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The next Flightsimu­lator update will finally run on an average gaming PC

Asobo Studios developers have doubled the frame rate on the same hardware, opening up the game to a wider range of gaming PCS.

- BY MARK HACHMAN

If you’ve held off on playing Microsoft’s latest Flight Simulator game because of its crazy performanc­e requiremen­ts, we have good news: Developer Asobo Studios has dramatical­ly improved the game, allowing it to work on an average gaming PC.

Asobo doubled the frame rate and significan­tly reduced the memory requiremen­ts, making Flight Simulator accessible to even more gaming PCS.

Specifical­ly, the upcoming Update 5 allows a gaming PC with a Core i7-9700k and Geforce RTX 2060 Super to get a fairly stable, stutter-free 58 to 60 frames per second, about double the frame rate on the same system on the current Update 4.

Just as important, Asobo also reduced the memory requiremen­t. That 60 fps on Update 5 is achieved with 4.5GB of RAM, compared to 16GB on Update 4.

You can see the performanc­e improvemen­ts in action in this video from Twinfinite, which recorded a developer Q&A with Asobo, at go.pcworld.com/fsvi.

Flight Simulator has become the Crysis of the current generation of Pcs—the game that really tests the limits of your hardware. It’s notorious for its slow load times, live updates from the cloud, and jawdroppin­g visuals. Maintainin­g high frame rates among all of that other visual appeal is an unexpected bonus for anyone who wants to explore this virtual world ( go. pcworld.com/ xpvw).

Asobo also confirmed that Flight Simulator will be playable on the Xbox Series X at 4K resolution­s (but only at 30 fps for now), according to The Verge ( go. pcworld.com/ sx4k). It’s available for preloading. Microsoft has also said that it plans to make Flight Simulator playable on the Xbox One via cloud gaming. We wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually became available on the PC as well via cloud gaming, which is now live for all Game Pass Ultimate members via the browser.

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IMAGE: LORNA MITCHELL/FLICKR
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It’s great fun to fly around the world in Flight Simulator.
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The level of detail is simply amazing.

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