FSLabs announces P3D v4 plans

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In an update thread made by Lefteris on the FSLabs A320 forum, Lefteris announced that the A320 will come with a free update to support the newly announced Prepar3D v4 platform. When the A320 is released for P3D v4, the upgrade price from FSX to P3D will, however be discontinued.

Lefteris did however not only talk about the A320 in his post.
A manager tool was also announced. This tool, will much like the PMDG Operations Center allow for updates, livery installation and support. The plan is to release this tool sometime after the initial release of the A320 for P3D v4.

The long awaited A319 also got a bit of attention.
The A319 will be released for both 32 and 64 bit platforms. These are early plans however. A more firm decision will be made once the aircraft is in a later beta stage.

Probably the most exciting bit of the post (yes, possibly even more exciting than the A320 update being free) is that a new “FSLabs XXXX-X” product has been teased. It is still in the initial stages of development, so dont expect it to release any time soon. Not much was said about it other than it “Can take… well… more fuel than the A320-X series”

Lefteris also briefly mentions that home cockpit and professional versions future customers can look forward to more news on those versions by the end of the year.
Select hardware providers have been eager to lend FSLabs products to ensure compatibility.

There is an elephant in the room though: the Concorde-X customers will have to wait on any news regarding the Concorde in P3D v4. At the moment FSLabs are dedicating all manpower to the A320 series. FSLabs will however look into the possibilities, so the door is still not closed for good.

Tags : FSlabsP3D v4Update
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PMDG also published a roadmap on their Facebook page, and ensured their customers would benefit from a free upgrade. The v4-ready versions would be available very soon after the release date.


Now that the cat is out of the bag on the worst kept secret in simming, we can **finally** give you a bit of information on what our Prepar3D customers can expect to expect moving forward during the next few weeks and months.

As we promised back in 2015, customers who have purchased our products for Prepar3D v3 are going to enjoy a free transition to Prepar3D v4 and the advent of 64bit simming technology, as this was already rolled up into the development costs of the product you already purchased.

Beginning on/shortly after the release of Prepar3D v4, we will begin publishing Prepar3D v4 compatible versions of our existing product lines. We have spent the better part of 2017 thus far working our way through the transition of our existing product line to make the NGX, 777, 747 and DC-6 compatible with the new, Prepar3D v4.

As of today, we have both the DC-6 and the 747 operating within Prepar3D v4, and we hope to have the 777 completed later this week, with the NGX to follow shortly there-after.

Those who are already customers of our Prepar3D products will be able to obtain these new versions at no cost.

Now a couple of notes:

With the release of Prepar3D v4, we have new sets of developer tools and many new features to work with that did not exist (or existed in less useful formats) in Prepar3D v3. Our goal with the initial push into Prepar3D v4 is to bring you a fully x64 compatible product version that has been rebuilt using the new development tools for each product initially. We will then be updating each product over time to include many of the new functions native to Prepar3D v4, and pushing those updates to you via our in-house product updater functionality.

Schedule-wise we are still working out a few details because we haven’t been allowed to discuss Prepar3D v4 even with our own beta team, and that also means we have been unable to beta test the DC-6 and 747-400 in their new x64 iterations… So we need to work out the details of how we will do this before pushing the new versions to you.

(The DC-6 is easy- since that product is still in beta testing, we will have it fully tested when it releases in a few weeks, obviously, but the 747-400 is a whole different animal…)

My best guess right now is that we will begin pushing the new Prepar3d v4 versions to you within days of the initial Prepar3D v4 release, as this will give our own test team a chance to make sure we haven’t missed anything obvious before handing the product over to you for use. In order, I expect you will see the products in this order:

PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Skies II, PMDG 777-200LR/F (and expansions), PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster, PMDG 737-NGX (and expansions.)

Again I want to stress that PMDG customers who have already purchased our products for Prepar3D v3 **as of the day we release the Prepar3D v4 compatible version** will receive the update at no cost… (No matter what foolishness you read on the internet! :biggrin:)

We will have lots more information for you in the coming days, so please stay tuned!”

For PMDG it’s honest this time that their customers do not pay for the update of P3D v4 because we paid the full price for the migration from FSX to P3D. Flightsimlabs has been more respected for these customers by offering FSX / P3D migration at a lower price than the full version. I am not sure that I will buy other PMDG products for this reason although they are very good …