November saw the official launch of FlyInside an add-on by developer Daniel Church that allowed Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D v2.5 to be experienced in virtual reality (VR). Today sees the arrival of a new update that adds additional support as well as bug fixes and tweaks to improve functionality.
FlyInside originally supported the Oculus Rift development kit 2 (DK2) head-mounted display (HMD), but with the new update support has now been added for the original DK1 kit.
The full changelog of improvements is listed below:
- Improves compatibility with anti-virus software
- Adds support for DK1, lense separators
- Adds multi-button key-binding support
- Adds ‘Close’ button to windows. Be sure to bind a button for Show/Hide Splash to enable this functionality
- Adds FSX Deluxe: SP2 support
- Simulator window and sub-window organization improved to fit more windows on screen without overlap
- Fixes scale/depth issues in certain configurations
- Improves Menu window functionality in FSX & Prepar3D
- Simulator window can now be moved by user
- Adds support for older FSX Demo version
- Prepar3D now automatically brings ATC window, instrument panels into virtual cockpit
- Improves virtual cockpit camera detection
- Resolves MemBitmap:26 crash
Further support is planned for Oculus VR’s consumer version of the headset due out in Q1 2016, and the HTC Vive HMD which arrives in April 2016. The Leap Motion controller is also supported so users can track their hands inside the cockpit, giving the ability to move and interact with windows, or toggle cockpit buttons.
It not yet clear if Church plans to support the two headsets at launch but VRFocus will continue to follow the latest updates to FlyInside, reporting back with any further announcements.