MadCatz FSX version

Interesting development…see below…


Mad Catz to Distribute Boxed Version at Retail and E-Tail in the Americas, Russia and Asia Pacific under its Saitek Brand
San Diego – May 19, 2015

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today that it has reached agreement with Dovetail Games for the retail and e-tail distribution of the boxed version of Microsoft’s immensely popular Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition (“FSX: Steam Edition”). Mad Catz will distribute this version under its Saitek brand, which is the world’s leading hardware simulation producer. Mad Catz anticipates the product to be available at retail by late spring with pre-orders beginning immediately.

“Our Saitek brand has long been recognized as the leader in simulation technology, and distributing FSX: Steam Edition allows consumers a one-stop-shop for their flight simulation software and hardware needs,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “Whether you’re an experienced pilot or just want to fly, FSX: Steam Edition provides a great experience.” “We have seen impressive sales performance with FSX: Steam Edition since its digital launch in late 2014,” said Duncan Best Vice President, Retail and Consumer Marketing at Dovetail Games. “As we continue to invest in and grow the hobby, Mad Catz is the perfect partner to help us with this, drawing on its extensive experience in the flight simulation peripherals market and its strong global distribution network.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition delivers an authentically accurate aerial experience for simulation enthusiasts and those with a passion for all things flight. Pilots can climb into the cockpits of over twenty aircraft, from commercial and fighter jets to single-engine private planes and helicopters. More than 80 missions will test players in a variety of ways, including search and rescue challenges, test pilot scenarios, races and more. The game features updated multiplayer functionality, Windows 8.1 support and over 24,000 airports, delivering a beautiful, connected world and vast horizon begging to be explored.

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I don’t really get it, as in

Retail version includes Product Code to download game on Steam. No disc required.

Ok, so a physical box with a Steam code in it. Genius! …but then I saw what might be the advantage (well, if you are in the market for some peripherals…

Purchase the box version of Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition from Saitek and receive a discount on the Saitek First Flight Bundle which includes the Pro Flight Yoke, Throttle, and Rudder Pedals.

Yeah…I figured it had to be a marketing strategy by Saitek. I mean…it is in their best interest to practically give away flight sims…

If you look at ebay for the old FSX, I think that some people do not realize that this is a new flight sim from some of the old FS developers. As far as MadCatz/Saitek offering discounts for their controllers, I see this a bonus for those that need them.

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@rip3700 - Yeah, I really like the Steam version of FSX for the simplicity of the install and the few tweaks they’ve given it that make it run nicely. Ever since I installed P3D though, I’m running about 80% P3D and 20% FSX. I just love the lighting and atmospherics of P3D. Nice time to be a simmer for sure…


Is the DX10 render much different? It didn’t occur to me that P3D would look nicer, but I did know that it could use a more heavily customized (fixed, I guess) code. The Steam FSX has all sorts of restrictions under the Microsoft license deal to Dovetail I think, i.e. just bugfixes, but no real improvements like DXnn support over time…

It does look better. Shadows are softer and more prevalent, HDR lighting, all kinds of little touches. The GUI is sorta the same FSX menu but modernized and cleaned up. Stability wise…I feel P3D is much more stable than FSX ever was. I plan on writing something up on P3D for the site soon…


I know I’m bumping an old topic here, but with MadCatz seemingly in big financial loss at this moment and reading they are in cahoots with Dovetail for Steam FSX too?

Cutbacks all round it seems?

Now I’m starting to worry, just starting to get used to Steam FSX as my standard install now!

As for their ariel combat sim, read about that, did it ever take off?

Dovetail were going to be showing some new shots of there new sim very soon, hope they are not still backed by MadCatz