Today both Microsoft and third-party developers had interesting news to share about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its add-ons.
We start with Microsoft itself, which released the beta version of the next big sim update (scheduled for November 11 with the 40th anniversary edition).
Below you can check a list of big new features, but there is a lot more in the full patch notes. Do keep in mind that this is a beta, so downloading it can negatively affect your experience, so do it only if you’re interested in helping with testing.
- Live traffic has been updated with various quality of life fixes (details below)
- New memory fragmentation system has been implemented for DX12 to limit maxed out VRAM 43
- New Dpad / keyboard arrows navigation accessibility feature is enabled by default in the menus(alternative to the cursor)
- AMD FSR2 graphic option is now available for PC 26
- Title now supports new NVIDIA technologies such as DLSS3 (including Frame Generator) and Reflex on supported NVIDIA graphic cards on PC. We also added support for 2 DLSS modes Super Resolution: Auto and DLAA
- Improved atmospheric simulation with a big focus on Thermals and general tweaks for the CFD 30
- We added a new CFD airflow display visualization in game for aircraft that are CFD-enabled (accessible under assistances and can be mapped to a button/key)
- 3D thermals visualization can be toggled via the weather panel
- New mapping for the Back to Fly feature, including height gain depending on the plane situation and current altitude (below 1000ft, 5000ft and 10 000ft), allowing to quickly adjust your flight in a variety of contexts. Very useful during glider runs if you do not wish to restart the flight after having landed
Next, we hear from Ouroboros, which provided a development update and new renders of its freeware Embraer E170.
“Today we have an update for you on the E170. As some keen eyes out there might have noticed we never modeled the landing gear. We waited using placeholder models made in a single night until the correct resources would arrive. And that they did! Over the span of a few months I started getting the gear as close to the real thing I could. We couldn’t have gotten this level of detail without our @EmbraerCrew present during our development. You can expect many more items with this type of close detail moving forward. We were going to wait until the main gear bay is complete to drop the update but there’s already a lot of progess in these items alone. This is way too overkill for our mission but the models will live on for many years if done correctly.”
To follow the developer’s progress, you can check out its Discord server.
Moving on to release, Just Flight released its Steam Gauge Overhaul – Analog King Air. As you may know, this massively improves the default King Air.
It’s available for €33.95 at Just Flight’s own store.
SimWorksStudios also released its Kodiak 100 Series III Amphibian.
- Accurate 3D model created from factory CAD data
- Amphibian floats and authentic cockpit equipment for their operation
- Functioning beta range
- Four different interiors: cargo, passenger, mixed, summit (executive)
- 36 liveries
- Custom animations: tail fluttering, working cabin lighting, armrests, air conditioning and much more!
- Full G1000 NXi integration
- Custom air conditioning system
- High quality sounds recorded from the real aircraft
- PDF manual included in add-on folder
Burning Blue Design released Little Gransden Airfield (EGMJ) in the United Kingdom.
You can find it on Orbx Direct for $12.24.
- Over 70 custom 3D objects each with full Physical Based Rendering (PBR) textures
- Accurate runway and taxiway with authentic taxi signage
- Highly detailed hangars with modelled interiors
- Animated hangar doors which close at night (Parking spots 1, 2 and 5 – open manually with Taxi Lights)
- Completely custom windsock
- Dynamic visitors change depending on the time of day
- Static aircraft include Yakovlev YAK-12 and YAK-52’s and a Global Stars Aerobatic team Extra 330LT
- Two classic British cars in honour of the car shows held here; a Rover 2000TC and a Triumph TR6
- Full night lighting and dynamic weather compatibility
- Enhanced high resolution colour corrected ground textures
GR Sim Creations released Chetumal International Airport (MMCM) in Mexico.
You can find it on Simmarket for $10.68.
- Airport terminal and visual references based on pictures available on the internet,
- New FS2020 Materials
- 3d models adjusted for performance
- FPS friendly
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of the Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Kraków Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, the Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport, and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi airport.
If you want to learn more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.