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05-17-2008, 05:40 AM #1
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For Government and Commercial Organizations
See how simulations built on Microsoft ESP can help your organization improve training outcomes, reduce training costs, and increase operational excellence.
Learn how you can use the Microsoft ESP Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) platform to expand into new markets by helping customers affordably improve their training outcomes and maintain a competitive workforce.
Explore how the all-in-one simulation platform of Microsoft ESP can help you build affordable, extensible simulation solutions for your customers.
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05-17-2008, 09:03 AM #2
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Q. What are some of the technical features of Microsoft ESP? A. The Microsoft ESP platform runs on COTS-based Windows software and PC hardware. The platform includes support for multiple data sources (DEM, vector, imagery/textures, seasonal textures, continuous time of day, and aviation hazards); scenery support (foliage, buildings, landmarks, and much more)' sound support (Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound); and dynamic objects, VoIP, structured experiences/missions, a powerful weather system, a dynamic world, and continuous time of day. Q. How does the platform work? What technology does Microsoft ESP utilize? A. Microsoft ESP is the platform (engine, tools, and base world content) underlying Microsoft's Flight Simulator X. As platform technology, Microsoft ESP contains a robust set of tools, APIs, and documentation that support code development, content integration, and scenario-building. These capabilities are provided in the software development kit (SDK), and are augmented by some of the same Visual Studio development tools already used by thousands of Microsoft Windows developers. This standardized development approach makes creating and deploying PC-based simulations feasible, consistent, and cost-effective. Q. Is Microsoft ESP a .NET platform? A. Microsoft ESP 1.0 offers both managed and native interfaces for solution code development. Q. What are the system requirements for Microsoft ESP? A. Microsoft ESP is a powerful PC-based simulation platform that runs on any version of Microsoft Vista or on Microsoft Windows XP SP2. Hardware-wise, the minimum requirements are a 2.0GHz or higher CPU - single core, 1GB RAM, 20GB or more of free hard drive space, 32X DVD drive, DirectX9- or higher-compliant video card with 128MB or higher video RAM, DirectX9or higher hardware compatibility, sound card with speakers or headphones, and a mouse or other hardware device. Q. How can partners and developers build solutions using Microsoft ESP? A. Microsoft ESP offers a rich set of simulation capabilities in one environment, including tools for object placement, scenery and terrain customization, object activation, special effects, and environmental controls including adjustable weather. Microsoft ESP leverages internet/intranet connectivity infrastructures to conduct multi-user and shared cockpit/instructor simulations of real-world scenarios. Evaluation, measurement, and post-simulation events analysis ("After Action Review") are supported. The Microsoft ESP SDK enables analysis, video and digital image capture, and full replay capabilities. Developers can either build solutions on Microsoft ESP or embed Microsoft ESP into existing solutions to take advantage of the platform's functionality and power. Q. What is unique about Microsoft's simulation platform offering? A. Custom and proprietary visual simulation solutions are costly and can take considerable time. Microsoft believes a simulation platform can accelerate the innovation of visual training and decision support solutions, allowing vendors and developers to focus efforts on specific simulations and scenarios where they have specific subject matter expertise. Further, the Microsoft ESP pricing model is extremely attractive and, coupled with Microsoft's global distribution capacity, is likely to draw partners looking to expand their markets both domestically and globally.
05-17-2008, 09:05 AM #3
Not sure what to think about this... how would this help us in our Flight-Sim Building adventure compared to what is already available??? I truly don't know.
05-17-2008, 09:38 AM #4
SO I gather that this program is basically FSX without the aircraft and other "GAME" interface, thus leaving only the scenery?
I am not sure, seems very bizzare to me. I would gather that this should in effect be 1/2 the price of FSX, but I bet they are charging a fortune for it
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05-17-2008, 10:10 AM #5
The BIG question about this is if the "environment" for THIS version is "improved" from the FSX version. In other words, if the "world" is closer to the "real" in more aspects of how things "work" ....ie. laws of physics / physical science and so on. So you have the FSX world that is at "Realism Factor 1" level ...... and costs say $60 to purchase. And then you have ESP which is at "Realism Factor 10" ........which costs $6000 to purchase.
It is, at the least, interesting news.
05-17-2008, 10:39 AM #6
Hhhhmmmmm this says it all.
Hhhhmmmmm this says it all. What does FSX require??? Well maybe not "says it all" but like John just said, "very interesting news" makes you wonder.... Actually I'm pretty happy with FS9 with all the ad-ons I've put into it. Really haven't put the power to FSX yet
Q. What are the system requirements for Microsoft ESP? A. Microsoft ESP is a powerful PC-based simulation platform that runs on any version of Microsoft Vista or on Microsoft Windows XP SP2. Hardware-wise, the minimum requirements are a 2.0GHz or higher CPU - single core, 1GB RAM, 20GB or more of free hard drive space, 32X DVD drive, DirectX9- or higher-compliant video card with 128MB or higher video RAM, DirectX9or higher hardware compatibility, sound card with speakers or headphones, and a mouse or other hardware device.
05-17-2008, 11:18 AM #7
How about the visuals?
Would guess that this would have support for more than 1 screen.
So you dont need to undock and tweak in all sort of ways to get a 180 degree visual?
05-17-2008, 01:39 PM #8
It's out of my reach!!!
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IF it's not Boeing I ain't going!!!!!!
05-17-2008, 08:06 PM #9
From what I understand... those wanting to run FSX as a commercial platform (i.e. in a sim business) are not permitted to use FSX for that purpose under the license, and, there is no commercial license for FSX. ESP is apparently provided and licensed for that purpose. However I'll need to do more investigation to confirm that this is the case.Nic D'Alessandro
737NG builder (Hobart, Australia)
05-18-2008, 09:34 AM #10
ESP Developer Conference
From the MSDN site
Microsoft ESP Developer Conference - May 22, 2008 - Reston, VA -
YOU ARE INVITED!!
We are hosting a developer day in Reston Virginia later this month! If you are interested in finding out more about developing solutions for the Microsoft ESP platform, this will be very interesting
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