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  1. Does the USB cable at the same time also charge the Pico? Or do you need an other cable for that? I am just asking because I use the Pico with an USB cable for charging while I am connected via Wifi / Virtual Desktop to MSFS. I don't want to stop a flight just because Pico's battery is empty.
  2. I have no comparison to the G2. The Pico 4 is my first VR glasses. I use it with an USB cable for charging (so no extra batteries are necessary for long flights). It connects via WiFi / Virtual Desktop to my PC without problems. Though I think it had been great to release the Pico 4 with a PCVR cable connection similar to the Neo 3. That was my mistake: Of course I have a 4090 (before that video card I had a 1080TI). I am sure the 5090 will be faster 😃 The Pico 4 is my first VR glasses. I agree with you that we need to know what is going on in all aspects that relate to flight simming. Most reviewers on Youtube just use MSFS as a game and fly some rounds, but they are usually not using their glasses for "real" flights with all bells and whistles or full VATSIM flights. Maybe we have to wait until more Pimax VR glasses are out to know better.
  3. I am currently on Pico 4 / Virtual Desktop / OpenXR Toolkit on a PC 13900K / 4090TI. VR is really a game changer for me. However, I have to critize that the text on cockpit instruments, for example the labeling of the FMC touch keys in the PMDG B737, appears blurry if I look at it from the pilot position. Readability is only superb if I zoom in with the right mouse key or if I lean forward towards the instruments. Similarly if I look outside the window during the flight, objects on the ground appear blurry. Nearby objects are sharp. I know that this is an issue of VR in general, at least with the current VR technology. It would be great to have a better depth of field. Now there is a hype on the soon to be released Pimax Crystal. Youtube channels like MRTV and other praise the Pimax. But to be honest, I do not believe such influencer. It would be great to know from a community user whether the new Pimax Crystal or maybe the established Varjo Aero really improves the drawbacks mentioned above (sharpness / readability from distance) that I experience with the Pico 4. Cheers, Chris
  4. Sounds interesting. Looking forward to your further tests. Have you placed your Wifi 5 router next to you, and is the router exclusively used by the Pico 4? Some people say that in such a situation there would be no benefit of USB tethering over a solid Wifi 5 connection (1200 MBit/s). It would be great if USB tethering would increase the depth of field in the VR cockpit. Especially in a glass cockpit, things get only really sharp if you lean forward towards the instruments. I have not yet found a setting that would increase the depth of field in VR using a Pico 4.
  5. You have excellent specs (4090, 13900KF) that would allow to use MSFS in VR. Instead of upgrading the monitor, I would buy VR glasses. Same costs. The whole immersion is so much better in VR. To be honest, if you have ever experienced VR on a high end PC you will rarely fly on a monitor again. If you nevertheless go the 4k monitor route, you also need a head tracker like TrackIR for serious flying. The monitor should have G-Sync. TAA is most recommended in 2D. In VR I would use DLSS/Quality if FPS are an issue. MSFS does not require a lot of addons to improve the immersion. But FSRealistic is one that adds feel and sound to it (e.g taxi roll, touchdown). And buy Multicrew Experience if you are into serious airliner flying. My specs/software: 13900/4090 FSUIPC/SPADnext for the controllers Navigraph FSRealistic Addon-Linker Allinone tablet (great for VR) FSTL Traffic Multicrew Experience (which will add a copilot for handling flows and switches or for checklist reading; great if you fly airliners.) VR: Pico4 Virtual Desktop SteamVR OpenXR Toolkit Also consider to join a ATC network like VATSIM, which makes the whole flying experience much more realistic. Good luck Chris
  6. Actually, I have just tested it and I have to correct myself. If you see the double images you are in VR mode in MSFS but have not launched SteamVR.
  7. If you see two side images, you are not in VR in MSFS - only in SteamVR. You have to press your VR toggle button that you have assigned in MSFS. Actually I found the order of starting programs is not that crucial (I use Pico 4, Virtual Desktop, SteamVR, OpenXR Toolkit): 1. I start MSFS in 2D, do everything in the menu to set up the flight, load flight plan etc., and then push the "Fly now" buttons. 2. I then start the Virtual Desktop Software on my PC (13900K, 4090 GPU) if not already started. 3. I then take my pico 4 and start the "Virtual Deskop" App in there. 4. I then can push my VR toggle button to join the VR mode in MSFS. SteamVR will start automatically. It never failed this way. What I personally did as well: - I disenganged my controllers in VD settings (Do not track controllers) in order to use my mouse in the virtual cockpit. - I use OpenXR Toolkit to change image quality/performance. - Also make sure that in the SteamVR settings, your runtime engine is "SteamVR runtime". Virtual Desktop will work for PCVR only with the SteamVR runtime engine. By pushing the left controller outer button twice, I can go back to the Virtual Desktop (seen in the Pico) if I wish. The VD setting window will appear if you push that button once. You get used to it quickly as a second nature. I startet my VR experience just at the beginning of this year and to be honest I never flew in 2D again. Good luck! Chris
  8. https://www.flightsimulator.me/all-in-one-v2-0-0/all-in-one-v2-0-0 Great tool. It has Navigraph, Vatsim, Ivao, LittleNavMap integration and much more. You can place the EFB anywhere in the VR cockpit.
  9. I use PFPX and WX2PFPX for flight planning with airliners, and LittleNavmap for planning with general aviation aircrafts. For performance calcuations, I still use TOPCAT because it features many different aircrafts and is still remarkably accurate for calculating takeoff or landing performance. In fact, I just bought a new PC, and PFPX/TOPCAT will be re-installed. There will be no new version though as the developers stopped their work on these apps.
  10. The lack of remote CDU for me is the reason not to buy the Fenix yet but to stay with FBW A320 where it is implemented.
  11. Axis and Ohs (AAO) and SPADnext cut off the very left digit if you dial in the frequency (e.g. 22805 for 122.805). That said, even though the Saitek radio panel only shows 5 digits, you will be able to select a frequency having six digits. AAO even reverts back to "normal" after selecting the frequency and would then show 12280. I wil try your script Masterius, but it appears that AAO or SPADnext are superior in this regard in comparison what LINDA offers. It might be possible as well but it needs a lot of scripting skills to achieve this.
  12. If you have the Logitech radio panel you will realize that it has the 25khz channel spacing by default. AAO and SPAD can programm the unit to use the 8.33 khz steps, e.g. 122.800 - 122.805 - 122.810 etc.: https://www.spadnext.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=36783 The question is: Can LINDA support this as well? I already own FSUIPC and I do not want to use another app like AAO or SPAD. Would be great if there is a way that LINDA can do this as well.
  13. Is it possible with LINDA to change the 25khz to 8.33khz spacing that is used in Europe/Vatsim? How is that done? Or is AAO or SPAD required for this functionality? I have ticked box to use the GUI Saitek panel in LINDA but see no option to change the spacing. If the spacing is hard coded, is there a lua script that I could use? Cheers, Chris
  14. It is indeed sad to experience these stutters with the FBW. They destroy the immersion and are especially annoying during takeoff or landing. I have them in the dev and exp version. Frames drop randomly by 50% resulting in a severe stutter. Main thread is then in the red. By contrast, PMG 737 (and other demanding airplanes) is butter smooth. Thus there must be something in the FBW code that conflicts with something. Hope that it will be addressed as it appears that some more users are affected. Regards, Chris
  15. The PMDG MD 11 is still a masterpiece. Although it’s quite old, the simulation is on top. It’s a fully working aircraft which resembles the real one very well. I have flown the MD11 in an Airline simulator and can compare. Rotate released their version of the 11 too early with a lot of flaws. Just the obvious ones relate to problems with LNAV, VNAV, FMS speed dial, and heading, i.e. important auto pilot functions. But also other things such as displaying airports on the ND do not work properly. There’s no filter integrated and all airports of all sizes are displayed and fully clustered on the ND. The official Lufthansa cargo livery has three different aircraft labels (exterior and in the cockpit). That is also an obvious flaw where I am wondering why this was not noticed prior to release. The exterior textures are better than the PMDG ones. The VC textures however are not so much better, because there are also replacement textures in high resolution available for the PMDG MD-11. Overall, the PMDG MD-11 must not hide even after so many years on an aged platform (FSX).
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