• X-Plane 11 Preview


    As I mentioned earlier, from the go I was itching to try out the various add-ons that I have collected since venturing out with X-Plane 10, and these include custom scenery, aircraft (both freeware and payware) as well as a raft of utilities. My experience so far has been a mixed bag, as some add-ons work flawlessly, with others clearly have issues, to the point where they can't be used and crash the sim. To be honest though, as X-Plane 11 is still very much a beta release, this is to be expected. In all honesty, considering the lack of 3rd party development time, I was actually surprised that so many of them did work. I am sure that it will only be a matter of time before many of the bugs and issues found in these add-ons are ironed out, so I think patience is the key here and to keep an eye out in the various forums for news of updates.

    If you do go for X-Plane 11, my advice is to try your add-ons out one at a time and see if they work for you. There are already several forum posts out there with lists of add-ons that are reported to work (or not as the case may be) and this is a good place to start.

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    Final Thoughts

    So, "Emperor's New Clothes"? Most definitely not, and from what I have seen, heard and experienced so far, I believe Laminar Research are on to a real winner with X-Plane 11. I don't think I am at the stage where I will be ditching X-Plane 10 quite yet as there are clearly several issues and bugs to be fix in X-Plane 11. However, I don't expect it will be long before I am using version 11 far more than version 10. I honestly believe that this latest version of X-Plane is a massive step forward in terms of development. In fact "leap" would probably be more of a correct term.

    Now that the eye candy and user interface is more in line with some other popular sims, I can see it becoming far more accessible to a far greater number of people. Hopefully this will also attract a few more of the big commercial developers (very much needed).

    I was once told that in life you should either lead, follow or just get out of the way, and by the looks of it, Laminar Research are very much taking approach number one to heart, which is a great thing for all us X-Plane fans.

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    As far as whether you should take the plunge now is concerned or to wait until a few of the current issues are solved, this is down to personal choice. However in saying that, from my own experience so far, and even with the bugs and limitations X-Plane 11 currently has, my advice is go for it as the sky really is the limit!

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    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Great writeup Stuart!

      X-Plane 11 really does looks fantastic! Let's hope it has a promising future!


    1. alpilotx's Avatar
      alpilotx -
      Great preview! Thanks!

    1. btwallis's Avatar
      btwallis -
      Thank you sir. I have FSX, and now P3Dv3+, I find I don't fly FSX anymore. I would love to finally give Xplane a kick of the tires....I think it has come of age.
    1. SWM1968's Avatar
      SWM1968 -
      Many thanks folks, glad it was helpful.
    1. graaant's Avatar
      graaant -
      Good review, but I was disappointed that it didn't talk more about specs, performance on different systems. I tried out the beta yesterday on my Intel 5 3.3 Ghz (Turbo to 4 Ghz,) Geforce 970, 16 GB Ram, and in spite of moving sliders further and further left, the FRs stayed ridiculously low, and I sadly uninstalled the beta and went to fly in FSX. Always possible, of course, that I was doing something wrong, but ...
    1. pinkyjr's Avatar
      pinkyjr -
      I've tried XPlane over and over, and keep coming back to FSX/P3D over and over.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      I think it's important for people to remember, that the version of X-Plane 11 they are trying, is an unoptimised beta release. Many of the rendering functions which would normally help in fine-tuning a system are (at time of writing) not present.

      Hopefully these functions will become available as the beta progresses.


    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Can I also add, that if you're experiencing issues (not uncommon in beta releases) then you should file a bug report to Laminar Research:

    1. Darren Howie's Avatar
      Darren Howie -
      As a real world pilot i gave up on the poor way FsX and P3D makes aircraft feel more like they are trains than aircraft. The feel of the way the aeroplane flows and moves through the sky really set it head and shoulders above any other sim.
      Xplane is my only sim now after years of FS its the only simulation of flight that is close to really flying.
    1. keithjsimmons's Avatar
      keithjsimmons -
      I find that in FSX and P3D, you can fly faster at low level than at Altitude and find I have to go full power to maintain cruising speed at 35,000 ft using modern airliners. Is X plane more realistic in that aspect?
    1. casarabill's Avatar
      casarabill -
      I definately looked at the comparison between it and FSX Gold and I like where X-11 is going. I like to see good landscape details, accurate mesh details , accurate roads, lakes, rivers. I like low level virtual VFR flying with real world air nav maps. So and with all the GEX, FSGLOBAL mesh addons for FSX-G, I still like it better then X-11. But X-11 I feel will get better and there will be add-ons that will push it past FSX in VFR details for sure, I do Love the light effects and the Virtual cockpits in X-11 and it is far superior to FSX Gold and that aspect is secondary importance to me. 3rd thing of importance to me is the realistic effects of flying which X-11 is probably far superior to FSX. This latest version of X-11 will probably mean I will get it and fly it. I have X-10 and found the landscapes were a turn off so it stayed on the shelf. I will continue to fly FSX-G and watch how the FS community takes to it. Eventually it will eventually go on the shelf like a well read book. Much the same way as MSFS 98 did back in the day. ☺
    1. casarabill's Avatar
      casarabill -
      "MSFS 98....Now that's a term I not hear in a long long time"....Obi Wan Kaobi
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