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.
User reviews: Mixed (198 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 14, 2014

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"It doesn't get more real than X-Plane. It is one of the few flight simulators that actually simulates air to reproduce amazing flight dynamics."

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September 18

X-Plane 10.30 Update

This latest release represents the largest and most significant X-Plane update to date.
It not only contains numerous fixes and performance improvements, but also some substantial additions to the product itself. Foremost is the inclusion of the new GPS.

The previous versions of X-Plane also included a GPS instrument but it could only do direct-to navigation and could not implement a GPS approach. With the recent introduction of GPS enabled approach systems at many airports, the new GPS in X-Plane will allow customers to practice actual GPS approaches using an instrument familiar to most general aviation pilots. The new GPS is a drop-in replacement for the old X-Plane GPS, so that with one click in Laminar’s PlaneMaker, old aircraft can be upgraded to the more IFR capable version. The X-Plane 10.30 default aircraft come with the new GPS already installed. The new GPS is based on the Garmin 430 and Garmin 530 and both variants are included.

The 10.30 update also includes major improvements to both the weather and scenery systems. The system for the placement of autogen scenery has been refined so buildings, trees, and other objects more accurately reflect their real-world counterparts.

With the recent release of World Editor 1.3 and the Airport Scenery Gateway, hundreds of new highly detailed airports have also been included in this latest and major update to X-Plane 10.

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July 24

First X-Plane 10 DLC Airport Amsterdam

The Airport Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport in the Netherlands is one of the most important airports in Europe. The add-on completes X-Plane 10 Global by unprecedented quality. Now available on Steam! Link

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Reviews

“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

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

We did that because of the huge download size. There are still many many customers out there with a slow internet connection.

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
257.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
In many of the negative reviews of X-plane there seems to be a mismatch between the reviewers expectations and what X-plane is. If you're looking for aerial combat you'll be far better served by DCS World. Flight simulation whether you go FSX, P3D or X-plane is more hobby than a computer game. If you were going to get into model railways you may start with a small basic train set. If the bug bites, you soon want to add switches, scenery and new locomotives and stock. That's what x-plane is; a flight simulator starter set.

You get a couple of basic aircraft, a sky and a barren planet (inhabited by only deer and birds). X-plane does itself a disservice with most of the included aircraft as they are far from representative of quality of aircraft that are available. X-plane's clouds are stonefish ugly.
All the main simulators have pro's and con's. X-plane's smaller community is very committed and self reliant and there is a smorgasbord of freely available utilities and addon scenery. Some of which are pretty damn awesome considering they are free. You can get a very decent simulator experience with freeware alone. For sure, you will not minutely scratch the surface unless you're prepared to research and learn.

Personally I'd recommend budgeting for an addon aircraft in addition to X-plane. I'd suggest a Carenado HD aircraft, not because there aren't other worthy aircraft, just that if you are starting into X-plane, Carenado are consistently high quality and you're less likely buy something disappointing. If you want to go a bit further, Skymaxx Pro will fix X-plane's underwhelming skies.

Flight simulators may bore your socks off but they may also change your life. X-plane is a starting point for a hobby that may be with you for years.
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64 of 98 people (65%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This is by far the best BARE ENGINE for the most realistic civilian FLIGHT SIMULATION on the market and you pay 65 euro, just for this engine.
It makes no sense that: 1. if you want better skycluds you must purchase third part 30$ addon,if you want flight school you pay 20$, if you want at least a decent and realistic Boeing experience you must Buy a Payware third part 60$ aircraft, if you want at least decent airports and scenarios you have to spend hours and hours browsing sites , or , again , pay 30-40 $ for third part realistic scenarios.
I DO NOT endorse this price tag and commercial strategy. DCS world is free to download, and then you pay for genuine DLCs produced either by it's game designers or their OFFICIAL partners. Here you have an incolplete base game, a messy jungle of sites to look at for incomplete and disfuncional chunks of scenarios or either you have to pay unofficial third parts stuff.
This developer really must try to put all it's pieces togheter and give to end users 1- better content for the pricetag. 2- official and certified functional addons that gets updated with the base simulation.
Still, this is actually the best commercial aviation simulation out there but i can't really reccommend it to a standard pc user.
At this stage this is ONLY for die hard simulation fans that do not mind to pay for extra non certified content in addition to the already high pricetag for the barebone simulation engine.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
FSX is officially "dead". Prepar3d is too high price and strange with its license (no entertainment usage??? O_O) So only XP10 now and thanks god it is Xtra Good!!!

BUT REMEMBER!!! IT IS Simulation!!!!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
As a flight sim this is one of the best. Flight dynamics are incredible. Scenery great. There are some negatives that future buyers should be aware of; I bought this for Linux. My rig is an AMD Phenom II with a Radeon R7 250. The game will not run for more than 50 minutes. Average game time is 15 minutes. When booting into Windows on the same machine the game works great! Which is sad because I would rather game in Linux.

Second, outside of the Seattle area, airports have no buildings. All runways seem precise but not a building on the airport. Plenty in towns neaby. This is only a minor thing. For what it's worth I have only used North American maps so they (the buildings) may exist in other parts of the world.

Recommended? Emphatic YES on Windows. Big fat NO on Linux.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This is THE simulator to get if you want to do any realistic flight training!

Having a real good flight model affected by weather and spectacular visuals it is perfect for running any scenario that needs perfecting. Don't expect a walkthrough or missions, this is all about flying and it's up to each pilot to set it up for the purpose in mind.

Be sure to check out all the modifications and extenstions that can be added, the obvious source for that is forums.x-plane.org. I would start with reading a forum thread on which addons to get. Carenados DLC aircraft is also really good and is a must to have over the included aircraft, which are quiet basic in comparison.

All in all, this is the best simulator out there right now, and it's growing to fill the gap after FSX.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Initial installation requires 6GB, then followed by optional but highly recommended terrain textures (DLCs) which are available through the game's properties page from Steam client. additional textures can be also downloaded for free or purchased from third party online aviation sites. Fly a B-22 Spirit Bomber, or the F-22, or experimental aircraft or passenger boeings, you will like 'em all.

dis game very good, very realistic. just dont misuse it n become terrorist n slam planes on buildings or make it disappear k.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This is a great engine! Stable and very well made, the problem is... You are just buying the engine with a couple of mediocre airplane models, which only a couple of them have a virtual cockpit. (which are horribly detailed) If interested in having a decent simulation experience, be prepared to buy a couple of airports (at least $20 each) and some aircraft (same, at least $20 each but expecto around $80 for a real good one.)

If you are planning on playing this game stock, I recommend FSX, much much better experience stock. If you got the $$$, go for it! XP10 is a great engine! And with the right investments you will enjoy it deeply. Though I kind of rather play FSX on VATSIM loaded with ORBX and REX, with my PMDG 737 or 777, or the extremely well detailed A2A aircrafts. But that's just me.

Really wanted to like this sim, I was really bummed :c
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
it comes with planes i don't like flying. if i want better planes i must pay more money. its very hard to download planes from xplane.org to load them on stem download. i wasted my money. you have no ATC or ground radio you must buy that to ( seattle airport only has ATC),

i miss microsoft flight simulator. a waste of money. you buy you buy. come on its just a game. not a commecial game

I wish the gamming expert tell the truth. VRY UPSET
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This game was a huge disapointment. It was buggy and limited and there was no in game assistance. If you are looking for a full flight sim do not touch this.
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8 of 22 people (36%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Endless fun shooting down civilian jets in your F-22 Raptor. 11/10
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Fly away
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
It's freaki'g awesome!
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8 of 34 people (24%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The physics are terrible in my opinion the game is not worth the money at all
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14 of 48 people (29%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
TRASH

Only a small handful of aircraft and locations available, and even some of the included aircraft are horribly buggy and inconplete, with very low res textures and no support for 3D (track-IR or even mouse look)

For $60 this is a complete and total RIP OFF, this sim is GARBAGE. I am so incredibly disgusted with just how incomplete and limited this is considering the premium price.

Completely unacceptable, bordering on FRAUD.
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7 of 32 people (22%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
it basicly no scenery with only the demo scenery
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2 of 27 people (7%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
these prices are racist.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This game is a piece of junk. Somehow FSX manages to recognze Saitek hardware where this "app" presents you with friggin dialogs of 200+ checkboxes. Yeah i got it it is complicated
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5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
It is actually really gratifying to take off, set the autopilot, and land on the (somewhat) realistic depiction of the land next to your house. Realistic modelling of the effects of airspeed, cargo weight and location, fuel levels, and machine failure all come together to make this an airplane tinkerer's dream. Definitely reccomended for kids who can't absorb enough information about aircraft up; you especially will be sure to impress any pilot with your knowledge of plane instrumentation.
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696 of 764 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Full disclosure: I'm an actual licensed commercial pilot in Canada. I have about 15 hours of sim time in my logbook, 12 of which were on a commercial and Transport Canada-approved version of X-Plane (the other 3 were on Prepar3D, a version of FSX), and 10 of which applied to my license.

This is a simulator, not a game. You can mess around with the fun fighters and experimental planes, but this is first and foremost a simulator. And what a simulator!

If you're like me, you find fun in a challenging radionav approach. You find fun in managing system failures. You find fun in printing out checklists and having them next to you while handling the simulator. You find fun in education and a job well done. And this is where you get it. You can tweak the simulation accuracy, you can go from messing around doing aerobatics in a fictional plane, or you can turn your garage into a full-sized flight simulator. You can do all this in X-Plane 10, and it has the added bonuses of being more accurate, prettier, and less system-taxing than FSX.

FSX is almost a decade old by now, is a RAM hog, hates graphics cards, is 32-bit, and is still slow and unoptimized. On my machine, it runs terribly. But X-Plane 10 has a 64-bit and 32-bit executable, supports multi-threading, is considerate of your RAM, and looks fantastic.

I spent hundreds of hours with FS2004, FSX, and X-Plane 9. Thanks to them, my instrument and radionavigation training was easy. Thanks to them, I passed the infamous INRAT on my first try. This is a fantastic simulator, simply the best on the market, and the only one worth your money. I can fully recommend this for full price, and I'm a pennypincher.
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204 of 257 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I have been waiting a while to purchase this sim, now that it is on Steam it left me no choice but to pull out my wallet. This has to be as realistic as it gets when it comes to flight simulation. There is a lot to learn and a great community backing this product. While you can set everything up to be off the ground in seconds it leaves the option to make everything as complex as you would like. From startup to landing you can control just about everything.

I am working on my PPL, have been for quite some time. This now affords me the opportunity to learn, make mistakes, and so much more all without the associated costs. My next lessons will only be after many more hours of X-Plane, a great product!

This works with muiltiple monitors, however the recommended setup is to use multiple computers over a network the acheive this. I use stereo vision across three monitors, my only hope is that they can figure out a better way to scale it when using this option, for now I distort my field of view and it works well.
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