MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

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Newest Version MS Flight Simulator to be Free

Post by 200hr Wonder » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:54 am

Looks like a basic version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be free. To be released some time in the spring.

http://www.itproportal.com/2012/01/05/m ... z1iaqvE26S
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Re: Newest Version MS Flight Simulator to be Free

Post by . ._ » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:21 am

I wonder if they'll let us look at the source code? Free?

Just stirring the pot a bit.

Still, looks cool. :smt023
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Re: Newest Version MS Flight Simulator to be Free

Post by Deltawidget » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:18 pm

I saw a trailer for the new FS. Very sad. Pandering to the gamer audience. Hopefully this is just the marketing but...
If u notice, they dropped "simulator" from the name. I dont think thats an accident by the looks of things.

I remember how excited i was when the new fs were announced when i was younger. Really disappointed that the fs franchise seems to have moved in this direction. Hopefully the add-on community will keep fsx going for the people who want a real computer sim experience.
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Post by Beefitarian » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:24 pm

Maybe they're licensing the simulator program to Redbird or something.

We took a computer into memoryexpress for my mom. They had this crazy cool car racing set up that you could use with the flight yoke and switches to make a great flying sim at home including three monitors. It was pretty fun just for the rally racing game they had on it. Probably drop a thousand dollars on it pretty fast though.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Category/GamingDevices
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Re: Newest Version MS Flight Simulator to be Free

Post by Big Pistons Forever » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:33 pm

Meh, it's just another game that happens to have airplanes in it. The only thing "simulated" is fantasy flight
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MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by grimey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:43 pm

http://www.itproportal.com/2012/01/05/m ... z1iaqvE26S
Microsoft's Flight Simulator series, which was in dormant state until now, will see a re-launch this spring and that too for free.

The name of this series will be simply "Flight" and players will have free access to the digital sky with this simulator. In other words, it will be available as a free download; however, the user would need to buy additional content to enhance their experience. The content that can be purchased includes aircraft as well as new environments.
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Post by Beefitarian » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:26 pm

Ok, I'm really old or something. I cringed when they were going under bridges and through caves etc.
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by into the blue » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:58 pm

I find it rather ridiculous that they've included that future yuppie killer, the ICON A5, which, according to my sources, hasn't even reached the production stage yet (nor will it have until at least 2013). The marketing of that...err...jet ski with wings is quite aggressive to say the least.
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by Go Juice » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:37 am

Omg!!!! Looks like the star fox game on super nintendo ....


Long time fs fan here very dissapointed!!
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by grimey » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:09 pm

I'm hoping all the "OH WOW EXPLOSIONS AND CAVES!" BS are addon modules. Provided that it accurately models the performance and depiction of the aircraft in the sim, and that you can add or remove modules to add terrain or effects, who cares what other people do with it.

And Go Juice, everything is better with a little Starfox.

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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by daedalusx » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:28 pm

Mark my words, this thing will flop and 5 years from now, the flight sim standard will still be FSX, P3D and Xplane. Lockheed is putting lots and lots of effort in P3D and it could very well be a strong replacement to the aging FSX.

The casual battlefield 3 gamer will get bored within minutes (hey I can loop and shoot at things that explode with my F22 in Battlefield!). The hardcore simmer will rage at the non-existing IFR, radionav or multi-engine jet. And they plan their business models on the purchases of addons by the exact consumer base that will never leave FSX for a toy. All the real addons developpers (PMDG, Orbx, Feelthere, Eaglesoft) completely rejected the business model and MS decided not to release an SDK (no freeware sceneries, gauges, gps, etc) to keep their addon market closed.
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by . ._ » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:47 pm

I have a CPL.

What is an SDK? Never heard of that.

Does that make me a bad pilot?

Just when I thought I was cool... :?
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by grimey » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:52 pm

istp wrote: What is an SDK? Never heard of that.

Does that make me a bad pilot?
Software Development Kit. What people use to create add-on modules for a program. It probably makes you a bad flight sim test pilot. In theory people could still release mods without the SDK, but with other high-quality sims with decent kits available, why bother?
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by DanJ » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:15 pm

I wonder if they will still have the carrier landing in a Lear 45 adventure that was in FS98 LOL.
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Post by Beefitarian » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:08 pm

Here's something kind of neat for pretending to be a pilot. Fly to Oskosh.

http://www.fs-mp.com/oshkosh
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Post by FlyGy » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:27 pm

Beefitarian wrote:Here's something kind of neat for pretending to be a pilot. Fly to Oskosh.

http://www.fs-mp.com/oshkosh
That's for FSX, not MSF.
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Post by Beefitarian » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:40 pm

Is there a thread for that?
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by CpnCrunch » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:25 am

I made the mistake of downloading 'microsoft flight'. It's just a game, no real flight simulation at all. There is only one plane - the Icon A5 - and I can't see what other aircraft there are without signing up for an account. I prompted deleted it.

The now the best option is Flight Simulator X.
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Post by FlyGy » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:37 am

Beefitarian wrote:Is there a thread for that?
Several
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Post by Beefitarian » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:27 am

Should we move the link to one or screw the fake pilots, if you don't fly a real airplane every day GTFO?
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by FlyGy » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:53 am

Do whatever you want, I really don't care. I fly both on my computer and I'm not really sure why you think low hour pilots should GTFO. I put more hours on FSX and MSF than I have in any "real" airplane. I was just making an observation for clarity because it's FSX software in a MSF forum and people might get excited like I did that there is a new add-on to MSF, only to be disappointed because it's posted in the wrong thread. Not that I'd waste anymore money on MSF add-ons.
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Post by Beefitarian » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:43 pm

I wanted to help people that might enjoy that link find out about it. Since I don't know where the other threads are, guess I'll leave it here.
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Re: MS Flight Simulator relaunched as free app + $ add-ons.

Post by FlyGy » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:03 pm

Good, I'm glad you got that all sorted out. :roll:
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