Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition is essentially the Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX Acceleration package, the one that we all love and know when discontinued in 2009. Then in the year 2014, Dovetail Games in conjunction with Steam ported the simulator across to the steam platform.
Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Another milestone in the flight simulations history!
Much discussion ensued by enthusiasts about whether another company would take over the reins and continues the simulations development.
After all, it was a hugely successful title and what a shame to see it all end. It was December 2014 when Dovetail Games released Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition. Another milestone in the flight simulations history!
There are three ways to fly Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X, or more accurately, products based on Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
- The original version of FSX installed on DVD
- The Prepar3D Training Flight Simulator (for qualified users).
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Version
The original version of FSX is no longer supported by Microsoft, Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition and Prepar3D are living 2nd lives because of individual arrangements made between themselves and Microsoft.
As with Prepar3D, there were problems with add-on compatibility’s initially, mostly now in hand after the developers concerned released new versions of Steam or updates.
new versions are being released at regular intervals.
If you are a current owner of the original Microsoft Flight Simulator X version on DVD, only you can make the decision as for whether to remain with it or invest in buying one of the new platforms. The old and original version is static, and no further development is expected to happen.
The remaining two, Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition and PrePar3D are forging forward with new versions are being released at regular intervals.
Steam is a digital distribution platform which was developed by Valve Corporation. It is touted to be the largest internet platform for the distribution of PC games digitally in the world.
Statistics recorded during February 2016 show that Steam now offers over 7,500 games and has a subscriber base of over 125 million active users, impressive to say the least. In 2015, Screen Digest estimated that 75% of games purchased on the internet, were bought through Steam. Again, a mind-boggling statistic which I think is a fair indication that they are doing something right!
Some of the advantages that attract gamers to Steam are ease of installation and updating for their games via an application interface called Steamworks. Developers can integrate a lot of Steams features right into their products.
I think that is one of the major features for the Steam platform; some other favorite features are matchmaking, in-game achievements and networking. The community has some nice features as well, saving to the cloud, groups, and friends lists all make Steam attractive to gamers.
Obviously, the Steam platform offers users a lot of incentives to register with and purchase through the platform. The same can be said for developers also, a significant incentive for them is the digital rights management (DRM) protection which provided software titles offered through steam.
The executable files are unique for each and every user! The user may install their software onto multiple devices via Steam, but in so doing must be connected to the internet so that the installation will be authorized in real time. The user can still play their game offline because all credentials are stored locally.
Another feature which is popular with users is the ability to share with authorized family members and friends. Those nominated and authorized players can be permitted to access the owner’s account, and install the game locally. They can then play it as long as the original owner is not playing the same game.
If anything untoward is detected by Valve, any cheating in any of the multiplayer games, accounts being sold off, games are traded they might find themselves blocked if it’s an infraction of the Valve Acceptable Use Policy. They also might lose their entire account and the games within, at best they may find access to their accounts severely restricted.
1. One of the main benefits of Steams version is that it uses VS2013 which is a big improvement over the original VS2005 library.
2. This has boosted the simulators performance which improves the overall experience.
3. Compatible with windows right through to Windows 10
4. Easy installation and updates are installed when they become available.
5. The simulation being continuously improved and up-to-date as they happen.
6. Many add-ons are now available via Steam, easy installation routines.
7. Stay in touch via the community directly within Steam.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Steam Edition is my personal choice for flight-simming as I write this.
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Building Digital Hobbies. (n.d.). Retrieved March 17, 2016, from http://www.dovetailgames.com/
Buy Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2016, from http://store.steampowered.com/app/314160/