Today, acclaimed third-party developer PMDG released their Boeing 737-600 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and they had a surprise in store.
The surprise is the price: this state-of-the-art high-fidelity aircraft is available on developer’s own store for $34.99, about $15 less than the tentative price PMDG originally mentioned a while back.
Here’s what you get in the package, and you can see what the plane looks like in the gallery at the bottom of the post.
- Fully customized system simulation for all major and minor aircraft systems and components.
- Highly sophisticated logic simulation of on-board information systems and aircraft management.
- PMDG’s custom flight model with improved physics augmentation.
- Rigid body physics for the wing and tail surfaces.
- Fully customized flight control systems with normal, backup and reversion capability.
- Precise resolution cockpit displays
- Interchangeable equipment options for cockpit instrumentation
- Many user-configurable options from the entire global fleet of 737 operators.
- Updated 737 options packages reflecting operational improvements and changes to the global 737 fleet.
- Comprehensive failure simulation to cover almost all QRH scenarios as well as a real world mean time to failure simulation model.
- Native PMDG datalink simulation compatible with simBrief integration.
- Incandescent and LED lighting packages, plus fully dimmed cockpit lights and annunciators.
- Steerable pushback tug.
- Custom sound set that takes advantage of advanced sound recording and playback technology for incredible realism.
- Soundscape constructed from recordings of a purpose-instrumented aircraft recording effort.
- Highly integrated exterior, interior and cockpit soundscapes.
- Includes the 737-600 in passenger configuration.
- Complete set of ground equipment for each type of aircraft, including passenger service vehicles.
- Virtual cockpit model, with ultra detailed textures, 3D rendering and reflective properties.
- Advanced animation techniques leveraging the new MSFS engine to bring the 737 cockpit to life.
- Cockpit details and operation are accurately rendered.
- PMDG Operations Center 2.0 for easy installation of liveries and ease of receiving free product updates from PMDG.
- A comprehensive tutorial will guide you through the proper operation of the 737, from power up to power down.
- PMDG Simulations Official YouTube content to help new PMDG 737 pilots get the most out of their purchase.
- Free customer support both on our customer forum and directly from our support team if needed.
This price is literally half of the developer’s 737-700 (currently priced at $69.99), which is certainly a worthwhile choice considering you get pretty much the exact same features when you get on deck of flight. The only difference is that the plane is a bit shorter, less popular among real-world airlines, and you’re missing the winglets/scimitars on the wingtips, in addition to the Boeing Business Jet and freighter variants .
On the other hand, you get a full-fledged so-called “study level” airliner from one of the most acclaimed developers in the flight simulation market for a relatively good price (at least by the standards of the flight simulators).
This is certainly an interesting take on PMDG’s approach to aircraft add-on pricing, creating an entry-level for Microsoft Flight Simulator users who want to tackle an advanced high-fidelity airliner without this adventure only costs an arm and a leg. If you want to put your feet in the water and see if this level of simulation is for you, I would have a hard time finding better at the moment in terms of the quality/price ratio of the offer.
Speaking of the 737-700, it is also updated to build version 3.00.0031. Among other things, this introduces the new lateral flight path simulation that has been implemented in the -600, alongside a “significant improvement” to the vertical profile simulation. In Layman’s terms, the autopilot is now much more accurately and accurately simulated.
We also learn that the -700 will soon be available on the official Marketplace. It’s worth mentioning that PMDG intends to release the entire 737 lineup for Xbox as well.
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