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FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN1835 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:28 am

I currently fly FSX Deluxe Edition (and have been for a long time) and have been thinking of upgrading / purchasing FSX Gold; recently I've been My Tubing / reading about FSX Steam, given that Steam is selling it half price ($12.99).

Some say the Steam version is really FSX Gold, but you can download the Steam platform directly versus purchase a couple of discs. You can purchase the Steam version at this price through January 2 I believe. Froogle says he is non-committal on FSX given that Steam may eventually develop a upgrade of FSX some time in 2015.

I was wondering if any MTNers are (1) using Gold and what they think of it versus Deluxe; and if any (2) MNTers are using the Steam version and what they think of it.

Thanks, Tom Tobin
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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN2645 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:22 am

I'm using the Steam Edition, it actually works great on my current system (my good one **** the bed, I'm using my notebook for now). The only 2 problems I've had: 1) Direct X 10, IMO, sucks! It makes the graphics look, for lack of a better word, weird. I'm working on a 'fix' that I read about. 2) I've been unable to get ACARS to work. It was theorized last night, in an impromptu group flight, that it may be the new FSUIPC, which was just updated last weekend for the Steam Edition.
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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN2458 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:22 pm

I have been using the steam version as my install disks for fsx were damaged bought the game for $5 day it came out rex works with it my ifly works with it .just flight planes seem to work there planes are garbage though. qw757 does not work so far. The sim runs a little better for me dx10 seems better then on disk version and dx9 little better fps little less poping and is cleaner looking at higher settings. but that just me. FSacars worked fine for me.
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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN1835 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:40 am

Seems like you are both leaning toward purchasing it???

How do either of you like it over the current version (discs) that you were using. I mainly use freeware addons, and don't purchase boxed version and from what I read it accepts the addons and I see where FSUIPC was just updated to work with Steam.

Too, I am interested in placing it on a external drive as I don't think I can have enough capacity to have Steam and my current FSX on my C drive.

Any thoughts?

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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN2071 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:53 am

Might want to take a look at YouTube for the Steam version... several good videos on Steam reviews.
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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN1031 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:26 am

Steam Edition is exactly Gold Edition with a few basic CFG edits and a new multiplayer interface based on the Steam Servers instead of Gamespy.
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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN2458 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:54 pm

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition Change Log

The below change log represents the key changes made to FSX: Gold Edition to create FSX: Steam Edition.

General
•FSX: Steam Edition is now built using the VS2013 compiler for better optimisation and performance. (Still makes use of VS2005 libraries for backwards compatibility.)
•Updated splash, launcher and mission preview images for FSX:SE versions.

Multiplayer, networking and communications
•Gamespy networking now replaced by new Steam networking.
•Game chat now integrated with Steam chat
•Friends/Banned lists now integrated with Steam.
•Game invites now use Steam.
•Host networking defaults to a single port 6112.
•Host networking uses 27016 for Steam Master Server Browser.
•Host timeout (loss of connection to host) now 35 seconds by default (was 55).
•"Disconnected" message dialog now retained on screen for 4 mins before automatic dismissal (was 30 secs).

Steam Support
•Top Down Camera (camera view select 4) was previously bound to F12 by default which is normally used for Steam's screen shot feature. Camera View Select 4 now uses Shift+F12 by default to avoid potential clash.

Compatibility with FSX boxed
•FSX and FSX: Steam Edition co-Existence feature allows both versions to be installed on the same machine.

Default System-Setting Alterations
•Increased TEXTURE_MAX_LOAD to 4096 up from 1024
•Changed HIGHMEMFIX=1
•Increased Vertex and Index Buffers and the number of buffers.

Bugs Fixed
•Fix to particle emitter controllers which were not being updated properly.
•Fix to flush all levels of detail in terrain cache.
•Fix to Texture Composition preventing fail and crash.
•Fixed issue where player is able to reserve more slots for friends than maximum players allowed in the game.
•Fixed issue where invalid Briefing Room was presented to player when cancelling session creation.
•Fixed issue where weather text in the multiplayer briefing room is partially cut off.
•Fixed issue where no error message appears when attempting to host a session with the network adapter disabled.
•Fixed issue where there is no error message when attempting to host a session with the network cable unplugged.
•Fixed issue where host player is frozen after a collision occurs in multiplayer.
•Fixed issue where client gets dropped from a multiplayer game after they crash into the host.
•Fixed issue where the Host Options in multiplayer/ Free Flight allow a user to have a maximum of 99 player slots.
•UIAutomationCore.dll work-a-round is now supplied by default with FSX:SE. This fixes a number of crashes relating to UI interaction on 64-bit versions of Windows.
•Fixed issue where the application's taskbar preview window displays no content on Windows 8 and above
•Prevent default colour mode for Windows 7 and above (enable automatic display composition).
•sserife.fon file now automatically supplied and loaded.

Change log steam edition fsx biggest change is recompiled using new compiler
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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN1835 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:52 am

I want to thank eveyrone for assisting on this.

Since I currently use Dexluxe, I decided to upload Steam if for nothing more, it is a wee bit more advanced than Deluxe, and the cost was ok.

I do have a questions though.

I assume from what I read that you can install third party free ware into FSX Steam, noted the following:

Compatibility with FSX boxed
•FSX and FSX: Steam Edition co-Existence feature allows both versions to be installed on the same machine.


This morning I went to upload a third party freeware plane, but could not find the actual Steam FSX program where I could add in a new plane into the SimObjects file on my C drive.

When I used FSX Deluxe, I had a separate file C:FSX/ where go to add to the simobjects, effects, graphic changes.

Where is the acutal FSX steam program located on the C drive....I did a search for FSX but only come up with my own stored FSX files in My Documents versus say in my Program Files under MS Games.

Shouldn't there be a FSX Steam program on the C Drive?

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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN2451 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:00 am

Tom,

It will probably be somewhere under the Steam folders. For example, I play the Steam version of NBA2K12 and for me, that is located under \Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common

I am assuming that FSX should be in a similar location, but I could be wrong.

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Re: FSX Gold versus FSX Steam

Postby MTN1835 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:01 pm

Thanks again.

I went to my trusty YouTube and it was explained to me just as you suggested....once i found the Steam file, I located my SimObjects and went from there.

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