DCS World’s large open beta patch, A-10C, AJS-37, JF-17 updates!

A DCS World Open Beta patch just arrived in the last couple of hours and it is a big one with a very long list of changes and updates. There are significant updates for the JF-17, the AJS-37 and the A-10C has received it’s new cockpit – this is not a drill! Let’s have a look!

Patch highlights

Here are just some of the items that I pulled from the patch notes that you’re going to want to know about:

  • Introduced new high quality A-10C cockpit.
  • Update for Normandy map (Massive update for fields, cities and towns, villages, airfields)
  • JDAMs Enabled (AV-8B)
  • Added “Wrath of Thunder” (Caucasus) Campaign (AJS-37)
  • Added Pilot Body in Cockpit + associated keybinds (AJS-37)
  • Fixed one critical and some potential bugs that caused ctd (JF-17)
  • Updated cockpit textures (JF-17)
  • Added general splinter camo livery can be used by all countries
  • Added TWS radar mode (F/A-18C)

A-10C gets a new cockpit

One of the new features worthy of a major highlight is the new A-10C cockpit. Long awaited and aimed at better performance, better visuals, and better VR support, the new cockpit is finally here. Nothing except the visuals change but it does bring the A-10C cockpit up to the same standard that we’ve come to expect from other modules such as the F-16C and F/A-18C.

Nicely done!

JF-17 gets a new cockpit and camo scheme

The JF-17 for DCS World was sorely in-need of a cockpit visual update as a lot of textures were placeholder. That’s now happened and new textures are in place. It’s not quite the dramatic makeover I was expecting but it is an update and it does bring the aircraft far closer to the other aircraft in the DCS World stable.

There’s also a new default splinter camo for countries other than China or Pakistan in DCS World.

F/A-18C gets TWS mode finally!

It feels like we’ve been waiting ages for this but it is here finally – Track While Scan mode for the DCS: F/A-18C. This new radar mode enhances situational awareness while locking targets with the Hornet’s air-to-air radar. TWS mode also enables the jet to engage multiple targets simultaneously using TWS mode to guide several missiles at once.

A full breakdown of how to use the feature with the AIM-120 and AIM-7 missile types are available via this video from Eagle Dynamics’ Matt Wagner.

Other new features

I don’t have the DCS: Normandy map but I’m looking forward to seeing new screenshots from the updated version of that map. I hope it addresses some of the concerns that players have had up until now.

There’s also the new campaign for the AJS-37 Viggen for DCS World – it’s yet another key moment for the module as it works it’s way towards being complete and released as a finished product by Heatblur. It’s unclear if they are going to meet their own deadline for late 2019 or if it will be early 2020 by the time everything planned is done. That said, the Viggen is already a very complete module and could easily be considered finished at this point.

For everything in the patch, check out the patch notes right here.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Alex says:

    There is also a short trailer on YT with the new features: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF_Zls5VzOs

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Thanks for pointing it out! I see that just got posted and that there’s a sale on!

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  2. Mischiew Rithe says:

    The A-10C was potentially a great module, but I’m sick of the lack of support for it, and now the performances are so bad that it’s not comfortable anymore to me. So until I get a new system, and until they finally decide to fix this mess of a cockpit interface (which will apparently never happen), it’s staying in the hangar 😦

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      That’s too bad Mischiew! I found my FPS was higher with the new pit ironically. It was supposed to be a bit lighter on polys but maybe heavier on textures. How much VRAM do you have?

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      1. Mischiew Rithe says:

        6 GB, but it’s definitely time to upgrade the whole PC before touching DCS again, I’ll do that soon I suppose. When I see the graphics one can get with a more recent CPU and an RTX, for example, it’s worth changing now and then.

        Perhaps some tweaking could arrange the performance in the mean time, but I doubt it, it was still dark & cold with that low framerate, and on an easy map.

        IL-2 is still working great though!

        Sorry, I must restrain from posting on the A-10C topic though, I’m apparently very bitter about that. What would be great is hearing ED announcing, “this year we are not making any new toy, instead we decided to finish and fix the existing ones.” But at least they are revamping the A-10C and the Ka-50. Only visually, and perhaps not what would have been my priority, but that’s better than nothing.

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Hopefully you can get things running better again soon. DCS does seem to require more power and more tweaking… though occasionally I hear from someone who says IL-2 is too demanding as well. Different for everyone!

        Not to get hopes up too high, I did hear a comment from Nineline that there may be more to come on the A-10C in 2020. I haven’t posted about it because it’s kind of a throwaway comment until we know what they are fully planning to do. With hope, they will address some of your concerns in the new year.

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