which macbook pro for flight sim?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wolfie, May 9, 2009.

  1. wolfie macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2008
    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

    Jul 15, 2008
    the great Pacific northwest
    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.

  3. wolfie thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2008
    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


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    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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