How long? Like since before SU5?
With SU7 Asobo decided to add a nice feature where they randomize all your settings with particular love being given to the AI Assistance settings.
Indeed if you visit Content Manager at any point after setting them back the way you like then Asobo will reset them again.
You may or may not have to load a default Mouse Profile in the Peripheral config in order to be able to interact with much of the sim.
You may or may not have to adjust the UI scaling and root about for a setting called “Legacy” to partially restore the in cockpit interaction tooltips to a working state. It’s a different “Legacy” to the flight model “Legacy” and doesn’t exactly restore the functionality that was lost to a gamepad-centric 3m viewing distance UI remodel…but it sort of works.
You might find yourself having to bind an extra key to restart TrackIR because Asobo broke how that works.
Likewise a similar issue with mouse control in VR requires a convoluted workaround that doesn’t truly work.
If you find yourself flying at FL24 and wondering why the air outside is as hot as the surface of the planet Mercury then don’t worry. This is the new normal. Just descend to an altitude where your wings aren’t melting.
If you fly a reasonably longer distance and notice that the clouds simply cut off in a perfectly straight line as if they completely stop drawing. Don’t worry. They have just completely stopped drawing and this is also part of the new normal.
Scenery not looking quite as good as you remember it? Photogrammetry a bit lame looking? Looks like a child made a model from cardboard and crayons then left it in the rain?
To be honest it always has looked a bit like that. That’s the normal normal (unless you get super lucky on a day when the servers are in top shape and you are the only one connected I guess)
As for the scenery, LOD, missing scenery assets, odd shimmer…these are all the new normal and an Xbox launch/SU5 rework of the LOD and stuff resulted in some changes that even now many on decade old laptops can’t see…well, because they could never see any detail or enjoy the sim above 15fps anyway.
The Marshall is apparently supposed to only have one baton…or two…depending on how far you are from the Marshall (because of LOD trigger mess ups)
Some airports terminals may or may not actually load at all.
Some PoI’s may or may not actually load depending on whether you are actually inside them.
Etc, etc, etc.
This is all the “New Normal” though. But you will be no doubt wondering why so many have answered that they see nothing wrong with the sim at all answering your post already.
Ever heard that if you put a frog in a pot of water and slowly heat the water that the frog will not actually notice that it is boiling to death?
That’s a chorus of frogs in boiling water
It too is the “New Normal”
Which is a shame, because I first installed this almost a year ago to this day.
I was stunned. It was a stunning sim experience and had pretty good performance even on my older kit…
If I had taken a break for much of 2021 and come back today sadly it would truly feel as if something was fundamentally broken.
It’s the new normal.