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Microsoft Flight Simulator Set for Launch on August 18 for PC, also free with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta)

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honggil wrote: Did you guys have to do a massive 90gb update prior to playing?
Yes, 90 and then another 4GB or so after relaunching (I believe this 4GB is just for Premium Deluxe assets).
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I already had an amazing first day with this game doing exactly what I hoped it would let me do which is revisit and fly over various places we've traveled to in recent years including Nova Scotia and BC. The scenery in this game is just spectacular, especially the flight from Vancouver up to Whistler. I highly recommend using this game to get out there and see our beautiful country. Seeing it in person is obviously better but this will do for now. My wife was even super into it guiding me with Google Maps on how to get to the various landmarks we visited. The elevation and detail of Nova Scotia is a little off in key places but Vancouver/BC was just amazing

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1-2 Halifax & Dartmouth Waterfronts
3-5 Flying from Halifax to Peggy's Cove/St Margarets Bay to Blomidon Provincial Park
6-8 Flying from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea to Sky Highway
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One other cool thing I figured out was that I could use the showcase drone to get closer to the scenery and snap almost true to life shots of real places I've been. Here's an example of where I used to the drone to recreate pics I took at Porteau Cove Provincial Park along the flight to Whistler. The brighter shots are my real life pics and lighting/time of day aside, you'll see the accuracy and scale of the scenery in Flight Sim is pretty damn impressive. Had I played with the time/lighting and drone controls a little more I could've probably got it even closer
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Nice is anyone using like a whole aviation setup? The yokes, controls, etc..?
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Playing this game in HDR is stunning





And for those with a triple monitor setup to watch
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LKane1 wrote: Playing this game in HDR is stunning
Slick Gardiner landing lol. I never even thought of trying to land anywhere other than runways
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Did you find some way to hack in proper triple monitor support or are you just dragging it across in windowed mode? I've been doing the latter while waiting for them to patch it in. Nice videos btw, the Gardiner ending is hilarious.
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Redmask wrote: Did you find some way to hack in proper triple monitor support or are you just dragging it across in windowed mode? I've been doing the latter while waiting for them to patch it in. Nice videos btw, the Gardiner ending is hilarious.
No it was just using Nvidia surround. I think it just works natively. Had no trouble at all.
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Another few. Somewhere in the middle, there was like an elevated river. Lol, I don't know what that was.


Again, night looks great


Buzzing my friend's condo and landing on University Ave lol
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honggil wrote: Nice is anyone using like a whole aviation setup? The yokes, controls, etc..?
I was wondering that too, I posted earlier in the thread asking some questions because I figured this is where such people would be found.

-Which pedals are better, Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals or Thrustmaster T.Flight Rudder Pedals?
-Will mixing brands, such as using Thrustmaster pedals with Saitek/Logitech yoke and throttles, cause any compatibility or configuration headaches?
-Is there any difference between the old Saitek branded Pro Yoke and the identical looking Logitech branded yoke?

I already have the stuff so price doesn't factor in, just want opinions from experienced people.
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I don't have that much experience with the peripherals as I used to fly solely using keyboard mappings and now I'm just getting into learning /and using the HOTAS. I have the t16000m flight pack (all same brand) so not sure how things would work with different brands but I wouldn't imagine there should be any major issues in doing that.
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Flew from San Diego to Jon Wayne in Orange County last night and stopped along the way at La Jolla Cove and Laguna Beach to recreate a couple real life shots I took below. This game is honestly my new favorite hobby though it makes me miss being able to travel even more than I already have been since The Rona

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Maybe because my expectations were in check, I have to say I'm impressed with performance of the sim running on my son's Lenovo notebook (older generation i7, GTX 1660Ti, 16gb RAM and SSD) - on default High-End settings. Minimal stutters and for the most part smooth (even in bad weather) and impressive visuals. The notebook's fans are almost at full blast throughout the game, even when not flying (in menus etc...) but I guess that means the cooling is working, and it sounds like I'm inside an aircraft with the cabin air running : )

The only thing that was a PITA was my old Seitek (cyborg evo) joystick needed every single button and axis manually mapped. I don't recall it being this involved in the old FSX days. I also had to add dead zones (5%) and reduce pitch and roll sensitivity (-25%) to make it hand-flyable.

I don't know if it's a bug or just me but when using the new pause feature, the plane is almost out of control coming out of it if it's a lengthy pause. Hopefully, if it is a bug, it'll be fixed as I find the pause to be quite helpful when dealing with somewhat complex systems/AP...
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Rob76 wrote: I don't know if it's a bug or just me but when using the new pause feature, the plane is almost out of control coming out of it if it's a lengthy pause. Hopefully, if it is a bug, it'll be fixed as I find the pause to be quite helpful when dealing with somewhat complex systems/AP...
I've noticed that as well, if you go into active pause for a long time things can be really wonky when you unpause. Definitely seems like a bug to me, I hope they get this fixed sooner rather than later.

I'm still constantly amazed at how beautiful the game is. I swear half the time I spend in the game is scouting out cool locations where I can take screenshots, and just fiddling with the weather and time of day to get that perfect look.
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