FS2020 - Bang for your Buck

Commercial Simulators cost between $6 million and $8 million each, and then another $400 to $500 an hour to operate because of labor and maintenance costs

Doing the Maths (approx)

It would take 100,000 simmers to spend their purchase price of MSFS2020 to BUY a Simulator.
Then, assuming the Sim ran 24/7, each Simmer would get 5.5 minutes on the sim a year, which includes entering and leaving the sim.
In addition, for that 5.5 minutes a year, they would have to pay $37 / year for their share of the maintenance.
Most of their 5.5 minutes they would be complaining that the Visual Graphics of the $7,000,000 sim were nowhere a good as FS2020.

Maybe putting things into perspective, the purchase price to purchase your own FS2020 sim software, and the amount of time you will use it, represent the most entertainment value you will ever get for your dollar.

Also, FS2020 works out at about $1 / GB of downloaded software, + as much scenery data as you need for FREE (wonder how long that will last)… would love to see Microsofts Server Data bill !! even just for the recent “Update”


a- Your argument doesn’t excuse that they released a buggy product.
b- Your definition of “Bang for your Buck” is pretty spot on.
c- WIth FREE comes a cost… how long will they support giving data for free before we’re required to pay more?

Great argument, if MSFS2020 worked for everyone.

Agreed, but the excuse for releasing it when it was still Buggy, is understandable,

If they waited till it was Bug free, it would be years till you got to get it.
If THEY had to do all the testing, they could never afford the manpower needed, and the product would never get to market, before it was closed down as be uneconomic.

What was wrong (In my opinion) was adverting it with the false image that it was ready for bug free use… but that was probably MARKETING – Engineers would typically want to make it near perfect before they let their baby go, but that does not work in this current economic world.

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t …” … please all the people all of the time”
(Poet John Lydgate as made famous by Abraham Lincoln).

Even if it was 100% Bug free (impossible), there would still be some people complaining :slight_smile:

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Most of us are not asking for bug free. We’re asking for some pretty standard down the middle use cases.

It’s not about ‘pleasing’, it’s about a functioning purchased product.


I’m not here to defend or promote Microsoft. It “is what it is”

At the end of the day, at least you have the option to stop using the software, and can get your purchase price back.
Try again NEXT YEAR

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