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  1. They say that great minds think alike. Those are my identical settings as well -- 4K screen resolution, Render Scale 60, and AMD sharpening maxed to 200. I'm constantly experimenting, but I always come back to those same settings as @decker89. I use a 75-inch 4K TV as my display, and I sit very close to it. So I'm especially alert to any degradation in graphics quality. Nonetheless, the difference between Render Scale at 100 and Render Scale at 60 is insignificant to me, especially since the AMD sharpening technique was introduced to the sim. FPS, however, enjoys a huge boost from lowering the Render Scale. Because of this extra frame boost, I can keep my other settings on a mix of Ultra and High, even on my 8-year-old system.
  2. May I have your undivided attention please! You are about to witness history. Below is the first poem in human history about the PMDG 737 (courtesy of ChatGPT): The PMDG 737, a work of art A simulation that sets apart The standard in the skies so blue For those who love to fly, it's true With every button, switch and knob The realism is truly a job Well done, a cockpit that comes alive As if you're in the plane and high The systems and procedures so true It's like you're a pilot, feeling brand new The flight dynamics are spot on. The experience is truly a treat, never gone The PMDG 737, a masterpiece For flight sim enthusiasts and those who seek peace In the skies, it's the best of the best For the love of flying, it's truly blessed.
  3. And if the moderators don't like ChatGPT's poem about X-Plane 12, here's a ChatGPT poem about the moderators on AVSIM: Moderators on AVSIM, a force for good Guiding the community, as they always should. Their knowledge and wisdom, a beacon of light Guiding us through the virtual skies, day and night. With a watchful eye, they keep the peace Ensuring that all users can release Their passion for flight, in a safe and kind way AVSIM is a better place, because of their sway. Moderators on AVSIM, a team so true. Their dedication, a sight to view. They work tirelessly, day and night, To make sure our virtual skies are always bright. So let us thank them, for all they do. Moderators on AVSIM, we are grateful to you. With your guidance, we can fly free In a community that's the best, as you can see.
  4. OMG, I can't stop laughing -- and being amazed -- with ChatGPT's ability to write poems. I honestly never heard of this project until I read a news story about it a couple of days ago. Now, to the funny part, I think you guys asked for a poem about "X-Plane." I too asked for a poem about "X-Plane" and got a different poem, but one that was similar in tone and quality and praise. However, when I asked specifically for a poem about "X-Plane 12," here's what ChatGPT gave me: X-Plane 12, oh how you fail With your bugs and glitches, you make us wail. Your graphics are dated, your scenery a joke. We'd rather fly a kite, with a broken spoke. Your community is small And your market a niche. We'd rather fly MSFS, with its smooth glitch-free glitch. Your flight model overhyped, your weather's a mess. We'll stick to MSFS, we'll pass on your stress. X-Plane 12, you're a failure to fly We'll stick to Asobo, and watch you go die. We'll take our business elsewhere, and leave you behind. X-Plane 12, you're a sim we can't find.
  5. Posted by: Microsoft Flight Simulator Team Screenshot by 2525ARW (Twitter) Beta testing for Aircraft & Avionics Update 1 (AAU1) is in its final stages, and the team is planning to wrap up public testing in preparation for a full release soon. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the public test and helped us identify bugs, issues, and regressions. Yesterday, we hosted an Exhibition Match in the Reno Air Racing mode on our Twitch channel. These races featured some prominent flight simulator content creators from YouTube and Twitch. This event also represented the kick-off of our next Reno Air Race Series! Presented by Tobii, this contest is open to all sim pilots. Simply by entering, you will receive a 20% discount code for a Tobii Eye Tracker 5, and up to 49 lucky entrants will be selected to compete in virtual Reno races in March. On the line is flight sim hardware, merchandise, and – most importantly – bragging rights for the title of virtual air racing champion for 2023! You can find all the details on how to join this event (and automatically receive the Tobii discount code) on our forums here. Finally, the next of our Developer Livestreams is scheduled for next Wednesday, February 1. This livestream will have a specific focus on the following items: Missions Localization World Update 12: New Zealand Points of Interest Airports Full details for the Developer stream can be found here. MSFS Team DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP & FEEDBACK SNAPSHOT We will have more to share about both the Development Roadmap and Feedback Snapshot in next week’s Developer Q&A. MARKETPLACE UPDATE Click here for the web-friendly version of the Marketplace Update. There are 31 new and 45 updated products in the Marketplace today. Marketplace updates generally go live on Thursdays between the release of this blog post and 5pm PT. 31 NEW PRODUCTS: 15 ON PC, 16 ON XBOX New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC New on PC New on Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox 45 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 25 ON PC, 20 ON XBOX Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC Updated on PC Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC Updated on PC Updated on PC and Xbox COMMUNITY FLY-IN Thursday, January 26 is Australia Day, the national holiday in the land down under. To commemorate this date, our weekly Fly-In Friday will see us fly eastward along Australia’s beautiful Great Ocean Road 6 starting at Warrnambool en route to a full stop landing in Melbourne. Event details are available here. All are welcome to participate! COMMUNITY VIDEO Since its release in August 2020, many sim pilots have set a goal for themselves to circumnavigate the globe flying a light GA plane. Recently, YouTuber Stu completed this feat and documented the best of his trip in a short video. Check out the high points of Stu’s journey here! SCREENSHOT CHALLENGE You can submit your screenshot via Twitter with #MSFSchallenge or the Weekly Forum Post! This week’s screenshot challenge: Good Evening This past month our Screenshot Challenge was “Year of the Rabbit“. Screenshot by ukaka5656 (Twitter) Screenshot by pommes_l (Twitter) Screenshot by Parorng (Forum) Screenshot by MihamaBlend (Twitter) Screenshot by m4TJTrvIyOGaOFj (Twitter) Screenshot by LeLapindeGiens (Forum) Screenshot by Johnny_aircargo (Twitter) Screenshot by Ikulin09 (Twitter) Screenshot by DeusCriolo (Forum) Screenshot by AvionChibi (Twitter) NEXT DEVELOPMENT BLOG UPDATE – February 2nd, 2023 Sincerely, Microsoft Flight Simulator Team
  6. Should I ask it to write a poem about X-Plane?
  7. If you're not familiar with ChatGPT, it's an amazing new Microsoft chatbot available for free to the public ( https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt/ ) . I asked it to write a poem about MSFS, and it instantly printed the following: The skies are my canvas, the world my stage With Microsoft Flight Simulator, my journey's engaged. From the cockpit, I take control As I explore cities, mountains, and coastal shoals. The realism takes my breath away With every detail, it's like I'm really there to stay. I fly over landmarks, I know so well And discover new places, I've never been to dwell. The technology is amazing, it's hard to believe That I can fly anywhere, I want to conceive. With this simulator, I can go anywhere From the comfort of my chair The clouds are my playground, the wind my guide As I soar through the skies, my heart feels alive. With Microsoft Flight Simulator, my imagination takes flight And I'm lost in the beauty of the world, day and night.
  8. Don't forget the completely new avionics for the Longitude as well. The work done on these planes is truly amazing.
  9. I've noticed no drop at all in fps since the AAU 1 beta -- perhaps even a slight gain in performance.
  10. I'm not trying to spam for any particular company. But if, like me, your main purpose for a PC is to run MSFS, then you should buy your PC from a company specializing in building PCs for flight simulation. Everything, including the sim software, comes preinstalled and pretested and works great. Every component of the PC is hand-selected to work best with MSFS.
  11. As far as lacking a current roadmap: Many features of the sim are already about as good as they can possibly be. Many areas of the world scenery are already practically indistinguishable from reality itself. And there are additional World Updates coming within weeks (New Zealand). The still-in-beta avionics update, again, is amazingly detailed and functional. I'm anxious for everyone to see the technical precision that's been achieved. And there are two additional Aircraft and Avionics Updates scheduled this year, probably directed toward the long-haul airliners. There is a psychological phenomenon called hedonic adaptation in which people quickly become accustomed to the level of wealth surrounding them and can't imagine being happy with anything less. For example, during the stock market crash of 1929, there were brokers on Wall Street whose portfolios plunged from 10 million to 2 million dollars -- and they took the opportunity to literally jump out of windows to their deaths. Most of us here would be quite delighted to have 2 million left in our bank accounts. Likewise, we've become so accustomed to Asobo providing jaw-dropping weekly updates that a few weeks without a startling new announcement seems like a letdown. When the AAU beta is finalized and released, however, no one will feel that nothing's happening. Quite the contrary. For me, it's almost too many big changes to handle at once. And, again, other sims would be euphoric if they enjoyed the developer communication and sim update frequency that we enjoy here with MSFS, even during the winter "lull."
  12. I've always greatly appreciated @ChaoticBeauty's posts. But trying to reproduce them in his absence gives me a new depth of appreciation for his work. I do realize that my post looks a bit "off." But the post you see now is the result of about ten different edits to my original. You might think that copying the Asobo post is simply a matter of copy and paste. It unfortunately isn't that easy -- at least for me. I bet I tried for thirty minutes just to remove the extra spacing at the top. I'm honestly stunned that all the links appear to work. 🙂
  13. Posted by: Microsoft Flight Simulator Team Screenshot by ukaka5656 (Twitter) Beta testing of Aircraft & Avionics Update 1 (AAU1) continues with the release of a new build (1.30.12.0) earlier this week. In case you missed it, you can read the release notes here. Our next developer livestream is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1. Unlike previous Q&A sessions, this stream will have a specific focus on Missions, Localization, Points of Interest, Airports, and World Update 12: New Zealand. If you have questions about any of those topics you’d like to see answered by our usual panel of Jorg, Seb, and Martial, please respond to the forum topic here. And speaking of livestreams, join us next Wednesday, January 25 for a Reno Air Racing exhibition show-match featuring several of your favourite flight sim Twitch and YouTube personalities. They’ll be competing in multiple T-6, Biplane, Unlimited, and Jet class races, and we expect plenty of banter and smack talk among our competitors. We will also be giving away a Tobii Eye Tracker 5 to one lucky viewer, so be sure to tune in for your chance to win! The races start at 3pm ET / noon PT / 2000Z on our official Twitch channel. For more information, check out our forum thread for the event! Finally, to all our fans who celebrate the Lunar New Year, we wish you peace, luck, and good fortune in the upcoming Year of the Rabbit! 🐇 MSFS Team DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP & FEEDBACK SNAPSHOT A new Development Roadmap and Feedback Snapshot will be available in an upcoming Development Update. MARKETPLACE UPDATE Click here for the web-friendly version of the Marketplace Update. There are 23 new and 41 updated products in the Marketplace today. Marketplace updates generally go live on Thursdays between the release of this blog post and 5pm PT. 23 NEW PRODUCTS: 13 ON PC, 10 ON XBOX New on PC New on PC New on PC New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox New on PC and Xbox 41 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 21 ON PC, 20 ON XBOX Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC Updated on PC and Xbox Updated on PC and Xbox COMMUNITY FLY-IN This weekend marks the start of the Lunar New Year! In the Chinese zodiac, the upcoming year is the Year of the Rabbit, and to commemorate this holiday, we will be flying across two Southeast Asia countries who celebrate the Chinese New Year, Malaysia and Singapore! Our flight will see us visit some beautiful and well-known buildings including the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Event details are available here. All are welcome to participate! COMMUNITY VIDEO Asobo went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that Microsoft Flight Simulator plays great on a gamepad, but for those sim pilots who really want the highest sense of immersion and realism, we know a gamepad is no substitute for proper flight controls like a stick or yoke, throttle, and rudder pedals. What if there was a new kind of gamepad that was designed from the ground up specifically for flight simulation, though? That’s the promise of the upcoming Yawman Arrow, a new gamepad currently in development and expected to launch later this year. FSElite recently got hands-on time with a prototype version of the Yawman Arrow and shared their impressions. What were their thoughts on this upcoming product? Check out the video to find out! SCREENSHOT CHALLENGE You can submit your screenshot via Twitter with #MSFSchallenge or the Weekly Forum Post! This week’s screenshot challenge: Year of the Rabbit This past month our Screenshot Challenge was “Good Morning“. Screenshot by 2525ARW (Twitter) Screenshot by avaritiax4034 (Forum) Screenshot by AvionChibi (Twitter) Screenshot by bavcit (Twitter) Screenshot by BritishAvgk (Forum) Screenshot by ccrbc (Forum) Screenshot by CplPhokett (Forum) Screenshot by Johnny_aircargo (Twitter) Screenshot by pommes_l (Twitter) Screenshot by ZILLNIAZI17 (Forum) NEXT DEVELOPMENT BLOG UPDATE – January 26th, 2023 Sincerely, Microsoft Flight Simulator Team
  14. Yes, this is normal. But I bet, with all the smart coders here on AVSIM, there's probably an edit to a configuration file that would enable the replay mode by default. Hint, hint.
  15. I'm going to "one up" you, Bert. I'm flying MSFS on an 8 year old system. And my performance is excellent too. I can fly the PMDG 737 into any large airport and get good, smooth frame rates. The "secret" of course is that I carefully test and re-test the effects of each graphics option upon sim performance after each major sim update. As I have pointed out before, practically all of the complaints on this forum about performance are from users who own very high-end systems and who won't settle for any graphics settings below ultra-mega-hyper-comic-super-fusion-turbo-nuclear-blackhole-overcrank.
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