Intolerable flashing in top third of screen since update

I heard the 10 year thing. I also think but don’t know, windows 10 is supposed to be around for at least another 5 years or so. It’s sad, what happened to all and I am sure somehow down the road, I will be affected as well. I hope their is some light at end of tunnel.

I’m using 950m and I’m also affected. But truth be told, before starting up, the game informs me that I don’t meet minimum requirements, so I can’t really expect to get a refund. Do 960m owners also get this message? If not, then they should get a refund.


I am using the 960M and I am not seeking a refund. I just would like to have the functionality I had for the first 4 versions of the sim. I was satisfied with this. I don’t understand why we cannot use a previous version that was (for the most part) workable, especially for those of us who have to use our computers for other things beside gaming and can’t really afford to upgrade. As I indicated in a previous post I do not think it would be that difficult during the “check for updates” screen to scan the GPU and CPU and decide which version of MSFS2020 would be usable on that particular computer. If necessary we could indicate the version on a selection screen that would be “read” during this process.

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PS- I get the message also.

I have an NVidia M2000M (similar to GTX 960M or 950M) and also suffer from this issue. The workaround to turn off clouds doesn’t always work for me. For example, in training lessons and the Halloween challenge, I can’t change the weather to clear sky!
The only workaround that works for me, is that whenever the screen flickers, I change the screen resolution to 640x480, press OK, Revert, Discard changes, return to game.
To further improve the game experience, I do the following:

  1. Follow the instructions in to reduce stuttering;
  2. Reduce the screen resolution to 1600x900 (from the native 1920x1080).
  3. Temporarily turn off VPN if it still stutters.

Please vote Bring back Clouds previous to update 5.

Voted already, but I’m not holding my breath…

Only clear sky after this way

Go to Nvidia control panel, switch off Ambient Occlusion.

Worked for me. Hope it works for you too

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I can’t believe it! After spending 120 euros and only two months, the MSFS2020 due to my gtx850m video card, which worked until the last update, is now obsolete and I have to fly cloudless and I cannot go back to the old version. Is this a scam or just plain incompetence?

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Where is Ambient Occlusion? I haven’t seen it yet, but only have a Gtx750ti

Edit: Found it. Default is off.

That got me thinking. Xplane had a public beta for 11.5 in parallel with 11.4, two separate installs.

The beta was for test only, if things went badly wrong tough, but the stable 11.42 was always available.

Please vote Bring back Clouds previous to update 5.

Actually X-Plane 11.5 release version let’s you switch between OpenGL grapics engine and Vulcan/Metal graphics engine. The reason being that older systems may not support Vulcan/Metal - or not run it very well - while newer systems benefit from the newer graphics engines.

If Asobo were to go a similar road, they could unleash the full visual power of MSFS (without worrying too much about lower end systems) making the high enders happy - while having a fall back for the low enders. And everyone would be all cozy and happy (hippiedance… :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :heart_eyes: :grin:)

Anyways, don’t forget to VOTE on the Bring back Clouds issue - vote count is rising, so MAYBE we see an improvement…

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Please vote Bring back Clouds previous to update 5.

hi thanks for the contribution, deactivate ambient occlusion from nvidia control panel and from FS2020 and the same happens.

Same problem here. I was trying the landing activities and this happened. If I restart the landing activity several times, this issue disappears. The issue starts in the preloading screen and resumes into the actual flight. I thought maybe because of my computer specs but noticed this thread. Hope it gets fixed soon!

Unfortunately there is very little chance it will be fixed soon, because according to support those GPUs are too old to handle the new cloud rendering system. More than 15 people have received a similar response.

If you would like to help change their mind, I would recommend sending a Zendesk report, and to upvote this Wishlist thread.

After sending a complain to the zen desk I have received this answer :
Support (Microsoft Flight Simulator)

Nov 17, 2020, 17:05 GMT+1

Hi Philippe,

Thanks for bringing this matter to our attention.

This issue has been tracked in our internal bug tracker to be fixed in an upcoming patch. Please keep an eye on our development updates & Patch Notes in the next weeks.

Kind regards,
Microsoft Flight Simulator Support

So We must keep faith in our good old laptops and their GTX 960M as well as others :smiley:


Thanks. Unfortunately someone received a slightly different response yesterday, which said:

“Our developers are aware of the issue, but we do not know if/when the flickering issue will be resolved.”

I would not remain so hopeful. Unfortunately the inconsistency in their responses is continuing.