RE: how much better will FSX be?
>I always thought that FS9 forced the hardware industry to push
>the limits?... I still can't afford the right hardware to make
>my install run everything at full speed and full detail.
FS has always been one of the most demanding programs out there but the fact that FS can also run (albeit in neutered fashion) on quite old machines has probably somewhat limited what could be done if they were merely aiming at people with high-end machines. For example, as I understand it, the last couple iterations made some use of GPUs but ran just fine on computers with integrated graphics (unlike lots of other hard-core games out there). If they had required a recent GPU to even run the program, I'm sure there were some things they could have done but decided not to in the interests of compatibility with the widest range of machines. A tradeoff to be sure but one I think they had to make.
Now, if they decided to make two versions like FS2002 and make the standard version for the lower end and the pro version for the top end, that would be really cool. I'd easily pay triple for a really tricked out version that was designed to take full advantage of all available technology.
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