September 13, 2019 at 9:08 AM #123VoodooKeymaster
Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free, unified interface for all DCS products; you can think of DCS World as a simulation operating system. DCS modules that can plug into DCS World can include aircraft, maps, ground units, campaigns, etc. Not only can DCS World include modules developed internally by Eagle Dynamics, but it can also include those by certified third party developers.
DCS World not only includes the Graphical User Interface (GUI) that ties all DCS products together in a single installation, but it also includes the global aspects of the simulation world that pertains to all modules. This includes such items such as the Artificial Intelligence (AI), rendering system, mission editor, effects, AI units, semi-dynamic campaign system, and audio environment.
When a user purchases a DCS module, the module only includes content specific to that module. Thus, it requires DCS World to run.
DCS World 1.5 = TF-51 Mustang, Su-25T Frogfoot
DCS World 1.5 Modules = A-10C Warthog, C-101 Aviojet, Bf-109 K-4 Kurfurst, F-86 Sabre, Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Ka-50 Black Shark, Mi-8MVT Hip, MiG-15 Faggot, MiG-21 Fishbed, P-51D Mustang, UH-1H Huey, AJS37 Viggen, AV-8B N/A Harrier, F-5E Tiger II, L-39 Albatros, SA342 Gazelle, Spitfire LF MkIX, and Hawk T.1A
Flaming Cliffs 3 for DCS 1.5 = F-15C Eagle, A-10A Thunderbolt II, Su-25 Frogfoot, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Su-27 Flanker, Su-33 Flanker-D **NOTE: VSN has released a few mods for DCS World 1.5 Flaming Cliffs 3 that will allow you to fly other aircraft using “FC3” cockpits.
Minimum system requirements:
OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i3; RAM: 8 GB; Free hard disk space: 30 GB; Discrete video card: 2 GB RAM (AMD, NVIDIA); requires internet activation.
Recommended system requirements:
OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i5+; RAM: 16GB; Hard disk space: 30 GB; Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX780 / ATI R9 290 DirectX11 or better; Joystick; requires internet activation.
Released: December 29, 2015
Deprecated: DCS 2.5 was released April 6, 2018 and the community moved to the upgraded “Retail” version removing all support for the DCS 1.5.8 Final version.
You can still download the “DCS_World_1.5.8_web.exe” at https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/downloads/world/dcs_158/
Since DCS World 2.5 drastically increases the hardware requirement to run, many people are staying with DCS World 1.5.8 Final. It runs well on the lower end computers and great on the older gaming laptops. Seeing as this is now a static version, it makes things easier for the addon developers which have been able to already make a ton of mods for it from terrain to additional aircraft (with limitations).
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