I thought I’d start this thread as a “support group” for this of us who know we are going to make the leap from FSX and/or P3D to X-Plane 11, but haven’t done it yet. Even an old flight simmer like my self (started with subLogic’s Fight Simulator for Commodore 64 in 1984) has so many questions, not just about X-Plane 11, but also about leaving FSX (in my case) behind.
I do have a full installation of X-Plane 10. While I really liked the flight engine and the graphics, I was severely disappointed by the lack detailed scenery at airports–just runways and taxiways. OK, so secondary FSX airfields just have a few default, generic buildings thrown around, but at least it is something
Also, while not a huge fan of FSX ATC comms, at least it has ATC comms. I found the requirement to plan an IFR flight in X-Plane in order to get any ATC, rather annoying.
It was pretty much those two issues that kept me from even trying the X-Plane sample.
But now…from what I gather from this and other flightsim sites, X-Plane 11 is better at “populating” buildings at airfields. I haven’t heard about ATC. Still, the planes and other things I’m seeing on X-Plane.org–and the positive statements about it from respected members of this site, have tipped the scales for me.
So let me kick this off with a few simple questions:
- I know what the X-Plane site states for System Requirements: Minimum and recommended Hardware Requirements…
X-Plane System Requirements
Minimum Hardware Requirements:
- CPU: Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU with 2 or more cores, or AMD equivalent. (Dual-core CPUs slower than 3 GHz should try the demo before purchasing.)
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Video Card: a DirectX 11-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 1 GB VRAM
If your system is borderline, we encourage you to try the demo first. The full version of the simulator will perform exactly the same as the demo —neither better nor worse.
Recommended Hardware Requirements:
- CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 ghz or faster
- Memory: 16-24 GB RAM or more
- Video Card: a DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD)
…and I can just meet the minimum right now. From experience, where does one need to land between Minimum and Recommended to get a halfway decent experience? (To be fair, that’s a subjective question, so objectively, scenery sliders 3/4 to max.)
Same question, but if I want to go VR?
Does anybody have the Mac version? I’ve got an iMac about 4 years old, that I use for my flightsim work.