FSX: Steam Edition Update Released in Public Beta

UPDATE 21/04/2015

The FSX: Steam Edition open beta has now come to an end and we will not be collecting any more feedback at this time. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken part in the beta. We really couldn’t do it without all of your hard work and excellent support.

Although the beta has finished you can continue to use the beta build of FSX: Steam Edition. Our plan is to leave the beta build of the game up until the update is launched to everyone. Please note however that we may have to take it down for further development. This may occur without prior warning.

Once again, the beta version of FSX: Steam Edition will remain available for the time being however access to it maybe withdrawn at a later date.

Thanks again to everyone who has taken part

-Aimee 

The open beta for the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition update is now live. The beta will run for seven days (14/04/2015 – 21/04/2015) and will allow players to provide feedback about the update before it is released.

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

• Open Steam
• Open the Library tab
• Right click on Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition (which must already be installed)
• Select Properties from the menu
• Select the Beta tab at the top
• In the password field, type – g2613flight2015
• Click the Check Code button
• From the drop down menu, select g2613build – 2015-03-31 version
• FSX: Steam Edition will now update
• In the Steam Library, your game will be listed as Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition [g2613build]

The process should consist of a 16.9MB download.

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

  • Open Steam
  • Open the Library tab
  • Right click on Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition [g2613build]
  • Select Properties from the menu
  • Select the Beta tab at the top
  • From the drop down menu, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs
  • FSX: Steam Edition will now update back to the LIVE version of the software
  • 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 this thread. Feedback in other threads may not be considered. We are interested in collecting feedback during the beta relating to follow topics only:

1. Any 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.

Please note we are not focusing on fixes which are not listed in the update notes or which fall outside of the scope of this update.

The update notes are as follows:

  1. Offline Mode
    • Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition can now be used in Steam’s Offline Mode. Multiplayer features can not be accessed whilst in this mode.

    Multiplayer Fixes

    • VoIP communication is now using the correct device identified in “Settings”.
    • During mission-based Multiplayer flights, if the host has activated the “Anti-Cheat” flag, users who have modified their aircraft are immediately disconnected without affecting other users.
    • The Steam “Invite to Game” feature will now work by buffering the request until the user enters the Multiplayer menu.
    • Players are prompted to use the Steam Client to invite a user from the Multiplayer menu to become a friend on Steam.
    • On the Multiplayer Session and lobby screens, the text in the “Weather” section is now aligned correctly.

    User Interface Updates

    • If “Show Saved Flights” is enabled, the time stamps on the saved flight data will now show the correct time the flight was saved.
    • The HTML content in displayed in some windows (e.g. tutorials, mission help, etc) now uses Internet Explorer in IE9 compatibility mode, rather than IE8.
    • On the Multiplayer Session screen, the host’s user name is now shown.
    • On the Multiplayer Session screen, “In Briefing Room” is now shown prior to the session starting .
    • The fallback mission image has been updated for FSX:SE. This is only displayed if a mission does not provide it’s own image.
    • FSX: Steam Edition now displays the default news screen upon starting the game

    Stability Updates

    • Potential causes of the terrain.dll crashes experienced by some users has been corrected. A theoretical deadlock where a game may hang for several minutes before either crashing or being terminated by Windows has been corrected. This is a potential cause of the terrain.dll crashes experienced by some users.
    • Some compatibility issues encountered by third party add-ons that use SimConnect have been resolved
    • Fixed crash in G3D.dll caused by certain add-ons
    • Fixed crashes in UI.dll
    • Kneeboards & Checklists now display correctly
    • The configuration file AFFINITYMASK value is now correctly calculated for all Core i3, i5 and i7 generation Intel CPUs.

    Support for problem analysis

    • We now include some additional debugging info that can be captured by the DebugView tool to help with Host Disconnection errors. If a player experiences the “Host has lost connection to the host” problem, they can download and install the DebugView tool, then start DebugView before running FSX:SE. If a “Host has lost connection” message is received the log output from DebugView can then be sent for analysis.
    • Added support for Mini-Dumps. If you are now unfortunate enough to experience a game crash, the system will now attempt to save a mini-dump to disk. These mini-dumps are automatically uploaded to Steam and allow us to obtain debug information about the crash that has occurred. No private or user information is contained within a mini-dump. Using mini-dumps, we can understand what has gone wrong and this greatly speeds up our ability to provide fixes and improvements.

FSX Admin

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