Microsoft Flight Simulator: Big Sim Update 5 is here - performance boost & new features

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Big Sim Update 5 is here - performance boost & new features

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The Sim Update 5 is available for download for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The patch notes are now available - and with them details on the changes and innovations. The focus of the update is a performance boost, which should ensure better frame rates and faster loading times. The developers had already presented the technical innovations in a previously conducted stream. At that time, CEO Sebastian Wloch showed a comparison between Sim Update 4 and 5 - based on an optically complex scene in Manhattan.

With a resolution of 4K, Sim Update 4 allows a little more than 30 frames per second listed in the Manhattan scene. The same flight under Sim Update 5 brings around 60 fps to the screen, in the most computationally intensive areas a little more than 50 fps can be seen. In the patch notes, the developers announce that they have optimized the multi-core support for CPUs as well as memory and GPU usage. Individual jerks are said to have been noticeably reduced with the Sim update 5.

In addition to the performance optimizations, the update also contains individual features that are primarily aimed at newcomers. It includes exploration flights to places of interest as well as improvements in exploring the world. The world map therefore contains satellite images, markings and the names of individual sights, which should make exploring the game world more pleasant. In addition, the training flights have been revised to make them more accessible.

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