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Microsoft Flight Simulator Developer Q&A September 29th 2021 Recap

Over on Twitch, Jorg, Sebastian and Martial spent over 2 hours answering community questions and sharing more details on the immediate future of Microsoft Flight Simulator. During the Twitch live stream, the three of them took turns answering questions from the chat and updated us on the likes of Sim Update 6, DirectX 12 for PC and the future of live weather. You can watch the whole stream above, but we’ve done our best to summarise the biggest notes from the conversation below.

Sim Update 6

It has been confirmed that Sim Update 6 will be released on Tuesday, October 19th 2021 and will come with “hundreds of improvements” to enhance the simulator. This includes changes to a new LOD implementation, which will see trees adjusted and night lighting can be seen at high altitudes. Furthermore, the Terrain Level of Detail slider will be increased from 200 to 400 for even high draw distances of terrain, houses and trees. Alongside changes to the visuals, the flight model has been improved considerably for aerobatic aircraft, which includes snap maneuvering and wake turbulence. Obviously, this is being done in preparation for the Reno Air Racing DLC that’s coming later this year. Aircraft developers will also be able to adjust ground effect behaviour, lift forces and adverse yaw.

Working Title – Improving the Stock 747, 787 and the G3000

The team at Working Title continues to work with Asobo and Microsoft on improving many aspects of the simulator for numerous aircraft. Their work on the G1000 continues to impress and their skills will soon be transferred to working on the stock 747, 787 and the G3000. There’s no timeframe for when this will be. However, Working Title did confirm that they will bring a new flight plan system to Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update 6. Finally, they committed to improving the Garmin G1000 NXi and the CJ4 systems even further by the end of the year.

Live Weather Improvements

Microsoft’s weather partner, Metroblue will be improving the live weather functionality in 2022/23. The plan will be to increase the update interval and density of the weather data to make it much more realistic in the future. This includes injecting METAR data into the weather data so the live weather will be much more accurate near airports. As for opening up the weather API to developers, this will be looked at in the future, but right now, there are license restrictions that prevent it from happening any time soon. Finally, when asked about visibility conditions, the team said that they are tricky to implement but will look at that in the future.

DirectX12

Microsoft reconfirmed that DirectX 12 will be coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator by the end of the year as an optional setting for simmers.

Virtual Reality

More improvements will be coming to Virtual Reality in future Sim Updates. For example, VR controller support will come to the simulator in Sim Update 7. Sim Update 6 will see a range of bugs and issues fixed to make the experience more enjoyable.

Gliders, Replay Functionality, Scenery Gateway and Misc

In other news, the team has found a developer to work with on bringing gliders to the simulator. For those looking to have multiple screen functionality, this is currently planned for 2022. The awaited scenery gateway, sadly, has hit a roadblock as they are now looking for a new developer to help with bringing it to the platform. Finally, Microsoft confirmed that a Sim Update planned for 2022 will focus on fixing bugs and not introduce new features.

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Junkers JU-52 Now Available for Microsoft Flight Simulator

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Following a short delay, Microsoft has now released the Junkers JU-52 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The first of many Local Legends published by Microsoft is the iconic German aircraft. The transport aircraft was first developed in the 1930s and saw numerous countries take delivery of the 17-seat airliner. The Junker JU-52 was flown by 12 airlines and was to carry both
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Updated to Version 1.19.9.0 with New Hotfix

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A brand new hotfix for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been released, bringing the platform to version 1.19.9.0. The new version fixes a number of issues, along with adding additional functionality to the sim based on user requests and feedback. The latest hotfix addresses the broken night lighting when the render scale was not set to 100%. Furthermore, there have been
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[Update: New Release Date] Junkers JU-52 for MSFS Delayed by a Few Weeks

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Update 10-Sept-2021 @ 12:35z: From the Microsoft Flight Simulator blog, it has been confirmed that the Junkers JU-52 will now release on September 28th 2021. With World Update VI now in the hands of simmers, the next exciting release for Microsoft Flight Simulator was to be the Junkers JU-52. Initially announced at Gamescom last month, the product was originally due to release
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Top Gun: Maverick Expansion Delayed

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Sad news for those looking forward to the Microsoft Flight Simulator Top Gun: Maverick Expansion. Due to Paramount delaying the movie until May 27th, 2022, the anticipated expansion pack will see the same fate. Microsoft intends to release the Top Gun: Maverick Expansion alongside the release of the movie.
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Watch Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 6 Trailer

In case you missed it, Microsoft shared a trailer for the upcoming World Update 6 which is due to release very soon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The new world update will bring with it numerous new photogrammetry cities such as Frankfurt, Basel, and Vienna along with plenty of new points of interest. Points of interest include Heligoland (Germany), Melk Abbey (Austria) and Chillon Castle (Switzerland). In addition to the updated cities, the resolution for the mesh in the area has been increased to up to 7cm, meaning the Alps will look sharper than ever.

You can watch the official trailer for it above.

World Update 6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available to download for free come September 7th 2021.

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Watch the Reno Air Race Official Teaser Trailer for MSFS

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In case you missed it last week, Microsoft announced that later this year, Reno Air Race downloadable content will be coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator. The new paid downloadable content will allow you to take to the skies in a competitive way to beat fellow simmers across a number of races. In collaboration with STIHL National Championship Air Races, Reno
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MSFS Data Streaming Issue

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Users of Microsoft Flight Simulator have probably already noticed that the simulator is currently experiencing some issues with the live streaming of data. A large amount of users have been reporting issues on the official MSFS forums with live streaming data from Azure. The issue causes low textures in the sim, and incorrect data (buildings, roads, etc.). Photogrammetry data is
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Interview with Jorg Neumann on WU6, Helicopters, Racing, eSports and More

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A week ago, Microsoft shared news about four new things coming soon to Microsoft Flight Simualtor during their Gamescom 2021 Xbox presentation. Prior to the event, we sat down with Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, to talk about the announcements and a few other bits related to the simulator. Despite the relatively short period of time, Jorg enlighted
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