X-Plane 11 - VR and Metal soon

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  1. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    X-Plane 10 is awesome, and my iMac 2017 with Radeon Pro 580 is superb for running on very high settings with hugely demanding scenery!

    X-Plane 11 is "more taxing", looks even prettier but I have to lower the setttings somewhat to keep the >25 fps.

    But.... the guys at X-Plane have just made two huge announcements:
    1. VR coming to X-Plane 11 (this will be sooo cool)
    2. And, the use of Vulkan and Metal in future updates of X-Plane 11 (this will help performance HUGELY)

    Check their FlightSimCon 2017 presentation:
    X-plane YouTube Channel
     
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  3. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I have the PC demo - not impressed...

    Question:

    Is the demo locked at 30fps?

    I tried VR at a local Airfestival where the Civil Air Patrol youths had a VR headset running on MS Flight Simulator.

    It's cool, but you can't see where the controls are. At least the plane I was flying had a different set of controls than the actual controllers and threw me off...

    As I said in other threads, VR NEEDS to be TURN-KEY or go home.

    I guess VR on a Mac can be like the old days where the games were turn-key like on consoles compared to games on the PC

    (but then again, there's no more Soundblaster config files to constantly change... ;) )
     
  4. MacsRgr8 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I'm not sure about the demo, but the full version has no fps limits.
    BTW, without 3rd party add-ons (scenery and planes) XP11 is quite boring with the built-in scenery.

    I assume, looking at the youtube movie, that this VR is turn-key, so hopefully better than MS FlightSim's now.

    We'll have to wait for it.
     
  5. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Thanks will contact the devs.

    My games I get 110fps in 1080p high but no matter what I set in XP11, I get 30...
     
  6. Mikael H macrumors 6502

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    Have you turned on vsync on a 30Hz screen, perhaps?
    I run X-plane in Linux, not on the Mac, but I had no frame rate limits in the demo either.
     
  7. gkarris macrumors 604

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    My screen is 60Hz...
     
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    gkarris macrumors 604

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    Just downloaded the latest patches and drivers - still capped at 30fps...

    My RX470 at 1080p/med doesn't even break a sweat...

    I have a question in at X-Plane
     
  9. jeanlain macrumors 65816

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    Again, this could be due to V-Sync. Depending on the driver, a game that fails to reach 60 fps will fall down to 30 if V-Sync is on.
     
  10. gkarris macrumors 604

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    V-Sync is off in X-Plane's graphics control panel...
     
  11. MacsRgr8 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I've been using X-Plane since the first release - when it was more an engineering tool than a flight simulator. Amazing accuracy in simulation of the physics of aerodynamics.
     
  13. Mikael H macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for that link; I've been referring to bare feats earlier, to see whether there's any point in ditching my Linux X-Plane computer for a Mac to unify my computer experience at home. Nice to see that the new machines are highly capable for the "gaming" I do, at reasonable resolutions.
     
  14. MacsRgr8 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I've been playing X-Plane on a Mac for years now (X-Plane 9 - 11).
    First Mac was a Mac Pro '08 (upgraded the grfx card a few times), later the maxed out iMac 27" late 2013 and now I have the "ultimate" iMac 27" 2017 with Radeon 580 Pro.

    On all these Macs, X-Plane ran very well. The thing to do is get the best grfx card for that Mac at a given time.
    CPU speed and VRAM amount is key.
     

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