Since the release of Prepar3D v4, simmers have been enjoying using the ESP-powered sim in a 64-bit environment. The new sim from Lockheed Martin brought a bunch of new features including dynamic lighting, virtual reality and improved weather effects. The first update, 4.1, saw a few improvements to these areas. However, today, Lockheed Martin has released Version 4.2 for simmers to download and enjoy.
The Prepar3D V4.2 update brings a huge change log, some of which will really excite most users. Dynamic lighting has been optimised further to help users get satisfactory performance. According to the change log, “dynamic lighting is now LOD based on distance and size on screen”. Lockheed Martin has also worked on ensuring that users see less blurry textures in the sim also by “improvements to terrain paging performance”. For helicopter users, Lockheed Martin has been listening and included new capabilities for them. This includes scenario controllable artificial intelligence and autopilot functionality.
A lot of this update includes additional fixes to the Virtual Reality elements of the sim. This includes the ability to select the headset in the VR menu, fixed flickering issues, added additional error messages and fixing the left-eye lag seen in Oculus Rift VR headsets. There’s a whole bunch of fixes.
Furthermore, Lockheed Martin has also updated the PDK to include new objects which can be placed in the sim as well as integrating a brand new Voice Control plugin and service to add custom voice commands to the system. How developers use this going forward will be exciting!
Other random fixes include fixing time zone issues including updating GMT references to UTC, updating daylight savings time dates, fixing default time zone locations, and fixing international date line behaviour, fixed a crash with Ultra Water when using third party add-on aircraft and performance for render-to-texture (RTT) views and plugins in SLI.
The Client installer is required for Prepar3D v4.2, however the Content, Scenery, and SDK installers are optional. You must first have Prepar3D v4 installed to utilize the Client only installer. To install the Prepar3D v4.2 Client, you must first uninstall the previous Prepar3D v4.0/v4.1 Client through Programs and Features in Windows Control Panel. The Prepar3D v4.2 Clientupdate will require you to reactivate your product, however if you have an internet connection it will be automatic. For more information please view the Prepar3D v4 Download/Installation Instructions from the Prepar3D.com Downloads page.
Don’t forget, some add-ons may not be compatible with P3DV4.2 straight away! You may need to wait for updates before doing so.
There is loads of changes to be seen down below.
Full change log posted down below: