Having just sampled v10 on the demo, well all I can say is this is still not the one that will make me 'cross over' from FSX.
OK, I may not have got all my settings right yet but this is the first results:
I experienced huge fps problems at medium high settings (lower than used with FSX whilst giving me an FS95 look at the same time !) This is all contrary to my expectations and what Austin mentions clearly in his introduction: a super fluid simulation to nearly professional standards. Based on a long experience with FSX, I can't think of what I would have done wrong in the settings. With the same computer (latest iMac I also run with Windows 7 x64) FSX gives me easily 22fps at near max. Here, I was getting 9-14fps under OS-X (near KLAX.) Clearly not what I expected.
My expectations, from reading about X-Plane for a long time, were these:
Expect a kind of 'serious' simulation (meaning don't expect too many evocative sceneries and special graphics) concentrate on the technicalities of flight, forget sightseeing, this is for 'pilots' (I am an 1800hr pilot btw.) So, I thought, I'll be able to practice shooting ILS's better than I have ever done with FSX, or in reality certainly !
I was told to expect very fluid inputs and 'real' behaviour thanks to very high fps - 30 a good average. Well, my inputs were erratic, almost uncontrollable, even though I had calibrated my Saitek joystick) and that was before the degradation in fps.
Also, coming from FSX, I know, the 'reflexes' are different, I mean how to move around the cockpit, to change views, etc. I must say that the good hints I got from one of you on a different post, were NOT in the 147 page manual.
I was told to expect a better ATC than FSX, that should have been sooo easy... (God only knows standard FSX ATC is a bull) I didn't think that was the case, but did not concentrate too much on that , as I could hardly fly the plane (Baron 58) Btw: quality of engine sounds ??
If the positives were a great flying experience at near professional standard (!) at the cost of lower graphical environment, less choice in planes, etc. I was more than ready for it, even for $80... any time.
alas, this was not the case, far from it. I felt I was back 10 years (FS5 - FS95 ?) with about the same flying experience.
So, we'll wait again.