Night lighting issues still present - The community solutions

Can’t agree more …

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I understand why the NDA existed in alpha and the need for it then, but why is it still in effect now months after release? Would it not be helpful to the discussion to be able to give context about why something may have looked better in Alpha but was ultimately removed because of x,y,z rather than having to just say, “Yeah it was better, but can’t talk about it.”


I believe this is already addressed and illustrated in this discussion in previous posts. You’d have to search for them but I remember having posted publicly released pre-relesae screenshots (and a URL to get much more of them) and @Grinde81 further commented and contributed with the relevant information.

So true. That’s a real immersion killer too,together with the unusual uniformity and mesh-like arrays of the light bulbs.

I strongly encourage everybody to watch those Developer Q&A streams, in particular those of you who’re doubtful as to whether the team is willing to listen to us and address the discussed issues. Every time I have watched one, I felt much more certain afterwards that things will eventually get much better.
These things take time, that’s all.


I fully agree on this, but then again there are probably reasons well beyond the insights I gained from being on the alpha, that made them take this decision.

Here’s the post regarding NDA for alpha/beta testers.

With respect of this I restrict myself to giving my opinion on what could also be learned by close inspection of the from the pre-alpha / early-alpha screenshots/videos officially released

But in this particular case, I really wished this could be more openly discussed, since early-alpha had absolutely stunning night lighting in terms of realistic visibility range and lamp textures (as can be seen in the screenshots and videos posted earlier) , and building upon this and polishing using facts / real life properties would probably have given us stunning night lighting already, both low medium high altitudes, close and far.


Yep… Before I decided to buy MSFS and watched those pre-alpha trailers etc, I said to myself “show me your night lighting then we’ll talk”.
When I saw those pre-alpha nights, I was sold. Granted, there are stuff to improve, such as window lights from buildings weren’t there etc, but the basic was solid.

But of course out of the hundreds of images and trailers, screen shots / clips that shows night lighting were only about 1-5%(?) so we don’t really remember how it looks like, unless we’re part of alpha/beta team.
Honestly after I bought MSFS, I thought the pre-update 5 night light WAS the pre-alpha night light! Just when I got engaged with this topic and it got brought up, I checked again past clips etc and yeah they’re different!

Again, i don’t understand at all the “technical side” of software development etc… But if right now they “randomize” lights, and wants to randomize lights at rural area etc… They could’ve done it right then with the pre-alpha lights? Why reducing lights visibility? Short term solution back then?

I was one of the “starter” threads about night lighting - I didn’t ask anything else at that time - why do they change something that already looked good and nobody complained about it, even in the versions we “are not allowed to talk about”.
And why is it so hard, Asobo will probably still be able to compare these versions with the versions at Asobo or the approaches of that time.
There were lots of other problems to be solved and then you change what already worked. It can only be a performance change, or an adjustment to something, they will know what they are doing, but I didn’t see any difference in the performance
I mean, it’s not a criticism and just a question - it’s easy to sit here and “criticize”, they have the work and the overview, but it’s still a legitimate question. I’m not allowed to say that in certain versions the lights weren’t stretched with the resolution, which for me personally is one of the biggest “bugs” here. With 1920x1080 it still looks usable - but with 5760x1080 it’s terribly distorted and stretched. already reported 2 times to ZenDesk. I don’t think that people with UHD, WQHD and multiple screens are a “minority” or does everyone use just a one 1920x1080 screen nowadays ?
I mean it’s a development process and certainly not easy, no question, but if 500 customers tell me (myself also working in the software business) that the other solution is better, it must make sense to me.
As I said, they will know it, but there must be a reason why it has been changed, but it doesn’t look more “realistic”!

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which filters do you are using ?

Use NVIDIA Freestyle.
Having the latest drivers, press Alt + F3 to open up the Freestyle menu.

Take a look at this post for more info:

:slight_smile: Thank you very much but, I know NVIDA Freestyle, I put it in the forum at the very beginning - I meant which FILTERS YOU use to achieve this effect - which freestyle filters exactly ? which values did you change to make it look like this ?
thank you anyway !

My bad, Freestyle is all news to me and I love it, thought it was fairly fresh :stuck_out_tongue:
I’ve been going back and forth between two presets, one “realistic” and one more “artistic” … will post some settings/examples perhaps tomorrow when getting back to the computer.

But mainly clarity and sharpness reduced, and the hdr slider as well.
Plus tuning vibrance/saturation, highlights, shadows, gamma.

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this is really awesome analysis. Thanks. Have you posted this to Zendesk. I’d bet they’d really appreciate it…

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Has anyone noticed the “Volumetric Lights” option in the useropt.cfg file? Does anyone know what it relates to in the graphics options and what it does? In mine it’s set at 0 (zero). I haven’t played with it yet.

That’s interesting, because every time I have watched a Dev Q&A stream, I felt more desperate afterwards.

Thousands of people use the forum to report and discuss bugs, add to the wishlist, and spend hours on Dev Q&A questions, and Microsoft and Asobo decide that they cannot spend more than an hour with the community.

The only issues they ever appear to address in some technical detail seem to be issues of the Asobo graphics engine.

They seem to avoid answering questions about the flaws, bugs and broken promises regarding the simulation of the aircraft (simulation of aircraft has, historically, been the focus of previous flight simulators, so it doesn’t seem to be out of line to expect it to be at least of some limited importance in MFS as well).

They talk about how Live Weather is supposed to work, while users who actually spend time in the sim are quite aware that it still has major issues from backend (e.g. 22503KT) to rendering (e.g. precipitation effects almost never trigger when they should).

They swoon about how great it is “to work with the community”, which means Working Title and Fly By Wire, and “with devs”, which means Aerosoft, and how they’re going to grant access to beta builds to an exclusive club (instead of making it an open beta), while they’re breaking the excellent mods for e.g. the DA62 and the G36 with almost every update (not to mention aircraft they sell on the in-game Marketplace), while the SDK is still not feature-complete, and while its documentation is lacking in many respects (according to established and reputable devs).

So, yeah, I guess even when you watch the Dev Q&A streams, your mileage may vary.


The filter called “sketch” under “Special FX”.
I think by default it’s at zero (slider at leftmost position)… If you move the slide to the right, it’ll “grey wash” the entire screen, but the effect is light orbs appear a bit smaller. Play around and see…

But of course after that you wouldn’t want your entire screen to look grey, so you’d add more filters like playing with temperature, shadow, gamma, brightness etc to darken the screen so it won’t look grey.

This is a very limited “temporary band aid”, as what I want is to have only the orbs to get smaller, while everything else pretty much stays the same. With Freestyle filters, you will change the whole screen unfortunately.

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To be fair, the people in the Q&A session are the head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the CEO of Asobo, and the Executive Producer of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Those guys are busy doing actual work, and I think it is awesome that we get a little bit of direct access to them at all. We have several others from Microsoft and Asobo, like Jayne, who spend a ton of time with the community every single day.

That does not mean I disagree with some of your other points.

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Management doing actual work? They are the pointy-haired bosses of the MFS world!

And while I have complained about the incompetence of Asobo’s devs, when they broke something that they shouldn’t have been able to break, or when they implemented something in an utterly stupid way, I know that the fault always lies with management.

The three PHBs agreed to release MFS in the state it was at launch.

The three PHBs managed to release patch after patch that is perceived as “yet another fail”, just by letting highly visible regressions slip through which upset so many people that actual progress is hardly noticed (e.g. in the GA world, they made the mixture behave a bit more realistically in the last patch, but everybody is just talking about how sluggish the AP is now).

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that the three PHBs made MFS happen. I’m not complaining because I want MFS to fail, I’m complaining because I want to love it. The visuals of MFS spoiled me for other (far superior) sims. That’s how shallow I am.


I looked at the huge lights of the night city, which are the same size to the horizon. Not atmospheric. Asobo is developing a simulator for the Xbox. Unfortunately, he considers us to be testers. This explains the transformation of the simulator into GTA with each patch. This is my subjective opinion. If I’m wrong, I’m sorry.

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