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NEWS! - X-Plane 12 goes Final!

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NEWS! - X-Plane 12 goes Final!


Laminar Research on the Release Canadate 6, has gone "Final". This means that X-Plane 12 is now an official release version, and goes out of the development beta phase.


Is it finished? of course not as the development process will continue in more working beta's right through the version run, but it does mean that you can now switch to a "Stable" ahem version of X-Plane 12, and the version will be available for hard copies (DVD) and professional versions of the Simulator.


Release of X-Plane 12 was on the 6th September 2022. When released back then it was noted as an "Early Access" Beta, or an on-line download only. As Beta's go it was quite a bumpy road, but an expected nominal one.


The new X-Plane 12 simulator features volumetric 3D clouds, a physics-based photometric lighting model, worldwide 3D water, a full rewrite of the AI Air Traffic Control system, global 3D forests, seasonal textures, weather effects, revamped real weather data, and eight new aircraft.


As there are now 19 aircraft and the 8 aircraft denoted here in purple are NEW. The rest coming over from X-Plane 11 have all had significant upgrades to X-Plane 12 effects, textures and avionics.

  • Airbus A330-300
  • Cessna Citation X
  • Lancair Evolution
  • Cirrus SR22
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat
  • Robinson R22 Beta II
  • Piper PA-18 Super Cub
  • Van's Aircraft RV-10
  • Aero-Works Aerolite 103
  • Beechcraft Baron 58
  • Beechcraft King Air C90B
  • Cirrus Vision SF50
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-82
  • Schleicher ASK 21
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel
  • Boeing 737-800
  • Cessna 172 SP
  • Sikorsky S-76


X-PlaneReviews did at the time of the beta release, a complete a full rundown of the features and details of X-Plane 12;


X-Plane 12 - Next Generation X-Plane Beta release "Early Access"


There is also X-Plane 12 Simulator to try out demo on the official website before making the purchase. You do get get the full Simulator, but are restricted to flying a small area and a time period


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.


It’s also available on the official website and Steam 


X-Plane 12 is purchased directly from Laminar Research for US$59.95 and the download file size is 82 GB


X-Plane 12

Price is US$59.95



NEWS! by Stephen Dutton

18th December 2022

Copyright©2022: X-Plane Reviews


(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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