I have built a new PC that is well able to handle Prepar3D (specs below). After some weighing of pros and cons I decided to make the switch. I have been working on this for a few weeks/months now, that's why it has been so silent on AviationPro lately (although, exams also played a big role in that ;) ).
I'm very impressed with the looks of the simulator. No filters or anything were used in this video, it's all pure!
I'm using Prepar3D V3.2 Pro. Some "main" addons I installed already: - ORBX Global - Ultimate Terrain X Europe V2 - Active Sky Next - REX Texture Direct + Soft Clouds - PMDG 737 NGX (the iFly gave me some problems in Windows 10 unfortunately)
As time progresses I will probably purchase more addons, but for now I'm keeping it a bit minimal. However, it's good to have these main addons installed to get the most out of Prepar3D.
What I love about Prepar3D: - Great scenery - Better lighting - More realistic flying: great weather environment thanks to Active Sky Next - Love the weather radar! - Compatible with Windows 10 - Good framerates compared to what I see in FSX videos. With some tweaking I actually get the same frame rates as I got in FS2004.
What I miss: - Raindrops in the VC - AES by Aerosoft not yet compatible - Some sceneries not compatible with P3D
I will soon make a video about how I have tweaked my Prepar3D!
I have been a proud FS2004 user for many years. However, in Windows 10 not everything works very smooth in FS2004. Since my new PC can handle Prepar3D well and because the future is in Prepar3D (and X-plane) I took the decision to switch. I'll miss a few things that I loved about FS2004, but I guess that will be a matter of getting used to.
Specs of my new rig:
- Windows 10® Pro 64-Bit - Intel® Core™ i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00 GHz - 8 GB DDR4 RAM - AMD R9 380, 4 GB GDDR5 (will probably be replaced by a NVIDIA card later)
Thanks for watching! Stay tuned for more Prepar3D videos later on!