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  1. steve310002

    Why is this forum dying?

    I suppose one of the reasons why it has been quieter around here is because there have been no major releases or announcements lately so not a lot new to discuss. Maybe we were a bit spoiled with add-ons and updates over the past couple of years as well as the conversation that goes with that kind of anticipation. I personally check this forum every other day but as there nothing of note taking place or that I feel I can contribute to in any productive way, I don't comment. I suspect this is similar for others. However, when Laminar implements their fancy pants particle effects system, expect to see me get all excited and break my vow of silence 😆
  2. Now all we need is a people flow equivalent to liven things up in that departures lounge 😁
  3. steve310002

    ACES Studio Member Responds to FSW Closure

    Saying 'we' are to blame or 'they' are to blame is a little too black & white. The truth is we will likely never know the rationale behind many of the business decisions that were made by Dovetail. I can say that in 'my' opinion, the way they rolled the sim out without some basic features was not wise. At the end of the day, many of us paid them money believing their promises which never materialized. The same can be said to some degree with Train Sim World. The marketplace can be a cruel place as can be the backlash of unhappy consumers. We are consumers ultimately as well as passionate simmers who inevitably have an opinion be it 'right' or 'wrong'. Personally, I wanted so badly for FSW to succeed as did many others on here. I agree there are a few of us that can come across hyper negative and over competitive about which sim is best etc., but I do believe most of us in this community are reasonable and want to have choice and healthy competition and see the advantages of this. I think the bigger danger going forward is how people can be wrongly influenced/manipulated by Youtuber propaganda. This can be said for all walks of life and is one of the real dangers of social media in all walks of life. Unfortunately, the 'sheeple' often follow a little blindly.
  4. My PC Nvidia 1080 GPU and i7 6700K start going bonkers when I run Google Maps in satellite view or street view to the point where the browser starts stuttering and running really slowly. Yet I can run X-Plane 11 almost maxed out in 4K and Battlefield 1 in 4K at 60fps. I have it set to optimal power management. Maybe this is why.
  5. Simming on a 4K TV is awesome. You won't regret your purchase.
  6. My advice given the high prices is to wait until the new series of Nvidia cards are released this year. Waiting is a bad word in the PC world when it comes to upgrading as there is always something better coming out but right now GPUs are mostly overpriced and those prices are now slowly falling but still way too high thanks to the Bitcoin mining fiasco. For VR, the next series of cards will likely be miles ahead and make the difference between a good VR flightsim experience and a great one.
  7. steve310002

    Farewell FSW

    Just saw this about FSW. I remember back in January saying in a post that this might happen if they continue to so slowly roll out updates. I became especially concerned when they took FSW out of beta with so many key features missing. It was a questionable strategy that I hate to say it but it was never going to work. They at least needed some fundamentals in there like at least one jet, AI traffic, real-world weather and an update to the terrain engine at a minimum to gain momentum. These should have been put in place in Alpha, never mind Beta, let alone missing in the 'full release' version. Looking at back it and with no disrespect to the development team whom I am sure had no say in it, the management of Dovetail seem to be more interesting in making a quick buck than having a long term strategy. A similar story with Train Sim World which has a lot going for it and an equal amount missing. A real shame, as with a little more investment and better planning I believe it would have succeeded.
  8. steve310002

    X-Enviro 1.08 released

    I read that what you describe is a bug for people running on 'lower' resolutions. What defines a 'lower' resolution I don't know. I am running at 4k and don't have this issue. Did you completely uninstall 1.07 before installing 1.08? I read that if you don't uninstall 1.07 first, it can cause a range of bugs that some other's are describing. The only bug I have noticed so far is the zoom bug where you can't zoom in or it messes up the rendering. Apart from that not working in VR at this stage feels like a bug when 1.07 did albeit with poor performance.
  9. steve310002

    X-Enviro 1.08 released

    What I have seen of 1.08 so far looks okay. I only used it for 30 mins so have not yet seen the many bugs which appear to plague it based on the response from others. These bugs also seem to be system dependent which is worse. Some see the bugs others do not. The clouds need work and look a bit cartoony but the sunrise and sunset and sky is much improved. I have also read that it has a huge impact on fps. I can't really comment as I have been using only VR for months and was testing Xenviro in normal 2D mode and have no reference point anymore for standard fps as I simply don't remember. And that brings me to the biggest and related disappointment. It is not VR compatible. This is a shame as 1.07 worked in VR after not working until integrated VR was implemented in X-Plane. 1.07 was almost unusable anyway due to its crazy impact on VR performance. In any case 1.08 does not work in VR and would likely have an even bigger performance hit if reports in standard non VR mode are anything to go by.
  10. steve310002

    Albuquerque Inbound

    That plane is well polished! Great shot.
  11. Very nice. Heading there this summer on a road trip.
  12. steve310002

    Ultra Weather XP 2.2 anyone?

    Ultra weather XP looks decent enough for the price, certainly when compared with the Xenviro 70 USD fiasco. I would hold on though. Whilst UWXP looks good, I don't feel it is exceptional enough to buy right now. X-Plane 11's default clouds in comparison are okayish (though still don't bring a smile to my face) especially if you use the free plug-ins. I think the point is that there is nothing mind blowing or even very good available due to limitations of X-Plane's existing atmospheric engine, and a lack of big players in the add-on market. Active Sky may well change that as I believe they have a bigger team and a lot of experience in this area. However, it seems that most of the existing sky and cloud add-ons are made by one man teams which whilst admirable, limits what can be achieved. To summarize, if I were you, I'd wait for now and use the freeware in the meantime. Maybe, just maybe, Xenviro 1.08 will blow our minds if it is released this side of the 21st century but I wouldn't hold my breath. I have been burnt too many times with X-Plane weather add-ons (well actually twice...Skymaxx Pro and Xenviro....but being burnt twice is enough ).
  13. steve310002

    Train Sim World: NEC New York

    Quick review of the New York DLC from me. It is okay but not great. I enjoyed the route in general and the train included looks beautiful if you have a good PC. However, it does not really bring NY to life. It feels almost like it could be anywhere. Like the other content released so far for the sim, it feels lifeless which is a real disappointment considering NYC is anything but lifeless. There are no moving cars or pedestrians on the roads. No birds in the sky or other little details that immerse the user. Also there are no voices either in the tutorial or announcing the stations on the train. The timetable is literally a train every 10 minutes even at 3am which is a little unrealistic. There are also some weird graphical bugs and not all the scenarios are included yet. They will apparently add more freight scenarios. I reckon this release was rushed out which for the full price is not really okay. I got it at 40% off as I pre-ordered. No way would I recommend paying full price unless you are flush with cash. It is enjoyable in some ways as its just good fun to drive an Amtrak train in NY. However, it does not feel like NY should feel or look from an immersion point of view at the price they are charging. The track length is also very short. Please keep in mind I know very little about trains so there might be a load of other stuff missing I didn't notice.
  14. steve310002

    Xplane11 at Capitol Reef Utah

    I stayed in Torrey, Utah last summer on a road trip. We arrive just at nightfall after driving for several hours from Bryce Canyon along the Million Dollar Highway through Escalante National Park and the Grand Staircase. The drive between the two places is one of favorites with some truly epic vistas. When we neared Larb Hollow Overlook, a bunch of wild turkeys ambushed our car running out in front of us (as did nearly every other deer and elk seem to threaten to do with so many grazing by the road. Fortunately we saw them coming and slowed down. A truly incredible wilderness. When we finally got to Torrey around 8.30pm we were quite famished after a day of hiking in Bryce Canyon. To our surprise, the two or three restaurants were either closed or closing up. Fortunately I managed to grab a sandwich for both of us in the one convenience store along with a couple of cans of beer. So we picnicked in the basic Days Inn where we stayed and had a great night in the end just picnicking and recounting our day. Don't go to Torrey for the nightlife. There's not a single bar in town However, more importantly do go to Torrey for the fantastic nature, hiking and really nice locals. Capitol Reef is amazing and if you ever go there, I highly recommend the 4 hr round trip hike to Butch Cassidy's Arch. We headed on to Moab after that. I could write another paragraph on how awesome that place is :) Sorry for the digression. Your screenshots brought back fantastic memories for me and I wanted to share.
  15. steve310002

    Ultra Weather XP 2.2 anyone?

    +1 After my Xenviro and Skymaxx experience I am very skeptical of such add-ons now. They seem to promise a lot but deliver less than expected, especially from a performance standpoint. The default X-Plane clouds have improved significantly but I still find them lacking. I long for ActiveSky.