As the flight simulation community patiently waits for some of their favorite aircraft to be v4 compatible, previews of add-ons seem to be the only thing keeping us from laying down on an active runway and calling it a night. On Monday, YouTube user and PMDG BETA tester, JMoyam, uploaded a video showcasing the soon-to-be-released PMDG 737 NGX for Prepar3d v4! JMoyam, formally known as Jorge Moya, gave us a sneak peak at the plane last week, and in the short 44 second video, he shows us what the NGX looks like in action with all the lights on.
As for a release date, we’re still not sure when exactly we’ll have the plane in our simulators. The existence of preview images and videos can only mean the release date is near.
According to the forums, you will need to reinstall the product again, and ensure you use your Flight1 account details. Included in this new update is new schedule data for Summer 2017 and it works natively with P3D V4. If you use version 2 of Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D, then sadly, support for this has been dropped.
In the mean time, Flight1 have also provided a road map about what they plan to update next with the new AI tool. It’s listed in ‘approximate’ order:
Even more previews have been posted on the Avsim forums showing off day and night shots.
Even though PMDG have done an exceptional job in converting their latest product line to P3D V4 extremely fast, everyone’s most anticipated is also their last: the 737NGX. Obviously there’s still the PMDG DC-6, but that’s a new product to the ESP engine sims.
We have known that the PMDG 737NGX would be the last to receive the 64-bit treatment, but as RSR said the other day, it’s pretty much ready to go. The 737NGX is now in the hands of PMDG’s esteemed beta team and are showing off the first shots of it in P3D V4. The beta tester described it as “good things come to those who wait”.
Developer 29Palms Scenery Design announced shortly before the release of P3D V4 what plans they had for the new 64bit sim.
Samos, Magdeburg and Twentynine Palms have been updated and are fully compatible with P3D V4. If you have already purchased the sceneries then you can download the new installers free of charge here.
In case you have previously purchased the sceneries at other stores than at Aerosoft or SimMarket, it might take a while until they fully upload these new installers for the airports. Both resellers has been notified.
Be aware that 29Palms has completely dropped their support for P3D V1 and V2. Their sceneries will continue to work and you will get updates as well but new installers will not support P3D V1 and V2 anymore.
Here are a few screenshots of both Samos and Twentynine Palms and by judging them it looks awesome.
Thanks to Predrag Drobac I have been given the allowance to write about the imminent release of Ultimate Realism Pack or URP as it’s known as in daily basis.
Here are a few shots from URP 1.1 during testing in P3D V4 and judging from the screenshots it looks stunning and we can’t wait to get our hands on this to further improve our new V4 simulator. Release is expected in the next 48 hours on URP website. Will be released with a config tool (courtesy of Prithvisagar Shivaraman)) and will act as an ADDON, so NONE of the default P3D V4 files be overwritten which is good news.
In order to download URP when it’s released check out FSElite for latest releases.
All shots are with URP sky and sun but with DEFAULT v4 scenery as well as REX cumulus set 02.
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 be discontinued however.
Lefteris did however not only talk about the A320 in his post. A manager tool was also announced. This tool, much like the PMDG Operations Center will 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.