which macbook pro for flight sim?

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  1. wolfie macrumors regular

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    hi guys i got a macbook, but want to move up.

    im trying to determine which macbook pro model will play microsoft flight sim ( and maybe xplane)

    this is most likley the only demanding game i will want to play.
    the other games ill play are city building games, simulation, management kind of games.

    im not a first person shooter gamer.

    ild like the flight sim to play well, and roughly what sort of settings i could play it at at a playable rate.

    ill also intend to get the 24 led display from apple so i dont know if the settings and/or the macbook pro will be given extra stress to drive it.

    anyone with any feedback please post.
    muc appreciated, thankyou.
     
  2. doc4x5 macrumors member

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    flight sim on a mac

    If you want to use Microsoft Flight Simulator on a Mac, you will need to do it with Windows, with Bootcamp or one of the commercial programs, on a Windows partition. This also means you need to purchase a full original copy of Windows to run on it. MS FS does not run on Mac OS X software.

    I use a Windows partition on my Mac Pro tower to fly with MS FS and it runs quite well, usually. I also have X-Plane, a commercial program available for OS X. If you want it, buy it online, as the stores do not seem to carry it or carry only a Windows version. It is complex and quite sophisticated. I actually prefer the MS FS to X-Plane but YMMV.

    With either you really need either a good joystick, or a flight yoke which is what I use. Rudder pedals are nice as well, if you're a serious simmer. Some people set up multiple monitors and make a quite elaborate setup.

    Good luck.

    Doc
     
  3. wolfie thread starter macrumors regular

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    thankyoufor the reply.

    i know i need boot camp, i cant decide if i need the 2.66 512 megs card to have a enjoyable experience or not.

    suppose you wouldnt have a idea?
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    X-Plane (OS-X native) ran fine on my 2.33GHz MBP, at 1680 X 1050. They have a demo you can download.
     

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