So, I was very thrilled when I read yesterday about the news on the new v2 on their homepage!
But, at the same time, I started reading various responds on various flight simulator forums and websites, and here’s my take on it:
WHAT A SORRY BUNCH OF WHINERS!!!
Sorry, I just had to say it this way. I *know* not everyone is like that, I read many MANY positive threads on the topic, but I cannot start to comprehend the amount of doubts and negative posts surrounding P3D v2. Even before you tried it out!
There are also forums containing quality posts, one is here, and those guys give a prime example on looking forward to a step forward in our hobby. I won’t name the forum, but “The Facts” around the new sim are just incredible. This thread should be locked and deleted, in my humble opinion. People actually judging the sim WITHOUT even trying it out, WITHOUT looking what is inside or flying in it.
For years now, since 2006, the biggest reasons why people frowned upon FSX was because of it’s performance, so Prepar3D makes a step in (hopefully) right direction into making this better. So people complain. Yay!
Then we complained about terrain system (blurries), so they bring new terrain system. Let’s maybe see how it works before judging, hmm?
Then we complained about autogen performance, so they brought instancing…
We complained about fog cutting into mountains? Well…look at the screenshot!
We complained about the missing startup screen in P3D v1.4? So they made us one…
Need to go on?
And yeah, you will most likely need very strong hardware (this time not CPU only with mediocre GPU, but also a strong GPU as announced by LM) to run it full bells and whistles and even then it might not be really enough, but simulators were always like that! And which game isn’t? Am I missing something, or why are people buying quad Nvidia SLI cards to run some game(s) at insanely high resolutions with highest details? Besides, if I am not mistaken, they did say SLI is coming too…
I can only keep shaking my head and looking forward to this new sim and say one thing:
I am really REALLY thankful we have a developer actually listening to us and developing further the simulator most of us are using (yeah, I am not excluding FS9ers, XPers…). I can’t say anything educated about the simulator as I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it and will only form an opinion then.
One last thing: let’s NOT get into EULA and usage permissions, these have been clarified by LM quite clearly, and everyone can use this sim!