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It was a matter of time, but we’re pleased on behalf of Laminar Research to inform you that X-Plane 11.50 has seen daylight.

X-Plane 11.50 Released, introducing Vulkan and Metal Rendering
X-Plane 11.50 is a pivotal update to the app that provides faster graphics processing, fewer visual stutters and an overall increase of Frame Rate (FPS). Taking advantage of the latest rendering technology, X-Plane 11.50 ships with compatibility for Vulkan on Windows/Linux and Metal on Mac. Think of these as the language of your graphics card (GPU).

We have measured improvement across a variety of different GPUs, including both AMD and Nvidia-built cards. As always, performance results with Vulkan/Metal will vary from user to user but we are quite pleased with the aggregate improvement.

Here are some more details!