I fly X-Plane 11.5 with the new Vulkan rendering engine, but I have also flown MSFS since FS4, so having heard so much about the new sim, I splashed out and bought the 10 DVD set from Aerosoft. To be honest?
I was hoping for X-Plane 11+++ but in reality it looks like FSX +
Everything is so greeeeen! And, even with my very limited exposure to MSFS 2020, the flight models don’t come close to X-Plane. Admittedly I am only running in “Medium” Graphics settings. I have Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU card which was running about 40% in MSFS and the CPU was up over 80% . The frame rates, sitting in a Cessna 172 at KROA eventually settled around 45 fps (after a lengthy time whilst everything loaded).
These frame rates are somewhat compatible with what I’d expect from X-Plane with Vulkan (maybe slightly lower). But what I did notice was that when I flew into a “New” area, the fps stuttered down to 11 fps for a considerable time, presumably whilst the new scenery streamed. Certainly enough time to get kicked off Vatsim if they apply the same rules to the MSFS pilot client.
I was not impressed with the clouds, they looked, to me smooth and “blobby”. I run SkyMAxPro in X-Plane and consider that weather generation superior to what I have seen in MSFS2020. Now don’t get me wrong, I am sure MSFS can deliver superb “eye candy” , especially with a high end computer, but for serious flightsimming, especially IFR, Microsoft have a challenge on their hands wrt to X-Plane.
This is a quote to me from someone who was a an Alpha tester for MSFS 2020 “Yeah we complained loudly, and often and they really didn’t listen at all, at least in my opinion. the sheer amount of cameras is nuts. Need 3 have like 6. As I told a friend on here FS2020 is less a sim and more a map explorer made harder by someone who really wanted to show off and use a lot of fancy words”
I have no axe to grind. I loved MSFS from way back in the 70’s and had (have) really high hoped for MSFS, but, so far, it really disappoints.