FSX vs FS9?

wannabeairman Guest

OK - this is not a "can my system run X" post - I got a copy of FSX from a friend who's PC wouldn't run X, and my system can run it reasonably well. I can run med-high to high on most sliders, even ultra-high on a few, fps locked @ 24, and I get decent performance.

However, I know my system would scream on FS9. Now, i've never used MSFS before, so I have no idea the differences. I know there are tons of cool add-ons for 9 (esp. fspassengers, which looks awesome), but what would I *lose* by going back to the lower version?

For example, moving jetways, road vehicles, etc... Well, they don't mean a lot to me. What does mean a lot is nice looking scenery, realistic flight dynamics, smooth flying, etc...

I looked at the "What's new in X" stuff on M$'s website, but I want to hear from you experienced pilots and simmers - what reasons would make you jump up to X? What if the performance wasn't an issue - would you give up FS9 with all your customizations for FSX?

My basic question - should I continue running X @ high settings, growing into it? Or shelf it until the day comes a few years from now when I can run it all out, using 9 in the meantime? Or is it one of those things where, once tasting X, I wouldn't be happy moving backwards?

Any opinions welcome!

3 Responses

Pro Member First Officer
cheezyflier First Officer

use both, you can't go wrong like that.

Pro Member Trainee
FlightSimX Trainee

Why not add a third? X-Plane!

I use FS2004 because I've spent a vast amount on add-ons that I'm simply not prepared to discard.

I use FSX when I want maximum eye candy.

I use X-Plane when I want maximum realism (in the flight model).

Oh, almost forgot Condor for the ultimate in soaring simulation 🙂


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