X-plane Updated to 5.60b8
9:06 AM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story
Laminar Research has released yet another update to their complex flight simulator X-plane. This latest version has new features such as the "autogyro" (a very early form of fixed-wing helicopter), support for multiple cloud layers and random planes that fly around the skies. The update remains centered around "behind the scene" engine upgrades rather than visual upgrades. Here are some of the fixes and features:
1 word: Autogyro. These things are fun and BIZARRE to fly... the overhead rotor is free-wheeling, being driven only by the wind rushing through it... You have to pull BACK on the stick to get the rotor disc aimed UP so plenty of wind CATCHES UNDERNEATH IT and drivers the rotor, keeping you in the air. Approach at low speed with the disc way back and you can touch down almost at a stop!Remember, this update is still a beta. For more information on this sim, visit the Laminar web site. You can grab the patch or a demo of the simulator at MacGameFiles.
3 words: Multiple Cloud Layers. Set the clouds to 2 overcast layers far apart, max thunderstorms, in the late afternoon. Now fly between the layers and watch the cloud-to-cloud lightning. Not too shabby! The overcast clouds are drawn much nicer now! Cirrus clouds are also available! So there are now scattered, broken, overcast, and cirrus textures... some of the textures are the same or could be improved... I leave it to you to put cool new textures in their place and send the improved textures to me! See the "X-System Resources/textures/overlay" folder for the current textures.
Download X-plane 5.60b8 at MacGameFiles
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