Scupper, you may be right, but I'm still not too sure that Prepar3d has any real future. I will have to check out your link, as I'm still getting crashes far too often with v5, although I'm aware that my system isn't really suitable.
On an entirely unrelated note(?), today I got home about an hour before sunset, and fired up another nameless sim, just to get a flight in before it got too dark. I flew from Woodbourne up the Wairau River, stopping off at Nelson Lakes, as I was low on light and fuel -- I was flying my little Robin, not because of its cute name, but simply because it gives the best view from the cockpit, but this is just a recent switch from the trusty 152, so I was a bit surprised to be so low of fuel. This was only a 35 minute flight, but it was simply an experience unlike anything else from any other sim. This was what I have been looking for since I found my first simulator back last century. This is what I was hoping that we'd get to, whether it be Prepar3d, X-plane, or any other sim that wants to have a crack at the crown. Sure, Prepar3d is 'getting there', and it has made huge advances since v1, but it still has a long way to go, and I'm not entirely sure that it'll get there for me.
I'm not sure that everyone will react the way I did, simply because I'm not really a simmer. My interest is more to do with the ability to live in my own world model, rather than an interest in aviation. But today's flight -- albeit short because of time constraints -- was one of many lately where I really feel that I'm flying around a real landscape, seeing real features that are true to life, and accomplishing something fun and a wee bit tricky for an old bloke who can't fly. Whether it's great weather for flying, or a bit iffy and overcast, every flight gives me a sense of satisfaction that I've never had from any other sim. I still have three different versions of Prepar3d installed, and I'll probably still have them for a few years, but that'll depend on the 'market'. I certainly won't be flying them for the sake of it.