Dear Asobo and Microsoft,
I am 80 years old. I have owned every version of Microsoft Flight Simulator since 1982. I have built many PC’s to run it on. I solo’d an Aeronca Champ in 1962 in 6.5 hours, and got my pilot’s license on the GI Bill in 40 hours in 1970. I have used MSFS to supplement my love of flying, especially since I no longer fly full scale. Building and flying over 50 Radio Controlled aircraft has also been a way to enjoy my love of airplanes.
MSFS 2020 is a masterpiece of computer simulation, and a triumph in bringing together all the technology currently available. My congratulations and thanks for making this product available, and for all the enjoyment it has brought to thousands of virtual flyers. Here is an example of my enjoyment of not only flying, but also of being creative: Aerobatic Stearman.
I understand the need to upgrade the underlying software to make the product even more enjoyable and able to exploit the latest and greatest in technological resources. As has been stated by Asobo, they’ve “hit the limit” of what can be done with the current software architecture. Also there is a desire to reduce the storage requirements in the current “client based” solution. This is all well and good, and I hope you can make good progress in this pursuit.
I also understand your being hesitant to spend any more time on the 2020 version, now that you have committed to a replacement version. However, I am concerned that many of the issues in MSFS 2020, that are not being held back because of “hitting the limit”, will not be addressed as a result of your focusing on the 2024 version. Some of these issues are preventing the full exploitation of the current offering. Essentially the product is being unnecessarily handicapped. Here are a few examples.
… An “event viewer” for diagnosing problems.
… Updating the multiple window feature to allow viewing of different cameras.
… The ability to save controller setups with hangar craft.
… Correcting the save/load feature so that a flight can be fully continued at a later time without a lot of user intervention weather, date/time, location, altitude, aircraft settings, etc. are all the same as when you saved the flight. NOTE 10/20: Recent testing has revealed that most of this issue has been corrected. The loaded numbers for a few things like altitude, speed, rpm are close to what was saved – but not exactly – but close enough for most intents and purposes.
There are many more such issues addressed in the “wish list” category of the forum. Many of these are not “new development” but just improvements and corrections to what is already available/programmed. They are not related to “hitting the limit”. They are doable in MSFS 2020.
Please keep in mind during the development of the next version of MSFS, that internet bandwidth is an issue for many of the users of the simulator. Personally, I prefer a client based solution like we currently have in MSFS 2020. But I understand the drive to exploit the potential of “streaming”. I understand that it would be impractical to have three versions of MSFS – Client based, Internet based, and XBOX. But anything that can be done to “balance the load” would be greatly appreciated.
Finally, I would like to discuss the issue of priorities. As a software developer myself I understand the need to optimize “bang for the buck” – doing that which benefits the most users first. You use a voting system on the forum to get feedback along these lines. But I must share how disappointed I was in watching the 9/27 Developer Live Stream that time was spent discussing things like the accuracy of snow, and the height and transparency of clouds, versus what I would call handicaps as listed above (things that are already there, but need to be tweaked/improved/fixed). I don’t use live weather or ATC or fly multiengine planes, or manipulate the instrument panel/cockpit, or use a resolution higher than 1080p and have max frame rate set to 30. I don’t care for the green roads and other issues related to Bing maps, so use other means to get more realistic scenery. I’ve given up on trying to use Replay Feature to create videos, and use SkyDolly instead. Essentially I use MSFS 2020 as a much improved version of FSX. So my priorities are not the same as the “professionals” who use MSFS. Apple used to have a marketing slogan that said their computers were for “the rest of us”. Without being able to confirm it, I suspect that there are lot of MSFS users who aren’t concerned about the accuracy of snow cover or the height of clouds, and would much rather be able to save and restore a flight correctly, or be able to put the cockpit camera (instruments) on their second monitor. Please keep “the rest of us” in mind as you develop.
Thanks for listening and considering what I’ve had to say. And thanks again for the creation of MSFS 2020!