As a kid I dreamed of flight. Now I can’t physically fly at supersonic speeds, or buy a VR smartphone-controlled drone to be my proxy. The best I can do is marry mobile device orientation with the CesiumJS framework.
|Flip controls||Sensitivity||Show Day/Night||Time Controls||Atmosphere effects||Debug||Calibrate / Center Controls|
|Samsung Phone (Galaxy S3, S5, S6)||Ο (full)||X (none)||Ο||N/A|
|Samsung Tablet (Note 8)||Ο||Χ||Ο||N/A|
|Sony Xperia Z5||Ο||? (untested)||?||N/A|
|XiaoMi Redmi 2||Ο||?||?||N/A|
|Apple Phone (iPhone 6, 7)||?||?||?||Ο (no fullscreen)|
|Apple Tablet (iPad Mini 4, Air2)||?||?||?||Ο (no fullscreen)|
|PC||Fastest||OK||?||?||Slow, No controller|
Keyboard Controls (Mobile)
|W, S||↑, ↓||Forward, Backwards|
|A, D||←, →||(strafe) Left, Right|
|shift, ctrl||Up, Down|
PC controls are customisable.
Your browser does not support device orientation, which means no tilt controls.
Error Message (“flight delayed”)?
Your phone or browser doesn’t support WebGL. This is a known issue for Windows phones up to the Lumia 925, and for old browsers like the stock Android browser.
Atmosphere or oceans glitch white.
This is a known issue with Cesium, which doesn’t seem to affect newer devices. My (wife’s) Galaxy S5 runs it just fine. Workaround: disable atmosphere and keep terrain disabled.
The controls ‘drift’.
Even if perfectly still, the view may yaw port or starboard. Unfortunately, the drift comes from the raw orientation readings and is exacerbated by the orientation transformations. Use ‘calibrate’ to center the controls. Shaking your device may help this problem fix itself.
One degree of rotation doesn’t work.
Yaw is sometimes ‘stuck’ on my Note 8 tablet. Shaking the device may help this problem fix itself after a while.
Controller not detected
For browsers other than Edge, re-connect the controller and press a button. Edge users: keyboard only, sorry.
Thumbstick control reversed
Map the thumbstick axis to the opposite command. e.g. ‘move down’ instead of ‘move up’.
It’s not very realistic.
I wanted a flight simulator, not a pull-levers-to-avoid-crashing simulator. For a physically accurate free PC flight sim, try GEFS.
Yuriko – very lucky to be your husband. Sheba – 世界一の犬。