Blinking clouds after patch 5

I see all thoses screenshots of clouds in FS i want them they were working 100% some days before…pfff


"There was an upgrade made to the clouds during this last patch and the flickering clouds problem is affecting those with video cards on the lower end of specifications. Unfortunately, there is no fix here other than using the simulation on lower settings, which in this case might have to be without clouds. Our developers are aware of the issue, but we do not know if/when the flickering issue will be resolved.

Kind regards,
Microsoft Flight Simulator Support Team"


Thanks for the heads-up. Did you receive this response today? Same canned reply at first, but the last part is new. Sadly it does not give us much hope. If this issue is not fixed with Update #7 and the relevant thread continues to be ignored in the next Feedback Snapshot, I guess it might be time to call it quits and patiently wait until I can upgrade…

I received this response yesterday. It seems to have low priority…


Here i am, in love with the game. Got premission to make a low/mid end pc for fs2020.

No problems with the GTX760 , ryzen 5 , but then came the update :frowning: .
My PC does meet all my needs, hopefully they will fix this soon or we’ll have to say goodbye.
This makes me angry and sad. They should make a switch for ( low end clouds ) , should be possible right ?

It should be, but perhaps they decided that it’s not worth the effort since the amount of people with the affected GPUs is very small next to the rest of the userbase. The only way to try and get them to change their mind is to keep reporting the issue. Make sure to send a Zendesk report detailing the problem, and upvote the following thread.

I am in the same boat. I have an Intel I7 with two GPUs feeding multiple monitors The GTX 760 and The 1080. No combination of GPU and monitor is free of the flashing cards. Before update I could fly with fairly good scenery and an average of 30fps. No problem with flashing clouds. The weather was not always accurate but better than nothing. The sim is not flyable after patch 5 unless I fly in clear skies. Totally unfair to change force an update that permanently “breaks” a large number of installs that were purchased just 3 months ago. I will be cancelling Xbox for PC and continue to fly FSX With photoreal scenery and Active Sky weather. Lucky for me MSFS2020 came free with Xbox for pc.

In spite of their claims that logbook is fixed, over half of my flight are either not recorded or show as partial flights. I have flown over 300 hours and my total is just at 150. Early on I actually say some flights recorded with negative hours. Autopilots are sometimes OK and sometimes deadly. All in all the sim is not a lot of fun. VERY DISAPPOINTED!

Do you get the with flashing with ONLY the single 1080 as well? I almost purchased a used 1060 or 1080 thinking they would not be impacted and I would be able to play, at least with lower settings. I feel you - I was loving it even with all the remaining flaws.

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This is an actual joke. I payed $60 for this on release day, my GPU is in the supported specs and the game has been running perfectly fine since then. They can’t just suddenly decide that we don’t get to play the game anymore!


They should, at a minimum, publish UPDATED specs on what will play the game with ALL features (clouds, weather) even if set to lower quality so people are not suckered like we were. Based on if the user above responds to my question I may have purchased a used card and still have been unable to play.

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I have a 1080 and I’ve never seen flashing clouds.

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Thank you for the reply! I am glad you were not impacted.

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I made a question about this in the Developer Q&A section. If it gets enough votes, the situation with the minimum requirements could be clarified on the stream.


This has to be a top priority. I mean i have minumum specs a little above the minimum. like many other people. They are selling a game, and we all payed a lot for that (€120), if you are selling something it just has to be good and has to be working. They describe a minimum, and they cannot say after 3 months ‘‘not my problem’’ if they dont fix this, they have to do a refund, because it will be scamming. I hope that they are fixing it in the very near future. otherewise they have no choise to do a refund to me and many other people.


I got the standard reply on my ZenDesk ticket as well.

I uninstalled this now useless piece of software today. A piece of software I paid $100+ for.

I also suggest to everyone that you update your reviews and ratings on websites like Steam and the Microsoft Store accordingly - a rating you deem appropriate for a product that has been rendered unplayable due to a bug that was forced upon us consumers.


Hi @BeachBum5691,
I have the 1070 (PC) and 1080 (Laptop) and do not have the flashing.

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Thank you Hester40MT

Same problem here. Tried turning graphics all the way down and issue persists.

My specs:

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 19042.630)
Intel® Xeon® E5-1607 v2 @ 3.00 GHz 
128 GB RAM
NVIDIA Quadro K5000 (Kepler)
DirectX 12

So that’s it?

We, the few hundreds of people not willing, or not wealthy enough, to buy a new graphic card, have pointed out the bug, have created ZenDesk reports, and here is the answer from developer: “we do not know if/when the flickering issue will be resolved”.

I’m feeling so ripped off and frustrated. I loved to play the game, when it was not broken.


It’s a relatively basic texture flickering problem that Microsoft should have the ability to address.

Given all the launch hype and all the assistance from the community it’s more than disappointing that a hot fix has not been issued to date.

Also yesterday I visited the Microsoft development update on this forum which also has a top bugs …and things like lack of powerlines are listed there …but this epilepsy inducing screen flickering is not listed!

Anyway I would welcome some of the YouTubers who boast about the flight simulator all the time to finally address some of the shortcomings and perhaps something will finally get done about this problem for thousands of people still using NVIDIA Kepler GPU architecture.