• Microsoft Flight Simulator - New Ideas - New Beginnings

    Microsoft Flight Simulator - New Ideas - New Beginnings

    By MrYorkiesWorld

    Introduction

    Hello everyone, my name is MrYorkiesWorld. I've been writing articles and content for FlightSim.Com for quite some time now, and I'm extremely excited to be writing this article at a time when we are about to enter into yet another extremely exciting time in the world of flight simulation. I say "about", because even though the simulator is now released, there will likely be an ever-expanding growth to it with regards to updates, fixes, improvements and third-party developer content!

    The History of MrYorkiesWorld & Flight Simulation

    MSFS New Ideas - New Beginnings

    It has been around 37 years since the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator was released for IBM compatible PCs. Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 was released all the way back in November 1982, when things looked very different to what they do today (see image above).

    For me, Flight Simulation became something of a favourite hobby of mine around 2002 - 2003, when Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight was released. I then moved on to the newer versions as soon as they became available and also tested out the previous versions right back to the very first. Obviously, the hardware back then ran pretty well, without the need to render too many complicated tasks, which is very different to the story we tell today in our community!

    In 2014, or around that time, I began making YouTube content aimed at Flight Simulation. I would carefully watch and learn as other flight simulation enthusiasts such as Matt Davies, Chewwy94 and others showed us how to fly aircraft around the virtual skies in a more realistic way than what I was used to. My love for the hobby only increased from there.

    MSFS New Ideas - New Beginnings

    Modern-Day Simming

    Both Lockheed Martin and Laminar Research have graced us with amazing simulators over the years, with the latest being Prepar3D V5, and X-Plane 11. These simulators are both very advanced platforms allowing us to simulate real-world flights in a very realistic and accurate fashion.

    I've never been a fan of comparing one simulator to another, but Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 literally blows everything else we've seen out of the water. Coming from someone who has seen most versions of the Flight Simulator series, as well as simulators not related to Microsoft at all, I can say first hand that my experience with the Alpha, Beta, Preview Build, and now the released version, has opened my eyes wider than anything else.

    With P3D and X-Plane we see sophisticated systems, weather add-ons, texture packs, sound packs, add-on aircraft and scenery, plus 3rd party airports to name just a few, which help enhance the base platform. However, nobody would have thought that Microsoft would then come up with something such as Flight Simulator (2020), which comes packed with many of the features mentioned above as standard.

    MSFS New Ideas - New Beginnings     MSFS New Ideas - New Beginnings

    In today's society, flight simulation is getting more and more complex and accurate, with professional pilots using flight simulation platforms alongside lifelike physical/motion simulators. This allows people the chance to get as close as it gets to the real thing, especially in terms of flight planning and preparation. On top of this, we can also safely train for all eventualities, such as engine failures, pressurisation issues and missed approaches, without ever needing to put ourselves in any real danger.

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    10 Comments
    1. btwallis's Avatar
      btwallis -
      You have been too gaa, gaa, goo, goo in my opinion. There are plenty of issues to be sorted out. Certainly this is a new platform with plenty of great visuals but lacking in plenty of areas as been discussed in videos and forums.

      Too generous a review in my view.
    1. GKKnupper's Avatar
      GKKnupper -
      not one word mentioned about AI !!!

      sit down you did not pass the class ...

      Sincerely

      G. Kirschstein
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by btwallis View Post
      You have been too gaa, gaa, goo, goo in my opinion. There are plenty of issues to be sorted out. Certainly this is a new platform with plenty of great visuals but lacking in plenty of areas as been discussed in videos and forums.

      Too generous a review in my view.
      The author very clearly states on page three:

      "This is not a review, but I think it's clear to see that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, in my opinion, is a major step forward in the next generation of flight simulation."

      This is what is called an op-ed. If you're unfamiliar with that term, please see the link below:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op-ed

      Nels and I are always looking for volunteer writers, so if you would like to contribute, please feel free to contact us.

      Regards

      Dominic
    1. bearracing's Avatar
      bearracing -
      I guess the previous posters failed to read the title of your article Dominic, LOL! I thought your "op-ed" was very good, so I would just ignore them. I decided to write this only because I DID understand your article here and I thought it interesting, as you nailed it on the head, about the possibilities of this new Flight Sim, especially considering it is just the beginning. I personally haven't installed MSFS 2020 yet, but I will shortly. I have been using FS since the early 1980s, like you, and I am a real world pilot (I got my initial PPL on March 17, 1967), and for the last few years I have been using FSX and enjoying it thoroughly. I have installed almost every available add-on (North America) from ORBX and have installed numerous GA aircraft from Carenado. Though over the last few months, I have probably spent more time watching "YouTube" displays of MSFS 2020, than I have of actually flying in FSX, hehehe! There was a time I actually did reviews (for another website), of addon software for various versions of Flight Simulator (MS), and generally I got good reactions, but you're always going to have some nay-sayers, so I learned to ignore them, hehe! By doing and posting actual "reviews", this incentivized me to write actual books, on aviation history, and I have two of my books in the library at the National Air & Space Museum, and those same two books are also in the library (US National Park Service) at the Wright Brothers Memorial National Park at Kitty Hawk. I have also received commendations and awards for those same two books. Considering this, I can tell the difference between an Op-Ed and a Review, LOL!
    1. btwallis's Avatar
      btwallis -
      Quote Originally Posted by DominicS View Post
      The author very clearly states on page three:

      "This is not a review, but I think it's clear to see that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, in my opinion, is a major step forward in the next generation of flight simulation."

      This is what is called an op-ed. If you're unfamiliar with that term, please see the link below:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op-ed

      Nels and I are always looking for volunteer writers, so if you would like to contribute, please feel free to contact us.

      Regards

      Dominic

      Yes of course what would a 70 year old know about op-ed, being so young and uninformed and uneducated. Perhaps one might think, your comment is a little self righteous. If you're unfamiliar with that term look it up. I could care less about the label....the review was incomplete in my view and there are plenty more issues than the one mentioned; I had expected more, plain a simple.
    1. W33's Avatar
      W33 -
      Very informative. Exciting times ahead for sure.

      Many thanks for sharing your thoughts MrYorkiesWorld.

      W33
    1. graaant's Avatar
      graaant -
      Having been simming since the mid-90s and gone thro' each generation up to P3D 4.5, and -- while there's clearly still much to be fixed, included -- I entirely agree with the author: with their new sim MS, Asobo, Meteo, etc. have knocked the ball right out of the park.

      Gaga where it's due ... !
    1. mborgia's Avatar
      mborgia -
      The visuals are indeed a sight to behold. And that's coming from an instructor with thirty years experience, including twenty working in full motion Level "C" and Level "D" flight simulators. While a long way from perfect (and what new release is ever perfect?), the folks at Asobo hit a grand slam with the initial release. In addition to the camera system cited in the article, the most severe criticism I would level is that the developers need to get a copy of the Pilot/Controller Glossary and overhaul the simulator's entire ATC system. With graphics settings appropriate to my equipment (which meets the "Recommended" specs) it runs smoothly and reliably. I've only experienced one crash to date. Overall, as good an experience as you can ask for from an initial release.
    1. valero's Avatar
      valero -
      Excellent! I appreciate you in depth information.
    1. glider66's Avatar
      glider66 -
      It's surprising how polarised the feedback is of FS2020.

      It's being heralded either as a major advance in realism and immersion, or a bug-ridden game-oriented piece of software that has been released half-finished.

      The bulk of social media feedback seems to be negative, focussing on installation problems and non-realistic flight charactersistics.

      A significant proportion of disgruntled users' comments reveal an ignorance of the complexity of the available user settings, and even real-world aerodynamic effects on aircraft handling, and complain of "unrealistic" jerky response and low FPS.

      I concur with MrYorkie though, maybe because I have a similar lengthy (and expensive) history with Flight Sims, over a similar length of time.

      Yes, it has plenty of bugs, and yes, it requires a monster of a PC to run smoothly, (I now use an i9 9900k with an RTX2080ti with 32gb and 1gb M.2. SSD)

      When I fly over my local area, the VFR experience is a major step forward over all previous Sims. When used at "Ultra" settings, with this top end hardware, the realism is amazing, right down to 100ft.

      I also use xPlane11.5 with Ortho4xp scenery at 19 res, which has a more accurate VFR representation of my local rural area (Norfolk, UK), but only from > 1000ft, because there is no 3d autogen of the buildings and vegetation.

      So my local village church looks 100% accurate from 1000ft in xPlane, whilst in FS2020 I can fly down the road past it at 200ft and see it and the surrounding trees in perfect 3d, but it is being auto-gened as a modern three storey block of flats !

      Having said that, I'm still blown away by FS2020's online scenery, because it's world-wide by default, and roads, waterways, and buildings positioning is accurate, so it is still possible to recognise where you are, despite cottages and barns being drawn as buildings incongruous to the local area.

      Maybe I'm too complacent of the faults, or maybe I'm just one of the thousands of serious flight simmers that are grateful for any major step forward, but I'm really pleased that MS have stepped back into the frame with Flight Sims, albeit via this third-party Asobo product. In a commercial environment, competition is the major force in evolution.
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