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X-Plane 10 Hopefully Available on Steam Soon

Posted on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:40:24 GMT

It has been announced by Steam that they will be contacting the developer of X-Plane 10, Laminar Research (Austin Meyer) for possible inclusion within the Steam application for Windows, Linux and Mac.

X-Plane 10 on Steam Greenlight logo

While this doesn't mean that X-Plane 10 will definitely become available on Steam, it does mean that progress is being made.

The users of Steam have voted for X-Plane 10's inclusion using Steam's system called "Greenlight", where users can submit/vote applications, games and software that they would like included within the Steam application.

So basically, Steam have agreed to include X-Plane 10 within the application because of user demand, but the final decision resides with Laminar Research.  If they say, "no we don't want to" - then it stops there.

I think opening up X-Plane 10 to the thousands of users of Steam is a great thing for the community.  Hopefully it'll kick start a spark back into the flight simulation community with many more new users realizing, "hey, I can fly aircraft on my PC!?".

Unlike Microsoft back in 2006 with their advertising campaign for Flight Simulator X, Laminar Research simply do not have the budget for TV and Internet wide advertising, so this kind of promotion (on Steam) would be great for X-Plane and in turn the entire flight sim community.  

The key with the blanket advertising is capturing interested users - i.e. the type of people who are interested in aviation but simply do not know that they can, "fly aircraft on their computer".  This is what Microsoft did in 2006 with FSX and after that the community grew greatly - forums were bustling, add-ons were being created rapidly and the market was huge.  Now with the new generation, people are not aware of flight simulation at home as much as then... after all it has been 8 years since the TV campaigns for FSX.  The market is there, it's just a matter of getting them aware.

Another point worth mentioning is the sheer size of an X-Plane 10 installation.  I've only ever used Steam for playing around and I've noticed that most game installs take around 3-5 GB.  That wouldn't be the case with X-Plane.  The standard boxed edition comes with 8 dual-layer DVDs totaling around 80 GB.  If you have an older computer with a smaller hard drive, installation space could be an issue.  However, I'm sure that most users would be able to install 80 GB just fine.

As we already know, X-Plane can run on Windows, Mac and Linux - and so can Steam - so there is full compatibility all round.

Let's hope that X-Plane and Steam can make an agreement some time soon - this really is something we are all waiting for.

Let's hear your comments below.

If you don't want to wait for Steam, you can of course grab a copy of X-Plane over at SimShack.net.

X-Plane 10 Official Trailer Video

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16 comments... read them below or add one

BriditFri, 21 Mar 2014 20:16:45 GMT

Please, please no.no.no, they have made a real mess of Train Simulator with users not knowing what version state will take certain add-ons, you end up with a Steam only program that will only take add-ons allowed by steam not the community or developer.

Dave lawrenceFri, 21 Mar 2014 21:02:30 GMT

This is a good idea but the price will have to be reasonable for people to buy it Online at present the price is about 60 which would be far to much

SparkySat, 22 Mar 2014 00:51:43 GMT

Like Bridit above, No, No, No, No. Entrapment disguised as assistance. Worst case. Train Simulator was a wonderful program which having purchased one expected to be able to use WITHOUT A BLOODY INTERNET CONNECTION compulsorily being required to play. It is a classic "middle man" downloading endless commercials and being a Big brother watching as an avaricious controlling watchdog. There are any number of other distributor enterprises providing equal or better service without the captivity. Of course X-plane will probably also be seduced by the money. Sad but true. Sparky.

Ian HarrisonSat, 22 Mar 2014 05:33:36 GMT

Steam must sort themselves out first. The buying and loading interface is far too buggy. I do not use Steam any more as I can never access what I buy. If X-plane is 80 gigs, how many people can sit on their PC for 24 hours to download it? Not a good idea.

Peter CottleSat, 22 Mar 2014 12:11:06 GMT

This would be a disastrous move by Laminar we have already seen the effect of this sort of caper has had with Flight. Additionally steam control will not allow products moved on in the FS community once registered end of story. As to the costs you can get XPlane for around the 40 mark once steam get their sticky hands who knows what the price hike will be.

nibbySat, 22 Mar 2014 12:27:24 GMT

I agree with Ian above Steam is pants. Train Simulator is a great sim ruined. Rather than enthusing people to get into flight simming it will do quite the opposite. X plane stay miles away if you do not want to kill your franchise.

Gerard TheurinSat, 22 Mar 2014 12:40:26 GMT

I am an fsx gold w/accelerator and I had purchased the X plane 10 and it was nothing but trouble and nothing to compare to fsx . Oh after 26 days I returned and nothing to compare to fsx. Oh I returned plane 19 after 28 days, not worse the price or the tech. I also read the comments from people the owned the plane 9 version and they had the thought as me and stayed with 9.

Gerard Pompano beach fl.

LuckylSat, 22 Mar 2014 16:32:00 GMT

This would work only if the X-Plane 80 GB file was zipped and then be downloadable on Steam.

Pro MemberAlex NasSat, 22 Mar 2014 20:11:47 GMT

Just dont start with STEAM they wil cost you alot of members.

will Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:29:49 GMT

Want nothing to do with X plane bought it once loaded it on my computer nothing but trouble bad Idea.

Ray DickinsonSun, 23 Mar 2014 19:43:03 GMT

My problem is that at 80 years old what happens to any of my Sims when I decide to pack the internet in and want to stick to using My TrainSims or Flightsims etc with no internet connection? Does this mean I cannot use them.

PeterSun, 23 Mar 2014 20:04:59 GMT

What Steam is needed for ? Just another organisation pulling our money of pockets and hiting on us with Marketing gags. Installation size is today no concern for real simmers. To my opinion no Need for this.

JakeMon, 24 Mar 2014 09:49:35 GMT

I agree with Bridit. Steam is certainly NOT a great idea. I too have train simulator on my computer and practically no longer use it because of the waiting time for the simulator to load up from their server. Also with train simulator it happens that when opening a route you have to go into the editing program and introduce scenery or rolling stock, which makes it complicated and is time consuming. That might happen with X-Plane as well. I don't have any of those problems with X-Plane or FSX from the boxed discs.

SkywardTue, 25 Mar 2014 17:43:01 GMT

Making a Steam version does not mean that the current DVD version will cease to exist, so it doesn't force anyone to have an internet connexion or pay at a different price, it'll just make the community grow and allow for a digital download version.

TorTue, 25 Mar 2014 20:10:55 GMT

I used to be a Steam Hater. And in some respects I still don't care for it, but the interface has gotten better. And so far Steam has not crashed since they have improved it. HOWEVER, with that said, Steam still sometimes gets bogged down, and it will not allow you online. You CAN play your games offline though. It now has this ability. The only reason I have steam is because some of the games I like to play ONLY are presented on steam. Otherwise, I probably would never have installed it in the first place. The one interesting thing that I do like about steam though is, ever since they improved its performance, its very easy to manipulate, and the ability to remove my games off my computer do to lack of hard drive space, and then re-download them later has proven useful. So should you set up for steam ? well as was said in another post, make sure there is a non-steam version, and a steam version. And yes, as another posters said, steam picks and chooses the expansions, so steam users might not get everything the non-steam users get. Food for thought.

Cowboy62Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:25:23 GMT

I Dont understand why X-Plane wants to join Steam, dont they read the Negative Comment`s of there Members, i only have verry bad memory`s of STEAM,

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