Make the planetary Surface Locations scan during FSS more interactive, similar to the Wave Scanner.


One thing that is bothering me quite a bit after exploring for some hours is the Locations Scan on the top right of the screen when you are scanning a planet in FSS.

I just dislike the way that after a scan of an airless body with volcanism active the system can not only tell me exactly how many Geological locations there are in the planet but also that they are geological (remembering that the FSS can only see half of the planet at a time).

What I propose then is making this surface scan from the FSS more interactive, giving the player data to be visually and audibly interpreted.
I thought about having a surface scan happening similar to the way the SRV Wave Scanner works, with different types of signals giving me different types of reading on a horizontal wavelength plane, as opposed to a computer telling me exactly what I'm seeing.
So basically, if we were scanning a planet on FSS and it had geysers, I'd read a specific signal pattern that takes the center and lower part of this wavelength scan plane for example.
If otherwise the planet had a crashed alien ship, I'd then have some strong spikes on the left middle-to-top part of the plane, indicating an artificial signal for example.
Therefore, depending on the type of signals you get, you could choose to fly to the planet and then launch the probes. ONLY then, with the probes, you'd be able to know how many Geological/Artificial/Organic locations the planet has and where they are located.

I loved the addition of the SRV Wave Scanner with Horizons because it made players think and interpret what they are seeing and hearing. It made the game not only more fun, but mentally challenging and immersive.
Therefore, it seriously worries me how a game known for it's complexity is of lately starting to dumb down it's newer features - such as this Surface Locations scan, where the scanner computer does everything for you, even interpreting the whole data.

Thanks for reading.
CMDR Archer.
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