Microsoft Flight Simulator is no doubt one of the most anticipated games of 2020. The alpha updates of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator are coming to a close in the next week. The full version release date is not officially announced yet. But it seems the next phase of the beta updates is arriving soon with the first of many closed beta releases starting this month which will then be followed by the open beta sometime later in 2020. Let’s see what are the system requirements to install an alpha, beta, and full version updates on compatible devices.
Before that, see what we have already discussed here about Microsoft planning to completely revamp its popular flight simulator title. One of the biggest libraries of real-world airports in any such game clearly indicates that we have plenty to look forward to.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Beta Updates Starting This Month:
The Microsoft Flight Simulator Alpha update number five is coming out on 9 July. It will be the last of the initial stage. As the alpha program lands, the next phase involving beta updates will officially take off.
Developers are likely to also announce the beginning of the beta version opening date on the same date the alpha concludes.
Although we are still waiting for the confirmation from the developers, reports suggest that the beta will indeed begin rolling out later this month. So if you don’t want to miss the beta flight, make sure to sign up for a Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider program.
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Meanwhile, another bit of interesting news has surfaced stating that MSF is collaborating with FlightAware to inject an element of reality into the gameplay using real-time aerial traffic. The outcome being that the planes you pass during in-game flights will be at approximately the same location as the ones flying in the real-world at the time.
Here is the official statement highlighting this great new feature:
We’re an aviation intelligence company that provides real-time and predictive flight insights to all the biggest players in aviation. We synthesize data from thousands of sources across the globe and our team of amazing engineers layer on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to give the most accurate predictions on where a flight is and where it’s going.
Our data is used everywhere from Google flight statuses, airport notification boards, airline systems managing gate flows, individual pilots sharing their private flights, to the millions of travelers and their friends and families checking out our web and mobile apps to get info on their flight. Now, our data stream called Firehose is going to power the real-time, global traffic in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 so that while you’re using the sim, you can see planes near you in real life.
Moreover, Microsoft Flight Simulator is partnering with Meteoblue to introduce realistic weather patterns to make it mirror the natural settings.
MSF is releasing on PC and Xbox One this year. So, if you’re planning to download MSF, first make sure that your device meets the installation requirements described below.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 System Requirements:
Developers of Microsoft Flight Simulator have officially revealed the minimum requirements, recommended settings, and ideal specifications for downloading, installing, and playing MSF on PC.
The optimal frame rate or resolution for each set of requirements is not mentioned in the official sheet, but it’s should be safe to presume that the ideal settings at 4K resolution will provide the best experience.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – Minimum
- CPU: Ryzen 3 1200 / Intel i5-4460
- GPU: Radeon RX 570 / NVIDIA GTX 770
- VRAM: 2GB
- RAM: 8GB
- HDD: 150GB
- Bandwidth: 5 Mbps
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – Recommended
- CPU: Ryzen 5 1500X / Intel i5-8400
- GPU: Radeon RX 590 / Nvidia GTX 970
- VRAM: 4GB
- RAM: 16GB
- HDD: 150GB
- Bandwidth: 20 Mbps
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – Ideal
- CPU: Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X / Intel i7-9800X
- GPU: Radeon VII / Nvidia RTX 2080
- VRAM: 8GB
- RAM: 32GB
- HDD: 150GB (SSD recommended)
- Bandwidth: 50 Mbps
Most of the requirements seem nothing out of the ordinary except that of bandwidth. Having said that, it’s better to follow the official guidelines in order to avoid performance issues down the line.
The developers revealed in a recent interview with the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion that the minimum requirements for bandwidth to have a ‘good representation of the world’ should be enough.
Among other techniques, we cache the data, so if you fly over an airport and then go over that place again, that data does not need to be downloaded again. For the same reason the realism of the terrain will improve as you fly several times over the same place. But anyway you don’t need super fast connections. With about 10 Mbps you can already have all the level of realism offered by the simulator.
The MSF will take advantage of Bing Maps data to fetch relevant information about the live weather updates and accurate presentation of real-world geographical locations.