Earlier this year we told you about SimBox, a new piece of software that enables aircraft control in MSFS from an external device such as a tablet or smartphone. Since then, several updates have introduced a number of very interesting features, so we thought it might be a good time to get up-to-date with the latest changes in this pretty cool supporting software for your flight simming experience!
FlyingArt, the creator of SimBox, shared with us a collection of exciting updates for its revolutionary software that lets simmers control their aircraft from a tablet, phone, or web app. With the aim of enhancing user experience and expanding its compatibility, the developers have included significant improvements and additional aircraft support.
SimBox now supports popular airliners in MSFS including the Aerosoft CRJ, the ATR 42/72, and the Boeing 787. It’s noteworthy to highlight that CRJ and ATR have now gained MCDU support, meaning simmers can utilize these functionalities straight from their tablet devices.
SimBox now also supports Knobster, a little piece of kit from Sim Innovations that puts a hardware knob in your desk that can be used to control virtual knobs in the simulator. For simmers owning a Knobster device, simply plug it into your PC while using SimBox, and it will be automatically detected. SimBox will enable you to manipulate this rotary control to adjust various parameters, including AP heading, altitude, and radio settings.
SimBox has also introduced gesture controls for its client app. This is a big improvement for users who don’t have access to Knobster, enabling them to navigate the SimBox Client app more efficiently and intuitively. The developer has provided a comprehensive guide on the application of gestures on their documentation site.
VR users are not left behind and can now use an in-sim panel that is particularly handy in virtual reality. SimBox now provides the convenience of controlling the simulator without juggling between screens. However, you will need to install the new plugin for this function.
With the new Split Screen feature, SimBox users can now split their device screen into two sections. This means you can now display two functionalities simultaneously, tailoring your device space to suit your personal preferences. A simple tap and hold will allow you to open or close menu items, and you can adjust the sizes by dragging the divider bar left or right.
The newly added Moving Map will be invaluable for VFR simmers. This tool incorporates the latest AIP data, providing essential information like airspace details, hotspots, and reporting points. This feature will be accessible on all platforms: mobile devices, browsers, and the in-sim panel.
For users familiar with the SimBrief Panel, this handy tool has now been integrated into SimBox. Simmers can fetch their SimBrief plans directly into SimBox. Paired with the new Split Screen function, users can view the SimBrief summary on one side of the screen while simultaneously managing the FMC/MCDU on the other.
Lastly, VFR pilots will find the addition of the Garmin G1000 PFD display a welcome improvement. You can now display a G1000 screen on your mobile devices or in the browser. This works harmoniously with the DIY Knob and Knobster.
With these impressive updates, SimBox is getting an even more interesting tool for flight simmers looking to enhance their experience with external devices that may sometimes be lying around with little use. You can delve deeper into each new feature on the FlyingArt website, complete with videos explaining the changes.