• Review: Sim Physics X

    Sim Physics X

    Publisher: FSPS

    Review Author:
    Gustavo Mercado

    Suggested Price:
    $39.90

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    Intro

    This is the second FSPS product I get to review. And it is necessary to share that the quality of their offerings keeps increasing, showing signs of a company growing in terms of the scope and quality of their products.

    The first product I got to review was FSX Booster, a job which I must add probably produced the most email enquiries I have gotten from any product I got to review prior. I can say this is a product that from the time I reviewed it to now, has suffered a DRASTIC change both on its presentation and its functionality.

    Although from the email traffic I got it seems some of our fellow pilots didn't get much benefit of it, I still use it every time I fly, and it has become an important part of my software hangar.

    When I got the opportunity to review this offering I obviously jumped right on it. As real as it gets is not just a catchy phrase invented by our Microsoft buddies to sell their product, it is something we virtual pilots strive for every day. Those small treats that give us an extra kick and get us a bit closer to feeling what our real world peers feel is something we all welcome, and pay decent bucks for. All in the name of as real as it gets.

    Sim Physics is no exception. It is an important step forward in the development of our hobby because it focuses on bringing to life very important things that the developers of FSX never could, or never cared about. FSX is good at delivering eye candy, when it is raining you see rain, when it is snowing you see snow, BUT what about the changes in the performance of the aircraft caused by these factors?

    Sim Physics works in the background making sure the changes in the flight environment are not only translated into eye candy, but they are also translated into aircraft performance. Ice as we all know is one of the biggest enemies real pilots have, Sim Physics adds this extra layer of reality to your flight. No longer will you be able to fly without considering the effects of icing, and actually using anti ice. Ignore icing conditions? If you have watched Air Crash Investigation in NatGeo you know what you can expect.

    This and other items which will be discussed in this review are the main offerings this product has in store for you. So if you are serious about "as real as it gets" keep reading.

    Technical Stuff

    The credit card swap for this software comes at $39.90 which is not cheap for our industry standards, but at the end of the day you are paying for various system improvements at once. The download comes in a 36.1MB zipped file which shouldn't take more than five minutes to download. The software comes with a transferable license so you could move your product from one computer to the next without the headache of contacting costumer support which is a big plus.

    Installation is a breeze, enter your license code, activate the product on the computer and you are ready to go. You will get in your desktop two icons, the main Sim Physics icon and the configurator. The configurator is extremely important to properly setup before using the product because there are changes that have to be done to your aircraft hangar and to the scenery database before this program can work correctly. It is also VERY important to have a copy of FSUIPC and even better if its registered.

    Once you run the main Sim Physics icon (which you should do before loading FSX) you will get the menu of all the settings Sim Physics can activate for you. They have menus for activating icing, braking effects, runway centerline bumps, and physical effects for touchdown and take off, as well as the aircraft information, charts, and sound settings. I advise to spend a couple of minutes looking into all the settings you can change and learn how they work with the included manual.

    Personally I had a problem with FSUIPC causing the software not to install correctly. I was amazed at how efficient and quick their tech support is. My issue was fixed in less than 24 hours, the guys got connected to my computer via Team Viewer and in 15 minutes the problem was solved thanks to a super nice guy name Achilles. I even asked him to double check the FSX Booster settings to make sure they were optimal with my computer and they did it in ten minutes. Best customer support I have gotten from any FS company.

    The software comes with a well written super easy to use manual, and once everything is installed and up and running all the systems that are modified are pretty much self explanatory. All the software dialogs and information screens for the program are very neatly made and the information is graphic, easy to read and easy to understand.


    15 Comments
    1. MikeSim68's Avatar
      MikeSim68 -
      Many users, like myself, already have A2A Accufeel. From reading the Simphysics promotional material, and also from reading your review, it seems that Accufeel accomplishes everything that SimPhysics does except for the icing effects. And at a much lower cost. Perhaps you can clarify if this is the case or not. And a second point, and a question: if Simphysics does in fact have significant futures over and above AccuFeel, can you install Simphysics and retain the features of AccuFeel?
    1. sourwop's Avatar
      sourwop -
      Well here I go again, I have both and to tell you the truth based on usage Ill take the Accufeel over the Simphysics. What they advertise when it comes to ice effects is not a visual state or transformation of the aircraft collecting ice as it enters those conditions its (big aero planes, the little ones you still have to watch and react) all behind the scenes and with todays aircraft you wont feel much with automatic de-icing and so forth. The audio files are bad and at one point when taxing on the ground there is a constant screeching of the tires that wont go away. I didn't try running both at the same time common sense took ever and it warned me bad things could happen. Simphysics has a nice interface its fancy but how many times are you going to interact with it. There is no doubt in my mind that there was something needed to improve the realism of flying from the flight deck perspective for any aircraft and there are a couple of programs out there that simulate effects and so forth. Accufeel does the same thing to me with a easer less pretty interface and their sounds to me are better. PMDG JS41 has visual ice effects if you so choose to use them and it works. You actually have to manually or set it to automatically cycle thru the airframe controls surfaces prop spinner and so forth to rid the aircraft of the ice build up, changing altitude, and as far as I know there has been no one that has a working pulsating bleed air system or electrical that is visual. Its all simulated. They simulate the drag and loss of performance but that's about it. Noise, wind effects, and all the other parameter's are based on the user and each setting will be different if you compare because we all interpret different based on our own experience with the conditions. Want to impress me put a oh sh#@ mode in there, the mode when your engine fods out from ice ingestion and one wing loses lift the other loses control surface efficiency. Set my brakes on fire when I lean on them.
    1. James Handley's Avatar
      James Handley -
      @MikeSim68
      Tested Accufeel in the past and Sim Physics X now , I can say that comparing both programs is like comparing day and night. Their only similar function is the sound and visual 3D cockpit effects on some weather conditions. But that's where any comparison ends... They are totally different products...
      (And by the way they - Accufeel and Sim Physics X - work perfectly together with some clicks here and there...)

      The braking system? Which is extremely more advanced, transferring heat to and from brake disks and changing the aircraft decel characteristics? According to weather, pressure applied and million other things?
      The runway bumping thing? (despite I don't care much about it , since I always avoided the central lights years ago IRL, the same I do now in FS) is precise as hell. It provides bumps for every single gear IF it actually passes over the "light", perfectly - maybe too loud on default setting but this can be controlled.
      The runway frictions that change on the runway all the time linked with the weather and million other things?
      The Icing? Where the real joy comes in as the reviewer described? To feel the hard ailerons? To know... that getting into severe icing for 15 minutes you are probably going to crash as in reality even if you have the best de-ice equipment in the world?
      Priceless...

      The interface which I understood at a glance even in my age?
      The customer support which is above - not average - but above the best I ever encountered?

      Definitely a 10 star product. I just hope they extend it someway to put some features in, as I asked them in multiple (always answered politely) emails.

      To sum... Never done before as a total , unique, and excellent product for the advanced flightsimmer!

      @sourwop "The audio files are bad and at one point when taxing on ground there is a constant screeching of the tires that wont go away."

      That was corrected 1-2 versions ago I think, but in my case it was happening only on some - obviously not correct made - add-on aircraft . The auto-update function is my new friend.
    1. asos's Avatar
      asos -
      asos

      It is not true that the sim cannot simulate icing:

      I have a friend who has gotten icing on his aircraft without any extra payware programs. He told me his airplane lost power and became uncontrollable and when he turned on the heating on the deicing boots, things came back to nromal. He was at altitude simulating the Burma run with the Maamsim Dakota, flying in hard settings--it may have been fs9, not fsx
      .
    1. Foxtrot789's Avatar
      Foxtrot789 -
      @asos, I think they were referring to 'visually' simulating the accumulation of ice.
    1. slamsuger's Avatar
      slamsuger -
      Quote Originally Posted by asos View Post
      asos

      It is not true that the sim cannot simulate icing:

      I have a friend who has gotten icing on his aircraft without any extra payware programs. He told me his airplane lost power and became uncontrollable and when he turned on the heating on the deicing boots, things came back to nromal. He was at altitude simulating the Burma run with the Maamsim Dakota, flying in hard settings--it may have been fs9, not fsx
      .
      Maamsim DC3 Dakota?! It's has been made FSX compatible a long time ago through several updates! - And yes a wonderful and indeed still realistic addon, even after all these years!
      Remember to put on them carburettor heaters or you'll loose borh engines sooner or later!!!
      But I can tell you, flying over British Columbia and Alaska this time of year makes it even more tough with Sim Physics X and of course REX plugged in. De-icing and carburettor heat systems on the DC3 pretty easily gets insufficient during these extreme freezing conditions. I managed to loose both ailerons and rudder twice and have also suffered from slipping off the runway during landing roll-out!
      Whereas flying for instance the CS Boeing 767-300, Physics X however, seems to fully recognize the advanced build in airliner de-ice system and "leave it alone", at least in the air.
      So yes! so far, Physics X really seems work for me!

      ::Morten
    1. MikeSim68's Avatar
      MikeSim68 -
      Comparing Sourwop's and James Handley's posts it is hard to know what to think. Sourwop says that AccuFeel has essentially what SimPhysics has, except for the icing effect. James Handley says that SimPhyssics is a 10 star product and nothing can compare with it. It is unfortunate that the original Flightsim.com review wasn't more complete as far as comparing SimPhysics with similar products in the marketplace, like AccuFeel, to help readers make an informed decision.
    1. slamsuger's Avatar
      slamsuger -
      Please be aware, that since a recent update Physics X suddenly suffers from severe errors with terrible FPS and micro stutters! So wait until they sort things out!

      :: Morten
    1. James Handley's Avatar
      James Handley -
      @asos
      It is not true that the sim cannot simulate icing:
      ... He told me his airplane lost power and became uncontrollable and when he turned on the heating on the deicing boots, things came back to nromal...

      And you really believe this can be called "simulation" ? No de ice boots can save your precious a$$ if you had already lost power and aircraft is uncontrollable. Only chance is to go out. To warmer places...

      @slamsuger ,
      It must be something wrong in your side mate. Last update on the contrary solved me a little problem of misslocating the 3D view in the PMDG 737 a bit to the left. It now works perfectly! As of FPS? 35 locked with 5% cpu load on Sim Physics X in a 3 year machine... You have a problem that is sure... (Tested in the laptop also, same results, my friend Mike who owns it also, has no problems) . Try their support, they are above average in speed and efficiency too.
    1. slamsuger's Avatar
      slamsuger -
      It must be something wrong in your side mate.
      Can't fully reject that, however, after uninstalling Physics things has turned back to normal.
    1. James Handley's Avatar
      James Handley -
      Well if you had a problem you still have it as uninstall and install doesn't mess with FSX at all. Unless you install it inside main FSX directory I guess... It is not an addon that runs "inside" FSX - as a module (i.e. FSUIPC or a some dlls like Opus) , so uninstallation isn't relative with it... If you don't run it, it is the same as uninstall it.

      Seriously now, you will have to check it out...
    1. gusifer's Avatar
      gusifer -
      Quote Originally Posted by MikeSim68 View Post
      Comparing Sourwop's and James Handley's posts it is hard to know what to think. Sourwop says that AccuFeel has essentially what SimPhysics has, except for the icing effect. James Handley says that SimPhyssics is a 10 star product and nothing can compare with it. It is unfortunate that the original Flightsim.com review wasn't more complete as far as comparing SimPhysics with similar products in the marketplace, like AccuFeel, to help readers make an informed decision.
      Guys I had never tried accufeel that is why i could not (being fair to both developers) compare it to symphysics. Furthermore i was not going to purchase accufeel just so i could compare it.
    1. matzeh84's Avatar
      matzeh84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sourwop View Post
      as far as I know there has been no one that has a working pulsating bleed air system or electrical that is visual.
      The Flight1 Mustang has it too, the Aerosoft Katana 4X simulates icing very detailed, and the Majestic Q400 also has the icing effects like the JS41.

      More interesting is the fact that you were able to lock the brakes- I guess you didn't switch off the anti-skid system? In this case anti-skid systems wouldn't be recognized or overridden, which is very bad- the best braking action you can get are manual brakes with anti-skid.
      Also you wouldn't overheat the braking system by locking the brakes, as all the energy goes into the tires (and rims shortly thereafter..), but not into the braking system. You could overheat it f.e. with high gross weight and hard brake application like during a RTO with enabled anti-skid, and now all the energy goes into the braking system.. as designed. So something is clearly wrong here.
    1. redhellgr's Avatar
      redhellgr -
      Quote Originally Posted by matzeh84 View Post
      The Flight1 Mustang has it too, the Aerosoft Katana 4X simulates icing very detailed, and the Majestic Q400 also has the icing effects like the JS41.
      Excellent graphical representations based on the tragic FSX logic of what "Ice" is: Just an offset on a cloud layer with "Icing=YES". Some tries also to emulate problems that icing brings? Maybe.

      But Sim Physics X is a lot more than that...

      Quote Originally Posted by matzeh84 View Post
      More interesting is the fact that you were able to lock the brakes- I guess you didn't switch off the anti-skid system? In this case anti-skid systems wouldn't be recognized or overridden, which is very bad- the best braking action you can get are manual brakes with anti-skid.
      Also you wouldn't overheat the braking system by locking the brakes, as all the energy goes into the tires (and rims shortly thereafter..), but not into the braking system. You could overheat it f.e. with high gross weight and hard brake application like during a RTO with enabled anti-skid, and now all the energy goes into the braking system.. as designed. So something is clearly wrong here.
      Wrong is maybe the description of the events... Not Sim Physics X. When you block them, heat goes to the tyres - as it should - not the brakes. Most probably he blocked the wheels without Antiskid, and then when he figured that out he had such short rwy length, that his full manual braking (w/o blocking) gave him overheat readings... Classic error...

      Btw, Sim Physics X version 1.1 which emulates icing on the ground, and implements Ground De-Icing and Anti-Icing procedures using Type I up to Type IV fluids is out.
    1. tom_3123's Avatar
      tom_3123 -
      Can anyone tell me if SIM Physics is applicable for GA aircraft or is it more geared toward the heavy metal. I fly in Northern Alaska and having the ability to play with Icing and Snow Covered runways sounds fun. But the largest AC i fly is a Cessna 208.

      Regards,

      Tom