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X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X Results

Updated on January 31, 2012

X-Plane 9

X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X
X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X | Source
X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X
X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X | Source

Image Showing MFSX [Top] And X-Plane 9 [Bottom]

X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X
X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X | Source
X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X
X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X | Source

X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X. This debate goes on and on ...

I have personally used both of these flight simulators and and both of them are exceptional in their own respects, its up to you to choose what is the more important aspects to the a flight simulator, and by you choosing that can you make your decision.


OK, so what do I mean by how realistic the flight simulator is, after all its how realistic the flight simulator is that makes it either good, bad, better or worse ?

Well its cut up into 4 sections they are:

  • Aircraft aesthetics
  • Airport aesthetics
  • Aircraft physics
  • Environmental effects [Both aesthetically and the physics]

Lets start of comparing both aircraft and airport aesthetics

Microsoft Flight Simulator X or [MFSX for short]

One of the biggest selling points of MFSX is how detailed and how life like the aircrafts are, they even sound exactly like a real aircraft. The fine detail is carried across to both the inside and the outside of the plane, sometimes it is even difficult to see whether it is a real photo of the plane or a simulator image.

Airport detail is another huge bonus to MFSX because the airport's detail is second to none, I don't have to write much about this as you can clearly see this from the image to the side.

X-Plane 9

Unfortunately the stock aircrafts that comes with x-plane is not very realistic at all , if anything it looks like a child a conjured them up, however x-plane is highly customizable and therefore users can go on various Internet sites to get much more detailed aircrafts. The stock cockpit of the aircraft is not as good either, unfortunately the graphics are usually in 2D and therefore does not fully represent how an aircraft would appear in real life unlike MFSX, if a user downloads a 3D cockpit then its detail is normally compromised.

Unfortunately again airports lack allot of detail, however x-plane has multiple discs of airfield data, even down to the small ones, even disused ones are included which is a plus in x-planes favor. It is also possible to to download data from websites to get airport detail, but this is usually at a cost.

So both of these rounds goes to MFSX

Aircraft and environmental effects


Now this is where MFSX might start going down hill just a little. This is because one of the problems with it is that the software is not a model for real world simulation, meaning that real airline pilots and other aircraft pilots cant use this software to actually have a full realistic simulation, this is because the feeling of flying, and how it reacts to different conditions such as wind and rain is not exactly like it would react in the real world.

X-plane 9

This is where x-plane takes the lead , this software has an approved version that is safe for real world pilots to carry out simulations on, this means that all aspects of aircraft and weather have the exact same effect as they would in the real world.

So this round goes to X-Plane 9

Weather for both x-plane and MFSX are pretty much equal so its a tie.

The Results:

After these rounds it seems that MFSX has won, but like I said at the beginning of the article its up to you which is better for you.

If physics realism is to be the most important thing to you go for X-Plane 9. If you want more of aesthetics realism go for MFSX

Thank you for reading this article entitled "X-Plane Vs Microsoft Flight Simulator X".


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