Steam user of X-Plane, now have earlier access to "Unstable Betas".
An ongoing question in the comments section has been: "when will this beta be released for Steam?" It's a good question! In the old days, the answer was "it'll be a few days" because building a beta for Steam was a separate process from building a beta for the Laminar Research installer.
We solved that problem a few months ago; when we create a beta, we create the beta for both installers at the same time in one coordinated symphony of automatic scripts and command line witchcraft. But there is still some delay in making the Steam beta be available to users - we usually wait a few hours to make sure the build isn't crashing for a big portion of our user base.
Now you don't have to wait! If you are a Steam customer you can get the very latest beta even if it's broken and unusable.
An unstable beta is a beta build of X-Plane that has some kind of relatively serious problem, or that might have a problem we don't know about because it hasn't been rolled out to the whole community.
Why would you ever want that? Sometimes the unstable beta has a bug fix you really need. Maybe the crashes affect common hardware but not your hardware. Maybe you just like really new things.
Skyline Simulations have posted some new preview images of their Gibraltar scenery for X-Plane and Prepar3D:
Gibraltar International Airport or North Front Airport is the civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The runway is owned by the Ministry of Defence for use by the Royal Air Force as RAF Gibraltar. Civilian operators use the civilian-operated terminal.
Coming Soon! The VSKYLABS Polaris AM-FIB Project v2.0.
This is a MAJOR update release which is including a brand new flight dynamics model, built and tuned for X-Plane's Experimental flight model environment.
Update v2.0 is also including improved 3D pilot and passenger visualization along with an option to include/remove the passenger 'on the fly' without the use of menus or pauses. The passenger is of course not only visualized, having effect on the flight dynamics, performance and handling of the Trike.
The update is also including a highly defined VR compatibility layer which allows VR operations with ease and intuitive controls.
The Polaris AM-FIB is an amphibian vehicle, equipped with landing gear for ground operations, and inflatable boat for water operations (or snow). In this short video, the VSKYLABS Polaris AM-FIB is being tested during some land-to-water and vice versa transitions, while heavy.
The scenery in the video is the wonderful PropStrike Studio Quatam River, to be found here.
With Vulkan and Metal, X-Plane is now firmly in the driver's seat for VRAM management. This lets us eliminate stutters that were previously present with OpenGL and almost impossible to avoid. It has, however, one big and noticeable downside: when you run out of VRAM, you get blurry textures.
Of course the goal wasn't to replace stuttering with blurry textures, and we believe that given the normal work load of X-Plane, you should not be seeing this. The fact that so many users are seeing blurry textures, especially on big cards with lots of VRAM, points to the VRAM code being buggy in all the ways beta code can be buggy.
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