Question for MSFS & X-Plane players

I have seen many players here who fly on the MSFS and/or X-Plane ,both significantly more capable Sims than IF, but what makes you guys come back to IF ?

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Easily accessible, great community, amazing developers, best multiplayer system. Also the excitement of the future of the sim keeps me coming back. Edit: IF is truly pushing the capabilities of the mobile platform, and pushing the potential of what is capable

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Yeah the community IF has is unlike others, especially how its well organized with IFATC and IFAET, truly a community run simulator.

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Nothing compares. This community has developed my knowledge and passion of aviation since I was in middle school, now I’m on the pathway to being a FO for Southwest, I owe a debt of gratitude to the IF team and the community here.

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Ease of access for me. I can play it on most of my devices and has good multiplayer. Only thing I wish could be figured out is more joystick support but I imagine that’s more complicated than I think lol

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i play IF when i cant play MSFS or i play xplane mobile

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The COMMUNITY for me is the best part. When I fly or control, I see many people I already know. That is something very important to me and I enjoy flying here with my friends. Also, the ATC feature is such a beautiful addon.

Other games or sims ask us to pay for each small thing. IF subscription includes all the contents and therefore it is so much fun to fly or control in IF.

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At this point, I’m just echoing what others have said, but it’s just the same for me too - I only have the Xbox version of FS2020 (I’m kinda broke ATM), and, well, an Xbox Series X isn’t something you can carry around every day. I recently tried out the subscription for X-Plane Mobile (I still currently have it), and I have to say, IF and X-Plane Mobile are very different from each other, and it just depends what you want from a mobile flight sim. I have come to the conclusion that IF is just better, mainly because of their community, but also for in-game reasons such as:

  • Multiplayer server is dead
  • Scarce choice of liveries on each plane
  • Many in-game bugs, like pushback and ground services not being available at some major airports
  • Physics of the aircraft are weird

Maybe I just think some of these things because I’ve been playing IF longer, and I’m not used to XPM. Whatever the case is, X-Plane Mobile is inferior to IF, in my opinion.

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It has a great community, has a wide selection of aircraft I don’t have to pay for separately, it very accessible, and it has ATC to communicate to easily. That’s my take on IF.

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You can easily start a flight without going through many procedures in IF, and for those have low end PC, they couldn’t play multiplayer in XP/MSFS, IF is a good way to enjoy atc services and fly with other players.

As a XP12 player, there isn’t a good 777-300ER in the sim, the one in IF is good enough to enjoy for me. 😜
And… I have a special place for IF in my heart! I started my journey near 8 years ago, I learned so many things from this sim, nothing really compares.

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IF is an outstanding mobile flight sim. I have MSFS on Xbox and love it but…I can only use it when I’m near my console.

I’ve used X-plane mobile and it’s also an outstanding mobile flight sim with great physics, systems depth and realism. I’ve also used Aerofly global which is also impressive for many of the same reasons as XP.

What draws me to IF is the realism, community, # of aircraft and liveries, navigation, great ATC and the EASE OF USE ON A MOBILE DEVICE (not yelling, just caps for emphasis).

I’ve been an IF fan since 2012 and have seen it evolve tremendously. One thing that’s always been awesome is the UI. This sim is very easy to use whether it’s setting up your flight plan, tuning radios, adjusting the UI.

Now all we’re missing is helicopters ;) But seriously, IF is great

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I grew up with RORTOS as my go-to simulator. Not only RFS but also Airline Commander. I still get on those games once or twice a week. Sure, RORTOS has better clouds, weather, and landing smoke, but a good look in their cockpit is enough to turn people away. Sure, RORTOS is the best aviation game developer, but definitely not the best simulator developer.

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Infinite flight is simple yet has the best graphics I’ve seen for mobile sims . Lively community, easy to use, and a very small selection of busy multiplayer servers with different levels of professionalism. Also helps that if you’re on the go a lot, it’s easier to bring a small lightweight mobile device over a clunky desktop, monitor and other accessories. Also if exterior models are a higher priority over cockpits, then infinite flight here has a wide variety of great models. some are lacking, but many of them are great

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I went into X-Plane 11 for about a year back in 2021, and even spent a good amount of money on hardware and addons. Sure they’re way more realistic than IF in terms of aircraft, but eventually I came back to IF. There are a couple of reasons:

  • For most of the time I just want to quickly hop in and fly the route I want. But on a PC sim you’ll have to do all the cold and dark startup, inputing FMC and stuff every time. I did sometimes enjoy all those realistic steps but in other occations I just feel tired and want to rush all them up. In IF though everything is simplified and easy to do, some might argue about the realism but I don’t really care. I just want to fly.
  • The airport scenery quality are unevenly matched. Some studios produce very high quality sceneries but they costs a lot and sometimes cause serious lag and fps drop. Other sceneries cost about the same but are sub-par, and some can’t even make the most obvious detail right. In IF scenery editing is all intergrated and organized, the quality is all under the control of reviewers so the standard is the same across the world. This also freed me from all the hassle of finding suitable sceneries for a route I want to fly.
  • Most of PC sims don’t have built-in multiplayer and heavily rely on third-party multiplayer servers like VATSIM. The network connection from my region is quite unstable, meaning that I can’t receive ATC instructions clearly. Players using different scenery of the same airport also causes others’ aircraft to be “displaced” which kills the immersion. Not to mention that in order to show other players’ planes you’ll have to download several GB’s aircraft models.

Of course IF still has a long way to go in graphics and other improvements, but I believe in this year we’ll start to see graphic improvements coming together (devs are hinting about this several times).

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I started playing if in 2017. I played XP for two years. I especially liked the A330, but xp didn’t have a good A330 at the time, so I played p3d for a few years. The landscape and image quality of p3d seems to me more realistic than that of xp. But p3d was expensive and it broke down frequently, so I came to mfs. Because my computer hardware is not high, resulting in MFS running only 20 frame, so I went back to if.
At the same time, multiplayer in IF is no trouble, only need to buy a reservation. In PC games, you need to install a lot of add-ons to achieve multiplayer, and the effect is not necessarily very good. Flying on the IF is fun, while on the XP and other games it’s just a long flight for one person.

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