Microsoft Flight Simulator gets another major add-on, the Fenix A320

Microsoft Flight Simulator Fenix ​​A320 On The Stand (copy)

Image credit: Fenix ​​simulation

In the past 2.5 years, Microsoft Flight Simulator launched on PC, die-hard sims are calling for coveted complexity, the “research grade” add-ons that define yore flight simulators. After all this time, in the span of a month, three of such aircraft have been released back.

First up is Leonardo’s MD-80, a retro-styled plane from the late 70s that’s highly practical. Then PMDG jumped in with the release of the Boeing 737, the most popular airframe in the world. Now, today, May 19, Fenix ​​Simulation, a new name in the world of simulation, has dropped a similarly sought-after and authentic aircraft: the Airbus A320 CEO.

For fan (exhaust)

The release of Fenix ​​Simulation A320 shortly after PMDG’s 737 means Microsoft Flight Simulator Now there are two realistic reproductions of the most built aircraft in the world of commercial aviation. The lead up to the release of both planes sparked discussions across social media.

Despite being a newbie in the world of flight simulation add-ons, with this being its first project, Fenix ​​has managed to attract such attention with an in-depth behind-the-scenes look. throughout the development of the aircraft.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Fenix ​​A320 Cone Chronicles (copy)

This, combined with word of mouth, is what makes it a hot topic of discussion a few weeks before its release. Some simulation enthusiasts have gone as far as to compare the two add-ons. This is appropriate, as the actual airframes of Airbus and Boeing compete in real life.

Pixels and fuel lines

All that said, the Fenix ​​feature list for its A320 is extensive. The team promises “full immersion” both inside and out. The narrow-body jet has been faithfully recreated using an “exclusive 3D scan of the real plane”, resulting in extremely detailed textures created to take advantage of Microsoft Flight Simulatorarsenal of graphic technology.

A true audio scene can also be enjoyed with surround sound hardware, along with all the technical complications. Fenix ​​boasts stats like having “288 active circuit breakers” and over 200 simulation failures, along with a host of other features that aim to make the A320 as life-like as possible.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Fenix ​​A320 Rainstorm (clone)

Fenix ​​is ​​looking to give simulators an experience that can essentially be thought of as ‘soft training’ to fly the same aircraft in real life. And it’s not just words: this is a product that already has a signed Airbus seal of approval, just as PMDG received a similar license from Boeing for their 737 add-on.

Money Negotiation

With such a large amount of features and promises, it’s no surprise that the Fenix ​​A320 gives Microsoft Flight Simulator has a starting price of £49.99 ($62.30 USD). Just like PMDG 737, this add-on is higher than the price of Standard version of sim. That said, the aforementioned Leonardo MD-80 is still far away, and the most expensive of all is $78.94 USD – the highest priced add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator hitherto.

At the time of writing, the Fenix ​​A320 has been out for more than a day, and the initial response seems to be positive on the discussion forums. So for now, at least it seems to not only live up to its claims, but justify its price tag.

However, all things considered, there is still the fact that Microsoft Flight Simulator now has an Airbus: A320neo. Not only that, it is also included in the Standard version, made available to everyone. It’s worth noting that the FlyByWire team has worked hard to bring the default A320neo to a similar standard to that of Fenix ​​and PMDG with the A32NX Project. It’s not quite in the same league, but the team hasn’t stopped even though they’re now a new paid software alternative. So even for the more frugal simulations out there, the more technical skies are pretty accessible.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Fenix ​​A320 Dramatic Cockpit (replica) Microsoft Flight Simulator gets another major add-on, the Fenix A320

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