Dear fellow simmers!
I love flying. Soaring through the skies, piloting my FBW A320NX through virtual clouds, from Airport to Airport, ideally controlled by VATSIM. But in the recent weeks, my excitement took a hit by undesired behavior of the sim.
For reasons I do not know, the ground textures look afwul. Ths certainly was not the case before. It seems like MSFS does no longer use photogrammetry/satellite images to display cities, fields, rivers and forests, but rather dissapoints me by displaying offline/default landscapes. Of course I mostly fly IFR and the flying part itself is still a lot of fun, but looking out of the cockpit (or around/below the plane) leaves me in shock. What is going on? To let you know what I am talking about I created 2 albums with a couple of pictures showing the " before/good" and " after/bad" situation. All images were shot by me during the last few months, and the last few weeks have been the bad ones. I do not know what caused the change between before and after since I did not (knowingly) change anything.
My rig: MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, 32 GB DDR4-3600, ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Super 8GB (Geforce driver 471.41), Game installed on SSD. Cable/LAN connection. MSFS purchased and installed through MS Store / XBox launcher on PC.
My MSFS graphics settings, which always have been like this.
My online settings, which I also never changed. I even tried to erase the local rolling cache and update it, but that did not help in any way!
Remark: When I start Xbox Network settings from the start menu, it always lets me know that “Teredo is unable to qualify”, but when I click on “check again” it always returns “open” and “connected”. In any case, neither do I know what Teredo is and if it play a role in all of this, nor do I know if there is a difference now to what was going on before since I never looked into this.
Is there a way to force the sim to “show” me if data is being downloaded or if satellite images are being shown? I would like to see what is going on exactly.
TL;DR: Since a few weeks, MSFS only displays the generic/default/offline ground textures and not the photogrammetry/satellite images, although I did not change the settings or alter my internet connection.
Can you help me to get the sim to look like it did before? That would be greatly appreciated and I am really thankful for any advice!
Your fellow pilot