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Orbx San Diego International Airport (KSAN): The FSElite Review

Developer
Orbx - Matteo Veneziani
Publisher
Orbx
Price
$39.95 AUD
Version
1.05
Provided by
Orbx
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Orbx San Diego Intl. was released a few weeks ago and FSElite had the chance to get a hold of it. Here is our review for this iconic airport brought to you by non-other than Orbx.

Known for their rigorous and meticulous work, Orbx have once again produced a wonderful rendition of an airport and its vast surroundings. It should be mentioned that Orbx was not doing something brand new with KSAN as LatinVFR already had a scenery for the airport. This competition, of course, is healthy for the flight simmer as he can rest assured that Orbx was going to go above and beyond to propose something more interesting than their counterpart. As this is not a comparison review, I will not delve too much into what I think one scenery does better than the other, but I think it’s fair to say that Orbx has the upper hand (without, nonetheless, excluding LatinVFR too quickly).

In traditional Orbx fashion, the KSAN scenery is obviously not just the airport. When you buy the scenery, you get the whole San Diego Metropolitan area covered with photorealistic scenery. When combined with OpenLC NA and/or FTX Southern California, KSAN offers an impressive immersive experience that really makes you feel there. I was impressed by the amount of details downtown San Diego had to offer as well as how busy the harbour feels with the hundreds of sailing boats floating around. KSAN does what Orbx have always done best: it offers ground-breaking visuals that cover a massive area so you really get the most out of your scenery purchase.

To conclude this overview, I feel as though it is important to mention that this is Matteo Veneziani’s first scenery as part of the Orbx group. The task he undertook by taking on the project of KSAN was no mere one and I think he did an amazing job, especially (but not strictly because) since it was his very first one. If it’s for something, we can only expect wonderful things from Matteo in a future that is very bright for the new developer.

Just like it is Mister Veneziani’s first scenery, this is my first review. I will, without a doubt, get better in the future and organize my ideas better, but I’ve decided to separate this article in three distinct categories: 1) visual quality & immersion 2) performances 3) personal conclusion. Through these three arguably vague, but distinct categories, I will hope to offer the reader a better understanding of what Orbx KSAN is all about, what it does finely, and what could be improved in future updates. Keep Reading

Win a Free Copy of Orbx San Diego

Yesterday, Orbx released San Diego (KSAN) for Prepar3d and FSX. We are pretty excited about the release and you should be too! Matteo Veneziani is a new developer for Orbx and is looking to impress the community, and San Diego appears to be doing that already.

To help share our excitement, we’re pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win a FREE COPY of San Diego.

All you need to do is make sure you’ve liked our Facebook page.

If you want to increase your chances of winning, then follow our Instagram as well.

On April 9th, we’ll randomly select someone who has either liked or followed us, and send you a message informing you that you’ve won!

HUGE thank you to Orbx for making this happen. If you don’t win, we’ll be sure to have reviews online in the next couple of weeks, as well as some video footage.  Or if you can’t wait, you can buy it from Orbx for $39.95AUS.

A few rules:

  • We only have one copy to give away, so the winner will be randomly picked from either Instagram or Facebook.
  • The winner will be contacted via the social media platform, and will have 24 hours to respond before we move onto someone else
  • You must have an OrbxDirect account to receive the prize

 

Orbx Release San Diego

We have been waiting for this product for quite some time now. But the time has finally come and San Diego has been released. We have been reporting some of the updates through it’s development progress and are pleased that it is now out. This scenery comes as a needed replacement for LatinVFR’s rendition of San Diego which was getting quite dated. Although in no means was a bad product.

The product comes at the price of $39.95 AUD and can be purchased through Orbx’s website. A respectable price considering the coverage area of this addon with photoreal scenery included for the whole of the San Diego Metropolitan Area as well as highly detailed buildings and autogen. Something we also often don’t see within Orbx products is animated jetways but this time they have been included. Hopefully we will see this feature in more Orbx products to come.

I am certainly very impressed by the looks of this product and will most certainly be picking it up for myself. You can certainly expect a review on this product within the near future from us at FSElite.

Orbx San Diego International – Full Project Details

A little while ago, Orbx teased some excellent images of their upcoming San Diego project. Since then, multiple images were available on the forums to view. Today Matteo Veneziani has shared more details including that the project will span 1800km^2 of photoreal scenery, hundreds of points of interest and of course a “very accurate” rendition of San Diego airport.

As you can see areas covered include Bostonia, Imperial Beach and the city centre itself. All of which have been highly optimised to give a great experience in the sim.

Being an Orbx project, this will obviously be compatible with the recently updated FTX openLC NA pack as well as FTX Global.

I’ve posted the screenshots below and make sure you leave a comment as they look simply amazing!