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Lockheed Martin Releases Prepar3D v5.1

Enhanced Atmospherics Scaled

Lockheed Martin has released Prepar3D v5.1, bringing trueSky out of beta and improving performance for the platform itself.

The most significant changes with Prepar3D v5.1 revolve around the enhanced atmospheric engine. Using trueSky, the world of Prepar3D looks visually impressive using more advanced weather rendering. It is enabled by default and no longer considered a beta option. In addition, developers will now be able to build guages, panels and scenario objects using HTML5 and JavaScript and a new auto-exposure to HDR has been added too.

As for improvements, the list is quite considerable. Sky and PBR reflections are now supported with the enhanced atmospheric engine, and the whole engine has been improved to deliver improved performance, smoother rendering and also how the lighting and shadows are produced. Scrolling through the fixes and improvements list, we can also see that that there have been changes to fix issues of various crash to desktop problems. This is alongside improvements to the DX12 engine which further optimise performance and add extra stability to the platform itself.

Content, scenery and client changes have also been made to the Prepar3D with the introduction of v5.1, so be sure to check out the full changelog below to see which elements of the software you need to update.

Prepar3D v5.1 is available now for all users of Prepar3D v5 and can be downloaded from your user account. Full installation instructions can be found on the Lockheed Martin website.

If you have yet to purchase Prepar3D v5, you can do so from the Prepar3D website from $59.95.

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YouTuber and community contributor Rob Ainscough has shared public footage of Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D v5 in action. The 4K footage highlights the new DirectX 12 engine, along with trueSKY being used to simulate the weather and atmospheric effects.

This new video highlights a lot more of the simulator in action compared to the short teaser trailer we premiered yesterday during the announcement period.

As we mentioned in the announcement post, Lockheed Martin will be releasing Prepar3D v5 on Tuesday, April 14th 2020. FSElite will continue to follow any developments on this new simulator as they come.

Be sure to check out our current list of developer statements regarding their product compatibility. 

You can also read our full interview with Chris Metel from Lockheed Martin here,

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