Regarding Your Feedback + Upcoming Hotfix

Thank you for your comments over the last 7 days with the recent Sim Update 5 release. We have seen and read from the core simming community and recognize there is some feedback that needs to be addressed. We have spent the past several days looking over it, reviewing, exploring the details and immediately started working on fixes.

As a result, a hotfix is coming in the next few days (target is Friday but could move to Monday) to address some of the issues as soon as possible. Here is a summary of the hottest topics we have seen in the forums.

  • Volumetric Lighting is Missing – This was a shader bug and will be addressed in the upcoming hotfix.

  • LOD Popping and Stutter when Camera Panning – PC Simmers with graphics set to Ultra will experience this when panning the camera around very quickly. We are working on a new option that will allow you to customize how much off-screen scenery will be cached. We are aiming for this to be released on August 24th (World Update 6).

  • Low Resolution Ground Texture – This is a bug introduced when we fixed tree draw distance from high latitudes and will be addressed in the upcoming hotfix.

Preview of Ground Texture/LOD in the Hotfix


View from above 30,000 feet: Detail level will increase to an even higher level than Sim Update 4


View from above 30,000 feet: The same fix also improves the night lighting draw distance


View from above 60,000 feet: You can still see the photogrammetry of Seattle. The terrain level of detail is more than 1 terrain pixel per 4K screen pixel.

  • CTDs – We are currently investigating and are planning on several fixes for World Update 6.

  • Washed out Graphics and Cloud Appearance – Attempted improvements to the cloud appearance introduced an overexposure of the world. This will be addressed in the upcoming hotfix. We are planning on a brightness slider for an upcoming Sim Update to allow visual customization of your sim.

  • Aerosoft CRJ – We have found and fixed a bug in an open-source math library that is part of Web Assembly [wasi-libc] which was part of the CRJ and has been resolved. A new package will be made available in the next few days.

  • ATC Incorrect Altitude – The pressure altitude has been brought in line with the new altimeter simulation and ATC should no longer ask you to get to your current altitude if you’re already there. This is addressed in the hotfix. Further improvements to the altimeter and ambient pressure system will be coming in World Update 6.

  • Temperature Spikes – The previous hotfix did not fix all cases of the issue. This is being addressed in the upcoming hotfix.

This is not an exhaustive list - we are investigating all the issues that have been communicated and we will give updates in the Feedback Snapshot on August 12. We acknowledge and apologize for the gap in our communication. Thank you again for your continued support and patience!

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Now waiting for Hotfix 2
Asobo completely quiet about these "CTD"!
I really dont understand the complains. Please give them time and have some faith
Spam message from ATC saying continue climb to…
Slider to adjust/disable the scenery culling (reduce panning pop-in and stutters)
Disappointed in Sim Update 5
There is no downgrade in SU5
I can´t be the only one?
Beyond Ultra for PC
[BUG LOGGED] Clouds look like oil painting
Will MFS PC version from now be bottlenecked by the Console?
Official Discussion: Upcoming Hotfix Announcement
[BUG LOGGED] Bring back volumetric lighting!
Still Crash after the update and hot fix... 3 hours after starting the game
Will many Simmers switch to Xbox in the long term?
Repeated CTD's 1.18.14.0 & 1.18.15.0
Wrong temperatures
Msfs Official Twitter is just an endless list Xbox requests
ATC never shuts up
Possible fix for improving the graphics after SU5
I've had it
Thanks to ASOBO for the prompt reply
The sim has NEVER looked and performed so well
I'm so super impressed with MSFS! Ever been curious about what the full potential of graphics looks like? LOD 9.00s No Photogrammetry melt as far as the eye can see
Temperature and altitude reporting are NOT fixed with the patch
Solution for recent low resolution ground texture and building pop-in issues
Asobo completely quiet about these "CTD"!
Are we going backwards?
There is no downgrade in SU5
Will many Simmers switch to Xbox in the long term?
Please Fix Photogrammetry and/or LOD
There is no downgrade in SU5
Will MFS PC version from now be bottlenecked by the Console?
A slider is needed control the LOD pop-ins. It's a very easy solution to implement that will make all happy
[BUG LOGGED] Excessive LOD pop-in after SU5
Possible fix for improving the graphics after SU5
No proper altitutes temperature in the ONLINE WX
Who is hyped for WU6?
I want my Sim back please!
Ctd hell!
Giving up on simming after update V?
The new popping problem on Xbox Series X
When is the next hotfix?
When will the CDT be address
Official Discussion: Hotfix 1.18.15.0
PC version without SU5 optimizations
Official Discussion: Hotfix 1.18.15.0
Official Discussion: Hotfix 1.18.15.0
Hot Fix in T-18!
Update today or not? I cant find info
Reached 12000 feet’s but ATC still tell me yet to reach that altitude
Official Discussion: August 5th, 2021 Development Update
Discussion + Poll: Hotfix 1.18.14.0
MSFS2020 Still Crashes after hotfix1 and hotfix2 released on the 06/08/2021
Baro, altitude missmatch
Altimeter and flight level disparities
[BLOG] August 5th, 2021 Development Update
ATC telling me I'm at the incorrect altitude
Will MFS PC version from now be bottlenecked by the Console?
New Hotfix | Volumetric Lighting Etc
To those of you with missing custom jetways
Official Discussion: Upcoming Hotfix Announcement
[BUG LOGGED] No wind gusts regardless of how gust sliders are set. No data displayed in the "Wind Graph". Broken for both PC and Xbox, both manual AND LIVE WEATHER