Lockheed Martin has recently upgraded its very popular simulation software.
Prepar3D has been active for a number of years at this point. Built off of the source code of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X, Lockheed Martin has revamped the engine to offer more dynamic and realistic features, making it advanced enough for real-world flight training.
The newest update (Version 4) brings in a truckload of added features and improvements. The simulator now fully supports 64-bit architecture, which is of course the modern standard. The FSX engine is natively limited to 32-bit, so Lockheed no doubt had to do some serious tweaking to add the functionality to Prepar3D. In addition to that, the graphics and lighting engine have also been upgraded, making the virtual world all the more beautiful in addition to the enhanced performance. A number of new aircraft have also been added.
Beyond the enhanced performance and visuals, Prepar3D has now also embraced virtual reality technology, further boosting the realism and immersion factors. This will no doubt enhance the experience for both training pilots as well as leisure hobbyists.
You can go ahead and check out the extensive list of changes and new features over on the official update page.