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DarkOne
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October 11, 2019 15:31  

I was looking at the upcoming MS Flight Simulator that is due to release in 2020 on PC and Xbox. All this footage and screenshots are from the pre-alpha but I will admit it is gorgeous. They say you can basically fly to any spot on earth and have it be accurate because it will be using bing maps 😮. Its been what 10+ years since the last game and now Microsoft is going to release this.... wow what an upgrade to the series and supports VR too.

https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/microsoft-flight-simulator

 

 

Haha the dude flew over his house .... 😆 

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October 11, 2019 16:39  

Yes that's really impressive. I used to log countless hours on my heavily modded FSX, learning how to fly airliners from the real manuals sometimes... until I just "stalled" a few years ago (pun intended! 🙂). This to say I'm really looking forward to trying this new one.


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February 21, 2020 11:27  

This game just keeps looking better and better and I hope they take their time and just make this the ultimate simulator....


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February 22, 2020 03:56  

Yes that's incredible. I just updated my rig (Ryzen 5 3600 / GTX 1660 S / 16 GB). It's quite the little computing monster and hopefully will provide a good trade-off between smoothness and rendering detail. I'm OK with a steady 30 fps (VSync/2) but what they show makes me worry to be honest...

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I'm OK with a steady 30 fps (VSync/2) but what they show makes me worry to be honest...

I guess it might depend on the detail level you are going for when in game. Until we get more info on specs we just have to wonder? Because you are correct @d-c-elington the 30fps you should be just fine as long as it doesn't dip below that level during your game session. Because I have watched many videos comparing 30 to 60fps and you cannot really notice the difference. I think where we might run into gfx frame rate reduction is the sky/weather effects and as you get closer to the ground and you want to see more detail. The cockpit is pretty static with dials and gauges so the hit will come from the outside of the plane 😉 


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February 22, 2020 11:20  

Indeed nothing like a "broken 7/8" with huge gorgeous volumetric clouds and their shadows to make a GPU enter its "What The Fps!?" mode 😋 


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April 22, 2020 21:03  

Here is the spec sheet for the requirements to play the upcoming MSoft Flight Simulator

    Min Spec
AMD
Min Spec
NVIDIA
  Recommended Spec
AMD
Recommended Spec
Intel
  Ideal Spec
AMD
Ideal Spec
Intel
                   
Min OS Version   Windows 10
November 2019 update (1909)
Windows 10
November 2019 update (1909)
  Windows 10
November 2019 update (1909)
Windows 10
November 2019 update (1909)
  Windows 10
November 2019 update (1909)
Windows 10
November 2019 update (1909)
CPU   Ryzen 3 1200 Intel i5-4460   Ryzen 5 1500X Intel i5-8400   Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X Intel i7-9800X
GPU   Radeon RX 570 NVIDIA GTX 770   Radeon RX 590 NVIDIA GTX 970   Radeon VII NVIDIA RTX 2080
VRAM   2 GB 2 GB   4 GB 4GB   8 GB 8 GB
RAM   8 GB 8 GB   16 GB 16GB   32 GB 32 GB
HDD   150 GB 150 GB   150 GB 150 GB   150 GB SSD 150 GB SSD
Bandwidth   5 Mbps 5 Mbps   20 Mbps 20 Mbps   50 Mbps 50 Mbps

 

Think I might have to upgrade my PC a little to do the ideal specs on this game.... the 50mbps internet speed thats from downloading actual bing maps data in real-time 🙂 This game looks amazing in these videos, so it looks like a lot of fans might be upgrading their PC's this year. 

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April 23, 2020 05:05  

WX is required because of DX12, yes? <grumbles> That'll become standard soon, I expect.

I've got the hardware for the recommended specs, but not the damn software!

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April 23, 2020 08:07  

I would say your right on that @Cody, only real reason to have Windows 10 is for DX12. So many new games starting to utilize just DX12 and not have backwards compatibility just for the simple fact of creating games for the next gen consoles. I have been using Win10 for a few years now and I will admit that Msft has definitely increased stability. I don't think my PC has ever hard crashed, that was not the case with Win7. I believe you can get a free upgrade key from Msft (they might have discontinued that) to give it a run for a few months. The compatibility is actually pretty good in Win10 I have been able to run most of any older game natively without having to use a emulator. So I have been pleased with Win10 performance thus far, and yeah if you like gfx you will have to upgrade to get the performance you are looking for, because sometimes without the newer DirectX features your game actually runs more poorly without than with. 


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April 23, 2020 08:32  
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I believe you can get a free upgrade key from Msft (they might have discontinued that)

Although MS don't advertise it, I understand free upgrades are still available. I've even got a lump of rust somewhere in the spares cupboard with an early install of WX on it. But as I've said before, it'd take a real humdinger of a single-player space game to draw me in... and I really don't want to be building yet another machine.

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April 23, 2020 10:36  

I've nowhere near these specs so I guess I will be passing on this latest version of MS Flight Sim. I still get a lot of mileage tho from FSX and FS2004. There is so much content available for these two. Incidentally, if any of you have these games, check out Avsim, California Classics,  and Flight Sim dot com. Tons of great free content on these sites to be had. 😀 

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April 27, 2020 02:16  

New machine half-way between the "Recommended" and "Ideal" configurations so I'm reasonably hopeful 🙂

Meanwhile I'm happily flying with X-Plane 11 (on Win 10), and unless I'm mistaken this one runs on Linux?


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April 27, 2020 18:30  

Talking about flight... 'UFO' vids. I know it's true 'cos my cat told me!

 

 

 

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@cody

Fire up the interceptors!

And if you didnt like that, get the funk out!

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Fire up the interceptors!

Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters are go!

 

 

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April 28, 2020 13:42  
Posted by: @d-c-elington

Meanwhile I'm happily flying with X-Plane 11 (on Win 10), and unless I'm mistaken this one runs on Linux?

There has been no mention of this being released on Linux as of yet, but I believe the previous Msoft Flight Simulator X works on linux but thats over 10+ years old now

 


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April 28, 2020 18:44  

Has anyone tried FlightGear?

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April 28, 2020 20:45  

@cody

I did a while back but this latest version seems to have come along in leaps and bounds from that old build I tried. What you got to lose. If it could use aircraft from the older MS fight sims or convert them even, it would be a winner.


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April 29, 2020 08:19  
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What you got to lose.

Aye, that's the beauty of FOSS. Perhaps I'll give it a go, when/if I get my eyes fixed.

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May 3, 2020 11:36  

This article has some beautiful screenshots from this game, look at these clouds 😲

 

https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/new-microsoft-flight-simulator-screenshots-showcase-volumetric-clouds-environments-airplanes/


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May 3, 2020 18:24  

Lovely clouds!

Oh, you wrapped me up in a leather coat
And you took me for a ride
We were drifting with the tail-wind
When the runway came in sight
The clouds came up to gather us
And the cockpit turned to white
When I looked the sky was empty
I suppose you never saw the landing-lights

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