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4 minutes ago, anders limpar said:

What time is this going to be playable on Xbox tomorrow? May have a window in the morning if my copilot* sleeps in

 

* newborn 

4pm if you’re in the UK.

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Just now, anders limpar said:

 
Fuck’s sake! Ah well, will see if I can get some time in before bed. 

I know, Microsoft taking “simultaneous worldwide release” to new levels. 

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Do you have to download the world updates separately on the PC version, or do they come as part of the broader process of patching/updating the game? If it's the former, how much space do they take up?

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3 hours ago, iwan_canobi said:

I'm really looking forward to this, will be playing on Series S. I play on my living room TV which is 50" and about 3m away so I'm hoping the 1080P-ness won't be too obvious.

 

My friend has a microlight and his PPL and took me up a few times, yesterday we flew up to the Isle of Mull and landed there for lunch, looking forward to trying to recreate that in the game for comparison! I have an old Saitek X52 USB HOTAS, anyone any idea if that would work on the Xbox?

Don't think so. There's hardly any sticks that work on xbox but there are new ones coming.

 

The Hotas One that many of us have is alright, although the throttle feels a bit cheap and loose to me. Can't complain for the relatively low price though. 

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9 minutes ago, K said:

Do you have to download the world updates separately on the PC version, or do they come as part of the broader process of patching/updating the game? If it's the former, how much space do they take up?

 

Yeah, the usual process is download game version update, on boot download sim/etc updates, then go to content manager/marketplace and "buy" new updates or update old ones.

 

Then go and update all your now broken mods

 

It's the shittiest thing about MSFS

 

EDIT: on the plus side it's a monthly at worst experience, and it only takes 15 minutes

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10 minutes ago, K said:

Do you have to download the world updates separately on the PC version, or do they come as part of the broader process of patching/updating the game? If it's the former, how much space do they take up?

You have to go into the Marketplace and download them separately. It's a bit shit. I would hope Microsoft will streamline this for the console release.

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14 minutes ago, K said:

Do you have to download the world updates separately on the PC version, or do they come as part of the broader process of patching/updating the game? If it's the former, how much space do they take up?

 

They tend to be 10-15Gb or so IIRC. 

 

Edit: Actually they may be a bit larger as I think that just be the map data but each update also  includes a load of other under the hood stuff which adds more heft to the DL. Updating the game is a bit of a frag tbf/

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2 hours ago, Uncle Nasty said:

I fully expect to be bored of this after a couple of weeks and the cloud/weather porn has got old.

 

First sortie - crashing into ex-g/f houses

Second sortie - crashing into old schools/workplaces

Third sortie - visiting abroad places I've been irl.

 

Beyond that, dunno. Hope they add some kind of gamey structure to it. It does have landing challenges but I already know that all of my flights will be either aborted or end tragically.

 

I suspect this will be true of many, many people. 

 

Unless you are really keen on learning how a plane works or just a virtual tourist like me then it might be hard to find reasons to fire it up. That said, almost a year on and I am still not tired of just chilling out soaking up the views for an hour or two per week.  That landing challenges can be quite addictive if you get into them and you will be getting better at (virtual) flying if you do keep at it.

 

 

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@Uncle Nasty alas this probably won’t be an option for Xbox players, but there are other apps that can provide a career mode which can help. I’ve just set myself a goal of making deliveries to circumnavigate the globe with a little app called skypark. These all depended on hooking in to the SimConnect API though - no idea if that’s a thing on Xbox. 

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On 22/07/2021 at 20:20, Dan said:

I once used an ironing board for the Microsoft 360 Wheel. It worked pretty well! In fact I’m sure I got the idea off this forum :lol:

Me too! 🤣

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I fired it up this morning and I thought it was going to work... alas, you see a bit of in-engine stuff but then get that screen saying it's out tomorrow. Gah.

 

For those looking for a little direction, I noticed some of the achievements made reference to activities, weekly activities, and so on. There's also some fascinating ones, like get permission to land and then shut the engines off to land dead stick. There are also some landmarks to spot. Achievements are worth a browse if you're wanting to know the current game structure.

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Playing Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 on a newly built PC, with my first ever joystick is one of the fondest gaming experiences I have. I used to make a cup of tea, plan a flight from NYC to London or somewhere (usually in a 747 in the rain) and it would literally restore my soul. Very envious of those of you who get to play this - I will just have to make do with watching all these videos for now!

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3 hours ago, layten said:

You have to go into the Marketplace and download them separately. It's a bit shit. I would hope Microsoft will streamline this for the console release.

They haven’t, apparently. To the level that some of the discovery tours require you to download world updates.

 

But console players: you really do want those world updates - they include better terrain, additional thematic buildings, more modelled airports etc. And if you’re in the U.K., a noticeably better London.

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Little bit disappointed it’s 30fps. My PC with a 1080ti runs it at mostly 60 on high settings at 1440. Occasional drops to 40s in NY or something but I’d have hoped for a 1440 60 mode on series X given it’s meant to be more powerful than my PC. 
 

People say it doesn’t matter for games like this but it does. It’s noticeably better at 60. 

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In terms of PC detail settings, what does the XSX run the game at? Not sure if they've said.

 

I only ask because I saw someone on Twitter earlier comment that the XSX does a better job at 4k than his PC.

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8 minutes ago, TehStu said:

In terms of PC detail settings, what does the XSX run the game at? Not sure if they've said.

 

I only ask because I saw someone on Twitter earlier comment that the XSX does a better job at 4k than his PC.

It’s quite likely it does, given the pc performance improvements remain in beta till tomorrow.

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Satellite imagery on the map screen is the absolute best thing to come from this update, however much extra performance we get. 

 

Just today I wanted to fly by some volcanic plugs in the Sahara but, without a proper map, didn't have a hope of finding them. Tomorrow I shall go see them. 

 

Floats and skis are cool too. 

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Colours are weird as I took the shot in HDR but this is me coming in to land my private jet at London City. A fun one to try tomorrow as if you're coming in from the west you have to dodge Canary Wharf and drop quickly.

 

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