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    MSFS: Which version to go with?

    With PMDG getting ready to release the DC-6 and the 737 coming sooner or later, I am thinking about giving MSFS another try. Last time (Before getting my money back), I tried the premium edition, but is it really worth the extra cash compared to the standard edition and then getting the addons I want?

    Thoughts please!

    Jonathan Brad

    Part of the flight sim world since 1981

    #2
    Other than the extra planes (non-modable) and a few nicer airports, you're not missing much. The only limitation you might run into is that some scenery creators might use assets only available in the premium version. I've only ever seen that mentioned once, but then again I wasn't really looking for it.
    Also keep in mind that it's cheaper to get the premium version now than to upgrade later.
    So, ultimately, it depends on what you personally want.
    Cristi Neagu

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      #3
      Originally posted by CX 747-400 View Post
      With PMDG getting ready to release the DC-6 and the 737 coming sooner or later, I am thinking about giving MSFS another try. Last time (Before getting my money back), I tried the premium edition, but is it really worth the extra cash compared to the standard edition and then getting the addons I want?

      Thoughts please!
      I went with the top-end version, which should save me the need to buy add-on airports once I have my NG3 flying. For now, I'm mainly focusing on P3D5 since I only fly PMDG, but once in a while I'll do a propeller flight on MSFS 2020.
      Luis Linares
      i9-6700K, GTX 2080Ti, 64GB DDR4

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        #4
        I bought the basic version and find it sufficient for my needs. There are some great aircraft (A320neo, flybywire upgrade), TBM930 (upgradable), CRJ4 and Aerosoft CRJ500/700 (payware). The 3rd party scenery would be better than the MSFS versions IMO and only cost in the region of £10-15, a lot cheaper than the P3d scenery. I tried to go back to P3d and find it horrable now that MSFS is available. MSFS is the way forward and all the great developers are supporting it, which is great for the future. I purchased every PMDG product and will only purchase again for the new platform. It's a great simulator and bear in mind it's not been out a year yet, so the SDK's will improve. Hope that helps.
        Ken Ockwell
        Part of the Flight Sim Community since
        Sublogic released the flight simulation program FS1 Flight Simulator for the Apple II in 1979.
        subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II - the first ever!!! - Bing video

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        • Cristi Neagu
          Cristi Neagu commented
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          That's not a lot cheaper than P3D scenery... that's the same price.

        #5
        I switched to MSFS from P3D and haven't looked back, and with PMDG landing in MSFS soon, that's only a good thing, I agree with the sentiment of MSFS is the future, as for which version, I bought the premium version but the basic version would have done, I only use aircraft from the basic version and the extra detailed airports, yes are better but for me are not that great and will probably get replaced by payware alternatives. So I would recommend basic
        Joe Colehouse EGCC

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          #6
          Its not quite true that the premium (deluxe) planes are not moddable. Ie, the Heavy group has made a great job with the 787-10 so far, and it has a custom LNAV module (still in alpha/beta). Other than that, I would say that you aren't really missing anything by just using the standard version.

          I wanted to support the license so I got the premium deluxe. You never know - one day we will get a quality mod for the premium planes on similar levels to FBW and WT.
          Sincerely,

          Andreas Stangenes
          Norway

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            #7
            Thanks all. I was wondering the same thing…
            Mike Dryden
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              #8
              Originally posted by CX 747-400 View Post
              With PMDG getting ready to release the DC-6 and the 737 coming sooner or later, I am thinking about giving MSFS another try. Last time (Before getting my money back), I tried the premium edition, but is it really worth the extra cash compared to the standard edition and then getting the addons I want?

              Thoughts please!
              My advise: If you can afford it, take the premium. You'll never know what will change in the future what makes you need to buy an upgrade.
              Eric van Dorp

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                #9
                I took the premium deluxe or whatever the full package is called and beside the DV20 I don‘t use any of the additional aircraft. They are frustrating at best. And the airports that come with the DLCs are not worth the additional money. There are much better freeware airports available at flightsim.to.
                Freeware developers like Working Title made a great job improving the Garmins which increased the value of the planes but the flight characteristics are so off that it hurts. I found some pleasure in the Katana in VR but it doesn‘t really fly like a Katana either.

                I don‘t see what should happen that would require the DLCs? Anything that would change the main sim can‘t come with them.
                i7-6700k, GTX 1080TI, 32GB DDR4 RAM @2666MHz, 4k
                Marc Ehnle

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                  #10
                  As someone already mentioned I think it just depends on what you want / will find value in. If you do plan on flying in a bunch of different locations the added enhanced airports in premium would be a good thing. The whole default vs. payware thing is pretty subjective - personally I haven't been disappointed with any of them. Only bought one payware airport title and that's because it was very well done and just a few miles down the road from me.

                  Same story with the added aircraft - there are just a few in premium that I wanted but I'm enjoying them so to me it was worth it. Yes some models aren't 100% accurate but as everyone knows, the sim is still a giant work in progress. I anticipate seeing the freeware and open-source community get even bigger than it is already so why not take advantage of some of the mods that will continue to be made. That said, of course I'll be buying pretty much anything that PMDG releases for MSFS.
                  Dan Morand
                  i7-7700k OC 4.8, 16GB RAM, EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2

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                    #11
                    I strongly recommend getting the high version, the money difference is worth it for sure.
                    Alaa Riad

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                      #12
                      I am a collector of sorts. so i got the Premium Deluxe... you just got get the one you feel best about. Enjoy and bring on the DC-6!!
                      Thank you,

                      Brent Springer

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                        #13
                        Definitely get the Academic version. Kidding!

                        Looks like you've made up your mind, but I went with the standard. I didn't see much value in the additional content. A friend sprung for the premium and now doesn't really use the additional planes at all. I'd rather throw that money to a new airport or two.
                        Matthew Glanden

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                        • CX 747-400
                          CX 747-400 commented
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                          Academic!? I was thinking more in line of the Professional Plus License for the cheap rate of $2500.00. LOL

                        #14
                        Originally posted by Cristi Neagu View Post
                        That's not a lot cheaper than P3D scenery... that's the same price.
                        Well I was paying double that rate, and needed another £300 for SSD to store the megascenery stuff and around £30 for the payware. So MSFS is way cheaper as don't need the SSD to store the 4x Megascenery stuff.
                        Ken Ockwell
                        Part of the Flight Sim Community since
                        Sublogic released the flight simulation program FS1 Flight Simulator for the Apple II in 1979.
                        subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II - the first ever!!! - Bing video

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                          #15
                          Originally posted by Ken Ockwell View Post

                          Well I was paying double that rate, and needed another £300 for SSD to store the megascenery stuff and around £30 for the payware. So MSFS is way cheaper as don't need the SSD to store the 4x Megascenery stuff.
                          Well, you're not comparing apples with apples. Airport scenery for P3D costs just as much as that for FS2020. I don't think there are any large area scenery packs available for FS2020 for the reason you mentioned. And it is also a fair point to say that there's a lot more freeware scenery for FS2020 than for P3D. But apples for apples, all addons cost about the same. You just need less of them than in P3D, which is again a fair point.
                          Cristi Neagu

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                            #16
                            Originally posted by Cristi Neagu View Post

                            Well, you're not comparing apples with apples. Airport scenery for P3D costs just as much as that for FS2020. I don't think there are any large area scenery packs available for FS2020 for the reason you mentioned. And it is also a fair point to say that there's a lot more freeware scenery for FS2020 than for P3D. But apples for apples, all addons cost about the same. You just need less of them than in P3D, which is again a fair point.
                            I disagree, having always paid more for p3d scenery, it's one of the first things I noticed when MSFS came out and payware addons are mostly always better than the vanilla stuff. I liken it to having MSFS as the operating system to use the PMDG addons etc. Anyway take a look at these prices
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                            Ken Ockwell
                            Part of the Flight Sim Community since
                            Sublogic released the flight simulation program FS1 Flight Simulator for the Apple II in 1979.
                            subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II - the first ever!!! - Bing video

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                              #17
                              Originally posted by Ken Ockwell View Post
                              and payware addons are mostly always better than the vanilla stuff.
                              depends. I‘m sure that FT will make a better YSSY than someone who has 2 hours in the evening but there are plenty of smaller airports or aerodromes at beyond ORBX sold quality available. For example Samedan LSZS. The orbx payware is nice, the freeware is outstanding. I picked many small freeware aerodromes in Austra, Switzerland and Germany in amazing detail, combined with the free 20 and 10m meshes it‘s a wonderful scenery.

                              at the same time Justsim‘s EDDS for P3D is beautiful but the currently available freeware for MSFS is „okay“. I think the bigger the airport and the less access a private person can get the better the payware from names like FSDT, FlyTampa or Flightbeam will be and that‘s where we will probably (have to) put our money. Stand today I have purchased 3 (4) aircraft and 4 airports. But I already have 48 addon airports/aerodromes indtalled and in use. That‘s a huge financial difference to what I did in P3D.

                              and I find the planes in MSFS much more satisfying than in P3D, maybe it‘s simply the landscape outside. Last night I flew from Juneau to Tri Cities in the WT CJ4 and while this is a flight I would spend on Youtube in P3D with one eye checking the systems I spent this flight with my TrackIR active watching clouds!!! And then getting clear skies around Vancouver I looked at the beautiful scenery. Without any 50$ ORBX regions
                              i7-6700k, GTX 1080TI, 32GB DDR4 RAM @2666MHz, 4k
                              Marc Ehnle

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                                #18
                                Originally posted by Ephedrin View Post

                                depends. I‘m sure that FT will make a better YSSY than someone who has 2 hours in the evening but there are plenty of smaller airports or aerodromes at beyond ORBX sold quality available. For example Samedan LSZS. The orbx payware is nice, the freeware is outstanding. I picked many small freeware aerodromes in Austra, Switzerland and Germany in amazing detail, combined with the free 20 and 10m meshes it‘s a wonderful scenery.
                                There are indeed a lot of new little dev's that make freeware, it's because the development is MUCH easier with lots of obstacles less on MSFS2020 than it had before AND also because MSFS2020 forgives a lot lighting errors; These meme scenery's in P3D would look ugly.
                                It is important to support even the smallest devs, it is thanks to your purchase that they can continue to exist and make beautiful scenery.
                                Last edited by [email protected]; 03Jun2021, 14:57.
                                Cédrice Rive 747, MD11, 737, 777

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                                  #19
                                  I switched to MSFS from XP11 and P3Dv5 on the launch of MSFS and don't regret it at all, despite a considerable investment in the former two engines and the best addon aircraft. I also bought the deluxe edition, which is typical me.

                                  However, knowing what I do now and, flying everyday in MSFS, I would defo go for the basic version first if there's any question of budget. Me in reality? I would still buy the deluxe because I have more money than sense and I can't help it

                                  Sledge
                                  Simon Justice

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                                    #20
                                    I think I am forgetting P3D DC-6 will bring an end flying in P3D. The combination of PMDG's and MSFS sceneries make the whole package more enjoyable time " My wife is alredy getting mad at me" lol -)RO
                                    Rolando Olmo

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