- Two New Aircraft
- Worldwide 3D Scenery Graphics
- Over 20 000 Airports
- Over 70 000 Navigation Waypoints
- New Cities with Better Details
- New Custom 3D Objects Existing Aircraft
- Updated GPS
- Improved Weather System
- Two New Aircraft
FS2000 will include two new aircraft, British Airways Concorde
and Boeing 777-300. Also the six "old" aircraft (Cessna 182S,
Cessna 182RG, Learjet 45, Boeing 737-400, Extra 300S and Bell
JetRanger III) are of course included and updated. Worldwide 3D
Scenery Graphics FS2000 will feature new 16-bit color and true
elevation data. Textures are dramatically improved. Seasonal effects
are also included. Over 20000 Airports Due to Microsoft's contract
with Jeppesen, FS2000 will have almost seven times more airports
than FS98. All airport and navigational data are from Jeppesen's
database, eg. real world aviation info. But this doesn't mean
that all airports are detailed. Most likely majority of airports
will have only the runways. Over 70000 Navigation Waypoints The
amount of navigation waypoints will also include dramatically
in FS2000. All of them from Jeppesen's database, as the airports
too. New Cities with Better Details FS2000 includes at least six
cities in very high details: London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles,
San Francisco and Chicago. New Custom 3D Objects New version will
have much wider variety of different buildings, structures and
dynamic scenery. This will make the FS2000 world more realistic.
Existing Aircraft Updated All of the current six aircraft in FS98
will be updated with new panels, virtual cockpits, sounds and
exterior models. GPs A basic Global Positioning System will be
integrated to FS2000 and it will have the information from Jeppesen's
worldwide NavData database. Improved Weather System The whole
weather system will be updated and improved in FS2000. For example
rain, thunder and lightning's are visible now. Also clouds are
improved. FS2000 will also include RealWeather style program which
allows pilots to get the latest weather from Internet
Definitely good is the introduction of the new Jeppesen database
of all navaids and intersections, the integration of a planner
and GPs and of course all new airports. FS98 introduced all US
airports and FS2000 introduced the rest of the world public airports.
Now we can fly to about 13000 default airports!
Another good part of the product is the support of more colors.
FS95/FS98 supported only 256 colors now we reach to the 1999 standard
of 16K colors. This improves scenery quality al lot. FS2000 elevation
is more accurate. This makes a lot of FS98 scenery unusable however......
The user interface is more easy to use. Lot's of improvements
to be found here. The clouds dialog is very good now. You can
visually add cloud layers. Clouds are also a major improvement.
They now look like the FLY! clouds. You can now update the weather
according to actual worldwide conditions online. And we have rain
and snow now. You can see the rain drops at your window and hear
them touch the plane at the winds side! It's a good feature.
No Shadows anymore
Microsoft decided to leave shadows out just before the product
release because using shadows will drop framerates even more.
Probably shadows will be available again as soon as new generation
graphical boards hit the market.
The bgl (scenery) files can't be accessed now by flight planners.
It is not possible anymore to access the *bgl files to read the
used data. This makes it more difficult to make (freeware) programs
using this code (f.i. new scenery assemblers) and external flight
planners can't read the scenery data anymore to import the navaids.
Files are not encrypted but compressed. Microsoft released a decompression
utility for developers, available at my fs2000 utils page.
Hoover dam, Las Vegas and more removed
Not just because the Hoover Dam but also more scenery have been
removed probably for the frame rates issue.
FS2000 professional is rip-off
The release of a professional version is a official rip-off.
For the extra payment you will get
- a few pages more Handbook (only difference is that panel layouts
have been included with NO explanation how to use them)
- two planes added, Beech King Air 350 and Mooney Bravo, they
will probably also be available as freeware in the files-section
- third CD rom including instruction videos, Jeppesen Simcharts
sample and improved sound for all planes. Why didn't they add
the sounds to the standard version???
- Six additional detailed cities: Boston, Washington, Seattle,
Berlin, Tokyo and Rome.
- a tiny feature: aircraft editor. Can change colors and panels
The title professional is unexplaned here. Basicly buying the
professional version is only needed as a collectors item.