Flight Environment X is an product for Microsoft Flight Simulator X that provides nearly unlimited environments for you to fly in, all in an easy to use interface that will be a dream for both advanced and novice users.
Flight Environment X for FSX - In Super High Definition
You can literally click and go! With one click you will experience the vast difference our textures make to bring your simulator to life.
Asides from selecting from one of the many stunning themes using the same principles as Flight Environment for FS9, you can allow FEX to intelligently select themes for you, varying your experience every time you fly. Or if you are an advanced users, get ready for some customization tools that will allow you endless creations.
Here is what you get:
- A large selection of realistic themes for water, sky and clouds
- Surrealistic themes to create amazing screen shots
- Instant community access to a free library of other users themes
- Individual themes for weather conditions such as storms and pollution
Control Your Experience with Advanced Tools!
Flight Environment X uses unique texture creation technology! This technology brings you a revolutionary new approach to how you control your experience of the Flight Simulator world.
The range of customisation is enormous, allowing an incredible depth of control, from adjusting the transparency of clouds and the colour of the bottom of clouds, right through to adjusting how the water colour scales in depth. Intuitive tools allow even the novice to be able to achieve stunning results. The included cloud editor will make it nearly impossible to see the same cloud twice.
There is no denying that over the past 10 years of flight simulation, the community surrounding `simming` has grown and provides a wealth of experience, knowledge and creative talent. With Flight Environment X we have developed features to make it easier for our users to interact and share themes through our interface.
All members of our team strongly share a vision to make using our products fun. Imagine what it`s like to make an amazing sunset or water set or cloud set. Just think about this for a moment. Either by chance or design, the whole combination works together like an explosion of reality and you`re like "Wow, this is incredible!". What do you do, make a screen shot? Everyone is saying "...which clouds, which water, what settings?" Our community approach means when you hit that magic moment of truly "as real as it gets" you have all the tools to just hit "Publish Theme" and our web site will publish screen shots and settings for you.
How does this work? You can create new themes which effectively originate a new set of textures; the settings used can then be uploaded to our dedicated servers and shared with other users with one click of a button, along with screenshots showing the theme in effect in FSX. You can then browse the themes other users have created and simply download any themes which you would like to try and install into FSX using your settings for texture resolution and compression.
One additional advantage of this is for multiplayer so everybody can see the same thing.
All the artwork used in Flight Environment X has been wholly originated from high definition photography taken by Peter Wilding using state of the art camera equipment. Many flying trips have been undertaken to photograph clouds from every angle along with water photography, sunrises and sunsets.
This has enabled us to master all textures at a very high definition and resolution (ten mega pixels) which is then scaled to your requirements in FEX. We have gone to exhaustive lengths to quality check every piece of artwork found in FEX.
We can confidently state that this is as good as it gets in terms of realism for clouds, water and skies.
Optimized for performance and quality, Flight Environment X has no adverse extra performance requirements from the default FSX installation.
FSX default texture resolution for clouds is 256x256 (please do not confuse this with your monitor resolution as this is a seperate thing). Until now, programs like FE for FS9 have supplied improved cloud textures at 512x512. FEX goes one step further and is the first to market truly high definition cumulus, stratus, wispy and cirrus cloud textures mastered up to a whopping 4096x4096 pixel size.
The benefit is super high realism in Flight Simulator and we trust our screen shots in the Gallery speak for themselves.
All our textures are provided in four screen resolutions: 4096x4096, 2048x2048, 1024x1024, 512x512, 256x256, 128x128. 1024x1024 and higher looks visually stunning and FEX is so versatile that you can balance all textures for smoothness and clarity. This puts you in full control to balance visual quality with performance. However, you will be pleased to know, in our experience our test team have reported no performance impact from our textures at any texture resolution.
What you may find particularly interesting is at even lower texture resolutions the visually stunning impact is still relatively maintained. For example; if a cloud is mastered at 1024x1024 and then made smaller to 256x256 it will look better than a 512x512 made smaller to 256x256. In other words experience has taught us that high quality masters produce superior results. Primarily, this is due to high quality source photography used in combination with 1024x1024 and higher textures.
Variety keeps the flight simulation experience a dynamic and immersive one. Our goal is to emulate the diversity and variation found in the natural world. We have surpassed our own expectations and we are confident you will be as thrilled with the results as we are.
The variety of artwork in FEX is truly enormous, much more than has ever been released to date by any other product.
It is all about the attention to detail. For example in FE for FS9 the main cumulus cloud is derived from three seperate elements; that of cumulus, wispy and stratus. FE for FS9 was the first to bring you this degree of variation. FEX goes even further, we now have sixteen individual elements of carefully and intelligently selected artwork, all working together.
Using this same method we can provide a massive variation of water artwork, including many different wave patterns, swell effects and unique coral patterns which if distributed in the traditional manner would equal a download running into gigabytes.
Additionally we will continue to expanding the range of artwork along with accepting user submissions to continually grow the library of variation you can achieve. Regular updates are a long term feature of using Flight Environment X.
Conclusion by MutleysHangar.com:
"An excellent addition to your flying experience and the fact that it will work in tandem with some of the weather engine utilities on the market, I am giving Flight Environment X a Mutley’s Hangar score of 9/10 Footnote: If Flight Environment X had a weather engine incorporated into it, it would definitely have got a 10/10."
Conclusion by FlightSim.com:
"No bugs that I can find, and I am very happy with the program! The texture replacements add a depth to FSX that has to be seen. The only nitpick is that I would have liked to see more sky textures, but I guess I am just being picky... The tropical water with visible coral adds a big sense of realism. The Super High Definition (SHD) textures are amazing, and best of all, they hardly affect the frame rates, which is all-important with FSX. Flight Environment X for FSX is every bit as good as Flight Environment for FS2004 and even better. A fantastic and highly recommended program; and, like its predecessor, FEX will go down in history as one of the great FS add-ons."
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Windows XP(SP2) / Vista / 7
2.0 GHz processor (Dual2Core recommended)
2 GB RAM
4 GB of free hard disk space
DirectX 9 compatible video card with 128 MB RAM
Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution
.Net Framework 2.0
Internet connection required for full features of FEX