FlyInside FSX

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FlyInside FSX
Information
VR/AR Virtual Reality
Platform Oculus Rift (Platform)
Device Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Operating System Windows
Type Experience
Genre Simulation
Version FlyInside 1.51
Release Date May 27, 2016
Price $37.00
Website FlyInside FSX
Infobox Updated 8/6/2016


FlyInside FSX is software which allows players to use Microsoft Flight Simulator X inside the Oculus Rift. The application has been under heavy development for quite some time, and new updates are released on a regular basis. The latest version adds the support for HTC Vive, making this excting software even more interesting for aviation fans from around the world.

Features

FlyInside launched on Kickstarter on June 30, 2015.[1] The project quickly gained attention of industry news publications and Microsoft Flight Simulator fans, which helped it to successfully raise $30,351 with 479 backers just a month later, exceeding its first and second Stretch Goal.

The first Stretch Goal was to add Leap Motion support to allow press individual buttons inside the cockpit with fingers.[2] The current version of the game has already implemented this functionality and even extended it to virtual windows that can display any desktop application just like it was a part of the virtual cockpit.

The second Strech Goal was to add support for Prepar3D, a simulation platform developed by Lockheed Martin and offered for professional and academic purposes. The developer of FlyInside, Daniel Church, is still primarily focusing on Microsoft Flight Simulator X, but he has promissed to steadily keep working on the version for Prepar3D.

FlyInside provides a smooth experience with its built in asynchronous timewarp to correct from inconsistent and low frame-rate issues present in many flight simulators. The software can use 4k rendering to provide a crystal clear image, which is easily readable through virtual reality glasses.

The game can be purchased through its official website. The Microsoft Flight Simulator X version costs $35, the Prepar3D version $45, and a bundle of both version is available for a discounted price of $60.[3]

System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Intel i5 or better processor (or AMD equivelent)
  • NVIDIA GTX 770 or better
  • 8GB Ram
  • Flight Simulator X Acceleration or Prepar3D 2.5 and up

Recommended Requirements:

  • Intel i5 3570k or better
  • NVIDIA GeForce 780 Ti or better
  • 8GB Ram
  • Flight Simulator X Steam Edition or Prepar3D 3.0

Setup Instructions

According to FlyInside's Oculus webpage[4], players need to:

  1. Download the version of FlyInside applicable to your flight simulator and Oculus runtime.
  2. Run the FlyInside installer, following the instructions along the way.
  3. Make sure that your Oculus Rift DK2 is turned on.
  4. Run your flight simulator.

Flyinside FSX has a control panel which shows in the 3D virtual view and is on by default. There are some configurable settings, but none are set up “out of the box”.

  • The first thing players need to do is use the “Settings” button to configure a suitable key to hide and show the Flyinside FSX control panel.
  • They should also set up a key to hide or show the mouse cursor.
  • Other useful keys can be set up. For example, “V” for disabling/enabling the Virtual Desktop” feature and “L” to disable/enable the Leap Motion (which is otherwise enabled by default).[5]

Images and Videos

References

  1. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1232710074/flyinside-fsx/updates
  2. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1232710074/flyinside-fsx/description
  3. https://flyinside-fsx.com/Products
  4. https://share.oculus.com/app/flyinside
  5. http://blog.inf.ed.ac.uk/atate/2015/11/19/flight-simulator-in-virtual-reality-with-flyinside-fsx/

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