Some of you might know, some might not care, but some do, so to those that would like to know.
I play Prepar3D on a Dell XPS17 computer and have great frames with it.
Prepar3D is an FSX clone so to speak.
Lockheet Martin is the author of Prepar3D.
Prepar3D is much like FSX and at the same time its not.
It has a few improved graphics options and you can use submarines and go under the water surface.
This brings a whole new world of options, but to most of you it is the flying aspect which counts.
It is exactly the same as FSX when it comes to flying, but with the better graphics settings.
There is no main menu in Prepar3D at the point of this review.
When you start the game it sets you directly into your aircraft of choice or default aircraft if it is your first time with Prepar3D.
Lockheet Martin is the creator of the FS16 Fighter Jet and a few other nice inventions.
Compared to Microsoft, Lockheet Martin actually cares about you, yes you.
A company that earns its money to perfect aviation and to build airplanes does care.
Just like you and me they love aviation and all that it brings.
For that very reason they have made available Prepar3D for real world pilots and wanna be pilots like me.
Because of the fact that Prepar3D is so much like FSX, most FSX addons work in Prepar3D.
Those that don't they can work if you tweak them.
There are those that simply can't work unless the author changes some source code.
Programs such as FSPassangers X does not work.
I have seen people on YouTube use PMDG with P3D with great success but it requires some tweaking.
iFly has a Boeing 737NGX that works with Prepar3D and Black Box Simulation Airbus works with P3D as well.
The Aerosoft Airbus X does not work 100% because of autopilot issues.
But I am somewhat sure they will make it work given the fact that, they support Prepar3D with many of their other addons.
FsLabs Airbus I do not know enough about to even speculate.
All airports work with Prepar3D 90% to 100% and those that are not 100% only require some tweaking.
The biggest news of all concerning Prepar3D is that it will evolve to Direct X11 which will provide far better graphics than FSX or Prepar3D are able to provide at this moment.
If I am not mistaken the Direct X11 update 2.0. is for the year 2013.
About updates on Prepar3D:
Prepar3D gets service updates where FSX gets none.
In time Prepar3D will not only be a FSX clone.
Prepar3D will be like the new Flight Simulator of the current graphics generation.
Current graphics are many years outdated compared to other PC games on the marked.
That is where Direct X11 plays a big part in the future Prepar3D.
Now to the addons list that works with Prepar3D.
There is more, but these I found to be the best.
Some are officially acknowledged by the developer to work, some by the users.
1. Real Environment Extreme Essentials (Works out of the box)
2. Active Sky 2012 (by tweaking, search google. Active SKy 2012 prepar3d)
3. PMDG 737NGX and PMDG 747 (works with tweaking)
4. FS CAbin Crew
5. Airport Stock Graphics
6. Billund Airport P3D
7. FSUIPC 4
8. Carenado Airplanes
9. Black Box Simulation Airbus
10. Wilco Airbus Series
11. ORBX Variuos Sceneries
12. FS Global Ultimate
13. Flight Sim Commander
14. FLYLOGIC - AIRPORT GRENCHEN X
15. My Traffic 3D
16. FSFLYINGSCHOOL PRO
17. iFly 737NGX
18. Quality Wings BAe 146
19. Just Flight BAe 146
20. Wide FS
21. FSPS - XTREME P3D BOOSTER
22. REX Latitude
23. GSX - Ground Services Xtreme
Again most FSX airports work with Prepar3D.
Then there is FSX TO PREPAR3D MIGRATION TOOL available at Simmarket whcih does wonders.
Aerofiles, Aerosoft, PMDG, iFly, ORBX, REX GAME STUDIOS etc just a few developers supporting Prepar3D.
Prepar3D has 3 different buying options.
Developer: USD 9.95 (If you create addons)
Academic: USD 49.95 (For gamers)
More info on the versions here:
Prepar3D Special Features.
- Lockheed Martin continuously evolves Prepar3D to maintain its place as a front runner in the modeling and simulation marketplace. The latest features and functions available in Prepar3D include:
- New user interface – Users now have a Windows 7 compatible drag n’ drop interface with customizable settings. Quickly create and save your favorite missions.
- Multiple monitor settings saved – Users can quickly save panel and scenery window locations across multiple monitors with flight files. Prepar3D remembers the settings upon restarting a flight and restarting Prepar3D.
- Internet multi-player capability – Users across the globe can collaborate with others within the Prepar3D environment to train for their missions or tasks.
- Multi-channel capability – Users can harness the power of this new feature to operate Prepar3D with multiple computers creating a more expansive viewing capability all the way up to 360 degrees field of view.
- Sensor camera options – Users can experience night vision and infrared sensor camera options to enhance military mission or night flying training.
- Realistic scenery – Millions of square kilometers of the earth have been checked and upgraded to accurately represent the urban environment. High resolution 12 cm content added for specific locations.
- Higher quality graphics – Users will experience higher quality graphics such as more realistic rainy or snowy weather with the modernized shader model 3.0. Also offered for higher quality graphics are increased texture limits which can be set as high as 4096 x 4096.
- Underwater environments – Users can take their simulation experience underwater with submarines and the U.S. Geological Survey’s coastal bathymetry.
- Enhanced developer toolset – Developers can use the Prepar3D environment to create new training solutions for the most modern platforms.
- To aid in rapid development, Prepar3D is now compatible with Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2010; it offers a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) user interface, an external simulator capability that provides enhanced control of the simulation code, new code samples updated in the Software Development Kit (SDK) documentation and support for the latest 3DStudio Max tools.
- Developers can also create a richer user experience with higher resolution terrain by taking advantage of the increased texture limits.
- Expanded Hardware Controls – Users, especially fighter pilots, can now train with realistic hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS).