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Opinion: The Curious Case of Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Fifth Sim Update

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It has been a whole week since we saw Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update V released for PC owners. The update was touted as a bit of a holy grail for improved performance, increased stability and bring in features to allow pilots to land anywhere in the world. The anticipation was, of course, insanely high. However, a week on and Sim Update V has become one of the most controversial and curious cases yet.

Amongst all of the controversy, perhaps the most vocal complaint is from the visual department. Both Microsoft and Asobo shared that the new update would see performance increases for many people, whilst memory usage and load times would drop. From what I’ve seen, those promises have been largely met, but not without issues. Some users have reported a massive change in the level of detail found in the sim. With pop-in, lower resolution textures and poor-looking photogrammetry, the sim suddenly looked a lot worse, even with the gains in performance. Some people have discovered there to be a few bugs with settings now being saved incorrectly, whilst some simply resorted to this being because the Xbox version was released the same day.

For the record, I refuse to believe that the PC version of the simulator was ‘dumbed down’ for the Xbox. The team has been clear that the technology used has been designed to scale up and down depending on the hardware. I personally am in the camp of having an improved performance experience without any major issues with the visual quality. That said, I can appreciate there are some people who are having issues and that it is frustrating. To me, the issue is that incorrect builds or files were used when delivered to the community; or some bugs were unintentionally added. Robert Randazzo on the PMDG forums alludes to this when he said that Asobo had turned off a rendering channel as it needed more development time. This clearly indicates there is still a lot of moving pieces and that something simply slipped between development and pushing out the build to millions of people.

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Editorial: PMDG’s Three Year 777 Update

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The Boeing 777-200ER is arguably one of the most requested add-ons from PMDG ever since they released their 200LR/F Base Package. Though the 200LR is certainly a very beautiful long-hauler, many fans have always been wondering why PMDG opted to model this variant of the Boeing 777 over the 200ER version of the plane, which is much more widespread in
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Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020: Rien Ne Va Plus!

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"Vancouver Approach, ACA27MD heavy, mayday mayday mayday! We have lost one engine, request emergency landing!" "ACA27MD heavy, Vancouver Approach, copied your mayday, expect ILS runway 08L, I’ll have vectors for you in a minute." "Roger that, Approach, we’ve lost our second engine, we’re losing control of the aircraft!" "Copy, ACA27MD, if have some time, can I get your souls on
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Opinion: projectFLY Is Seeking Even MORE Money

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Update – April 3rd 2020 – We have added the news that ProjectFLY Systems LTD is now a registered company of Matt Davies. It is not a subsidiary or a holding company according to the documents file on Companies House.

April 1st is meant to be a day of fun, laughter and harmless pranks that give people a bit of a chuckle. During the current global situation, small victories and good will are what we’re all looking for right now. So when I saw projectFLY needs your help! in my inbox, I was half-expecting some kind of amusing post or change to projectFLY to reflect on the day of jest.

There certainly was a joke in the email. Just far from being funny.

So yet again, Matt Davies / projectFLY / Mettar Simulations / projectFLY Systems Ltd (you choose) is asking for money. It’s now beyond a joke that a person/team/company can constantly reach out to the community asking for money and always use the same excuse. As a community, I think we get it: server bills can get expensive and projectFLY is a free service. The issue is that time and time again the community is being begged to, to cough up the cash to keep the service alive.

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A portion of the email sent out today.

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Big News Round Up of April 1st 2019

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For some reason, many developers, publishers and media outlets choose April 1st as the ideal date to announce exciting new products, new features or provide the community with an update to their existing product line. As a media outlet, we are always prepared to tackle this challenging day and as usual, we found a lot of great new announcements. New
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FSElite Original: In Review – March

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It’s the end of another month, and that means it’s time to look back. Last month you were able to read how we post news articles here at FSElite. What goes into an article and what process it goes through before you can read it on our website. This month, we’re back with looking at the most popular (and controversial)
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FSElite Original: In Review – February

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FSElite is a team of many members, coming from a range of different backgrounds. Some of us are still students, others maintain steady jobs. We cover a large part of the globe to try and make sure we have people available to give you the latest news as soon as we can. To you, and to us, this all seems
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