Two announcements coming out of Orbx are set to improve the scenery experiences for both X-Plane 11 and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Today we have the formal announcement of Orbx TrueEarth Southern Spain for X-Plane 11 and the new Orbx Himalaya Mesh for MSFS.
Flight Simulator’s excellent satellite imagery, streamed in high resolution to your PC as needed, is hard to beat but Orbx have found a desire for more detailed height information in their series of Mesh products. Less defined scenery suddenly takes on new detail and the Himalaya region is a great place to employ the technology.
Orbx report they have blended three sources of data together to create 10 meters of resolution and a 20GB download size for the Himalaya region.
Check out more screenshots available from the Orbx forums here. No release date is given but time between Orbx announcements and full release is typically short.
TrueEarth Southern Spain
I’ve been a big fan of the TrueEarth series as it makes adding good quality scenery to X-Plane 11 easy. The only real downside has been the large install sizes but the results, in my experience, have been worth it.
TrueEarth Southern Spain is the next release for the X-Plane 11 series and it comes on the heels of the TrueEarth Balearic Islands and TrueEarth Canary Islands which all seem to be connected with a Spanish theme.
The following features have been listed in Orbx’s formal announcement:
- Huge coverage area spanning from Valencia to the Costa Del Sol.
- Crisp and detailed 1m/px aerial imagery, hand-edited textures with colour corrections
- Over 200 POIs covering major cities, castles, churches and key landmarks
- Hand-placed ports/boats and other coastal features
- Accurate Spanish themed autogen grouped and heightened based on detailed LiDAR data
- Highly detailed and optimised 10m mesh to bring out stunning detail in mountains and the coastline
- Accurate vegetation, matching colour, type and height and optimised for performance
Although Valencia to the Costa Del Sol is given as the range of the product, community members have noted that one of the screenshots includes Alamillo’s Bridge in Seville, Spain which is further west than the range given.
As a rough guesstimate, this appears to be what Orbx will be giving us. Although Gibraltar is part of the scenery, a special POI for the landmark is apparently not in the cards for this scenery pack.
This product should dovetail nicely with the Balearic Islands release with all sorts of short and medium haul flights across southern Spain and into the Islands coming up as possibilities.
As with the Himalaya Mesh announcement, Orbx rarely delays for very long once these announcements go out. Pricing will also likely be in line with other large region releases. More details to come.