DCS World Open Beta 2.5.5 is being pushed back a week and the F/A-18C is about to get the AGM-154A and 154C. The Litening Pod isn’t far behind either. This is the latest on the updates from Eagle Dynamics.
Open Beta pushed back?
DCS World 2.5.5 open beta was supposed to come yesterday, however, Eagle Dynamics has pushed the launch of this version back. Among other features, 2.5.5 is supposed to offer a major upgrade that should help boost performance for VR users.
VR performance has been a difficult spot for DCS World and so any boost, especially one that should offer more significant potential speed boosts, is sure to be welcome. The boost appears to be centered around VR users only and only then those with already fairly substantial hardware. Older systems may not see much advantage to the update if I’m reading between the lines correctly.
Meanwhile, the reason for the delay appears to be a third party that hasn’t brought their module up to 2.5.5 spec. No specific developer was listed and while speculation has been rampant, without more details its hard to know who. More importantly, that information doesn’t help us and so waiting seems to be the best option.
New systems for Hornet
The AGM-154A and 154C Joint Standoff Weapon will give the Hornet a substantial stand-off attack capability. With ranges between 12 nm and 70 nm, the JSOW can be used to attack targets well outside of conventional SAM range.
The A version has a cluster munition system spreading damage out across a wide area. The C version has a penetrating warhead for destroying bunkers and other hardened targets.
The long awaited targeting pod, the Litening, is now in internal testing according to Matt Wagner and should become available sometime in June. Finally having a targeting pod will offer a big leap in ability for the Hornet and I’m pretty excited to see what it’ll be able to do with the information that such a pod offers to some of the PGMs that the jet carries.