X-Plane 11 Realistic Flight Simulator Now Available
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 31 March 2017 at 06:25 AM EDT. 15 Comments
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After entering public beta last November, X-Plane 11 is now officially available.

Laminar Research announced this week that X-Plane 11 is now officially available.

The system requirements are fairly stiff with needing a minimum of 8GB of system RAM and a DX11-class graphics card while recommending a system with 16~24GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 1070 or similar graphics card. In regards to the Linux driver situation, they mention, "For Linux, we require the proprietary driver from AMD or NVIDIA to run X-Plane. You may be able to get X-Plane to run on the Mesa/Gallium driver with an Intel GPU, but this is unsupported. We absolutely do not support the fully open source drivers for AMD and NVIDIA."


There is a demo available but otherwise the flight simulator costs $59.99 USD and is available on Steam for Linux. As a former pilot, I can't wait to try out X-Plane 11; I'll likely be doing so this weekend out of Linux driver curiosity if it really doesn't work with the open-source AMD driver or not. Also waiting to hear from Laminar to find out if X-Plane 11 will be benchmark friendly similar to the good testing abilities of X-Plane 9.
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