selling.

I also do not understand why people are being critical of Orbx for pushing boundaries with new regions tech as hardware and storage improves, and new sims do a good job of it. For a measly $60 you can try XP11 and also the free TE GB demo to see for yourself. In fact Orbx recently ran a promo with Laminar to discount XP11 to make it even easier to try out.

i agree Olc Africa is very much overdue but I’d guess resources have been put back on it (Eugene leads OLC but was distracted with TE for Netherlands P3D), so if JV says it’s entering beta in a few weeks there is no reason to disbelieve him. If it’s not being previewed in June and not delivered in July then yes, I would smell a rat too.

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Glad to see this preview. While OrbX's AU was not my first purchase from them (Pacific Fjords was the one), I did eventually get it and loved it. The vastness of the continent is astounding. At their recent sale I also ended up buying lots of NZ to do some hops between the two countries. It's wonderful that AU is getting a makeover now, as it started to look a little bland empty compared to the intricate details of the likes of their more recent landclass-based regions. Really nice to see the added photoreal POIs, which, especially for the reefs, should look pristine. Not to mention the beautiful Melbourne cityscene! I can only hope that it will run well with YMML. By itself that airport was always kind of a FPS bummer. And even after all these years, the likes of YBBN are still pretty harsh on my rig. I guess only time will tell.

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Good idea to buy Oz airports during their 50% may sale in preparation

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2 hours ago, zmak said:

Good idea to buy Oz airports during their 50% may sale in preparation

and Holgermesh Papua New Guinea which is free.

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4 hours ago, fta2017 said:

So much misinformed conjecture...

If you bother to read the AustraliaV2 announcement you will see that the landclass regions team is unchanged from ten years ago, with Holger still at the helm. Holger has nothing to do with TE regions; those are led by TonyW. So there are different teams working on different tech. But the P3D crowd smell a conspiracy even though most of the recent new Orbx releases (not ports) are for P3D and JV promised this past week that most new content will be for P3D. Clearly the upcoming AustraliaV2 has taken a lot longer to produce than was planned, likely adding more and more features like photoreal areas, to make it a hybrid of sorts.

Why is everyone ignoring the big white elephant in the room? TE regions run superbly on XP11, but really badly on P3D (for now). Add to that P3D’s lack of proper autogen building scaling and the same TE regions just don’t look the same across sims. I very much doubt Orbx would pursue TE regions for XP11 if they were not selling.

I also do not understand why people are being critical of Orbx for pushing boundaries with new regions tech as hardware and storage improves, and new sims do a good job of it. For a measly $60 you can try XP11 and also the free TE GB demo to see for yourself. In fact Orbx recently ran a promo with Laminar to discount XP11 to make it even easier to try out.

i agree Olc Africa is very much overdue but I’d guess resources have been put back on it (Eugene leads OLC but was distracted with TE for Netherlands P3D), so if JV says it’s entering beta in a few weeks there is no reason to disbelieve him. If it’s not being previewed in June and not delivered in July then yes, I would smell a rat too.

Can I take my PMDG 747-400 -8 777 FSDT Flight beam ect with me or are ORBX done with the platforms that built them up to what they are today. oh and pay for my ORBX Scenery again, on a pension. 

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