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X-Plane 11.53 Now Available

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Laminar Research has released X-Plane 11.53 as a full release. Following a relatively short beta testing period, the team feels comfortable releasing 11.53 into the wild. The update is incremental and fixes some issues with AMD drivers and also adds a new HP Reverb G2 configuration file.

Further to the new additions, the development team has also acknowledged a range of bugs present with the release. For example, the team said that when you first load the sim using Volkan or Metal, it will seem slower than usual as the shaders are compiled for the first time. After this, it will load much faster. In addition, there are some issues with dark contrails, ocean tiles loading slowly and also flickering cloud shadows on the ground. One issue which is concerning is that when in VR mode, if you click the Windows Mixed Reality button, then you will likely experience a crash to desktop. The full list of known bugs is down below.

Downloading X-Plane 11.53 can be done now through the usual methods or directly on Steam.

You can buy Laminar Research’s X-Plane 11 from their store or Steam for $59.99.

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Laminar Research Releases X-Plane v11.51r1

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Laminar Research has released version 11.51r1 of their popular X-Plane flight simulator. This update comes about a month and a half after the release of the first v11.51 beta, which you can read about here. X-Plane v11.51r1 is a release candidate version of the upcoming full version of 11.51. Rather than releasing large updates all at once, Laminar Research improves
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Laminar Research Updates X-Plane to V11.51b

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after many iterations in Beta, in September of this year, Laminar Research - creators of X-Plane - released a crucial update, Version 11.50 which included support for Vulkan and Metal API engines. Since September, Laminar Research has worked closely with the X-Plane community to identify some of the persistent issues that users may be experiencing since they updated to V11.50.
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X-Plane 11.50 Now Final, Released

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After many, many, MANY beta releases, Laminar Research has finally made X-Plane 11.50 final and official. The months of testing helped the team ensure that the move from OpenGL to Vulkan/Metal was as stable as possible. This is a huge change to the way in which X-Plane 11 runs and as such meant that it took a long time to finally get here. That said, Laminar Research is now confident that this release is stable enough to call it an official release.

Whilst X-Plane 11.50 focuses heavily on the new API engine, there was also a range of other changes that benefit customers of the platform. This includes an additional 498 airports across the world, improvements to plane maker and numerous other improvements to the core of the flight simulator.

Over the course of the numerous beta releases, we have provided you with an overview on what to expect. You can catch up on some of those in our past articles or by checking out the full release notes on X-Plane’s official website.

To find out more about what exactly Vulkan and metal do to provide greater performance and utilisation of your hardware, you should listen to our podcast with Ben Supnik who goes into a lot of detail about it all.

Downloading the update is easy regardless of which platform you’re on. Instructions are provided here.

X-Plane 11 is available to buy now for $59.99 USD on the official website and also on Steam.

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Laminar Research Releases Beta 6 for X-Plane 11.50

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Following on from a very quick and unfortunately unsuccessful Beta 5, Laminar Research has released Beta 6 for X-Plane 11.50. Laminar Research has released Beta 6 for X-Plane 11.50 which corrects a lot of the instability issues that have been plaguing the releases thus far. Ben Supnik has reported in a post over on the Laminar Research blog that the
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Laminar Research X-Plane 11.50 Beta 2 Now Available

Laminar Research released X-Plane 11.50 as an open beta just last week and since then the team has worked hard to fix reported bugs and make various improvements to the platform. The biggest change with X-Plane 11.50 is the inclusion of the new Vulkan / Metal API to render the graphics within the simulator. With that big change came a
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