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Should You Stop Buying P3D/X-Plane Addons? The MFS Effect

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I had been losing interest in X-Plane 11 at the time when MSFS was announced. Normally I go through up and down phases with X-Plane where I would get really into for a few months and buy some new addons and then not touch it for some time (for a variety of reasons). Knowing that MSFS is on the horizon makes it hard to get back into X-Plane 11 and certainly makes the idea of spending more on addons less appealing (unless something amazing is released).

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I keep on buying addons for X-Plane until not only MSFS is released, but also at least one study-level addon of the aircraft categories I use the most:

  • Turboprop airliner
  • Vintage prop plane, e.g. DHC-2, DC-3
  • Vintage jet airliner, e.g. MD-80, B727

I don't care if it's 2020 or 2025 until those are all available but I won't just use MSFS because of great visuals, when all I can fly is GA or a glass cockpit airliner.

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Should you stop buying etc. What a strange way to formulate things. Anyway, It is high time that Asobo releases new tidbits, if you catch my drift.


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8 hours ago, LHookins said:

I stopped flying P3D shortly after MSFS was announced.  Part of it was because the graphics looked so dated by comparison, and part because I just got tired of flying.  

A2A released the P3Dv4 version of the Piper Cub January 3 and I bought it as soon as I noticed, a day later.  Already got over 50 hours in it.

If something special comes along, and it's something I want, maybe something I have wanted for a long time, I'll buy it.  In this case, I bought the Cub even though I wasn't currently flying.  Well, I'm flying again, thanks to A2A.

Hook

We share many of the same sentiments Hook! 

I've been drooling over the Cub as well (had it in FSX and loved it!), but like you I got tired of flying, Since I'm a low and slow flyer I got tired of the repeating landclass, roads over houses, missing autogen and the predictable blending patterns after a while. Even the ORBX regions doesn't look much like the real thing when you know how the real thing looks in real life - especially Norway was a huge disappointment. And for now, the TrueEarth stuff doesn't cover the places I want to fly, so it's not an option. 

But let me be clear about one thing. Even though I won't add more addons to P3D I will probably continue to use it for years to come. Even though low and slow adventures exploring Earth's geography in FS20 is something I'm looking forward to, I'm assuming there will be some time before it has the life of P3D with my custom AI aircraft and ship traffic, ATC and my favorite A2A and RealAir aircraft, not to mention a detailed custom scenery of my home airport with realistic military AI traffic.


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Everyone should do as they please. I don't need anyone to tell me what I should or shouldn't do (at least not when it comes to flightsimming).

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I will happily purchase new addons for P3D until I have proof that the new Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) will include all of the features that I need. At the moment, I am not convinced that the vast majority of airports will be detailed enough, or that important features like ATC and realistic AI planes will be available on release day. Those photogrammetric cities look amazing, but.....how much of the planet will look like that?

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After 2 years break a month ago i have bought P3D4.5 with bunch of addons :-)

I had a plan to wait until P3D5, but life is too short ...

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I have uninstalled P3D weeks ago. Uninstalled forever. Seeing FS2020 and continuing flying in P3D or XP is pretty masochistic

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I stopped purchasing add-ons months ago, nor do I intend spending anything this year.   Only waiting for FS2020 now, spending on anything else is just wasting money. IMO.

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I have stopped buying sceneries for XP11/P3D. As for aircraft, recently I have purchased the NGXu, A321X and the A330-300, considering I am sure most of those will have an upgrade path to MSFS.

As for XP11, I am still aiming to get the Rotate MD11 and perhaps the new bizjet from Aerobask, whenever those are released.

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I recently built a new computer with enough SSD space to download all of Orbx TrueEarth and some other orthos for XPlane. Wow, it’s like an early preview of MS! I can’t stop flying now and, honestly, don’t care if MS comes out this year or not. 

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14 hours ago, Rob_Ainscough said:

It has no effect, why would I stop buying things I enjoy using?  I honestly can't understand why this question would be posed at all?  I buy whatever I like for whatever platform I like and it's really none of anyone else's business (the should).

With that said, I think you need to dial back the brightness levels, especially white levels in your video ... aren't you glad you have the choice?

Cheers, Rob.

Uhm.. probably because most people DON’T have unlimited budgets, specially the 99% of us who don’t get freebies, and may prefer to wait and buy addons for the new sim when released as an option..?

Really happy for you that you have the possibility of “buying whatever you like whenever you like”. Sadly that’s not the case for the vast majority. 

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And a region is not the same as the whole world, and don't compare p3d or xplane, and or different sources of mesh, or 15 year old technology lol

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comparaison again ?

I thought the point was to keep supporting Addon developers over the next year. or not.

Not to compare again simulator with plenty addons VS flight simulator 2020.

if I remember what the moderators say, they didn't intend on this forum to open endless debates on which is the best simulator. Knowing that there are dedicated spaces on avsim for each of them.

Everyone's visual requirements are different, VFR may not be everyone's core business, and some have serious investments in other platforms, so they will make a choice based on these factors.

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OK guys, this is not an MSFS vs P3D vs XPlane thread. 

The question posed by the OP was whether or not you should continue acquiring addons for XP/P3D from now until SimZilla releases, not whether one will be better than the other.

 


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