A new development blog was shared by the Microsoft Flight Simulator team which gave a brief update on the upcoming Sim Update IV along with more information on Azure Cognitive Services.
Firstly, the team said that Sim Update IV is currently undergoing community testing. The team have chosen to look at the community to support future releases to ensure that any possible issues with large updates are ironed out before they reach the general user base. Since testing has started, a number of features and bug fixes have already been included and will ensure that compatibility with add-ons and the like are working upon the update being released. Looking at the development roadmap, Sim Update IV is due to release on May 25th 2021.
The update also saw Jorg share a short video thanking the developers of Flight Simulator past and present as the series was inducted into The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame. You can find out more about the entry here and watch Jorg’s video explaining why this is such an incredible moment for the team.
Also in the update was a new Partnership Series video which highlighted how Azure Cognitive Services are included within the simulator to enhance the experience. The text to speech (TTS) services is provided primarily in using ATC within the simulator. The video shows the complexities involved in making TTS sound as natural as possible, whilst using advanced AI to help develop the tools. You can watch how this is achieved in the video above.
Looking ahead at the development roadmap, we can expect a trailer to drop during the week of June 10th 2021. That date could be particularly important as E3 2021 is due to take place Sat, 12 Jun 2021 – Tue, 15 Jun 2021, which means we may see new features or even the Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator shown off. That’s obviously very subjective but the roadmap continues to showcase the team are steaming ahead with world updates and sim updates.
Finally, we are reminded that the next monthly developer Q&A session is going live on May 26th at 10:30 am PDT.
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