The guys over at A2A have already confirmed their commitment to version 4 of Prepar3D, and today they have demonstrated that by releasing a handful of their Accu-Sim products for the new platform. The updates are FREE for the P3D fleet, and are available on the A2A Store. The installers have been sent to other vendors so it will be a matter of time before those other stores update their download links. [Edit: You can now get them from SimMarket]
The current link of products that have been updated are as follows:
Jetstream Designs, the developers behind Palermo, Milan Linate and others sceneries alike have provided an update regarding their scenerie’s compatibility with P3D V4. They have now got all their sceneries working in P3D V4 with dynamic lighting apart from Metz-Nancy which is set to be updated after all of the other products are fully wrapped up and compatible with V4. They say that no FPS drops have been noticed with the use of dynamic lighting.
Here is the list of each product and what stage they’re at:
Little Rock: has been updated for V4 and has had SODE implemented. This is already available but another update will be coming soon which will implement dynamic lighting into the scenery.
Milan Linate: dynamic lighting has been added with a small terminal issue fixed.
Palermo: dynamic lighting has been added and native P3D ground polygons have also been added.
Marseille: dynamic lighting and SODE have been added.
These updates will be released in just a few days, so keep your eye out on our Facebook page and website for the news. This will mean all their sceneries will be natively compatible in V4 apart from Metz-Nancy which like I mentioned earlier will be ccoming soon. All of their sceneries now have animated jetways also.
During Flights in on 2017, iBlueYonder’s Bill Womack confirmed that he and some contractors will be working hard on Dallas Love Field. The airport is home to plenty of history and some of the US’ biggest airlines.
The airport itself also has fantastic views of the Dallas skyline, which Bill has promised to include within the scope of the project. You can see some of the renders already below.
It will be completely custom with high details throughout the downtown area as well as the airport.
This announcement follows on from the other news that Bill will be working hands on with Mir Flightbeam to bring Portland International Airport (KPDX) to flight sim.
Over on Facebook, Orbx announced that they will be making all their payware airports compatible with dynamic lighting in P3D V4. We currently have a thin range of Orbx products in P3D V4, but hopefully more will start flooding in soon. Some great photos were shown off in the Facebook post with some shots of the dynamic lighting at Melbourne. The dynamic lighting will be implemented free of charge.
TFDi’s 717 is a much appreciated addon within the flight sim community. For some time now, the team at TFDi designs have been working to not only create a more stable product, but a product that has advanced feature and capability wise. Well the news has just dropped that FSFX Packages, the developers who have brought us the likes of PreciptFX and Chaseplane has announced an immersion package for the 717. Following on from their popular and excllent 777, 737, A320 family and Dash 8 immersion packages, it is great to see them continuing the series with a package for this excellent aircraft. We can presume the pricing will be similar to that of the other immersion packages. With the 717 now compatible in P3D V4, I look forward to seeing what new capabilties 64bit simulation brings to this brand new immersion package.
This news is being brought to you live from Flightsimcon where part of our team is currently located. For more live updates make sure to keep checking out the FSElite website and Facebook page. We are hoping for lots of exciting news over the weekend so keep your eyes peeled.
Over on Facebook, QualityWings Simulations have updated us on the progress of their 787 aircraft. Some exciting news has emerged! They state that the 787 has now been in beta testing for six months, being tested by an expert team who have found over 600 issues that have been ironed out. The initial release of the product will include the 787-8 and -9 with the GEnx and Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine variants. With both engine models include their own custom flight dynamics. At its current state, the 787-8 is looking to release first. With a free update coming for the -9 there after.
The aircraft will be compatible with FSX, FSX SE and P3D V4. With the FSX release version releasing first which is what we expected. The aircraft is being priced very reasonably at $69.95 being sold separately for P3D and FSX. The product will be sold through Flight1.
The team at Flight1 are showing off something very cool! A few years ago we recieved a preview from Level-D simulations teasing a 757. Having heard nothing since then, many presumed that this project had died off. Well quite the opposite. Out of nowhere the product is in beta and being shown off at Flight Sim Con. We will have more news coming in regarding this product soon, for now sit tight.
We look forward to seeing more of this aircraft.
Update at 1648z
The aircraft is 80% complete.
The modelling is almost done.
It is close, they are taking their time to make it perfect.
A lot of stuff this week was released with compatibility for P3DV4. And there was almost just as much news from developers announcing their plans or giving us an update about their support for the updated platform. Instead of making a whole bunch of different posts, we’ve decided to collect everything that has been updated for Prepar3d V4 this week into one post. And there’s a lot.
Over on their forums REX gave us an update into their product status for P3DV4. WorldWide Airports HD, Texture Direct, Texture Direct w/Soft Clouds and REX Soft Clouds will shortly receive a hot fix to be compatible. Release is estimated for this month.
Weather Architect, Essentials Plus and Essentials Plus Overdrive will require a major service pack to be compatible. The release time is yet to be determined.
ImagineSim announced over on Facebook that all their sceneries are now compatible with P3DV4. People that have previously purchased any product for P3DV3 will receive a free update. ImagineSim compatible sceneries are: KATL, KLGA, ZSPD, KAUS, VIDP, KSJC and KCLT.
These guys took the time to give a really nice update to some of their previous sceneries. Both updated with P3DV4 support are Marseille and Little Rock. The latter has also been updated with volumetric light halos. But that’s not all, because both sceneries got a nice overhaul and are now featuring brand-new, completely updated SODE jetways. You can find some screenshots of the updated sceneries below.
UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo, EPWA Warsaw and EETN Tallinn have all received an update to be compatible with P3DV4.
Miami V3 is now compatible.
MILVIZ will be updating the majority of their aircraft. This includes aircraft that has previously been released for P3DV4, with a few exceptions. MILVIZ have stated they will issue a $5 upgrade fee. Every upgrade will come with MILVIZ new MVAMS tool which is used for framework features and includes the capability of updating their products in the future.
Global AI Ship Traffic
This freeware add-on loved by so many also got an update to P3DV4. The add-on has been split up in several separate parts which you can install almost independently (some files are required). There are a lot of new models (the total amount is now 179) and routes added that cover the entire globe.
Airports of Norway
AoN, my personal favourite, got updated as well. This (freeware) package will continue to receive updates to fix issues with airports as they are being found.
Aerosoft Oslo Gardermoen
A big update coming from Aerosoft. ENGM Oslo has been updated for P3DV4 and a lot of new features have been added. The full list can be found over here. Notable though is definitely the added support for SODE for animated jetways, passengers and de-ice service. Another very notable feature is added support for Prepar3d volumetric lighting for flood lights and the headlights from de-ice trucks.
Less than a week after the release of the 747 into V4. We have now recieved the 777-200LR/F. Robert Randazzo made the announcement just a few minutes ago over on the PMDG forums. Please make sure that you pay attention to the installation instructions as many people got it wrong with the 747. It’s a simple process but is well detailed in the forum post.
Next up from PMDG will be the 777-300ER expansion pack. Testing for this likely will not be as long for the 777 base package, so we can most likely expect it within the next couple of days. After the 777-300ER has come out, it will be the NGX’s turn to come into P3D V4.
It’s good to see how quickly PMDG are bringing their aircraft up to P3D V4. To find out information regarding the other releases, make sure to keep an eye out on our website.
This happened a few days ago, but with FlightSimCon 2017, things have been a little backdated. Anyway, the guys from Toga Projects have released their latest service pack for ENVTEX – the texture replacement set we loved. We’ve been lucky enough to work with the developer to share progress on the project for some time now, so it’s great to see some of the feedback we gave make its way into the new service pack.
The new update brings a wealth of new features including support for Prepar3D V4, ability to change the sun and moon size, an increase in Aurora Borealis and Australis coverage and a brand new user interface. You’ll be able to see how much impact something has on performance, use the new save system and integrates PTA and PTAbsoloute.
The feature list is quite extensive to take a look. We’ll be revisiting our review at some point in line with the new features, but we assure you that it’s a great purchase.
You can download the new update via your SimMarket account or you can buy it from the same store for 21 euros. Keep Reading