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Is the new PMDG 737NGXu worth the 99$ as an update to my 737NGX?

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i own the "old" PMDG 737NGX with the 700/600 expansion pack, Immersion cockpit and turbine sounds and remote CDU for my tablet pc. Everything works fine.

Regardless of the savings for the MSFS 2020 model - are the technical and visual innovations so impressive that it is worth the 99$ if you consider it as an update?

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9 minutes ago, Raller said:

Hi,
i own the "old" PMDG 737NGX with the 700/600 expansion pack, Immersion cockpit and turbine sounds and remote CDU for my tablet pc. Everything works fine.

Regardless of the savings for the MSFS 2020 model - are the technical and visual innovations so impressive that it is worth the 99$ if you consider it as an update?

Raller

Reviews are mixed, for example see https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/562584-pmdg-737ngxu-first-impressions-and-review/.

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I looked at the feature list and decided not to bother. I have Aivlasoft’s Electronic Flight Bag so the inclusion of one in the PMDG didn’t interest me. The 4K textures would be an improvement over what I have now but $99 is too much for that. Dynamic lighting is not high on my list of priorities.

Maybe a r/w pilot can appreciate the improved flight model but the existing model is good enough for this pilot. I shall continue to enjoy the existing version until MFS20 is launched and then reevaluate my options.

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For me it is only worth if you are planning to get the 737 for MSFS. That is why I bought it. 

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For me, it is a mix of the 2. If there were no discount for the MFS version, I wouldn't have bought it, so let's get that right out of the way. I was perfectly happy flying the old version and more than willing to just wait it out. I think PMDG realized that many of us would be in that camp and offered the full price off on the next version. I think this was a brilliant move. I know that I will buy MFS when it is released. I know that I will want an airliner. I know that I'll get to spend the same $100 that I spent last night again after I buy MFS, so it was a nobrainer. 

That being said. The new PBR exterior textures look amazing and give the airplanes a real life look. They do look like they are made of painted and raw metal. The dynamic lighting looks beautiful. I like being able to dim the pedestal lighting without creating the waffle pattern textures all over the cockpit. Many of the interior surfaces and items such as switches and buttons look much better than they did before. The sounds are much better. I've never sat in a real 737 cockpit before, but the one in this version doesn't 'feel' like it is 30' wide like the old one did. I like the new flight model better. The rain effects on the windscreen are very cool. The wipers actually do something now. The best feature is the EFB. Just so happened that my bank blocked my automatic Navigraph payment for my ARAC data, so I was afforded the 'opportunity' to upgrade to the charts + ARAC subscription. This enabled charts on the EFB. Very convenient. I started a thread last night about how to add Simbrief PDF briefings to the EFB library so you can see them on the screen while programming the FMS. To me, the EFB upgrade alone made it worthwhile. It might not for you.

So my answer to your question is: I don't know... lol

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Number 3 for "if it was not for the NG3 credit I would not have bought it". But I did and I had no regrets until I heard that I was duped and that even with the credit I was going to have to pay full price of an entertainment product DLC:ph34r:

Oh and there are bugs. Just after landing at CYVR while taxing to the terminal it went to full throttle by itself with the throttle levers in the VC at idol and I ended up in the air! 😁

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I've only had the opportunity to fire it up once, start from cold and dark, enter a flightplan and fly for a few minutes. The price is steep, but I do like it. I did see some criticism of the wing textures, but I liked them. Seeing the PBR on the wing gave me a little smile, because the wing textures on the old version really show the planes age. Aside from that, it still has the familiar feeling of the old version.

I'm happy with the purchase so far, but I'm pretty easy to please. The FS2020 credit sealed the deal for me.


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IMHO, if you are a VR Flyer you’re going to see a massive difference. It’s clearly a new airplane compared with the NGX. I spent very little time flying the NGX in VR because the scale of the 3D modelling was off and the textures bad compared to the other PMDG products. However now they have raised the bar once again with this product. The scale is perfect, textures are great and the new features awesome. For example the EFB is in a good spot and easy to read in VR.

Amazing update and a must have for those seeking the best in VR experiences.  
 

Sadly no FS2crew yet. Brian said the NGXu is very different.

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99 now and 40 when you want to fly it in MSFS ?

MSFS is entertainment, so why the high price ? When P3D came out they said that it had to be more expensive because it was training ...

So with the game MSFS it had to be less expensive.... But it is the other way round.

I only use the Prosim 737 which is superior to PMDG regarding all systems and they will deliver a MSFS compatible version for free ....

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And also hardware like VRInsight CDU II and CP flight products , i havent heard anything from those camps.

I have a Throttletek B737 and all of the above working with the old NGX.

Simserver is a great Virtuel tablet option but i just love my CDU II

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5 hours ago, Avidean said:

Number 3 for "if it was not for the NG3 credit I would not have bought it". But I did and I had no regrets until I heard that I was duped and that even with the credit I was going to have to pay full price of an entertainment product DLC:ph34r:

I’m not sure what this means? Form my understanding you’ll get a reduction in price equal to the amount you paid for the NGXu... which is 100$. I have no idea what the NG3 will cost, but I assume it will be more than a 100$. Thus, you will still have to pay the difference. Unless you have some additional information?


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The day of the $200 add-on edges ever closer.

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