I have some hardware that uses SimConnect for telemetry, and I’m having a lot of issues, I wonder if anyone else experiences it, or can help.
I have (among other things) the Next Level Racing v3 Motion Platform, and the telemetry seems to cut in/out pretty much all the time - i.e. the platform just stops moving for a few seconds, and then restarts. I would say it happens every 10 seconds or so. I also have a ButtKicker which is handled by the same application as the motion platform, and that too cuts in/out in sync with the motion platform.
I emailed NLR about it, and they said:
SimConnect (Flight Simulator API) works very poorly in FS2020 unfortunately, there is alot of problems with getting telemetry data correct even after a recent patch is installed. The API some point starts returning errors and we have to restart the API. This causes the cut in/out effect.
I have no particular reason to doubt what they say, but does anyone know is their response is reasonable? Are there issues with SimConnect in MSFS 2020? I seem to have installed v1.0.61259.0 of SimConnect, is this the latest? (How) can I update it if it’s not?
It’s worth pointing out that I have a number of other APIs/connections to/from MSFS 2020. I use Spad.next for my Saitek flight instrument panels, and I also have iPads running the Simionic G1000 apps connecting over the G1000 Bridge connector. I don’t think these are the culprit however, since the issue existed before I even got those, and indeed the issue persists when I’m not even using them.
Any help appreciated on this, as when the motion (and especially the rumble from the ButtKicker) works it’s very immersive, but as it stands it’s bad enough to be worth turning off the motion/rumble.