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    For one who has no knowledge in flying but would like to fly airliner like Airbus A320 or B777, do you recommend FSX or X-Plane 10? I basically want a game/sim that is fun and easy to play with.

    I just downloaded the X-Plane 10 demo and was blown away by its graphics. On the other hand, I know FSX has been out for quite a few years and there seems to be more free airline liveries.

    Thanks!

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    X-Plane is going to require that you understand how to configure flight controls and such. It requires more experience and knowledge of computer operations.

    FSX is 'simplier' in that it is ready to go after the install.

    To fly well and understand what is happening is going to require that you be willing to put in time practicing, reading, doing tutorials and be willing to follow directions.

    Flying, even in a sim, does require that your learn about the process. One of the strong points in my opinion is that it makes us learn.

    If you just want to fly without the background work - I suggest MS Flight - the new free product. It has no airliners, but you can learn enough basics that you can go into X-Plane or FSX and learn more quickly. I really wish FSX and X-Plane would require a certain number of GA hours and a certain skill level before allowing people to fly jets.

    Folks who jump straight into jets almost always have a lot of trouble.
    Hello Dave

    @ PawPaw's house - near KADS, Addison, Texas, USA

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    Thank you for your reply. I understand your point and am willing to learn. The point is I'd rather stick to one product because I know learning how to fly is not something that can be done within a few days. So that's why I'd like to know which sim is a better product and then stick to it.

    As for aircraft downloads, is it true that x-plane has less free downloads as opposed to FSX? I tried to do a search on Air Canada/Air France/Cathay pacific aircrafts but did not come up with any results.

    Thank you very much.

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    There are a lot of nice free stuff for X-Plane like the QPAC A320 and x737 (better than any FSX freeware in my opinion).
    But in the payware department X-Plane lags behind FSX (in both quantity and quality).

    X-Plane also lacks in the scenery department, airports are bare so you have to download stuff yourself. But airport operations is not important to some people.

    In a technical aspect, X-Plane works well and takes advantage of modern machines more than FSX. You get less crashing and more smoother framerates when set up correctly.
    Last edited by jomni; 04-23-2012 at 10:41 PM.

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    Thanks! I think I will go with X-plane 10 for now! Happy Flying!

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    Hello !

    Quote Originally Posted by botfly View Post
    For one who has no knowledge in flying but would like to fly airliner like Airbus A320 or B777, do you recommend FSX or X-Plane 10? I basically want a game/sim that is fun and easy to play with.
    For one who has "no knowledge in flying", I would recommend to start with GA planes, not with complex airliners like the A320 or B777. Just start with the basics:
    http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?showforum=90
    http://www.flyaoamedia.com/aviator-90/

    You can also find a free flight simulator called FlightGear, it's very nice for beginners:
    http://www.flightgear.org/

    X-Plane is the best for GA planes with good flight models: You'll find many add-ons for X-Plane here:
    http://www.xpfr.org/
    http://www.x-aviation.com/
    http://www.x-plane.org/
    http://www.carenado.com/

    FS2004 is great for airliners like the A320 or the B777. You'll find add-ons from PSS or AirSimmer or Wilco, and you don't need an overclocked i7 like for FSX.

    X-Plane 9 and X-Plane 10 are awesome, but for now you'll only find the freeware QualityPark AviationCenter A320:
    http://www.qpac.de/
    http://xplane10.wordpress.com/2012/0...0-323-ver-1-1/

    If you want a good 777, you'll have to wait for the future XP Jets 777:
    http://www.xpjets.com/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z98qptrnLME

    Here, you'll find awesome airliners for X-Plane, but it's not an A320, nor a B777:
    http://www.jrollon.com/CRJ.html
    http://yak40.xplanes.ru/

    Happy flying.

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    I've been happily playing FSX for about 4 years and recently tried the X-Plane10 demo but I couldn't see anything in it that was better than FSX, so i'm sticking with FSX.
    Incidentally in the XP10 demo wings wrongly flex downward under load instead of upward, it's amazing that nobody in the XP10 design team spotted such a huge programming error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScatterbrainKid View Post
    I've been happily playing FSX for about 4 years and recently tried the X-Plane10 demo but I couldn't see anything in it that was better than FSX, so i'm sticking with FSX.
    Incidentally in the XP10 demo wings wrongly flex downward under load instead of upward, it's amazing that nobody in the XP10 design team spotted such a huge programming error.
    It must be in that particolar model only - as ive checked this and could not see any problems with that - therefore is not a general xp fault.

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    FSX is like a beautiful girlfriend and looks great, but she can throw temper tantrums from time to time and slap you with little glitches, I don't know if XP10 is easier to get along with.
    Also, FSX (and FS2004) have two major flaws-
    1- Rudder effect is unrealistic in a bank, making the aircraft climb sideways.
    2- Tyres have very poor grip on the ground, making it difficult to stay straight during takeoffs and landings, like sliding on ice.

    PS- I've thought of buying XP10 so i could play it and FSX together, but what puts me off is the chore of having to learn a zillion new key pushes, settings and stuff in XP10.
    Last edited by ScatterbrainKid; 04-24-2012 at 09:04 AM.

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    Neither...............I would recommend FS2004/FS9.
    Ricardo
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