Today I thought I would take you through the process of being a beta tester, some of the pros and cons of it, and maybe inspire a few others to be interested in beta testing – as long as they really know what’s involved!
Life As a Beta Tester
My first beta test was for the QualityWings Ultimate 787. I was first given my invite in May of 2017. I was at work and I received an email saying I had an invitation regarding the beta test of the 787. It was quite the surprise, as I never thought I would have gotten an invite to a beta test of one of the most anticipated flight sim products. I got right to work and was blown away. The level of detail that it had was astounding! It was for Microsoft Flight Simulator X, since that was the base release.
Being a beta tester is an interesting job. It has its ups and downs – since it is beta, you are trying to find bugs while you fly. Some of those bugs would annoyingly crash your sim or make the aircraft unflyable. But it’s one of those things you know will improve over time, and you know that fixing the bug will be put on a list for the next update. I was in constant contact with the developers and even some of the other beta testers. I know when the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) was lifted, I was able to post as many pictures/videos/streams as I wanted. A fellow tester and I did a couple live streams together and eager customers were able to see the 787 in action for the first time and not just still screenshots.