2 Things that would greatly enhance and improve X-plane 11

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Cessna 172SP X-plane 11 over Arcata, CA

X-plane 11 is a beautiful looking flight simulator and is currently available for computers but there are two things I wish X-plane 11 would fix or implement to make it even better.

ATC Voices

The ATC voices found in Microsoft Flight Simulator from many years ago (2006) are the kind of audio I wish X-plane 11 would use.  Having realistic voices would greatly enhance this simulator without the need to use and pay for third party software or ATC systems.  There are many users of X-plane 11 including myself who simply use the sim for fun and only wish for some better sounding voices without needing to speak to a real person pretending to be in a tower.

Give Users More Rendering Options in the UI

Another way to improve X-plane 11 would be to add more user interface options for controlling the level of rendering details of autogen.  In X-plane 10 there are many options for controlling autogen and visuals (perhaps too many) but X-plane 11 has appeared to dumb down the UI too much and has unwisely (from a customers standpoint) removed most settings altogether or linked everything together.

The main reason X-plane 11 needs to add more options for autogen settings is because it would allow the player to have better control over the visuals when flying over rural vs urban areas. This is not a frame-rate issue (I know X-plane developers have claimed that is the reason they removed it) but in fact for some of us, its purely for realism in visuals.   For example, where I live there are no trains and generally minimal traffic.  There are not many buildings either but there are lots and lots of trees.  In this situation it would be great to be able to lower the traffic, building and train numbers without lowering the tree density.  And what if I never want deer or birds in my sim? Currently I cannot remove them.  What if I want to have more buildings but less traffic and trees or vice versa?  Currently in X-plane 11 all these settings are connected and it’s frustrating!  Either you get lots of trees, traffic, buildings and trains or, little to nothing at all.  By the way, X-plane 10 handled these decisions much better giving the user better control over these settings and it was awesome.   It’s clear that that having more visual options in the UI would greatly improve X-plane 11 realism.


Disclaimer:  The opinions and information expressed in this review are my own and are based on my own experience.  These views or opinions are not intended to reflect the views or opinions of Laminar Research nor any of the developers of X-plane 11 in any way.

 


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Images are my in-game screenshots from default X-plane 11.05

 

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