A big thanks to Mario Cote, James Long, Niko Grozdanov and Colin Moir, who shared with me their experiences with P3D while I was wondering over the last few days if I should turn to this new simulator platform. But unfortunately, both pros and cons have their supportees. Also, I found the more I researched, the more I was perplexed.
Since I always emphasize that our systems are in general unique from each other, trying the P3D on my own system seems to be the only way to find out whether it will be my new cup of tea. If it is no good, I could join the FSX league again at anytime.
So, here are a few screen shots from my first flight under P3D with all settings slided to maximum. My new i7 4700K computer is running at stock speed without overclocking and tweaks.
You may have a question why the photos are a bit dark. Yes, that’s exactly the instant impression I had with the product: the tone is dark and the color is not as vibrant as in FSX. Also, the lights at night scene are poor.
Besides that, I flew around in the default area with my favorite C172 SP imported from FSX for over 30 mins, everything works just fine and smooth.
Also, it comes with some nice features, such as the Time Preview and Pilot Records, that are not found in FSX. In particular, the shadow rendering is a big improvement over FSX. You won’t see the shadow casting on the panel in FSX as shown in the picture below (note that the contrast of the photo was brightened.) Probably that’s a reason why the color tone is implemented that way.
At this moment, I can say that I am not disappointed with what’s P3D is performing. Of course, whether it will become my new simulation platform, it will depend on the addons and peripherals I am going to install in the next few days.