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NEWS! - X-Plane 12...  Final day at the old price!


From the 1st of November 2023, X-Plane 12 with increase it's base price to US$79.99 from the current US$59.99. This price has been current for the Simulator for over a decade, so with all the extra features and detail, it should be priced higher in the category.


X-PlanrReviews have said that X-Plane was too cheap for years, not for inflation, but to put more resources into the Simulator. Which is the said reason for the price change in the announcement from Laminar Research, the developers of the Simulator. You purchase is investing in the Simulator's future.


Being in Australia, this notice gives you an extra 12 hours to purchase at the old price, so be quick if you want to upgrade from X-Plane 11...  even X-Plane 10? (Yes we know you are out there).


X-Plane 12 features include

  • Photometric Lighting Engine
  • Light brightness, intensity, spread, and more – all computed in real time with the laws of physics.
  • 3D Water
  • Gorgeous global water rendering, complete with wave height controls and floatplane interaction based on feedback from expert pilots.
  • Seasonal Effects
  • Tree color and leaf coverage vary to show season – snow accumulates, too!
  • 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.


And don't forget the basic physics


Math and Physics Make the Difference

"Our commitment to realism in the X-Plane flight simulator starts with first principle physics, a mountain of math, and decades of real-world flight experience. Our development team has spent 30+ years refining the rendering engine and mechanics for a blisteringly authentic flight experience.

You’re in complete control inside the cockpit: fly any aircraft, anywhere in the world, in any type of weather conditions. We’ll provide an ultra-realistic combination of lift, drag, wind, turbulence, scenery, flight controls, and more. Feel every force acting on every piece of the aircraft in real-time. It’s something you can’t replicate in a free flight simulator or even the most cinematic airplane games."


X-Plane 12 runs on four platforms including; Mac, Windows, Linux and mobile platforms.


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.


Download the free demo of X-Plane 12 and experience all of these improvements for yourself.



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


X-Plane 12

Price is US$59.95, tomorrow it will  be US$79.99!



NEWS! by Stephen Dutton

31st October 2023

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