patful wrote: ↑
29 Nov 2019, 22:24
With MSFS 2020 on the horizon, everything seems to be at a standstill, and I can't blame them.
If that is a more generally felt sentiment, I - with reluctant admiration - have to give the MS marketeers a bonus for a job well done: MS only needs to announce a new product, and every competitor experiences a revenue reduction. MS have a very long tradition in that game of playing announcementware against honest real products.
Let us not fall into their trap and letâ€˜s continue to buy/fly the best simulation(s) on the market, the best sceneries, and the best aircraft, and not wait for something that MS â€šplans on offering/hints doing/showcasingâ€˜.
I for myself am glad that with LM a professional aircraft company has taken over the simulator, to use it for professional flying purposes - as opposed to a firm that makes its revenue from games. We have all seen and experienced that our simulator(s) i. e. including X-Plane, have become more â€šprofessionalâ€˜ in the sense that they come closer to simulating the real world of flying instead of just offering entertainment.
And that encompasses: simulation model, sceneries, and aircraft. I want competition in the market for sceneries and aircraft, I want sceneries that I can use when flying VFR, that is, recognize the landscape that I am flying over. And many other things that I do not expect to be important for MS. If I want to play games, I start DCS (for example) a phantastic game of aerial combat, ground combat etc. But if I want to train ILS or VFR flying, I need other characteristics than those that are important in a game.