X Plane DVD/USB????

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by agent mac, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. agent mac macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2007
    I've just looked at the Xplane site, and you can buy digital download or a DVD. My internet can be a bit pants (out in the country) but the site talked about needing the USB key WITH the DVD option so that you didn't always have to have the DVD spinning around as you used the game. So what do they mean? Can you just load the program on your machine using the DVD in the same way you would download it, and then you're done with the DVD? Or do you always need it? And in that case what's with the USB key?
    So confused…
  2. interstella macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2013
    Suffolk, England
    X-Plane requires DVD Disc 1 to be inserted about once a week otherwise it reverts to demo mode only which only gives you a very small area in which to fly. It only needs to be inserted briefly but I still find it very annoying. This is a ridiculous throwback to to 2002 or thereabouts!

    The USB stick allows you run X-Plane without having to insert the DVD at regular intervals. I have no idea about the digital download...the DVD version has 8 discs so it'll be an enormous download.
  3. in Cider macrumors member

    in Cider

    Jan 28, 2016
    Yeah, this is a lazy approach to solve the piracy problem.
  4. blut haus macrumors regular

    blut haus

    Dec 27, 2015
    I have a legit copy of x-plane 10. I made a .dmg out of the 1st DVD and simply mount that instead of buying a USB drive. Works great.
  5. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    I did the same thing. After many many update (including the beta), it still works.
  6. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I did the same thing for xplane 9. For xplane 10, I decided to purchase it from steam instead of the DVD. (Of course, I think steam occasionally does it's own check via the Internet, but as a user it is transparent for me vs the DVD/iso check).

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