Today new add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator have been released, including a much-anticipated aircraft on Xbox.
After a long delay for the sake of optimization and testing, IndiaFoxtEcho released its excellent F-35 Lightning II for Xbox on the official marketplace.
You can grab it directly in the marketplace for $29.99. It will also unlock the PC version in case you have both platforms.
The aircraft has a few limitations on Xbox in order to preserve performance, but it should still be very enjoyable. The developer itself explained this on Facebook.
WHAT WILL BE THE PRICE OF THE XBOX VERSION?
It will be the same as the PC version. Given that the Xbox port is somewhat “restricted” with respect to PC, this seemed unfair to some customers. On the other hand, buying the XBox version you also get the PC version (and vice-versa, existing PC customers will also get the XBox version for free). And it is 3 separate aircrafts… so hopefully it is not a bad deal.
ARE THE PC AND XBOX VERSIONS IDENTICAL GRAPHICALLY?
No. To fit the F-35 within the XBox memory limits, some of the textures have lower resolution – in particular the fuselage main texture has been reduced from 8K to 4K. While the downgrade will be certainly visible by looking the aircraft at a close distance, it should be almost unnoticeable during gameplay.Also, the XBox version had the weapon pylons completely removed.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE AVIONICS AND SYSTEMS SIMULATIONS? ARE THEY THE SAME?
System simulation is identical, and in general all the vehicle systems are the same.The main differences are in the Primary Control Display. Specifically:- you cannot swap the FAB bar- TFLIR, DAS, ASR modes are not available- The possibility of PCD configuration is limited (each portal is locked to 3 modes, also subportal view selection is locked).NOTE: the aircraft does not support autostart.
CAN I REALLY USE ALL THE FUNCTIONS WITH A JOYPAD?
In theory yes, but WE HIGHLY RECOMMED A MOUSE TO INTERACT WITH THE PCD. Seriously, PCD with joypad interaction will be super-frustrating.
CAN I PLAY ALONG WITH PC PLAYERS? WILL I SEE THEIR AIRCRAFT CORRECTLY?
We had no chance to do cross-platform multiplayer, so we cannot say for sure. The F-35 models use a number of custom animations (for IFR, weapon bays, STOVL etc.)… so there may be synchronization issues for those. But apart from that, we expect you should be able to play in multiplayer and see the other players correctly (regardless if they are on PC or XBox).
DOES THE XBOX VERSION INCLUDE A, B AND C MODELS?Yes. All three models supported, each of them has its own features correctly simulated (including STOVL operations for the F-35B).
France VFR released its Airport France Pack 2 for PC, including the following airports in France.
- LFQQ Lille Lesquin
- LFRN Rennes Bretagne
- LFOB Beauvais Tillé
- LFMP Perpignan Rivesaltes
- LFLB Chambéry Aix-les-Bains
It can be purchased on Orbx Direct for $25.67, and below you can see and read what you can expect.
- Set of 5 French regional airfields for MSFS modeled in detail in photo-realistic textures.
- High resolution ground textures and detailed markings on each platform.
- Reworked 50cm/pixel resolution ground textures from IGN aerial photos for the airports of Beauvais, Chambéry, Perpignan, Rennes.
- Platform specific photo-realistic 3D buildings.
- Vegetation reworked on each platform and its surroundings.
- Reworked realistic night lights on every platform.
- Animated specific jetways.
- Independent operation or in addition to our range of VFR FRANCE scenes.
- Geo-referenced wedging ensuring maximum compatibility with future add-ons installed in the same area.
- Development process 100% compliant with SDK (System Development Kit) specifications, thus ensuring maximum compatibility when new versions arrive.
- SIA – VAC – IAC – APT – ARRDEP cards provided.
Another airport release comes from AG Sim, and it’s Fricktal-Schupfart Airfield LSZI in Switzerland.
It can be purchased on Simmarket for $10.06 plus applicable VAT.
- 3D Buildings created with details
- 8K and PBR textures
- Ground Texture renewed
- Vegetation arrangement
- Trailer park, glider trailers and static aircrafts, living atmosphere
- Custom Windmill and Windsock
- Special details around the airfield
- Accurate slope
- Surrounding models
- Fair price for everyone
If you’d like to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can check out our brand new interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann about the 40th Anniversary Edition, the world update, and more.
If you’re curious about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Beijing Capital International Airport, Anchorage International Airport, Fenix’s Airbus A320, West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson Airport, the Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Kraków Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, the Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport, and Seoul City Wow.
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