So I’ve been on FSX pretty much since it came out. I don’t have many payware AC or scenery for it (none of the later), so I don’t have a huge financial investment into FSX that some have had. I tried out X-Plane years ago (2005 ish IIRC), and it wasn’t worth the switch, but it has obviously matured in the last decade or so. I’ve never pulled the trigger on P3D, as it basically just seemed like paying money for FSX again.
With that said, I do acknowledge that it might be time to join the march of forward progress. I’m curious what peoples opinions are regarding X-Planes and P3D. Here’s some background information if it helps people offer advice.
My wife enjoys “quality time” so that means very little man cave time for me. I do most of my simming on my laptop in the living room these days. So cutting edge tech specs are a thing of the past at the moment. So less intensive hardware specs are good, and VR is out for the moment. I don’t really care about MP compatibility, it’s just not my thing. Additionally I’m not worried about tac-pack or similar, I have other sims for blowing things up.
I tend to fly short to medium haul flights, and in general I’m usually below FL20 for my flying. I like an ATC, but it’s not critical. One of the reasons I’ve stuck with FSX so long is the massive amounts of good freeware planes available, so if the majority of addons for one or the other are payware I’m less interested. I do enjoy good scenery as the major immersion killer in FSX for me is the default terrain (the Phillipines shouldn’t be same shade of green as western Europe).
I’m very curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on this.