Welcome to XSR’s second issue, and this time out Mateus (aka Karingka) offers his take on an X-Plane stalwart, the A320, but this time in FsX. Let’s hear what he has to say:
FsX is very different from X-Plane. The two simulators, I have found, are not alike, yet from what I have learnt so far, it’s good to have BOTH installed.
Installation was easy. When I first opened FsX (I have never done so before), I was welcomed by some interesting music. I like it, actually. Gives the simulator a professional feel. That’s just me, I hear some people hate it.
Knowing nothing about the menu or settings, I was totally clueless about those kind of things. It took me a day to figure out how to set the anti-aliasing and to simply put the screen on full! In the simulator for the first time was a nightmare. I’m so accustomed to X-Plane’s interface, it took me quite a while to learn of the right click menu item.
So far, I find FsX quite good. It lacks some things X-Plane has, and vice versa. A few things in FsX, like the A.T.C, add-on availability and some of the graphics/textures seem better than in X-Plane. The default aircraft are just awful. No FMC at all! Don’t ever say again that X-Plane’s default FMC is bad…
Not ever having flown a real aircraft, I can’t say a word about the flight model. We will leave that to Chip. Anyway, one add on that stands out to me so far is the Airbus X by AeroSoft. Honestly, I love that thing. I’m not usually an Airbus fanatic, but this add-on beautifully renders the A320/321 series. The 3d model and the textures are just spectacular. I have not encountered anything of that quality in X-Plane so far. The systems are also of very high standard. Custom FMC, all that complicated stuff is right in place.
One complaint I have spotted so far, and one only, are the displays. They are strangely blurry. Hopefully I can find a solution! FsX on the other hand… crashes a lot. Too much for my liking. But I think it’s my system, not the program, and soon I will find the fix. I am very determined!
A good start, so far, except the crashing… Mateus