X-Plane 10 Global is the latest version of a simulator that has been in development continuously for almost 20 years. This latest version of X-Plane 10 brings numerous improvements and enhancements for PC, Mac and Linux virtual pilots, unleashing the power of modern systems with its 64 bit processing and multi-core support.
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Release Date: Jul 14, 2014

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May 11

Now available: Twentynine Palms Airport for X-Plane

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Twentynine Palms Airport is the first project of our scenery development company 29Palms Scenery Design and JaraNet for X-Plane 10. They have set a whole new level of detail and realism with this scenery, based on many references from the real airport. Along with a huge library of high quality 3D objects, the software forms the basis for all prospective 29Palms sceneries. Covering over 250km² with high resolution satellite imagery, the scenery provides a lot to explore.

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February 3

X-Plane 10.45 Release Candidate Is On Steam – Go Test Your Airplanes!

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X-Plane 10.45 release candidate 1 is out (and will be available on Steam.....

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“I am, however, going to tell you that in my personal and professional opinion, there is no software on the planet that can touch X-Plane 10 for realism, in regards to a simulator you can have at home. Huge multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations like Cessna and government agencies such as NASA use X-Plane in their simulators.”
True PC Gaming

“X-Plane 10 is a huge simulation and I think I have only managed to graze the top of the entire program and from what I have seen I do like X-Plane 10 and I will continue to use it in the future and throughout its development life.”
Avsim

“...However, X-Plane 10, is looks and feels to me hugely impressive, particularly with respect to a realistic impression of flying and the representation of almost the entire world and the sky environment.”
PC Flight, Issue March 2012

About This Game

X-Plane 10 Global is the latest version of a simulator that has been in development continuously for almost 20 years. This latest version of X-Plane 10 brings numerous improvements and enhancements for PC, Mac and Linux virtual pilots, unleashing the power of modern systems with its 64 bit processing and multi-core support.

Designed to be the most flexible flight simulator it has a fully open structure that allows the enthusiast to change every part. With thousands of compatible add-ons there is no kind of flying craft that is not simulated and there is a whole world to explore.

Boasting a 20 year old pedigree, X-Plane utilizes Incredible cloudscapes to bring the sky to life whilst the ground depicts real-world roads, cities, towns and more to ensure the most realistic flying experience possible. The completely new rendering engine shows the world around you in high detail and with global illumination so lights behave like real lights.

The core is a virtual wind tunnel that creates the most realistic flight modeling available on a desktop. Equally capable of simulating every type of aircraft, the virtual pilot is able to experience the challenges of flying big airliners or tiny ultra-light aircraft. The realism of X-Plane 10 Global is proven by the fact that X-Plane is used as a certified training tool. Each aircraft flies just as it should, from the glider to the Space Shuttle!

Air Traffic Control will guide you from startup to shut-down and also controls the other aircraft around you. Those other aircraft are not robotic as they are in other simulators, but they interact with the world in the same way as your own aircraft does. They will fight the same cross winds and turbulence as you encounter, they will need more runway to stop when the weather conditions are not favorable. Just like real pilots do, you will watch their take-off to be prepared for what your take-off will be like. It’s still simulated but it gets very close to real aviation!

X-Plane 10 Global is built with the future in mind and makes full use of the hardware in your system. If you own a fast multi-core machine you will be able to simulate more aircraft around you and see more details but even with a moderate machine X-Plane 10 Global is capable of displaying a tremendous amount of objects without slowing down.

Features


  • Super accurate flight characteristics using a virtual wind tunnel
  • Includes 30 aircraft, from gliders to the Space Shuttle
  • Online flying with other virtual pilots
  • Air Traffic Control actually controls the other aircraft around you
  • Accurate terrain, roads and more
  • Global ‘Plausible World’ auto generated scenery
  • New rendering engine with innovative global lighting
  • 64 Bit optimized
  • Totally flexible and extendable with thousands of existing add-ons (and many more to come)
  • Includes super-detailed scenery for Nice (LFMN), Paderborn-Lippstadt (EDLP) and Faro (LPFR)
  • printed “Quick Start Guide” included

Default Scenery

Having installed the software via Steam you only have the main simulator as well as the Seattle region. More scenery has been divided into various free and optional DLCs. Installation of said DLCs is quite simple and is done very fast. -> Guide

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with at least 500 MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 80 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with 2 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM
    • Storage: 80 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with at least 500 MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: X-Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X version 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with 2 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM
    • Storage: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: X-Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04LTS or compatible
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with at least 500 MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: please note that you must install the proprietary Nvidia or AMD drivers. X-Plane will not run using Gallium or Mesa open-source drivers
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04LTS or compatible
    • Processor: 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with 2 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM
    • Storage: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: please note that you must install the proprietary Nvidia or AMD drivers. X-Plane will not run using Gallium or Mesa open-source drivers
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Donald Trump
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
this is so much better than FSX. I dont know why I didnt make the switch sooner. 64 bit. no lagging. great support. lots for free airports from xplane.org.
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rduatc
( 609.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Best and most accurate flight sim available. It's less like a game, and more like an actual aircraft.
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Gas Junky
( 580.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Absolutely the best modern flight sim featuring aerodynamic modelling at 64-bit performance, cross-platform compatibility, and a growing add-on community with great support.
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MadMouse101
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Great flight simulator, my hours will go on this not FSX
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Air Force 2✈️
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
ATC: You're cleared for takeoff
You accelerate to V1
ATC: Hold short runway 25L
You can't stop and decide to take off anyway
ATC decides that because you took a reasonable action, you're not welcome in ATC clearance
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Lord Funkmonkey
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Its unfortunate that software with a very small, very dedicated, and very hard working team come up with a solid beautiful product, but ultimately shoot themselves in the foot with lofty ambitions and an inability to prioritise.

It is a difficult product to review, as just with plenty of other games and various software or sim packages in the past, there is the demonstration product (which isnt what im reviewing here) and then there is the 'finished' product. Laminar have fallen into a newly created catch all (trap from a consumers perspective) of having a fantastically immersive and pretty demonstration product showing how well their ideas work, but then trip themselves up by releasing a 'commercial' product at a lofty $80 with a long list of features, the fully working parts of this sim, are fantastic, but are all of the same stock standard functions of any other flight simulator.

Laminar work very very hard on getting THEIR standard features of their flight sim working, and fastidiously update them as they work futher on the product... BUT......

The problem comes when you look at the list of features that are meant to be unique to X-Plane, and thats when you run into a long slew of inherently broken, unworked on, promised, or somewhat-working-low-priority-to-fix issues, that on enquiry are met with a slew of 'Well it IS just a pre-release beta version, of course there are going to be issues'

What you get for your $80 - is the Demonstration area which has been spit polished up the wazoo to make sure you get a feel for what the X-Plane world is meant to be, and a handful of beautifully detailed aircraft with 3d cockpits. However, its not just a plug in the joystick and go type sim. In this regard, its supposedly meant to be a little fiddly working out how to start this and switch on that, including working nav and com (debateable - ATC was an original 'selling point' feature from day one, that has remained inherently broken since day one) systems which add to wonderful immersion.

What its not meant to refer to, is having to fiddle around with background simulator options just to make an aircraft flyable in the first place (it took about an hour of googling various unrelated things to find a fix for utterly uncontrollable pitch flutter for instance) and often requires fiddling about when loading another aircraft. Thereby breaking the previously aforementioned immersion again.

There is a decent sized community providing plenty of aircraft, but these are fairly badly organised, and doing a general search for specific aircraft generally brings up masses of repaints of aircraft, and you WILL download plenty, but it will take a few error indications trying to open the aircraft in the game before you figure out that most of the files youve downloaded are only repaints of a stock aircraft you dont have, and is no longer available. One particular person has worked wonderfully hard on some fantastically detailed F-14s and F/A-18s for instance, but theyre all based off an airframe made in the in game tool, with little internal detail, and the external detail it does have, doesnt really mean much when the AI flying it lands by lining up a beautiful approach, shutting down engines about 50ft above the runway, then nosediving straight into the ground. (According to most of what i can find, this is either - completely normal/user fault for not creating routes for an aircraft theyre not going to fly/non existant (always followed by a video showing one of the demonstrator aircraft on a demonstrator airfield)/it IS beta you have to expect problems/your computer is too slow/youve got a third party mod not compatible with your ai) - Occhams Razor would say - games broke.

Easier to review the scenery outside of the demo areas or the hideously overpriced payware available - Its basically crap. The huge downloads for regional scenery are little more than big bump maps overlaid with ICAO points, overlaid with generic objects. Melbourne, for instance, has a 1.5km tall 'Eureka Tower' somewhere in the middle of hawthorn. (Thanks be to the crew behind VOZ for fixing that, yet more third party freeware modders that work harder than the original developer - Melbourne actually has its bridges and biggest buildings in the right place)

Ultimately, unless Laminar want to drop the price to something far far far more reasonable, and make all base software for it part of the price. and ensure anyone that actually has paid the current price for this gets all updates and payware in future either free or a drastically reduced price, this really is not software that is close to being worth the price tag.

Excellent sim, but the price, the broken promised features, and the perpetual 'Beta status' excuse for anything outside of standard flight sim fare being broken combine to me absolutely regretting biting the bullet and paying for this.

I would highly advise downloading it first and seeing if what you intend to use it for is broken or not then go from there, but this certainly isnt worth a casual purchase with cheap hardware.
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desmond97
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Gotta say, I have been trying to choose between the FS's on the market.
Did a lot of research and decided that X Plane 10 was the one. Lots of sites to download freeware and payware if you so desire. I am very very angry to find that Steam version only downloads certain files when you hit the good old "Purchase" button. The upshot being that I cannot access any "Core Program" files which I have paid for. If I went to a shop and bought X plane 10 on DVD's that is the FULL program.

Steam, have done their usual business model and you have to pay for all DLC, there is no freeware on offer regarding Aircraft / plugins/ Enhancements that are freely available to anyone with the full program on their hard drive.
Come on Steam play the game and give people what they have paid for, access to the FULL X plane program.
I for one feel that Steam have cheated me and will be applying or a refund on £44.99.
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Itchy_Scrotbag
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Dissapointed. Fly from London city airport, Take off and..... Wtf is this? Wheres the millenium dome??? Wheres London? Crap. On FSX if you take off from London city you can tell its a city and the Millenium dome is there on the left as you take off. Yes X-plane looks better imo but it just doesnt capture the enviroments like FSX does. Oh lets spend more money on getting london to look remotely like london??? No Thanks. Should have flushed my money down the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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red
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Expect to purchase additional content. Many third party developers have made aircraft and scenery that far exceed the quality offered by the game out of the box. Without it, the sim can look a little rough around the edges.
Things that stood out for me:
  • Flexibility: runs on a wide range of systems, and allows for extensive customization.
  • Tools: "plane maker" is available out of the box and "WED" can be downloaded off of the X-Plane website to edit scenery.
  • Weather: highly detailed clouds, precipitation. Aircraft react appropriately to wind, thermals and turbulence.
  • Visuals: if you have a high-end computer, you'll absolutely love the way the sim can look.
Make sure you spend some time around X-Plane.com to find some more information. Lots of guides and community resources are listed there. The devs do a great job of supporting the product.
Please note that the Steam version and the retail version run on different update schedules. At the time this review was written, the retail version is on 10.50 and the Steam version is still on 10.45. If you have serious FOMO, buy the DVDs. I switched from the retail version because I no longer have an optical drive.
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Kriminal™
( 1,240.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Good game... If your computer is Megabuild
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
A simulator which is continuously being improved with new free patches. While the interface may give you headache at first, especially if used to other flight simulators, it is fairly easy when you have got used to it. The simulator has great free scenery addons which arguably makes it the best looking flight simulator of the lot. X-Plane 10 now days also have a couple of really high quality payware aircrafts, PMDG’s DC-6 and IXEG’s 737-300, highly recommended for the serious tube-flyer. Combined with high performance and the unique flight dynamics makes for a very fluid experience not seen in FSX and Prepar3D. This obviously also makes X-Plane a great platform if you’re interested in general aviation flying.

The upcoming 10.50 patch, which is currently in beta for non-steam users, will vastly improve the AI and ATC. The AI and ATC have previously been criticised for being dull, something which is hard to disagree with. The patch will also bring even more community made airports – no more barren airports in most places, global wind data (previously only in USA), better autogen and even better performance.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
110.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Best flight sim base available. Only minimal enhancement required (most of which is free), and fantastic paid aircraft available that really bring the sim to life.

The ATC needs work, mind, but most people that are serious about using ATC use one of the real-human options. I'd personally like to see some improvement there though.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
140.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I was playing FSX and then P3D V2 and V3 and now I have moved to X-Plane thanks to the IXEG 737 classic. X-Plane 10 is the most realistic flight simulator in the market right now. The graphics and flight dynamics cant be compared with any other simulator out there. A big plus is also that its 64-bit, so it takes more advantage of your RAM.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
X-Plane 10 is the best and most accurate flight simulator I've ever used. Its real-time flight simulation is unrivaled and the graphics, oh, the graphics! This is personally one of my best buys and I certainly recommend it to anybody who wants an in-home flight sim, be that just a desktop and a joystick or a realistic cockpit with a movement deck and realistic controls.
Albeit a little pricey at £44.49, this game is worth it on sale.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Its unfortunate that software with a very small, very dedicated, and very hard working team come up with a solid beautiful product, but ultimately shoot themselves in the foot with lofty ambitions and an inability to prioritise.

It is a difficult product to review, as just with plenty of other games and various software or sim packages in the past, there is the demonstration product (which isnt what im reviewing here) and then there is the 'finished' product. Laminar have fallen into a newly created catch all (trap from a consumers perspective) of having a fantastically immersive and pretty demonstration product showing how well their ideas work, but then trip themselves up by releasing a 'commercial' product at a lofty $80 with a long list of features, the fully working parts of this sim, are fantastic, but are all of the same stock standard functions of any other flight simulator.

Laminar work very very hard on getting THEIR standard features of their flight sim working, and fastidiously update them as they work futher on the product... BUT......

The problem comes when you look at the list of features that are meant to be unique to X-Plane, and thats when you run into a long slew of inherently broken, unworked on, promised, or somewhat-working-low-priority-to-fix issues, that on enquiry are met with a slew of 'Well it IS just a pre-release beta version, of course there are going to be issues'

What you get for your $80 - is the Demonstration area which has been spit polished up the wazoo to make sure you get a feel for what the X-Plane world is meant to be, and a handful of beautifully detailed aircraft with 3d cockpits. However, its not just a plug in the joystick and go type sim. In this regard, its supposedly meant to be a little fiddly working out how to start this and switch on that, including working nav and com (debateable - ATC was an original 'selling point' feature from day one, that has remained inherently broken since day one) systems which add to wonderful immersion.

What its not meant to refer to, is having to fiddle around with background simulator options just to make an aircraft flyable in the first place (it took about an hour of googling various unrelated things to find a fix for utterly uncontrollable pitch flutter for instance) and often requires fiddling about when loading another aircraft. Thereby breaking the previously aforementioned immersion again.

There is a decent sized community providing plenty of aircraft, but these are fairly badly organised, and doing a general search for specific aircraft generally brings up masses of repaints of aircraft, and you WILL download plenty, but it will take a few error indications trying to open the aircraft in the game before you figure out that most of the files youve downloaded are only repaints of a stock aircraft you dont have, and is no longer available. One particular person has worked wonderfully hard on some fantastically detailed F-14s and F/A-18s for instance, but theyre all based off an airframe made in the in game tool, with little internal detail, and the external detail it does have, doesnt really mean much when the AI flying it lands by lining up a beautiful approach, shutting down engines about 50ft above the runway, then nosediving straight into the ground. (According to most of what i can find, this is either - completely normal/user fault for not creating routes for an aircraft theyre not going to fly/non existant (always followed by a video showing one of the demonstrator aircraft on a demonstrator airfield)/it IS beta you have to expect problems/your computer is too slow/youve got a third party mod not compatible with your ai) - Occhams Razor would say - games broke.

Easier to review the scenery outside of the demo areas or the hideously overpriced payware available - Its basically crap. The huge downloads for regional scenery are little more than big bump maps overlaid with ICAO points, overlaid with generic objects. Melbourne, for instance, has a 1.5km tall 'Eureka Tower' somewhere in the middle of hawthorn. (Thanks be to the crew behind VOZ for fixing that, yet more third party freeware modders that work harder than the original developer - Melbourne actually has its bridges and biggest buildings in the right place)

Ultimately, unless Laminar want to drop the price to something far far far more reasonable, and make all base software for it part of the price. and ensure anyone that actually has paid the current price for this gets all updates and payware in future either free or a drastically reduced price, this really is not software that is close to being worth the price tag.

Excellent sim, but the price, the broken promised features, and the perpetual 'Beta status' excuse for anything outside of standard flight sim fare being broken combine to me absolutely regretting biting the bullet and paying for this.

I would highly advise downloading it first and seeing if what you intend to use it for is broken or not then go from there, but this certainly isnt worth a casual purchase with cheap hardware.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,240.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Good game... If your computer is Megabuild
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
ATC: You're cleared for takeoff
You accelerate to V1
ATC: Hold short runway 25L
You can't stop and decide to take off anyway
ATC decides that because you took a reasonable action, you're not welcome in ATC clearance
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,639.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
best air plane simulator ever... i have prepar3d, fsx, fsx se... and dude, x-plane is the best one, you can almost feel in a real plane
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I'm a fan of simulation games. Not a lot of flight simulators are available right now in the market. The most choices are Flight Simulator X and X-Plane 10. X-Plane 10 is of course a huge jump from X-Plane 9. Graphics are improved, development progress has been really great for this game. There are some minus sides on the physics section, I hope they will get fixed. I can run this game at 30 frames per second with noticable lags in heavily populated areas. As a fan of simulation games; X-Plane 10 is a huge improvement from X-Plane 9 and I recommend it only for people who are not new to the simulation market.
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703 of 736 people (96%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Ok, so i have to weigh in on this debate between what sims are the best.
Firstly, about me, I am a real life pilot, and hold FAA and EASA commercial pilot licences (USA and European), and i am a gamer.

About the game: its not a game. its a flight simulation software. do not buy if you are looking for a
"fun game to mess around on and earn steam acheivments etc etc", nor will it teach you how to fly planes or anything of the sort. there is no arcade mode, there are no leaderboards, there are no charachter perks etc.

About the flight simulation programme: I first had my taste of flying a plane on Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 (or 98, i forget) on a crappy little PC with a keyboard and mouse. as i grew up and my interest grew and flight sims developed, i hopped from flight sim to flight sim and i have played ALOT of different ones, and in my proffesional training, i have even used things like lockheed martin's Prepar3D flight simulator with full 737 and A320 cockpit mock ups. For home simming, i dont think anything beats XP10 though. I will be drawing comparisons in my review with 1 other game which this is often compared to - FSX (Microsoft Flight Simulator X/10) (im not even going to compare against "Microsoft Flight", that sim was pathetic....)

The differences

FSX is a flight simulator, and a game in one package. it can both teach you how to fly a plane (atleast the basics) and give you fun missions to complete and rewards you with in game acheivments. It also is able to replicate, rather well, realistic flight dynamics and aircraft performance. however, i feel that FSX is a bit more buggy, alot less "modable" (free 3rd party aircraft were difficult to install in my opinion) and it feels a bit outdated.

XP10 is, i have to admit, a little less user friendly. the menus and interface do not seem as polished etc, but boy is there alot you can do. Free 3rd party aircraft are relatively easy to install, a multitude of plugins exist that you can download, such as ground vehicle tows to push your aircraft back from the stands etc and there just seems to be alot more freedom in the game.
Carrier landings for example. Xplane 10, it was very long winded, very procedural, and a bit tedious if you "just wanted to have a go at planting the damn plane on a deck". and with only the F18 to chose from, it was a bit bland. with XP10, even though the scenario would be unrealistic, i can just load a boeing 747 and click "land on a carrier" and try landing a jumbo on a nimitz carrier.
Weather is very customizable, and can download real time actual weather with a click of a button which is pretty cool.
Loads more stock aircraft to chose from
loads of different scenarios (i believe you can fly on mars if you wanted, that is atleast true of my experience on XP7,8 and 9 so i assume its on 10 too)
You can try and bring down a space shuttle from orbit, and many other things that FSX just cant do with the base programme.

Yes there are issues, yes some of the stock 3D cockpits are a bit naff and not done properly, but i have never really found it such a big deal. and if you want the true realism, be it on FSX or XP10, you wont fly stock aircraft anyway, you would go and buy 3rd party aircraft by proffesional 3rd party Devs that make accurate models and cockpits etc.

you WILL need a joystick and rudder pedals, or at the minimum, a joystick with twist function for rudders. you can play with just a mouse, but lets be honest, that sucks. FSX you can play with a keyboard, but even then, joystick set up rules.

so overall, what would i buy? both. i have both. i use them for totally different things. i use FSX and 3rd party payware aircraft and payware photo scenery to practice VFR aircraft navigation, and i use XP10 to practice aircraft procedures and general handling and flying, or to test myself in all sorts of different aircraft in different scenarious, like finding myself in a middle of thunderstorm in the middle of nowhere with various system failures.

again, i would stress, XP10 is NOT a game. it features "weapons", where FSX does not, but these are only for novelty value. they do not replicate the actual fire control systems or anything like that. This is a flight sim that enthusiasts or proffesionals can use.

If you are looking to buy your first flight sim or you want to learn how fly a plane, go and buy FSX
If you are looking for a world war 2 realistic flight sim where you can fire guns and down planes, go and get IL2 Sturmovik 1946 or Wings of Prey
If you are looking for a arcade combat flight sim, Tom Clancy's Hawx
If you are looking for a realistic combat flight sim with modern fighters, get Lock On
if you are looking for a simulator to practice advanced things on, or experiment, or design your own creations and fly them (basic engineering knowledge required or willing to take the time to research how plane maker works), then this is the sim for you.

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