Today, acclaimed third-party developer PMDG released its Boeing 737-600 for Microsoft Flight Simulator and had a surprise in store.
The surprise is the price: this advanced, high-fidelity aircraft is available on the developer’s own store for $34.99, about $15 less than the preliminary price originally mentioned by PMDG some time ago.
Here’s what you’ll get in the package, and you can see how the plane looks in the gallery at the end of the post.
- Fully customized system simulation for all large and small aircraft systems and components.
- Sophisticated logical simulation of onboard information systems and aircraft management.
- PMDG’s custom flight model with advanced physics enhancement.
- Rigid body physics for wings and tail units.
- Fully customized flight control systems with normal, standby and reverse functions.
- Precise resolution cockpit displays
- Interchangeable cockpit instrumentation equipment options
- Numerous user-configurable options from across the global 737 operator fleet.
- Updated 737 option packages to reflect operational improvements and changes to the global 737 fleet.
- Fully functional failure simulation to cover almost all QRH scenarios and real-world mean time to failure simulation model.
- Native PMDG data connection simulation compatible with simBrief integration.
- Incandescent and LED lighting packages as well as fully dimmable cockpit lights and detectors.
- Mobile pushback tug.
- Bespoke sound pack utilizing advanced sound recording and playback technology for incredible realism.
- Sound environment created using recordings from a specially instrumented aircraft recording effort.
- Highly integrated exterior, interior cabin and flight deck sound environments.
- Includes the 737-600 in passenger configuration.
- Full ground equipment for each type of aircraft, including passenger service vehicles.
- Virtual cockpit model with extremely detailed textures, 3D rendering and reflective properties.
- Advanced animation techniques utilizing the new MSFS engine to truly bring the 737 flight deck to life.
- Cockpit details and operation are accurately reproduced.
- PMDG Operations Center 2.0 for easy livery installation and easy receipt of free product updates from PMDG.
- A full featured tutorial walks you through the proper operation of the 737 from power on to power off.
- PMDG Simulations Official YouTube content to help new PMDG-737 pilots get the most out of their purchase.
- Free customer support both in our customer forum and directly from our support team when needed.
That price is literally half the developer’s own 737-700 (current price $69.99), which is certainly an interesting choice considering you get pretty much the same features once you step onto the flight deck . The only differences are that the plane is slightly shorter, less popular with real-world airlines, and you’re missing the winglets/scimitars on the tips of the wings, in addition to the Boeing Business Jet and Cargo variants.
On the other hand, you get a full-fledged so-called “study aircraft” from one of the most reputable developers in the flight simulation market for a relatively cheap price (at least by flight simulator standards).
This is certainly an interesting approach by PMDG to aircraft add-on pricing, effectively creating an entry-level for Microsoft Flight Simulator users who want to approach an advanced, high-fidelity aircraft without the adventure costing an arm and a leg . Currently, if you’re looking to get your feet wet and see if this level of simulation is for you, I’d be struggling to find a better option in terms of value for money on offer.
Speaking of the 737-700, that will also be updated to build 3.00.0031. Among other things, this introduces the new Lateral Flight Path simulation implemented in the -600, alongside a “significant improvement” to the vertical profile simulation. To put it in layman’s terms, the autopilot is now simulated much more precisely and accurately.
We’re also hearing that the -700 will be appearing on the official marketplace soon. It’s worth noting that PMDG intends to later release the entire 737 lineup for Xbox as well.
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