My experience with MSFS after SU5 (Intel I9-10900, NVidia 3080; 32 GB RAM; nvme SSD; Reverb G2) has been very similar to what has been reported on many threads on this forum–the game seems to run more smoothly, but at the expense of overall visual quality: clouds are terrible; textures pop in and out; textual clarity is reduced significantly; occasional blackouts; and crashes to desktop (something I never experience before).
Before the update, I could almost “feel” the hardware struggling to perform at the level the software seemed to promise; now the sim seemingly performs better, but at a much reduced level.
Since MSFS after SU5 has now been “Optimized for XBOX Series XJS” according to the Microsoft Score, the question I have is how to the specifications of the XBOX compare to a high-end PC? What is the fastest speed of the XBOX processor; how many cores does it have; how much cache? And what are the specs of the graphics card and associated drivers? How fast is the processor; how much memory does it have? How does it compare with high performance PC Video Cards like the NVidia 3080 and the 3090?
Someone on the forum said that with SU5, “medium is the new Ultra”–can someone please answer the question–Has MSFS been “dumbed-down” so that it performs smoothly on the XBOX? And if so, is there any hope that on a high-end PC the sim will again be allowed to perform at least at the level it did prior to SU5 and, even better, optimized to perform at the level promised when it was first released?