Today, third-party developers have provided new images and details about upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
We start with PMDGwhich is not yet ready to share pricing and release details of its highly anticipated Boeing 737. That being said, we get a development update and some new screenshots from CEO Robert Randazzo.
We also get some interesting details about the audio suite in addition to what we can expect in the near future from the developer.
This week has brought us a bit closer to release, but we’re still quite cautious about setting a certain date due to a few things that add some ambiguity. The biggest issue we’re evaluating is the possibility of Asobo’s pending MSFS SU9 creating unforeseen issues with the 737. As you can imagine, platform consistency is important for testing purposes. A major bugfix change coming to the platform requires some pretty careful calculation to avoid disrupting the testing process, but also to be careful not to create a negative initial user experience when SU9 drops.
We have not yet finalized a decision and a whole evaluation process is underway. As I said in my 08APR22 update: When we have set the date, we will let you know.
Another way to make this point so that it’s clear: this product is not going to drop unannounced. You will know the day in advance. We can even give you an approximate time of day. So until you see us release this information, the date/time has not been set with certainty.
If we haven’t let you know the date/time yet, it means we haven’t finalized it.
We just want it to be somewhat easy to understand for everyone.
By release, we expect it to be quite fun. We are preparing to release the test team from the embargo so they can start telling you what they think of the plane. Along with this release, we will also be releasing some streamers from their embargo. This should give them some interesting opportunities to show you the plane from their own perspective and we think you’ll be excited about what you see.
We’ll also start giving you a much more in-depth look at the product starting today, Sunday 17 April 22, with the opening of a series of dedicated PMDG 737 videos for MSFS on our official YouTube channel. Look for that a bit later in the day, Sunday. The release of new video content will be relatively stable, provided we don’t run into any major surprises late in testing that take me out of video production and back into code work. (Sometimes it happens…)
The video series will be officially presented tomorrow, along with the first two productions. The more we dig into the week, the more we’ll dig into the plane, so that should be fun.
For tonight I want to share some images that Jason prepared for me earlier tonight. I rely heavily on Jason and Vin to have a good eye for the kinds of details that really make this product shine – and when Jason sent me some images to choose from, I was so mesmerized by these two shots that I thought you should see both.
Jason has been experimenting with the native depth of field capabilities of the MSFS when it comes to the drone’s camera – and the results are nothing short of spectacular. I may need to make this my new wallpaper.
The second image he created in this series uses the same technique – and what I love about the image is that it’s so feature-rich that you can almost hear the noise of the motors when the plane propels you to the start.
Which is probably a fantastic way to give you some information about the audio package that comes with the new PMDG 737-700 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Armen has worked hard to create a soundscape for this aircraft that is as complex, rich and amazing as MSFS is visually. The capabilities of the Microsoft Flight Simulator engine to create a complete soundscape are unlike anything we’ve ever had the opportunity to work with, and Armen really knew how to seize the opportunity.
All around, this 737 is shaping up to be something spectacular – and we’re incredibly proud of the job we’ve done and incredibly excited to hand it over to you for your viewing pleasure. Vin and Jason have drawn on years of expertise to create an incredibly detailed and visually stimulating aircraft model, and when married to the sound work of Armen, we think you’re in for a treat.
Next is AzurPolywho presented his next French trainer Socata TB-30 Epsilon.
TB-30 has a unique canopy architecture. Both the front and rear ends slide on the same rail, which means the pilot can only escape if the co-pilot allows it! Well, not really… When the rear canopy is locked to the front canopy, they form a single piece that can easily slide back and forth with a little effort. But when unlocked, the pilot or co-pilot can open their game freely.
Both can be locked from inside or outside the aircraft using their dedicated handles.
Our TB-30 of course implements this particular behavior as you can see in the images below.
The TB-30 is equipped with a retractable tricycle landing gear, activated by hydraulic pressure supplied by an electric two-way gear pump.
In the event of a hydraulic failure, the pilot is always able to unlock the landing gear thanks to an emergency handle located in the forward position.
Each gear is forced open and locked by a pressurized cylinder.
As we did previously on the Fouga Magister, our TB-30 will incorporate a simulated hydraulic circuit.
We also take a fresh look at the LearAvia Lear Fan 2100 in Lionheart Creations.
last but not least, we are moving to Japan. Door15Landscapes began working on textures for the interior of its Tokushima Awaodori Airport (RJOS) terminal.
If you want to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson Airport, Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Central Britain, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Airport from Shanghai Pudong, Krakow Airport, Fukuoka City and Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City and Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, Okavango Delta , Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, CRJ 550/700, PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City and Airport, the Bonaire Flamingo Airport, the airport from Milano Linate, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, F-15 Eagle, Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Aerodrome, Dublin International Airport and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi Airport.
If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about the game from Asobo Studio.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S.