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Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator Review - The Entire World in Your...
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 7303
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

A stunning technical achievement and a hardcore simulator that is both approachable and transcendent. We took to the skies over the course of dozens of hours with Microsoft Flight Simulator and marveled at the miracle of flight, our planet, and how developer Asobo and the Xbox team delivered one of the year's defining experiences.

The latest instalment in the long running Flight Simulator series from Microsoft continues the trend of being as focused on ensuring the propeller on a Cessna 152 is the same dimension, size, and weight of its real-world counterpart as it is presenting the sort of distance and scale we rarely see in digital form. In 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator leverages technology that feels as much of our current place and time as it does the immediate and distant future.

From small towns to large cities, high-resolution satellite imagery is then processed by sophisticated AI to let Skynet-by-the-way-of-Azure cloud computing recreate structural and environmental shapes, heights, and detail without the need for an individual to go in and spend months modelling Sunshine West in Melbourne. It’s impressive to say the least. But again, throw in scale – as in the entire planet Earth – and the mind boggles. Especially when real-world weather tracking and entire systems that ensure clouds look and behave realistically, in addition to how wind affects your craft depending on which side of the mountain you’re flying, are also in place.

Our Full Microsoft Flight Simulator Review
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KostaAndreadis
Posts: 7304
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

A note on the 'ol score... 10 doesn't mean perfect and that a game is without faults. It's simply the highest score we assign. Microsoft Flight Simulator more than earns this, and if you have any specific questions relating to elements -- let us know.
Steve Farrelly
AusGamers Editor
Posts: 8652
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Can I fly in this world as Iron Man?
Steel Praetorian
Posts: 11
Location:

Definiton of Miracle:
An extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.
Human flight is a combination of science/technology/mechanics, not the divine.
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 7305
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Indeed!

Didn't use 'Miracle' in the strictest sense of the term. More humility than the divine, more my understanding of flight versus ol' Xenu done did it.

The question is, is Iron Man "a combination of science/technology/mechanics"?
fpot
Posts: 27134
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Definiton of Miracle: An extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency. Human flight is a combination of science/technology/mechanics, not the divine.
What an odd thing to say.

What sort of bandwidth was being used? Are you able to set a max limit?
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 7306
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Basically ~1GB per hour on average, though location hopping I was using more than that. Might be wrong but I reckon 4GB easy an hour for intensive looking at different spots to find a scenic locale (check my vid). There is an offline mode and you can set data limits, how much to stream, track total data usage and so forth. The tools are there to help manage and you can turn the streaming off completely for an "offline" experience.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 40029
Location: Other International

Basically ~1GB per hour on average, though location hopping I was using more than that. Might be wrong but I reckon 4GB easy an hour for intensive looking at different spots to find a scenic locale (check my vid). There is an offline mode and you can set data limits, how much to stream, track total data usage and so forth. The tools are there to help manage and you can turn the streaming off completely for an "offline" experience.
Is it possible to offline cache the entire world?!
fpot
Posts: 27135
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

You can set your maximum cache size, so your SSD space is the limit.

edit: just had my first quick little run around. Manhattan ran well on high settings some things turned up to ultra. Can't wait to get all my s*** done today and then really get stuck into it.
ravn0s
Posts: 19227
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Is it possible to offline cache the entire world?!


you got 2 petabytes laying around?
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 7307
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

There's the answer... the world is big... petabytely
fpot
Posts: 27137
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Can't wait to visit the Great Australian Petabyte.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 40030
Location: Other International

Dumb lazy question but how does one buy this; it's not on Steam that I can see - is the only digital option the MS store?
fpot
Posts: 27138
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland


It's on Steam - https://store.steampowered.com/app/1250410/Microsoft_Flight_Simulator/

It will download a client that you open and then downloads the game. This is incredibly annoying because it's a big enough resource hog to stop me playing HZD while I wait and will also void your refund because the game will be open longer than two hours.

Grab a Gamepass subscription if you haven't already. $5 a month and Flight Sim is included. You'll need to download off the Microsoft store but due to the annoying download client there isn't much difference anyway.


trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 40031
Location: Other International

wtf, so weird - I went through Steam yesterday and couldn't find it anywhere.

Thanks for the tip, I'll check out Gamepass. I think I'm gonna wait a bit as I think I might need to upgrade to get the most out of it.

Looks so awesome though.
trillion
Posts: 4480
Location: Ballarat, Victoria
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Spook
Posts: 41500
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
is this thing still there!?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8652751/Melbourne-monolith-Microsoft-Flight-Simulator-created-mistake.html
fpot
Posts: 27143
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Yep it's still there. Hasn't been an update yet so I'll check again later.
fpot
Posts: 27145
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

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fpot
Posts: 27188
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

A patch which has improved performance greatly has just dropped. I haven't tested it out yet but apparently the difference is very noticeable.

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