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    Microsoft ACES Closing Down?

    This is being reported, and apparently confirmed.

    http://simflight.com/2009/01/microso...dios/#comments

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    Just my editorial comments .....

    Seems FSX still had quite some work that needed to be done. I love flying FSX, the potential is amazing, but the occasional bumps are very annoying. Sorry to read it won't be fixed at least for now.

    Perhaps a major comeback of FS9 is expected?

    Just some thoughts....

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    X-Plane Anyone?

    Just think about all those 3rd party developers who will start looking at X-plane now. I'm sure Austin is planning for this...starting today anyway.

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    Post Aces

    I think i recall ACES had built/moved into new offices last year.

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    You could look at that as bad news or as great news. Just think, no more hardware upgrades needed to run the latest version of FS?. In a year or so from now, you could probably buy a cheap computer more than fast enough to run FSX with all the trimmings and have time to actually fly instead of chasing rainbows all the time. You could then concentrate on getting the best visuals possible, which for me, is at least as important as the flight model.

    Could be very bad news though for developers of add-ons for FSX since they would likely soon run out of new things to develop. The market for existing products would probably dry out fairly soon & force them to go out of business unless they become very creative & come up with things that nobody dreams of having yet, such as 3D, 180 degrees visuals

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    Thumbs down

    If this is in fact true information, it is very sad as they came in just long enough to stir the pot and left. I recall one of or great flight simulator institutions have already been trampled by its wake.

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    Guys...

    I think you will find that Microsoft will just FARM out or Sub-contract to other organizations to complete the tasks mentioned.

    Just my thoughts..

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    No more MS Flight Sim?

    Well if i have FS2004 now and thats 5 years old that means in 5 years time i will get FSX which will be in 2014 and i will have that for 5 years which will take me to 2019 which means for me, in 2019 i might start worrying about it then!

    Rock on FS9, thats what i say!

    Imagine a remake of FS9?, how cool is that, FS9 is a classic in my eyes, FSX is ok but half the world cant run it!

    Shame to see it go, but life moves on....and so do sims!

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    Microsoft has simply layed off people on the ACES team....... likely as a result to the world economic situation's impact on the WHOLE company.....not due to any FS specific situation. They join a host of other companies. To expect that the economic situaion would NOT affect the sim biz is unrealistic.

    They have NOT issued any formal statements as to the future of FSXI or Trainsim....or anything else. Likely they are looking at short term "cost effectiveness" measures right now. It does not mean that some or all of the people on that team might not get re-hired in the furute. Or a new team created. Or the whole job contracted out.

    A while back Phil Taylor said that there would be no more patching or fixing work on FSX.....so that's been a "done deal" for a long time.

    They have not announced the "end" of the fanchise. So let's not jump to conclusions.

    FS2004 is still going strong now HOW many years after it's release? FSX STILL has yet to reach it's "hardware stride" to realize it's full potential. There is a LOT of "shelf life" left to FSX alone ...... before we should be getting "concerned" about the future of flight simming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mauriceb View Post
    You could look at that as bad news or as great news. Just think, no more hardware upgrades needed to run the latest version of FS?. In a year or so from now, you could probably buy a cheap computer more than fast enough to run FSX with all the trimmings and have time to actually fly instead of chasing rainbows all the time. You could then concentrate on getting the best visuals possible, which for me, is at least as important as the flight model.
    No offense, but there is no one forcing you to always use the latest version if you don't want to. If you decide that what the new version gives you is not enough to warrant an upgrade, then don't I get so sick and tired of people constantly complaining about the added hardware requirements with new versions. Well, software evolves over time, and part of that evolution is to take advantage of the hardware that is either brand new, or just on the verge of being available.

    Quote Originally Posted by mauriceb View Post
    Could be very bad news though for developers of add-ons for FSX since they would likely soon run out of new things to develop. The market for existing products would probably dry out fairly soon & force them to go out of business unless they become very creative & come up with things that nobody dreams of having yet, such as 3D, 180 degrees visuals
    Why would they run out of things to develop? What could be bad news for developers in general is the pervasive economic situation that hits us all.
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