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#1 Daan

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 0512 AM

Yesterday Microsoft released the announcement trailer of the new installment of their Flight Simulator series. The in game graphics and especially the weather effects, assuming one possesses the needed workhorse, seem a great advance relative to what is on the market today (X-plane, DCS, P3D, Il2).

 

Unfortunately, I find the non combat flight sims to become rather stale pretty quickly.

 


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#2 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 0948 AM

It will be interesting to see if my employers have any role in this. I guess it depends on whether they plan to ship via steam or only via their own systems.

 

I still play FSX now and again. It really needs something like Airhauler 2 to keep it interesting though.


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#3 Daan

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 1145 AM

Really amazing graphics:


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#4 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 1218 PM

There is a clip posted on the drive showing a spin recovery in what is apparently a cessna. Very impressive indeed.

 

 

Im hoping this will be a good alternative to X Plane 11. I took the plunge but I really dont like it. Its not great it sets its store with the excellent of it flight models, when the SR71 is unable to go about Mach 1.8.


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#5 Daan

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 1034 AM

Very pretty:


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Posted 25 October 2019 - 0359 AM

 

I love how it looks, but I think we are back to FSX, having to wait 5 years for a PC fact enough to run it at a halfway decent frame rate. :D

 

 

 

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#7 Daan

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 1400 PM

Yeah, Microsoft really intends to push everything else out of the market. Indeed, it looks superb, except the grass in the picture above is off. Such homogeneous fields are only found on golf courses, sports grounds or in parks and gardens. On a lakeside hill you will find many different grasses, tall and small, different herbs, flowers etc. all in close proximity.


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#8 Chris Werb

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 1017 AM

Has there been any word yet on miminum and optimum hardware requirements?


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Posted 04 November 2019 - 0312 AM

Not yet. If its anything like FSX they will offer a broad range, though again if FSX is any guide, optimization will lag for about a decade or so.


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#10 Der Zeitgeist

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 0901 AM

Not yet. If its anything like FSX they will offer a broad range, though again if FSX is any guide, optimization will lag for about a decade or so.

 

I don't think so, and I believe MSFS will run pretty nicely on modern multicore CPUs with capable CPUs. Don't forget that it's also supposed to release on the next Xbox, and new consoles are usually equivalent to mid-high range PCs in performance.


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#11 Der Zeitgeist

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 1309 PM

New video right there. 

 

It's interesting to spot the little defects in the photogrammetry-based scenery generation. The whole scene often is nearly indistinguishable from real-world video, but at low altitude, there's still room for improvement, especially on vertical surfaces such as trees.

 


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#12 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0249 AM

Yeah, its ok I guess. :)

 

I hope we want deformable terrain. I want to carpet bomb Venice.


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0336 AM

Why, the flooding will do it for you anyway. But triggering an Aetna eruption in Naples...


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0413 AM

Why, the flooding will do it for you anyway. But triggering an Aetna eruption in Naples...

 

Vesubius!


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0426 AM

Even better. Long dormant volcanos make the bestest kabooms.


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#16 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 0935 AM

Nuke them from orbit, its the only way to be sure.

 

The new Trailer is here. I noticed they have what looks like quite an interesting feature on MSFS2020 (that ive yet to read) in the latest PC pilot magazine.


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#17 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 0959 AM

This cracks me up. :D

 


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#18 Daan

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 1035 AM

Video on the cockpits in the sim:


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