True. Some of the most realistic, are conversely the easiest to fly. You takeoff, hit the autopilot, climb to cruise, and then your job is done except for inputting the destination approach and STAR (assuming they’re different from what dispatch told you to expect), and monitoring and reacting to any emergencies that might happen. Oh, plus hand flying the last 200’, and flaring to land properly (which I still don’t do very well on the A32NX), but sometimes (with Autoland, which I understand is working in the experimental version), you don’t even have to do that! I actually saw a video of it the other day, but I don’t know if the rest of us have access to that feature just yet, as I use the dev version, not the experimental.
And I haven’t tried the default version, but I’m getting more than adequate performance in VR with the dev A32NX, as measured by my eyes. They’re the only fps counter I use.
I beg to differ. I am an instrument rated private pilot IRL (but basically retired because of my disability), and I have some experience with simming in Boeings, but I definitely required instruction to properly setup and fly the A32NX. In fact, my instructor (@Fmgc320) might even be able to relate to you just how much I needed to learn to even as much as start the engines. Incidentally, he and I are working on an instructional video of the A32NX, and if we manage to pull something together that looks half way professional, will probably post it on YouTube at some point. IF.
Having said all of that, your point about “If the aircraft is too complex, people will simply not fly it” is precisely the point I’m trying to make in my overall message in this thread. Here’s how it plays out.
12-year-old John tells his parents he wants Microsoft Flight sim for XBox for his birthday present. They oblige, and get it for him. But he doesn’t care about any Cessnas or Pipers, or what the heck is a Pipi-WHAT??? No, he wants to “fly” a 747. He’s not interested in point-A to point-B flying, he just wants to fire it up, firewall the throttle (using the exterior view), and take off and fly around interesting scenery. He probably will even want to fly under bridges, so that’s something MS needs to fix before they go live with the XBox version, too.
But if John can’t fly something because it’s “too complex”, he’ll throw his controller across the room, tell his parents the game sux, they’ll try to get a refund if they can, and more importantly to the big picture, he’ll tell all his friends the game sux, and as a result they won’t even buy it in the first place.
This will result in a lot of lost business for MS/Asobo (except maybe replacement controllers, which of course neither Asobo nor us care about), which is bad for them, and bad for us.
That is why I think it’s important for the less complex aircraft to not only be in the sim in the first place, but continue to be available as separate aircraft even if they merge the WT CJ4 (or others) into the sim. So little Johnny can get in, get his “fix” flying a “747” around and tell all his friends how great the “game” is, and how they should get it, too. MS wins, Asobo wins, and little Johnny’s parents subsidize our enjoyment of the sim as serious simmers who like airliners that are “too complex to fly”.
I’ve said it before, and no doubt I’ll say it again, but as much as I personally think anyone who would want to fly MSFS on an XBox is nuts, it’s also an absolutely brilliant business move on MS’s behalf to offer it, as there is, despite what I think about it, a lot of pent up demand for this exact product, which will be met by huge and ongoing sales over the long term. There’s even an excellent chance that it will result in multiple sales for a single household, either because each kid has their own XBox, or even, as kids do, they just want their “own” copy of it, not their brother’s (or sister’s, as I hope this move attracts a lot of females into the flight sim world, and eventually aviation careers) “used” copy.
But that’s more than enough rambling from me, I have to email my instructor some info about a different flight I’m working on, and then work on that flight, and maybe even a few other things around here might need to be done that even my crippled a$$ can accomplish. And if not, then I can just fly some more…
My wife does say my primary job is to sit here and look pretty, so…
Have a lovely day!