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NEWS! - Laminar Research releases X-Plane 12 Public Beta!

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NEWS! - Laminar Research releases X-Plane 12 Public Beta!


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Just under 6 years ago Laminar Research released the X-Plane 11 Beta on Nov 24th 2016. Here is the next numbered version of the X-Plane Simulator in X-Plane 12. Notable this is a Beta version and a digital download called "Early Access", not the full release of X-Plane 12, so expect a development run to "Final" of around three months, however this IS a public release at the cost of US59.95, a free DEMO version is also available to test your computer configuration and to try out (briefly) the next version of X-Plane.


This Early Access digital edition is ideal for people who:

X-Plane 12 Early Access includes:

  • Universal platform support (Windows, Mac with Native ARM Support and Linux)
  • Global scenery
  • 19 high-quality aircraft with immersive 3-D cockpits
  • Access to X-Plane 12 and 11
  • Free internet updates for all versions of 12.xx


Highlights in X-Plane 12 include complete system overhauls for:

  • Weather
  • Lighting
  • Trees & Fauna
  • Seasons
  • Water
  • ATC - Air Traffic Control
  • Sounds
  • Systems
  • And 7 new default aircraft



Tropical Water Colors
Gorgeous, geographically-aware water colors.
3D Forests and Vegetation

Large variety of 3D trees with variation of species, size, and seasonal effects. They even sway in the wind.
Ambient Sounds

The entire world now comes to life with FMOD sound – birds in the forest, cars in the cities and of course, ground service vehicles.
Tower Kit

Custom suite of endless control tower variation, easy to use for maximal realism.
Animated Jetways

Jetways move to meet your aircraft when parked at the gate.
Localized ATC Procedures/Voices

Air Traffic Control follow regional procedures and accents around the world.
Pavement Effects

Airport artists can choose from a library of pavement effects to perfectly capture the look-and-feel of airports by setting level of cracking, oil spills, pavement material, and more.
Volumetric 3D Clouds

Immersive clouds to fully capture the sensation of flight.
Real Weather

Proprietary algorithms to turn data from the real world into X-Plane weather.
Wake Turbulence

Powerful streams of upset air left in the atmosphere by other aircraft – just like real life.

Small, powerful downdrafts – perfectly modeled with pilot training in mind.

Terrain-generated updrafts that allow gilders to gain altitude without a tow plane.
Snow, Rain and Ice Accumulation

Precipitation now accumulates on surfaces, freezing or thawing based on temperature.


X-Plane 12 Minimum Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i3, i5, i7, or i9 CPU with 4 or more cores, or AMD Ryzen 3, 5, 7 or 9. (Those with other CPUs should try the demo before purchasing.)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video Card: a Vulkan 1.3-capable video card from NVIDIA or AMD with at least 2 GB VRAM
  • If your system is borderline, we encourage you to try the demo first. The full version of the simulator will perform exactly the same as the demo—neither better nor worse.

X-Plane 12 Recommended Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 8600k or Ryzen 5 3500 or better, or Apple Silicon
  • Memory: 16-24 GB RAM or more
  • Video Card: a DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA or AMD with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better, or similar from AMD)

Supported Video Cards:

  •     NVIDIA: NVIDIA GeForce 900 or newer, driver version 510 or newer
  •     AMD: AMD Radeon RX 500 or newer, driver version Adrenaline 22.2.1or newer

Supported Operating Systems:

  •     OS X: OS X 10.15 or newer (e.g. Catalina, Big Sur, or Monterey)
  •     Windows: Windows 10 or 11, 64-bit
  •     Linux: Varies
  •         If you want to run on Linux, you will need to try X-Plane on your distribution to see if it is compatible. We have developers using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and newer successfully, however we don’t provide support for specific distributions.
  •         We require the proprietary driver from NVIDIA to run X-Plane. We require the Mesa drivers, version 22.0 or newer, for AMD to run X-Plane.


X-Plane 12 (Beta) Early Access is purchased directly from Laminar Research for US$59.95


X-Plane 12

Price is US$59.95


A detailed release summary is coming very soon, so check back on the site regularly for coming X-Plane 12 updates as we delve into the exciting new chapter of the X-Plane Simulator.


NEWS! by Stephen Dutton

6th September 2022

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(Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All rights reserved.

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