For those of you excited about the DCS: F-14 release but are on the stable build of DCS, you’ll need to wait a little longer for the public release to catch up. What does that mean and how can you switch? Here’s some information that you might find useful.
Stable vs Beta
DCS World has two releases out in the public. The stable version receives updates more slowly but with a greater emphasis on things like stability and making sure that new features work and don’t cause major problems.
That doesn’t mean that the stable build is always…. stable, but its a little more safe than the beta. Occasionally major bugs from the beta have slipped through to the stable build but that happens less frequently.
The beta release is a little different with updates coming every Wednesday. The newest features are all present and sometimes bugs slip through that cause major problems. Beta also gets the new modules first. Every release from the recent DCS: MiG-19 release to the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet to releases from years ago go out on the beta first.
One final note, most multiplayer servers and a large majority of DCS players are actually using the beta release over the stable. So if you always wondered why the multiplayer list was so small, it’s because everyone is on beta.
Can I switch? Yes you can!
You can switch between stable and beta releases using a command line prompt. It takes a few minutes and a willingness to use the command prompt but once done you’ll be on the most recent build of DCS World.
Check out this guide by SkateZilla on the DCS World forums for a list of command options which can let you switch from one to the other. There’s also a command that will force the updater to check for the latest update – normally it checks only once every 24-hours.