Laminar announces roadmap for X-Plane 12.0.8

Following the release of X-Plane 12.07, which added lower VRAM usage, new clouds with improved rendering and OpenXR integration, Laminar Research has now revealed its plans for X-Plane 120.8.

The new version models how jet engines use fuel to cool the engine oil.
The new version models how jet engines use fuel to cool the engine oil. Laminar Research

Laminar will introduce a new versioning scheme to increase the number of patches available before a major version update is released. Starting with the next update, two-dot version numbers will be added, so X-Plane 12.08 becomes 12.0.8.

According to Laminar, X-Plane 12.0.8 will likely enter beta testing in the next week or two. The update focuses on improving the X-Plane flight model, networking, multi-monitor support and tools for using X-Plane with projectors.

For X-Plane Professional licenses, multiple projector support will be implemented, allowing the end user to align a grid pattern for a seamless display.

Several improvements to how X-Plane simulates engine performance have been implemented. Jets, turboprops and reciprocating engines now follow real-world test data more closely using data from Pratt & Whitney and Philipp Ringler.

The mathematical modelling that defines how the undercarriage interacts with the ground has been improved.
The mathematical modelling that defines how the undercarriage interacts with the ground has been improved. Laminar Research

The mathematical modelling that defines how the landing gear interacts with the ground is now more realistic in three key ways:

Wheel Inertia: The wheels on the aircraft’s main gear will now reach the speed of the aircraft sooner after touchdown, resulting in less forward pitch/slam on the nose gear during rollout and, consequently, smoother landings.

Weld Modeling: This code controls how each wheel transitions between rolling and not rolling, affecting the transition from an aircraft being stationary to a low-speed taxi.

ABS Revisions: Tweaks to the logic that the anti-lock braking system in X-Plane uses to slow down the aircraft after landing, resulting in less skidding.

X-Plane will now model how jet engines use fuel to cool the oil, so the oil heats the fuel and the fuel dissipates heat through the skin of the wing. So, in effect, jet aircraft use the wings as radiators.

Other details in X-Plane 12.0.8 include networking and multi-monitor fixes bug fixes and various graphics improvements, such as out-of-VRAM crashes and long pauses when popping out windows.

Future updates include real weather improvements.
Future updates include real weather improvements. Laminar Research

Future updates include real weather improvements, cloud shadows on water, lighting effects, softer ground shadows, better water opacity and improved CPU performance.

Laminar concluded by announcing the base price of X-Plane 12 will increase to $79.99 in the next few months. “This will allow us to continue expanding our team to provide the most realistic flight simulation experience imaginable”. However, for a limited time, the upgrade price to X-Plane 12 is $59.99.

More information is available on www.x-plane.com.