FSX: Steam Edition Update Now In Public Beta

The open beta for the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition update is now live. The beta is open to all owners of FSX: SE and will run for seven days (29/07/2015 – 05/08/2015). The purpose of the beta is to allow players to provide feedback about the update before it is released to everyone.

Many of the changes and fixes in this update will be seamless to FSX: SE players but will be of great benefit to developers looking to bring their add-ons to FSX: SE.

The more player-visible updates include:

  • Improvements for using modified Scenery.cfg files which could previously result in a 1007 error when installing new scenery add-ons.
    • Please note due to the highly customisable nature of FSX: SE it is going to be impossible for us to attempt to deal with all forms of malformatting in the Scenery.cfg files. For this reason we have also provide an option to reset the Scenery.cfg file to the default version.
  • Fixed font file loading not being VFS-aware.
    • Font files associated with add-ons should now work as expected.
  • Fixed multiplayer invites not working if you invite a friend to a Private game.
  • Improved mouse cursor slow-down over complex cockpits.
    • Although we have made some optimizations to this code, players may still experience some reduction in framerates when using highly complex cockpit models. This is because such models are pushing the boundaries of what is possible within the game engine.
  • Improved optimisation of installing/uninstalling add-on content through the Steam platform.

Please be aware that this is a beta build of FSX: SE and as such you may experience unexpected behaviour not normally witnessed in the game. This may include instability and, in some cases, the game crashing. If you are using a large number of add-ons or you have modified/customised your game setup we strongly advise that you backup your content prior to downloading the beta.

By downloading the beta you acknowledge that you are aware that you may encounter issues in running the software as described by, but not limited to, the details above.

Because this update includes changes to the way Steam optimises add-on content available from the Steam store some add-on content may reinstall. This mean that the size of the download for the beta will vary depending upon how many Steam add-ons you have installed. If you are just running the core simulator without add-ons, your download will be approximately 22.9 MB. This may increase up to 3.6 GB if you own all of our FSX: Steam Edition add-ons.

If you would like to install the update please do the following:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Open the Library tab
  3. Right click on Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition (which must already be installed)
  4. Select Properties from the menu
  5. Select the Beta tab at the top
  6. In the password field, type – 62615preview
  7. Click the Check Code button
  8. From the drop down menu, select 62615preview
  9. FSX: Steam Edition will now update with the beta content
  10. In your Steam Library, your game will be listed as Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition [62615preview]

You can opt out of the beta at any time by doing the following:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Open the Library tab
  3. Right click on Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition [62615preview]
  4. Select Properties from the menu
  5. Select the Beta tab at the top
  6. From the drop down menu, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs
  7. FSX: Steam Edition will now update back to the LIVE version of the software
  8. In the Steam Library, your game will be listed as Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Providing feedback

Please leave any feedback relating to the beta in the comments section below. Feedback in other threads may not be considered. We are interested in collecting feedback during the beta relating to follow topics only:

  1. Any game crashes that you experience
  2. Any functions which are not working as expected but worked prior to installing the update. In other words – did the update break anything?
  3. Anything listed in the update notes which does not appear to be fixed or functioning as expected.

At this time we are not focusing on fixes which are not listed in the update notes or which fall outside of the scope of this beta.

Thank you for your participation!

FSX Admin

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