REVIEW: CONCORDE For Microsoft Flight Simulator (M.S.F.S.) By DC DESIGNS.

By: David Michael Edwards B.S., M.B.A.

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Product Synopsis and Overview:

The DC DESIGNS CONCORDE is not a Designed or Intended to be a High-Fidelity or Study Level flight simulation. The products has some bare bones systems. The DC Designs Concorde is available for $39.99 United States Dollars (U.S.D.).

The detailed product specifications and purchase portal can be viewed and accessed by clicking here.

No reason to do your homework on this one because its not there to use…

Concorde Ground School DVD’s are not include naturally and obviously.

The Learn Concorde Ground School DVD’s Description, Specification, and Purchase Portal ($30.00 USD) can be accessed by clicking her.

Scope and Goal:

The scope of this review is to evaluate the overall quality, in association its degree of fidelity, functionality, and the effective utility within the Concord flight simulation.

Testing Specifications:

Hardware: Hands-Crafted, Customized & HandMade Hardware Setup: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10980XE CPU @ 3.00GHz (Eighteen [18]-Core Central Processing Units [C.P.U’s.], Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R ARGB Close-Loop AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, ASUS WS X299 SAGE LGA 2066 Intel X299 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 CEB Motherboard, One-hundred and twenty-eight (128) Gigabytes (GB) of Dual Channel Random Access Memory (R.A.M.) DDR4000 by GSkill RipJaws, NVIDIA RTX 3090 Graphics Processing Unit (G.P.U.) with twenty-four (24) GB of G6X video R.A.M., Rosewill 1,200 Watt power supply, 4x Solid State Drives (S.S.D’s) two [2] are made by Western Digital), Rosewill ATX mid-sized case, Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, Oregon [OR]. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and LG OLED 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) 55 inch (55″) display.

Notes: 1) All testing and screenshots in this review were taken at full native 4K (UltraHD, UHD) (3840 x 2160) Resolution.

Software: Microsoft Windows 11 Professional (64-Bit), Current version of Microsoft Flight Simulator (Premium Deluxe Edition & Game Of The Year Edition),REX 2020 WeatherForce for Microsoft Flight Simulator, John Dowson‘s FSUIPC 7 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Controllers:

  1. Logitech 3D Pro Joystick.
  2. Precision Flight Controls: Cirrus Beech Desktop Yoke
  3. Precision Flight Controls: Digital Throttle Quadrant
  4. Precision Flight Controls: Four (4)Engine Jet Enhanced Spoiler/Throttle/Reverser/Flap (GA Button) Attachment
  5. Saitek: PRO Flight Combat Rudder Peddles (Discontinued. No longer in production).

Purchase, Download, Installation & Updates:

The Purchase, Download, and Installation was reasonable and straightforward. Manual updates with downloads and installs are required since there is no operations manager or installation app. Inexplicably and Inexcusably DC Designs has no Genuine and Dedicated Company website. DC Design‘s Concorde is marketed under the Just Flight banner and store. JustFlight Kindly and Generously provided a free Press-Copy for this Critical Review.

The detailed product specifications and purchase portal can be viewed and accessed by clicking here.

Manuals:

The Concorde manual written by DC Designs is truly the highpoint of this product as far as I am concerned. It is sufficient, bland, with Absolutely No Frills.

Score: 8.0 out of 10

Graphics & Texture Quality:

The general external textures were sufficient. However, they indubitably lack that “Ummphhhhhhh“, Spark, and/or Striking Qualities, Attributes, and/or Characteristics required and expected at this level of a flight simulation to be reasonably competitive in the product market.

Score: 7 out of 10

ThreeDimensional (3D) Virtual Cockpit Modeling, and Textures.

The Concorde cockpit designed and delivered by DC Designs is Adequate and Reasonably Functional but ultimately Sub-Par, or significantly less than market competitive products. The old and very well worn and used textures provide a strong and constant distraction from the below average texture quality.

Score: 6 out of 10

Flight Dynamics & Flight Modeling Quality:

The aircraft flight model and dynamics appear, sound, and feel as they should could be. Only a properly trained and experienced real world Concord pilot would be the credible judge(s). The slow flight, stalling (i.e. power on & off, thirty-degree turning stalls, steep turns, power on (Clean and in Full Landing Configurations), acceleration and deceleration rates were not possible to conduct under reasonable conditions due to the very poor and unacceptable performance at 4K resolutions. I will give DC Designs the benefit of the doubts on this one based on the reasoning in the first sentence of this paragraph.

Score: 8 out of 10

Aircraft Systems Quality:

The aircraft systems are minimalist and, while not advertised or marketed, are not in the High-Fidelity Study Level category. There are is no weather radar or terrain radar included. JustFlight reiterated this was not and not intended to be a High-Fidelity / Study Level Flight Simulation.

The DC Designs Concorde systems were generally Adequate, Functional, and UnRemarkable.

Score: 8 out 10

Overall Performance Quality:

The primary purpose of this review was to test out the DC Designs Concorde on a modern M.S.F.S. platform at 4K resolutions. The DC Designs Concorde failed miserably.

I was not able to fly the aircraft at all with Severe and Constant Freezes and Pauses in all instances. Specifically, in high angle of attacks and high rate of axis(es) movements, that triggered external wing effects, nearly paralyzed the the flight.

I made several attempts on different occasions with fresh computer reboots with the latest build and all software updates.

Moreover, I completely lowered all effects and settings to the minimum possible at 4K resolutions and the same results were yielded.

The DC Designs Concorde is poorly source coded Resulting in Very Poor and Unacceptable performance at 4K (UHD) resolutions required And Intended in And For the modern M.S.F.S. platform. Specifically, any normal operations or aggressive flight movements that trigger external aircraft flight effects immediately and constantly cripple the performance.

I highly Do Not Recommend the DC Designs Concorde for anyone, or any entity, expecting to harness the current generation M.S.F.S. at the 4K (UHD) level due to the Very Poor Performance And Sub-Standard Textures throughout, Particularly and Specifically in the Virtual Cockpit.

Score: 4 out 10

Final Scoring Summation and Grade:

*******

PLEASE NOTE AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW IS MY PORTFOLIO GALLERY OF SUPPLMENTAL SCREENSHOTS TAKEN DURING THIS REVIEW

*******

41 Points Out Of 50 Points

68.333%

(M.S.F.S.) Final Grade: D+

Not Recommended for 4K (UHD) Usage with the M.S.F.S. Platform.

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