• Microsoft Releases New Simulator Specs

    Late last night, Microsoft provided a new update on their upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator with a graphic that shows machine specifications for the sim. There has been lots of speculation on what kind of computer would be needed to run this new sim well; now we have the official word:

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Specs

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    18 Comments
    1. pomak249's Avatar
      pomak249 -
      Looks like i'll be sticking with FSX for few more years then!
    1. vulcan's Avatar
      vulcan -
      Given there are 4, 6 & 8 core CPUs listed the question is how many cores will MSFS utilize ?
    1. DiAir01's Avatar
      DiAir01 -
      Ridiculous. I will stick with P3D
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      The specs on the far right are the ones they have been using for their demo videos and at conventions. So that is the extreme far side of the spectrum. So as for how many cores will it use? Pretty simple: How many do you have? The more you have the better it will perform. I am just a shade under the CPU specs in the middle column. I have an i5 6600K at 3.5GHz, so I think I'll be alright. I'll upgrade to the 2080 when it drops to like $400.
    1. amberdog1's Avatar
      amberdog1 -
      I have been waitting on this info so I will know what kind of rig I will need. I'm a big fan on FSX and plan on upgrading to either the new MSFS or PVD v5
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DiAir01 View Post
      Ridiculous. I will stick with P3D
      Gonna stick with your horse and buggy, too?
    1. cyber-yssy's Avatar
      cyber-yssy -
      Well more important when da ting comming?
    1. W33's Avatar
      W33 -
      Excellent news, can't wait as it looks fantastic!

      W33
    1. DiAir01's Avatar
      DiAir01 -
      Nope. Will stick with my Corvette
    1. f18driver's Avatar
      f18driver -
      So it might be better to use the Xbox One X version instead....any thought?
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by f18driver View Post
      So it might be better to use the Xbox One X version instead....any thought?
      Why would you restrict yourself like that? The middle of the road specs are not that expensive nor difficult to procure. The upper stuff like the RTX 2080 is a bit out of the way for most people I'll admit but, the GTX 1050Ti and 1080Ti are very good cards still. Even the i5 8400 is not that expensive. And if you have that middle of the road hardware, it's not that hard or expensive to upgrade it one piece at a time as prices come down. But if you get an Xbox Series X you'll be locked to that hardware for the duration of it's life. Better performance is what I use to motivate myself to update my machine(which I do about every 4-5 years) and I have been playing everything very well on my machine with little stuttering, even in DCS:World.
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DiAir01 View Post
      Nope. Will stick with my Corvette
      And I with my Ford Focus SEL hatchback.
    1. qratrev's Avatar
      qratrev -
      Think it will have to wait a few years, i hate chasing upgrades to play one new game. I already have files of old games that I cant play anymore, thank you microsoft keep the upgrading going and see people dropping out.
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      I am a converter to P3D. I had all the versions of fs. P3D for me now. Microsoft just cannot seem to get it right for system specs and intensity.
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by qratrev View Post
      Think it will have to wait a few years, i hate chasing upgrades to play one new game. I already have files of old games that I cant play anymore, thank you microsoft keep the upgrading going and see people dropping out.
      Dropping out? The number of people that are flying in flight simulators of all types is way up from what they were even at the height of FSX's hay day. It was LM that kept it alive through P3D and Dovetail keeping FSX in the light with Steam edition that has even made ANY of the the other developers keep working on flight simulators. Remember when EA stopped working on the Jane's series? I am sure glad that Eagle Dynamic finally made the A-10 module. My computer exists for one thing and one thing only, flight sims. I have a lot of other flying games, space sims, and flight simulators. The number of people flying these types of games is growing, and I see no sign of people dropping out. Lets also not forget that when FSX first released(and for some a good number of years after) it took a long time for hardware to catch up with the sim. This is no different. Only this time the systems are actually out there that will run it, and you won't have to wait for them to catch up. But, if you don't want to upgrade every few years, why are you driving a car and not whipping a pony pulled cart? And upgrading doesn't affect just, "one new game" it affects everything you have on the machine. My last update made all my old games seem new because I could run them so much better. Hell, my poor girlfriend had to sit and watch me play just about every game that I own back to back mere minutes after I installed the new RAM and video card. So no it's not just one game that upgrades affect. I'm 42, and I don't live in the past, I move forward with the times, and will always do so because the past has passed, and only the present remains, and I want my present to be awesome for the future never comes, for the living.
    1. qratrev's Avatar
      qratrev -
      Its wonderful if you can afford to upgrade your system every year. Sadly a lot of people can't. young people are sometimes at the bottom of the food chain. How many of us started with Commodore 64's and spectrums. The games then felt like magic, and created a lot of enthusiasm for computing and flight sims. A bit like movies today, Computer graphics are no substitute for a good script.
      Companies need to sell a product to survive, a lot of good games have gone to the wall simply because the marketing was wrong, and they were too clever. Hype does not sell a product.
      Presently I use f.s 2004 because it keeps me busy with add-ons and playability. I enjoy it.
      I hope they dont ''overcook'' MS 2020 its does look marvellous, and I hope to play it, eventually when i've caught up. My ''puter'' is reasonably high spec but I hate chasing the dragon.
    1. madfred's Avatar
      madfred -
      The released specs confirmed what I have been expecting from the start. Those great looking videos are made with equipment most flight simmers will not be able to afford.

      Most of us will never see/experience that level of images.

      On the other hand, hasn't that always been the case when a new sim is being announced. They show the greatest looking videos to entice people.

      Other thing is, will any of our purchased fsx or even P3D add-ons work with FS2020, even if an update from the developer is needed, or do we have to start from scratch all over again?
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by qratrev View Post
      Its wonderful if you can afford to upgrade your system every year. Sadly a lot of people can't. young people are sometimes at the bottom of the food chain. How many of us started with Commodore 64's and spectrums. The games then felt like magic, and created a lot of enthusiasm for computing and flight sims. A bit like movies today, Computer graphics are no substitute for a good script.
      Companies need to sell a product to survive, a lot of good games have gone to the wall simply because the marketing was wrong, and they were too clever. Hype does not sell a product.
      Presently I use f.s 2004 because it keeps me busy with add-ons and playability. I enjoy it.
      I hope they dont ''overcook'' MS 2020 its does look marvellous, and I hope to play it, eventually when i've caught up. My ''puter'' is reasonably high spec but I hate chasing the dragon.
      Where did I say I upgraded every year? I built my current system 5 years ago, and just upgraded the Video card 2 years ago, and added the new RAM this year. If you take the total from newegg.com of all the stuff I purchased, it comes out to less than $650. $420 for the CPU, RAM, MoBo combo, $67 for this most recent RAM addition and only $150 for the GTX 1050 Ti I bought 2 years ago. You don't have to break the bank to build a pretty smooth running system. Is mine top of the line? No. Does it run all my games smoothly with a high resolution and an FPS above 70? Yes. Remember the most daunting limits are the ones you place upon yourself. RAM in a computer is like new tires and oil in a car. They are cheap but will improve performance. Even if you just buy one component a year you can keep it running pretty well. For me the next thing to upgrade will be the CPU and I will only jump from an i5 6600 to an i7 of some sort or another. No need for an i9 quite yet, not even for the new MSFS, and the RTX 2080, will most likely be a purchase of a few years from now. I buy and assemble all my own rigs, and that saves quite a bit of money.
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