Hi all … X-Plane 11.50b1 has been released. Many questions, many expectations, many doubts or not?
When you want to try it – remember, I’m working and running X-plane on macOS Catalina – I suggest that you install a separate version of X-plane on your desktop or if not too big, make a copy of your current X-Plane and name it in such a way that you know that this is 11.50b1.
Anyway, I did a quick test on my iMac Pro and I was positively surprised. My default X-Plane configuration which is just a basic X-Plane ran in a certain condition 65 FPS but with “Metal” selected, and after a restart, I had under the same conditions 97-99 FPS. Again, it’s just a basic X-Plane configuration with no add on aircraft or airports installed. Yes, you would say .. that’s not fair. We don’t fly with a basic clean X-Plane configuration. Right, I don’t do that either, but for comparison reasons it is a quick and easy way to see what happens when you tick or activate Metal in the Rendering Settings – Graphics.
Do you want to give it a try? It’s worth it although you need to keep in mind that it’s b (beta)1, and please test it with a separate X-Plane package, not your regular package. Questions, thoughts, own experience, just ask or let us know!
Adding to this, incoming news from Laminar Research.
Would you know whether FlightFactor’s A320 Ultimate runs on Metal? .
.. the FF A320 U is the only aircraft I fly nowadays.
Compliments for your site and for your work.
I can giv e it a try tomorrow morning if that works and if you can wait. You could also install on your desktop if that’s a too long wait till tomorrow morning, a clean basic of X-Plane 11 version with let’s say only US North America scenery and then install the FF 320U and see what happens.
… no rush at all!
These days I seldom have time for X-Plane.
I am looking forward to Metal, as my iMac still averages a modest 30 FPS despite a 8GB graphic card and 64-GB memory…
I’ll give it tomorrow a try and let you know tomorrow, ok?
Hi Vittorio (and others who are interested),
I checked the FF A320U version 1.0.1 with 11.50b1 and sorry to say, no, it doesn’t work with this Metal X-Plane version. Since it is difficult to contact Roman Bezerin, and although I tried to contact him, I have no idea why not. It seems that the model looks normally, but then it stays dead and no switch or EFB works. I tried is also with 11.41.r1 and there it worked all as we know. With no feedback from FF, I guess the A320U isn’t yet compatible with 11.50 BUT remember, this XP 11.50 is a beta version, so it also could be that it’s the beta that causes the problem and not the A320U. I did, out of curiosity, also check the A350 with 11.50b1 and that works and also with impressive FPS. Outside (external) – that’s what I can remember – almost 40-50% more FPS under the same conditions versus 11.41r1.
Anyway, that was not your question so for the A320U to me it looks like it’s not working yet
Many thanks, Angelique. Vitt.