How Plausible is Plausible?

Tyler Young

An X-Plane user recently wrote in to tell us that, as a resident of the KSEA area, he noticed that one of the screenshots on the News blog included his condo! He pulled the area up in Google Earth, and this is what he saw (image copyright Google 2010; click to see at full size).

Compare that to the shot from X-Plane:

Clearly, the plausible world model–that is, the auto-generated scenery–isn’t accurate (buildings in X-Plane don’t necessarily match up to buildings in the real world), but it is convincing.

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