X-Plane 10 System Requirements

System Requirements for X-Plane 10

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Minimum System Specifications

X-Plane 10 requires, at the minimum,

  • a 2 GHz, dual-core CPU,
  • 2 GB of RAM,
  • a DVD-ROM, and
  • a DirectX 9.0c-capable video card with 128 MB of on-board, dedicated video RAM (VRAM).  See here for graphics card compatibility.

Note that the version of the X-Plane 10 flight simulator we sell here at X-Plane.com will run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. If you’re interested, you can get more info on using X-Plane with a Mac.

Recommended System Specifications

For the best experience, we recommend the following system specs:

  • a 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors),
  • 4 GB of RAM,
  • a DVD-ROM, and
  • a DirectX 10-capable (DX11 preferred) video card with 1 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM.

Other Notes

X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings.

In order to use the full version of X-Plane, Disc 1 of the installation DVDs must be in your disc drive when launching the simulator. (This is not the case when using X-Plane for Professional Use; in that case, the USB key replaces the Disc 1 DVD.)

When running X-Plane on Linux, please note that you must install the proprietary Nvidia or AMD drivers. X-Plane will not run using Gallium or Mesa open-source drivers.

Note: X-Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.

Purchasing Hardware for X-Plane

If you are looking for hardware (joysticks, pedals, yokes, etc.) to use with X-Plane, or a good machine to run X-Plane, please visit XForce PC.  If you are not sure which joysticks to get, which computer to buy, and so on, we recommend going to Digital Edge for that hardware. Everything you get there will have been selected by Laminar Research employees to work perfectly with X-Plane.