I am just curious about how people in X-Box generally “flies” in Flight Simulator:
Are you doing airliner routes? Since you bough KDEN, I assumed you will be doing commercial IFR routes using big jets or turboprops.
I can’t imagine doing it with just controller, do you buy separate keyboard / mouse to help you in addition to the game controller & joystick / throttle / rudder peripherals?
If you want to save money, I simply couldn’t understand your value pointers (which aspects of the sim you value more). Will improved airport visuals be enough for you? The Deluxe one gives 5 new aircraft and 5 new airports. The Premium Deluxe expands more to 10 new planes and 10 new airports.
- How do you fly?
- Do you fly a full IFR flight like re-enacting real world airline pilot? Do you use the full VNAV/LNAV features?
- Or are you just simply sight-seeing around the world with General Aviation planes? Or sometimes just want to do it “with a jet”?
Honestly, the extra 15 planes plus 15 sceneries may or may not worth $60, depending on your taste. Flightbeam’s quality is definitely superior to Asobo’s “handcrafted” airports, but that’s why you pay $20 for one instead of $60 for 15+15. In my honest opinion, the Premium Deluxe upgrade is a pretty good deal for half-decent contents.
Asobo jets are pretty much just “meh”. Not terrible, but not too good either. It doesn’t allow realistic flying as their flight dynamics are as good as “broken” - it climbs like jet fighter and descent like dive bomber, and the emptier it is, the more exaggerated the already wrong characteristics. The A320NEO is probably the best default plane as it is, but then again, it is barely useable for proper re-enactment. The 787-10 is not any better than A320NEO or 747-8i: a very pretty and detailed model but generally broken flight dynamics, incomplete system, and sound effects that is just not as good. It has pretty virtual cockpit just like the other Asobo airliner, most of the functions are working. If you like the A320NEO and 747-8i, then the 787-10 is for you.
As for the Cessna Citation Longitude, I think it is more or less, better than the Citation CJ4. It doesn’t feel as exaggeratedly twitchy nor as jet-fighter like.
As a long time PC Simmer, Premium Deluxe is a no-brainer for me. I even pre-ordered it. Although I pretty much binned it in the last 20 months (waiting until proper airliners are released by Fenix or PMDG), I simply never regretted the spending.