Microsoft Flight Simulator

News of my demise is greatly exaggerated. ;)

So it seems as though some content creators have gotten the green light to share gameplay now. Here's Quill18's first video (of three so far) on MSFS 2020:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oHHfyBlZoQ
Mod hat is permanently off now? :)

One thing to bare in mind is the power of your pc. This thing needs a beefy graphics card to show its colours.

Digital foundry have a video playing the SIM in 4k ultra with a ryzen 3900x and 2080ti and its hitting between 30-40 frames a second.
If you go to a more mainstream graphics card like Radeon 580 or Nvidia 1060 then at 1080p medium settings your looking at around 40 frames a second.
Nvidia cards seem to be performing better in the build they had. However they were using dx11, so dx12 may balance things out a bit for Amd.

The demanding nature of this game is also worth baring in mind if you want to take up the vr option when its available. I think its safe to say you will need to be chugging 2080ti, Titan level cards to play at higher detail levels

Digital foundry also said the game appears to bottle neck quite a bit on the CPU, So run an older CPU and your SIM may take a further hit performance wise.
CPU-wise they didn't mention whether clock speed or core count what matters most, I certainly hope that my 7700k @ 4.8Ghz will keep up.
I have a 1080ti, I'm not worried about the performance on 1440p, but in VR I think I'll need to go for mid settings with cartoon clouds. :)
I don't think even next gen top-tier GPUs will be up for the task to give it justice in VR.
 
Have people started listing their 'to do' flights?

I have a few in mind, and mostly these are places I've flown in and out of in real life rather than 'bucket list' locations. However videos like those that are cropping up now suggest that every flight has potential to be memorable, each in its own way. Happy days.

P.s. Am I alone in hoping for really rubbish weather for mid August?
 
Have people started listing their 'to do' flights?
Every single volcanic area on the planet.

Welcome to Volcanair, my new geo-tourism flight company. Soon to open branches all across the world, including northern cascade range in the US, Hawaii, Naples Italy, Sicily, Canary Islands, Greek Islands, Caribbean islands, Indonesia, Phillipines, Congo DR, Ethiopia, New Zealand northern island, Japan, Vanuatu archipelago, Andes range, and many other sulfurous, fiery locations.

We'll provide leisure flights around mother nature's most wondrous creations, using smaller airplanes for our customers to enjoy better sights and a more personalized experience.

In the future we might start using helicopters as well!

 
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Have people started listing their 'to do' flights?

I have a few in mind, and mostly these are places I've flown in and out of in real life rather than 'bucket list' locations. However videos like those that are cropping up now suggest that every flight has potential to be memorable, each in its own way. Happy days.

P.s. Am I alone in hoping for really rubbish weather for mid August?
After I'll get up to speed and finish all the tutorials, I will start re-tracing my travels. Starting from my hometown, I will either set off to visit the Faroes first, or head straight to Moscow, Yekateringburg, Irkutsk (lake Baikal), Machuria and the rest of China, Japan, Oceania (NZ, Fiji, Cooks, French Polynesia - by that time I will need to learn to fly planes that can cover longer distances), then the Americas from California to Tierra del Fuego and the list goes on. :)

I will try to RP it in a way to avoid 'teleporting', play in real time* and weather and full simulation with the exception of aircraft management/checklist assists I guess.
*I might need to compromise on that otherwise I will mostly fly in the dark when I'm in Asia. :)

Every single volcanic area on the planet.

Welcome to Volcanair, my new geo-tourism flight company. Soon to open branches all across the world, including northern cascade range in the US, Hawaii, Naples Italy, Sicily, Canary Islands, Greek Islands, Caribbean islands, Indonesia, Phillipines, Congo DR, Ethiopia, New Zealand northern island, Japan, Vanuatu archipelago, Andes range, and many other sulfurous, fiery locations.
Will you fly to each location, or just start of from a nearby airport? :)
A 'tour de feu' around the Ring of Fire would be neat as well. :)
 

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The trackIR with a proclip is less...twitchy... than the Tobii with FaceTracknoIR. I still have issues with mine being way too sensitive or have difficulty keeping it centred besides toggling it off...aside from that, I prefer the Tobii in all respects, especially the eyetracking when games support it.
I like TrackIR except all the cables hustle. I have searched but could not find a readily available commercial wireless trackIR. Is there something out there that works well wirelessly? (EDTracker has not worked very well for me, tons of drift).
 
Have people started listing their 'to do' flights?

I have a few in mind, and mostly these are places I've flown in and out of in real life rather than 'bucket list' locations. However videos like those that are cropping up now suggest that every flight has potential to be memorable, each in its own way. Happy days.
Simple, no strings attached VFR flying over and around my city area. I have the "luck" (relative to flight simulation, at least 😅 ) of living in rather scenic area for low-mid altitude flight; Turin in northern Italy, surrounded by Langhe and Monferrato hills, a few km from the Alps and France, and less than an hour (a few minutes if flying jets) from Liguria and the seaside. My current FSX folder sits at 90 GB, I think at least a good half of that is just hi-res maps for northern Italy and my general area. Looks I might not need them anymore in the near future (hopefully).
 
Will start from the nearby airports (when possible), so I can use more "touristy" smaller airplanes.

A bit like this kind of service: https://www.go-etna.com/excursions/etna-helicopter-tour/ but with small airplanes (and helicopers when microsft adds them, depending on distance from airports).
Cool! In the video I posted above, there are fantastic shots of Mt Fuji in different settings. IRL I was 'there', unfortunately it was cloudy so I could not see it when I passed by with Shinkansen...
 
I like TrackIR except all the cables hustle. I have searched but could not find a readily available commercial wireless trackIR. Is there something out there that works well wirelessly? (EDTracker has not worked very well for me, tons of drift).
Just the Tobii 4C as far as I know...there may be others that I'm not aware of. The only bugbear I have with the Tobii eyetracker is that support for it is limited compared to Track-IR. For games and sims that don't support it natively, it requires a 3rd party app to emulate Track-IR for it to function as a head tracker.
 
I like TrackIR except all the cables hustle. I have searched but could not find a readily available commercial wireless trackIR. Is there something out there that works well wirelessly? (EDTracker has not worked very well for me, tons of drift).
I'm under the impression that the basic tracking clip (the one with just reflectors) does not need any cable, you just need to attach the clip with the reflectors to a hat or headset. Only the pro clip needs a cable AFAIK.
 
I'm under the impression that the basic tracking clip (the one with just reflectors) does not need any cable, you just need to attach the clip with the reflectors to a hat or headset. Only the pro clip needs a cable AFAIK.
It's the other way around...basic clip needs a cable and something like a hat with a peak to clip it to, the pro-clip clips onto the side of your headphones.
 
It's the other way around...basic clip needs a cable and something like a hat with a peak to clip it to, the pro-clip clips onto the side of your headphones.
I have the pro clip, which is a cabled/powered device, but it also came with a basic dumb reflector (metal frame with 3 reflective bands). Pretty sure the app lets you use either, and if you go with the reflector, there's no cabling involved, it just reflects the IR back to the sensor on top of your monitor.

Edit: just tested it, can confirm.
 
It's the other way around...basic clip needs a cable and something like a hat with a peak to clip it to, the pro-clip clips onto the side of your headphones.
The 'basic' clip is just a frame with three reflective blobs. The pro clip is the one that has IR lights, and needs a cable. I've used the basic clip for years, and the only time I've ever had issues is when the sun is shining directly into the room when I'm using it, which isn't normally an issue due the cunning way I've aligned the house (realigning the Sun was an option, but I think the neighbours might have objected). ;)
 
The 'basic' clip is just a frame with three reflective blobs. The pro clip is the one that has IR lights, and needs a cable. I've used the basic clip for years, and the only time I've ever had issues is when the sun is shining directly into the room when I'm using it, which isn't normally an issue due the cunning way I've aligned the house (realigning the Sun was an option, but I think the neighbours might have objected). ;)
To be fair, with the Sun setting behind me, I can tell you that the powered device doesn't make a difference, it's completely unusable when it happens. Late afternoon is no-head-tracking-gaming time. Just played with the reflector now as I never bothered before and I'm actually impressed at how well it tracks. Will need to find a dumb baseball cap to actually try it in game now though.
 
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