Microsoft Flight Simulator is a notoriously demanding PC game, however a giant patch is arriving later this month that guarantees vital efficiency enhancements. Asobo, the developer of Microsoft Flight Simulator, has been busy rewriting its engine to carry out nicely on Xbox Collection X / S, and the modifications can even convey some much-needed enhancements to the PC aspect on July twenty seventh.
Throughout a current Twitch stream, noticed by Twinfinite, Asobo demonstrated simply how vital the efficiency enhancements might be on older methods with an Intel Core i7-9700K and an RTX 2060 Tremendous. Microsoft Flight Simulator jumped from round 30fps to just about a strong 60fps simply due to the patch. CPU utilization additionally drops from one hundred pc to 75 p.c on this specific PC, and reminiscence drops from round 16GB to 4.7GB.
“We’ve rewritten a whole lot of the elements of the engine … so as to get the utmost efficiency out of the sim,” explains Asobo CEO Sebastian Wloch. The staff has been primarily engaged on CPU optimizations, as the sport has been extremely CPU heavy since its launch final 12 months.
Whereas Microsoft Flight Simulator will transfer to DirectX 12 for Xbox Collection X / S, the sport will stay on DirectX 11 on PC for now. “All of the efficiency enhancements come from simply bettering the simulator,” confirms Wloch. “PC has not but moved to DirectX 12, the staff continues to be engaged on it. It could convey enhancements additional, or not.”
Martial Bossard, an govt producer on Microsoft Flight Simulator at Asobo, confirmed the upcoming transfer to DirectX 12 on PC can even permit the staff to allow ray tracing within the sport. Results ought to embody higher water, improved shadows, and the same old reflections we anticipate to see in ray-traced video games.
With the Xbox model of Microsoft Flight Simulator launching on July twenty seventh, alongside these PC modifications, the staff confirmed that the simulator will run at 30fps on each the Xbox Collection X and Collection S. As each consoles assist variable refresh charges (VRR), there might be an choice to go larger than 30fps on TVs and displays that assist it. The Xbox Collection X will run Flight Simulator at 4K, whereas the Xbox Collection S runs the sport at 1080p.