The illusive PMDG 737 has finally shown its heart. After some time with no news, PMDG’s Robert Randazzo has shared the first sneak-peek into the 737’s cockpit living inside Microsoft Flight Simulator, and how it compares to the P3D version.
As usual, PMDG’s boss uses long prose to describe what’s been in his mind, oftentimes with very interested insights about the development process. The amount if really useful information is sometimes scarce, as is the case with this latest update, but the images speak for themselves: we’re in for a significant aesthetical improvement over the P3D version… but wasn’t that to be expected already?
Randazzo describes how he’s been running MSFS and P3D side-by-side, working on the code that drives the flight controls animations. This was a great opportunity to see how the aircraft is being rendered by both simulators, and the differences between them. Needlessly to say, MSFS is capable of showing a significantly more detailed model, with much improved textures and a more dramatic and realistic lighting engine.
This is the first glimpse that we have of the cockpit in this new 737, which PMDG has said should be out before the end of this year. Christmas is fast approaching, and while Randazzo didn’t say anything about that expected timeframe, I can’t help to feel some doubts about a release this quarter. After all, the 737 is a very complex machine, and will certainly undergo an extensive and thorough beta period. Furthermore, Randazzo says a lot of work is yet to be done. There’s isn’t much time left to do all that this year, but PMDG has surprised us before in that regard, when the DC-6 for MSFS was released just a few weeks after its official announcement.
So, there’s a little more to see today than to read about the 737. Check the trio of new images, dream about the chance you’ll have to get your hands on that yoke in a few weeks, and make sure to see the previously released shots representing the stunning exterior model.
As usual, you can count on our coverage of this exciting upcoming add-on, arguably the one everyone is waiting for. We will let you soon as soon as more information is available!