As days go, today is a pretty big one for DCS World as the 2.8 point release has come out and with it some core updates including new dynamic clouds, lighting and shadow updates, and more. Today is also the day that IndiaFoxtEcho’s first module releases to the sim with the launch of the DCS: MB-339. There’s a sale on right now too! So lets get into it!
Flown by several air-forces and used for its aerobatic prowess by the Frecce Tricolori and Al Fursan aerobatic teams, IndiaFoxtEcho’s DCS: MB-339 started life as a well regarded mod and has since become a full fledged module. On a side note, IndiaFoxtEcho also offers the MB-339 for MSFS!
The aircraft comes with the usual array of features including an EFM (extended flight model) with the aircraft flight characteristics being verified by real world pilots. It has high resolution textures, highly detailed model, deep systems modeling, single player missions, interactive training missions and a mini-campaign.
The DCS: MB-339 is now on sale through the DCS e-Store for $59.99 USD. It also gets a high quality DCS World trailer that plays up both the modules combat as well as aerobatic capabilities.
Here comes 2.8
DCS World 2.8 is out as of today with a new open beta release – those on the release version will have to wait a while before their version catches up. DCS World 2.8 brings in a whole series of updates to the core of DCS World.
One of the big ones is moving weather fronts. The clouds will now move across the landscape and flow with the wind. I’m not sure how much dynamism is present beyond that feature but it is still a feat for the DCS engine which previously had static clouds.
There are other standout features with DCS: Persian Gulf seeing some visual enhancements and lighting updates – particularly at night. The lighting system for the whole sim has apparently been tweaked.
The long awaited modern jet BFM AI update is here with some substantial updates to the AI’s ability to dogfight. The results appear to make the AI fly smarter in modern jet match-ups while also mitigating or eliminating some of the weirdness that we saw with the AI doing things like endless loops.
There are hundreds of other items for DCS World on the whole as well as module specific updates that are listed in the DCS World 2.8 open beta change log so be sure to check that out too.
Halloween sale is here
Eagle Dynamics have launched a Halloween sale for 2022 with 50% off most modules and discounts on most of the rest. The sale is on until the 6th of November at 23:59 GMT and its only on the DCS World e-Store.
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Still undecided on the 339, but the update looks good. Really like the night lighting on the PG map.
Looking forward to some 339 reviews on Youtube.
LOVE that this addon is in DCS World. Light “stick and rudder” jets are an absolute joy to operate, and the pew-pew is a definite bonus!
Note that its counterpart in MSFS isn’t up to the same standards as this one, particularly flight model, as well as some NAV and other stuff.
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I was fumbling about in the MSFS version this morning and trying to see if I’d want the DCS version. Or more accurately, if I want to spend the $80 on the DCS version.
But as you said, it has pew-pew.
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The DCS version does have much deeper simulation going on but of course what matters is if this jet appeals.
It does have a decent amount of pew pew at least 😀
Being am honourary Italian I have to buy the -339. They often perform over the harbour here in Trieste and I totally agree with Siesta about the lighter jets being fun.
For the sale….Hind (only in certain liveries) is tempting.
Only down aide is I am currently getting very poor FPS in DCS. It could be lack of optimisation at my end, computer being old but I blame a conspiracy by chip manufacturers that forces us to buy their new cards.
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The Hind is excellent and it comes with a good variety of liveries so it’s worth checking out. I think it’s the most fun and easy to get into attack helicopter currently available. Powerful but still simple.
I’ve heard some are struggling with fps in the new update. Others seem to be fine. VR seems to be the most affected. Have you deleted the shader caches?
I have not, thanks for the tip. Must be something odd here but graphics drivers are up to date. Nevertheless, both BoX and DCS micro-stutters at close range – like the instruments – when sweeping my view around.
Is relatively new issue, last month or so.