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Further Previews of Orbx TrueEarth GB North [X-Plane 11]

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Further to the first beta shots previewed yesterday, various Orbx forum topics are popping up with more detailed looks at how TrueEarth GB North is coming along. Over the past few days, Iain and John have both taken to the forums to share various previews around Edinburgh and various other areas in the region. The previews below are from the Edinburgh collection. Some points of interest are still missing, but are going to be added as development and best testing continues.

As more previews are shared, we’ll continue to follow up with coverage. For now, head to the Orbx forums to keep an eye on progress.

 
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Orbx Previews London in TrueEarth GB South for Prepar3D v4

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Joining the bandwagon of numerous teasers Orbx has been releasing of TrueEarth Great Britain South for Prepar3D v4, over on their forum, they've released a new set showing the city of London in all of its glory. From the below previews, you notice the amount of detail embedded into this add-on to bring the South of England, specifically, London to life
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Orbx TrueEarth GB North in X-Plane – First Beta Previews

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Orbx has revealed the first previews of the upcoming TrueEarth Great Britain North in X-Plane 11. Posted by John Venema on the Orbx forums, the previews are from the final part of the Great Britain series using the TrueEarth technology. As you could expect with TrueEarth, it provides a huge amount of detail for the ground imagery, a huge range
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Further Details on North American Orbx TrueEarth Region

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At the end of 2018, John V from Orbx gave a lengthy overview of what the community could expect in 2019. Being only two weeks into the year, we've already had a couple of Orbx airports released and now some further tid-bits regarding TrueEarth products in North America has been shared. In the original post, John confirmed that the first North
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Further Previews of Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain South (P3D)

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Orbx has shared some new previews of their upcoming TrueEarth Great Britain South for Prepar3D. The new previews come from a thread which is dedicated to showcasing the area around the city of Bristol in the UK. In the previews from John Lovell, you can see landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Weston-Super-Mare Pier. All of the screenshots were
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Orbx Want to Know – Seasons or Not to Season (TrueEarth)

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Since it was announced that the planned intention of releasing TrueEarth Great Britain on Prepar3D without seasons, there has been a lot of community feedback regarding that decision. Because of the amount of data that would have to be distributed, it would’ve cost Orbx far more than the cost to the consumer to distribute such a large portion of data amongst the community. Understandably, this wouldn’t have been good business sense from the developer.

However, John V took to the forums today to give a more detailed explanation into why this was the case and that the team has been discussing various options to both deliver for the community and also the business needs.

The first thing John did was break down what comparing 5 regions would look like if they had all 5 seasons in the current LOD15 quality.

TE Region Size in Sq Miles Size on Disk
Netherlands 16040 72GB
Great Britain 80823 360GB
Washington 71362 320GB
Oregon 98466 440GB
California 163696 730GB
TOTAL 2TB

John said that by delivering 2TB of data to thousands of customers would “pretty much bankrupt Orbx” – nothing any of us would want to happen. It’s also worth remembering that Orbx allows for free, unlimited downloads for life, which again would add to the data distribution costs.

As a result of wanting to listen to the community, but also protect the business, John put on the table a couple of options and want the community to comment on them (with constructive thoughts).

Option 1 – Simply, to release TrueEarth Great Britain as it was intended. So with LOD15 (LOD15 is 1.2m per pixel*) resolution and summer seasons only. Orbx Trees will also work with TrueEarth, so seasonal trees will appear throughout depending on the time of year. Some previews of that are below.

Option 2 – Option 2 will compromise on some of the quality, but allow the team to create a seasonal texture package, and still be within reasonable file limits.

Instead of LOD15 detail, Orbx would reduce to LOD14, but will include 5 seasons into the texture set. This would make it the same size as a LOD15 set overall. This is thanks to how P3D can compress BGL images.

Below, you can see the difference between LOD15 vs LOD14. John said in his post that the differences are discernible at 500ft, but at a usual VFR altitude of 2,500ft, it’s hard to tell.

As of right now, the plan Orbx are considering is to release 2 different versions of the product:

  • TrueEarth GB South LOD15 Summer Edition
  • TrueEarth GB South LOD14 Seasons Edition

Both will be the same price, but Orbx will offer the 40% cross-grade discount between the two. The plan is people can decide which is more important to them as a simmer, and either choose to install one or both – switching them on/off as required.

As mentioned at the beginning, Orbx are keen to get your feedback on this, so please head to the forums and give them your constructive thoughts.

*Thanks to Holger S on the Orbx forums for the details.

 
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Orbx Preview TrueEarth Great Britain South for Prepar3D

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Following on from the massive 2019 roadmap Twitch stream before the holiday season, Orbx staffer John Lovell has previewed some new shots for TrueEarth Great Britain South in Prepar3D V4. This time, he took his virtual camera to the Welsh coast to treat fans of the valleys and lush fields. The screenshots are direct from the sim with real world
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Orbx Stapleford Airport EGSG Announced for X-Plane 11

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Continuing the development of airports to compliment and further enhance their newly released TrueEarth GB South add-on for X-Plane 11, Orbx has revealed that the next airport to come is Stapleford Airport (EGSG) which was announced on their forum. Stapleford Airport, located in the Epping Forest district of Essex is a stunning destination for any national VFR traffic. It is used extensively for pilot training by
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Orbx Update on TrueEarth Ireland/Northern Ireland

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In response to a question on the Orbx forum, John Venema has provided an update on how TrueEarth Ireland/Northern Ireland is coming along. John has said that a large chunk of Northern Ireland ortho imagery is on the way to Orbx which will actually be a part of the up and coming TE GB North rather than being standalone like the
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