I have been using Microsofts FS for a number of years and I had great fun with them. I have also used other flightsims like Flight Unlimited, Sierra 99, and FLY I, but after a short while of using them I always get back to FS2000. One of the setbacks for the others seems to be that it's too much hassle to learn all those different keys to activate various controls e.g. autopilot, the NAV systems, engine start and shutdown, familiarity with the menus and so on...
And of course there is a lot of shareware out there for FS2000, which I don't find for the others (possibly I just have not noticed them). Eg. the 'native' FS planes in my setup make about 10 percent of all the (good) planes I have collected so far, thanks to the scores of unselfish developers out there.
1. I am contemplating buying X-Plane, but I don't want to learn too many new keystrokes. (too busy doing other things, I guess.)
My question to experiencced X-Planers would be: How much re-adjustment does one have to go through, to fly x-plane coming from MS fightsims?
2. Anyone aware if X-Plane plans a new (major) release? I would hate buying a new sim at present if a new version was due shortly.
3. One of the views in Sierra 99 allowed that great view from the pilot's seat over the aircraft's realistically rendered nose. This view was the one which made me feel closest to sitting in a 'real' aircraft. Microsoft sims never even came close to it. All you get is just cockpit view or wide-angle.
Is there anything comparable in X-Plane?
I wonder if there are other flightsimmers who get pestered by similar questions?