LockheedÂ Martin are soon to release a new Flight Sim based on Microsoft’s ESP platform that will maintain fullÂ compatibility with FSX SP2.Â It would appear that any FSX airplane, gauges and effects add-ons can be added to Prepar3D,Â and you can also add scenery, missions, etc add-ons.
In the scenery department, Prepar3D contains some major enhancements over FSX including 10,000,000 10 million 1km scenery tiles comprising, 3,000,000 urban/farms higher density tiles plus 7,000,000 real world vegetation tiles.Â Surprisingly there are only 3 seasons with Spring making a non-appearance, and there will be day and night textures including high detail buildings.
Water textures are also updated with new ” dynamic water”, which will have a “transparency effect”Â so that you will be able to see through the water as in real life plus it looks like that you will be able to interact with the water on or under the surface. This makes this a multipurpose simulation as you can have planes, cars, surface boats and submarines.Â Glug!Â I can’t wait for the simulated whale or pig!
Joysticks (yokes, etc) are well catered Â with a major advance in that Prepar3D now accesses up to Â 32 axes and 128 buttons per joystick with support being provided for budding Fighter Pilots!
These are the major features listed on the Prepar3D website:Â here
Customizable, data driven graphics and models
Accurate topography with Regional and Cultural appropriate textures
Modifiable real-time weather system, continuous time of day, seasons and a variety of lighting effects
Realistic Air Traffic Control
Expandable library of vehicle models
Boats and ships on lakes and oceans
Wild animals (Miguel has been modelled at last!)
45Â high-detail airports
39 high-detail cities
It would appear to based (initially at least) in the USA andÂ I should also mention that Lockheed do not say if this program will be suitable for us, day to day simmers, as it is being geared toward “for non-government, government and commercial organizations”.Â We can only dream.
System requirements are modest using at least a 2.8GHz processor, modest video card and working on all current MS Platforms.
Support is well covered with an extensive forum (in its infancy) and a SDK is provided which is “backwards compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft ESP v1.0.Â ”Â The SDK contains all of the elements that a 3rd party supplier might need including:
- Core Utilities Kit
- Environment Kit
- Mission Creation Kit
- SimObject Creation Kit
The product will be available by download andÂ will costÂ circa $500Â or thereabout.
On the download pageÂ downloads there are 4 Lockheed planes to download compatible with FSX and Prepar3D. Â The planes are L-188 Electra Passenger and Cargo Versions, Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation plus the L-749 Lockheed Constellation and 12 repaints for the latter.Â There is also a version of FSUIPC for Prepar3D — what can PeteD tell us about that?
There is a niceÂ video:Â here