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    Default To Steam or not to Steam - that is the question

    Honestly, I tried to do a search on Steam - to read what has been written and avoid having to ask, but..
    As you might imagine the search returned almost every post in the forum.

    I have been flying Sim for less than a year. I have FSX and X-Plane. They were the first "quote-unquote" games I have ever played. I got them from Steam.
    I would like to hear from anyone who has strong opinions one way or the other about using the Steam wrapper around your simulator software.

    In my experience so far, it just gets in way. One extra login, compute resources getting used without adding value to the Sims, and a high probability they are collecting more stats than just how many times I have played Flight Sim.
    What I don't know is, what would life be like if I did not have it?

    Any comments?
    Thank you in advance.

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    In my opinion, I wouldn't use Steam for a Sim. You have way too many variables to mess with and the possibility of failure is expedited. This goes for every "update." Never mind Windows 10 and its lack of QC (Quality Control) "updates." Plus, you need to direct the Steam installation folder to a folder outside of the programs folder. Like C:\\Steam or E:\\Steam, etc. The programs folder is protected so you can and will have issues down the road. This is true for a box install as well. Don't install to the default programs folder.

    Now with the box versus Steam, the box limits how many times you can install, though there are ways around that. Steam doesn't have that limitation obviously. Now in all the years I've used my box install of FSX, I've only installed it maybe three times. So no road blocks yet from Microsoft.

    Other games from Steam, Epic Games or Battle.net would probably be fine. It's just that Sim games that are as complex like this should not run withen the Steam platform at all. Especially if you're a power user of the Sim like I am. I customize gauges, panels, airports and effects. I have yet to take up aircraft and building design.


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    Great answer. I appreciate that.
    I had hoped for a well informed response. Behold.

    What I had not expected-- was to get vectored off onto a 15 minute space out trying to determine: "were I to set about inventing a name, what would it be...."

    I suppose that might be easier with a target person in mind. Dunno.
    Back to the world.

    Thanks again.

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    No problems with the software here, but if you are neurotic about being hindered by Steam, you can run it in "off-line" mode and bypass that.

    The only issues I have come up against are add-on utilities that are FSX compatible but not FSX-SE compatible. It seems that the SE came along so late that the developers can't be bothered to modify their software - generally it is just a pathing issue that fails and sometimes it can be bodged but not always.

    Despite what C R J_simpilot says, there is absolutely no problem with customisation and modification - I do plenty of that and have met no issues at all. If you find the need to refresh your files from steam, just back up your critical stuff first so it can be re-instated - although from what I have read Steam doesn't delete all your add-ons as it is prone to in some games.

    There are no updates to FSX-SE from Steam and are unlikely to be any. Development of the product is long-dead.

    John

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    I used to have it installed from disc, bought it from steam on one of their periodic sales for like $7 or something, and never looked back. There are no login or update delays, I have never had a problem with mods, and if I corrupt something by copying a mod to the wrong place, it is a one-click repair of my original game files. I recommend it without reservations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnhinson View Post
    The only issues I have come up against are add-on utilities that are FSX compatible but not FSX-SE compatible.
    Yes, and that's very anoying while used to edit airports with Flight1 AFX and its WYSIWYG interface.

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    Use steam with FSX (dead and gone) and XP-11. I like steam as there is no passwords to remember and all updates are done automatically. I have extensively modified the program with many aircraft, scenery, and utilities with no problem at all.
    I just bought a new SSD and found the programs can be moved to a new drive with only three or four clicks. It moves the entire program over and automatically removes the program from the old drive. There is quite a difference in speed with the SSD.
    The only downside is you are paying less to x-plane than if you bought it from them.

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    I would recommend Steam. While there are one or two small drawbacks, the benefits are:

    1. Installation is a breeze. Instead of having to load DVD after DVD and entering a serial key or phoning Microsoft if there is a problem, you just hit install and a few minutes later you're ready to go, depending on your internet speed of course. Any updates (not that there are anymore) are done automatically.

    2. Small improvements. They say that there have been a few tweaks made to FSX-SE to make it run better, but quite honestly I don't know what they are besides an updated SimConnect module. Many people swear that FSX-SE run better than FSX disc version, but I don't notice the difference.

    3. Add-on price and installation: Steam (or Dovetail) run their own regular sales on Steam and I find that the prices are often way better than on the web-stores or developers' own websites. Plus if you buy an add-on on Steam, it is a one-click installation process, instead of the sometimes elaborate serial key or DRM protection of standalone versions.

    Drawbacks:

    1. Steam installs FSX-SE in a deeper directory branch, instead of your own simple custom directory, which is possible with the disc version. That could make it harder to find files if you like to tinker with FSX, but a simple folder shortcut to the desktop has solved that problem for me.

    2. Updated Simconnect module. While it may have some benefits, I believe this is the major culprit for compatibility problems with some older add-ons. However, I have over 200 add-ons for FSX and only 2 are not running in FSX-SE. Therefore, my success rate with add-ons on FSX-SE is 99%.

    It was actually the Steam version of FSX that rekindled my interest in civilian flight sims when it launched several years ago and through it I discovered the world of add-ons which in many cases transformed the ageing flight-sim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rooitou View Post
    2. Small improvements. They say that there have been a few tweaks made to FSX-SE to make it run better, but quite honestly I don't know what they are besides an updated SimConnect module. Many people swear that FSX-SE run better than FSX disc version, but I don't notice the difference.
    The Steam edition comes out of the box with a few of the fsx.cfg tweaks/settings already set, as well as a few other minor fixes. Larger changes include the sim being recompiled with a more recent compiler (VS Code 2013, I think it was), and the original, and defunct, GameSpy multiplayer was replaced with Steam multiplayer. The updated compiler, in theory, allows the sim to make better use of more modern processors, though probably isn't worth more than a few percentage points in performance improvements (it is still a 32 bit application with limited multi-threading support). More recently the beta version from Steam re-enables live weather.

    https://steamcommunity.com/app/31416...1136926977562/

    When it comes to Steam resources, if the Steam client is having a noticeable impact on performance, the PC itself is at best borderline for any gaming beyond Solitaire.

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    I started using steam this year, when I bought a new computer to run smoothly xp11 and msfs.
    Msfs I've given up for a while. Being using x-plane instead, very happy with the results.
    I took a little while and research to use the steam version, but I am satisfied.
    The thing I am missing are the aircrafts for version 11.50 on steam. Only finding the 11 version.

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