Flight simulators: alternatives to Flight Simulator X

Although we have dedicated an article to Microsoft Flight Simulator X in this new article we will analyze the best alternatives to Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX).

As we told you in the previous article dedicated to the best flight simulators there are many valid alternatives to the famous and probably most used FSX.

  • X-Plane 11
  • Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator
  • Pro Flight Simulator
  • Virtual Pilot 3D
  • FlightGear
  • YSFlight
  • GeoFS

These are just some smartphone simulators:

  • Flight Pilot Simulator 3D
  • Airplane Fly 3D
  • Airplane Fly The World

We then go on to compare the positive and negative aspects of each of these alternatives to FSX.

X-Plane 11

X-Plane 11 is a great competitor of Flight Simulator X, probably the only one really able to give him a hard time. 
If we compare X-Plane 11 and FSX we immediately notice how the most recent development of X-Plane 11 allows us to have a more accurate graphic, both in the menus and during the simulation. 
X-Plane 11 wins in fact on many factors, including the quality of standard aircraft, scenarios (even during night flight), without forgetting system stability that requires slightly more modest resources than FSX. 
However, if we talk about customizations, FSX remains unparalleled thanks to the amount of software houses that continue to make add-ons capable of making your flight truly realistic.
If you are looking for a viable alternative, X-Plane 11 could really be for you.

Visit the X-Plane website

Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator

Although it is often put behind the scenes, Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator is catching on with flight enthusiasts thanks to a realistic simulation and very engaging photo-realistic scenarios. 
Flight dynamics and flight customization are on a par with other simulators already discussed, like X-Plane 11 and FSX, and in relation to its price it can be a valid alternative. 
Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator is available on Steam, Windows, iOS, Google Play Store, Apple Store and supports 3D viewers and numerous types of joysticks, control panels, etc. 
Here is a video that compares Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator with X-Plane 11

Visit the Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator website

Pro Flight Simulator

Realistic graphics, more than 120 aircraft available and 20000 airports worldwide make Pro Flight Simulator a valid competitor of X-Plane 11 and Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator. 
You will have the possibility to customize the livery of the plane with several air companions and the cockpit is faithfully built. 
Pro Flight Simulator includes some helicopters and boasts a realistic night scene, with realistic lights and rivers and roads based on military maps. 
Basically, even if its point of favor is not really the flight dynamics, the graphics will compensate for these gaps and will allow you to approach the world of flight without too many frills. 
The only drawback: the cost, still too high compared to competitors.

Visit the Pro Flight Simulator site

Virtual Pilot 3D

The most underestimated even if used by many professional pilots thanks to its FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification, Virtual Pilot 3D is positioned right next to Pro Flight Simulator, with a lower price, 25000 airports and 200 aircraft and a truly unique realistic. 
Just as in FSX the weather can be downloaded in real time from the internet in relation to the area you are flying over and radio communications and routes are those used in reality and it will be possible to fly online as in a real airline. 
Definitely a valid simulator able to give you a lot of satisfaction.

Visit the Virtual Pilot 3D website

The other flight simulators

  • Flight Gearfree flight simulator with discrete graphics made by flight enthusiasts. A good solution at cost 0 to approach the world of flight simulators.
  • YSFlightfree flight simulator for long-standing computers. If you do not have the latest generation video card, it could be for you.
  • GeoFS: online flight simulator with beta test graphics. Honestly, we recommend any of the above but this did not convince us at all. However it is online, and it seemed interesting to put it on the list.

Flight simulators for smartphones

  • Flight Pilot Simulator 3D: Android / iOS
  • Airplane Fly 3D: Android
  • Airplane Fly The World: iOS