• PMDG Posts Update On 737-700 For MSFS

    PMDG Posts Update On 737-700 For MSFS

    We haven't given you much to look at other than the 737-700 in a standard passenger configuration, so I thought it might be nice to show you a few of the other configurations that you will be getting with your PMDG 737 for MSFS.

    We shall split up a bit between hot and cold, just for fun.

    DISCLAIMER: I am the world's worst screen shot taker... It is a holiday weekend here in the States and it is also Jason's anniversary, so I didn't have Vin or Jason to call on for professional help. Laugh if you must.

    First up, we have the 737-700 BCF, sitting on a snow covered runway in Chicago. This model is based upon the specifications for the actual airplane, and gives you working cargo doors, both main deck and below deck cargo. With the ground equipment, you can correctly position the loader and you will also be able to explore the cargo main deck of the airplane if you choose. I am planning to feature a bit of that in an upcoming video presentation.

    The winglet styles offered (on the normal pax body, the BCF and the BBJ) will mirror the options made available to purchasers in the market today. Personally I haven't caught the scimitar winglet bug, so I tend to set mine up with the regular blended winglet you see here.

    The BCF airplane comes with the proper changes to the flight deck, including main deck cargo fire detection/indication and suppression, as well as appropriate ground equipment for a cargo airplane.

    (Someone will ask, so: The ground equipment options we provide are just that: Options. You can turn them on/off at your leisure.)

    Next up with have the BBJ baking on the ramp in Beautiful Sunny Exuma, Bahamas. (A wonderful place if you ever get a chance to visit!)

    The BBJ, just like its passenger and BCF cousins comes with a full suite of ground vehicles, including a set of VIP suburbans to whisk your VIP passengers to and from the airplane in style. This airplane comes with its own unique cabin, which has been upgraded rather dramatically to account for the increased texture overhead we get with MSFS. In addition, using the view tools you can get a nice walk-through effect in the cabin which we will showcase for you at some point here soon, I hope.

    Along with the VIP interior, the BBJ comes with its own installed mobile boarding stairs to door 1L (you can actually turn this option on for the other airplanes if you like, up to you!) or you can use the standard ground handling equipment to provide passenger access to the airplane.

    This view angle gives you a great glimpse of the reflective qualities of the painted surfaces and how they reflect light. When viewing these airplanes from the outside while at cruise altitude, we are getting incredibly close to the point where it is sometimes hard to tell the difference between a well staged screen capture and a photograph. Obviously these two random screen grabs from me aren't well staged, but I think Jason and Vin could probably fool you if they took the time to set up the lighting.

    Speaking of Jason: I was going to give you a few images of the upgraded interiors on all three airplanes, but I wanted to be sure Jason is okay with me doing that before we let you back there. We have long placed our entire focus on the cockpit, but with this product line we are adding a bit more attention to the cabin than we have traditionally. It won't be to the same degree of detail as the cockpits, obviously, but it is the start of us moving in the direction of high detail cabin interiors. It make take us some time to get all the way there, but hey, you have to start someplace.

    Let's Talk About Pricing:

    So one of the key components in the pending PMDG 737 for MSFS release process is that we are changing our traditional layout for how you purchase airplane add-ons from PMDG. In the past, we have marketed each airplane type with a base package, and then added airframes by releasing expansion packages. Effective with the 737 product line for MSFS, that paradigm will go away because we want to lower the bar of entry for folks who perhaps, just want one type of 737 and not ALL of them. If, for example, you wanted to fly the 700 series airplane in our historic product line, you would need to purchase our base package and then add the 600/700 expansion package to it. If you wanted to add the 700BCF, you'd also need to add that package, with each additional package giving you some airframes that perhaps you didn't want.

    Effective with this new product line, we are going to break them into body types so that you can purchase just the body type you want. For example, our initial release will focus on the 700 series airframe. It will come with the 737-700 body in a couple of iterations and winglet options. It will also come with the 737-700BCF (also with winglet options) and of course the venerable BBJ with winglet options and the whole fuel tank configuration range.

    Then we will offer a similar roundup for the 737-800 series. It will include the 800 (in various formats) the 800BCF and the BBJ2. We will then treat the 600 and 900s similarly, grouping nearly all of the possible NG dirvations together by body style and offering them individually rather than as a base-package/expansion package combination.

    Why do this?

    Easy. The MSFS market is an enormous marketplace, which we feel allows us to shift our product pricing point to make it far more approachable for far more users, because if all you really want is a 737-600 to fly your Janet flights out of KLAS to Area 51, we would like you to be able to make the decision to purchase just that airplane as it suits you. If you then joined a VA that operates some cool flights in the 800BCF, then you can come back for just the 800 series, and you will still have spent less than you would have under our old pricing.

    Pricing points will be announced a bit later (they haven't been finalized, I'm not being cagey, I just really don't know!) as well as a bit more clarity on what airplanes will be included in each package. (There are a few oddballers such as fire-fighting airplanes, military derivatives, etc that we need to figure out how we would fit in... they won't likely be in the initial batches, but perhaps get added later as updates? we'll see...)

    Overall, our goal is to make the product line more approachable to more users.

    We anticipate about 6 weeks lag time between each release, with the 700 series being first. We haven't determined the final order for the remainder, as there are a few moving parts still to be nailed down. Once we have those sorted the release order will flow naturally from that. (We are leaning to the 800 because we know that is one you guys really want!)

    Of course, the next and most important question everyone will ask: "What about the price credit from my NGXu purchase?" Yup, if you qualified for the promotional pricing back in late 2019, we still got you covered. You will still get the full dollar value of the promotional, nothing has changed there.

    Okay enough for tonight. After today's snow/ice storm I may be back.

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    Tags: 737, 737-700, boeing, pmdg

    7 Comments
    1. Head In The Clouds's Avatar
      Head In The Clouds -
      No real pricing info, not even a "guestimate" of a price number - no new screenshots - just a statement, "I am the worst screenshot taker?" Need to get someone else to do your posts then PMDG. Horrid submission of info in this one. F for effort of the author on this one.
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      Ahhh...PMDG the flight sim equivalent of the motor trade STRAP ON man....(Snap On)....Bend over and.............
    1. Cowboy62's Avatar
      Cowboy62 -
      heel veel verhaal, maar geen Prijsen ?
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Well after the botched launch of their DC-6 on Xbox, it's no surprise they are not putting out the pricing right now. They already knocked it down $10 from the original, and if they think that people are going to pay $100 for just the base 737, they are smoking crack. Even when I was going hard in P3D, I never bought it because that price was beyond retarded. I bet the reason for the lack of pricing right now, is because they know they are getting ready to piss a lot of people off when they have to price it for what the current market is dictating, and that is between $40-$50. I won't buy it if it costs more than that, and as much as I love the 757, if the rumors are true, and they come out with one, and it costs $100? Nope. I won't do it.
    1. daspinall's Avatar
      daspinall -
      Quote Originally Posted by ryogahibiki345 View Post
      Well after the botched launch of their DC-6 on Xbox, it's no surprise they are not putting out the pricing right now. They already knocked it down $10 from the original, and if they think that people are going to pay $100 for just the base 737, they are smoking crack. Even when I was going hard in P3D, I never bought it because that price was beyond retarded. I bet the reason for the lack of pricing right now, is because they know they are getting ready to piss a lot of people off when they have to price it for what the current market is dictating, and that is between $40-$50. I won't buy it if it costs more than that, and as much as I love the 757, if the rumors are true, and they come out with one, and it costs $100? Nope. I won't do it.

      You don't know the community, hell yes we would pay $200 for a PMDG base package!!!!
    1. Seanmo's Avatar
      Seanmo -
      Quote Originally Posted by daspinall View Post
      You don't know the community, hell yes we would pay $200 for a PMDG base package!!!!
      You don't understand that that community barely exists anymore. MSFS includes literally millions who have no idea who PMDG is. And they won't pay $79 for a 737 from them, let alone three times that. You might, even though you know that PMDG has repeatedly pointed out that their aircraft are not actually study level. But the rest of us remain unimpressed with their DC-6, their communications, and their lame attempt (called out by the FBW devs a few days ago) to blame Asobo for PMDG's software engineering problems. They could still have a hit, but not unless their lowest cost 737 debuts at $59.
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by daspinall View Post
      You don't know the community, hell yes we would pay $200 for a PMDG base package!!!!
      Apparently I know it better than you do. You are looking at this from purely the PC side, while I'm not. While I do fly MSFS only on PC, I am not oblivious to the fact that the sudden surge in the number of people flying MSFS, are from the Xbox front, and not the PC side. On the PC side there are still too many detractors to support $100-$200 price tag. The console side has the numbers, and the marketplace makes it a no brainer to deliver this to people. Sure you got the outlier hard cores, like yourself it seems, that are willing to pay stupid prices for in this case, a regurgitated product. Sure it might be remade for MSFS, but the fact remains that its been done before, people are already sick of rebuying things from one version of P3D to the next, and those that are squarely in the P3D camp, are not going to pay for something they already own, on the platform they have already chosen. As I have already pointed out, PMDG screwed up the DC-6 launch on Xbox. That is fact, and refunds were issued and it was removed from the MSFS Marketplace for consoles. After that royal screw up, do you really think they are going to try to win back customers with a $100-$200 price tag? If you do, then you have the molecular adhesion of Hg, though I doubt you'd have the purity to amalgamate with aluminum.
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