X-Plane 12 is the latest generation flight simulator from developer Laminar Research. After many previews and teaser releases, the platform is now ready for Early Access purchases from the official X-Plane website.
The X-Plane 12 promises next-generation weather, lighting and environments including seasons and 3D sound, as well as a new plane to bring the platform up to today’s standards.
New aircraft including the first Airbus from Laminar, the Airbus A330, Cessna Quotes X regional jets, Grumman F-14 Tomcat as well as Cirrus SR22 and Robinson R22 to name a few. All new aircraft include new systems and are set to be the best standard aircraft the X-Plane has seen so far. With the addition of the new aircraft, the team has redesigned the existing aircraft as well as improvements to the aircraft system also.
Changes to the X-Plane environment come in the form of a new lighting engine which uses a new technique to provide a true HDR experience and a more realistic representation on the fly. In addition, for the first time on the platform, the team has introduced seasonal changes that take real-world information to determine the stage of the season in that part of the world. Environmental sound has also been added, this dynamic sound changes depending on the time of day, weather and locale to deepen immersion.
Term of changes in the weather, X-Plane 12 sees fully represented volumetric clouds and fog, 3D dynamic water that collects, freezes and evaporates from the ground surface according to environmental factors. Airplane windshields now benefit from the integration of the default librain which displays 3D puddles of water on the plane’s surface that react to flight model data such as prop wash and downwash.
Other features include all new rendering of water crossing landscapes, new autogen, updated flight model, 3D tree, a overhauled user interface also new Air Traffic Control System which is now capable of VFR, IFR and other operations.
Although the platform is now available in Early Access form, it’s worth mentioning that while most if not all features are now up and running, X-Plane 12 is still in the development stage which will be subject to performance updates and bug fixes to ensure the platform is ready for a full release.
If you want to get X-Plane 12 Early Access, visit X-Plane website where You can purchase and download the new simulator for $59.99/£51.95/€60.35.
- Photometric, HDR Lighting Engine
- 4D Weather Engine
- Seven New Aircraft – A330, Citation X, SR22, RV-10, PA-18, R-22, Lancair Evolution
- Volumetric 3D Cloud
- Seasonal/Weather Visual Effects – Snow, Variable Vegetation, Ice and Rain
- New 3D Forest, Water, Vegetation