I see so many posts on these forums and across the internet about the state of the game and people’s level of satisfaction with MSFS2020. It usually starts along the lines of “I can’t get 60+ FPS on Ultra settings, the aircraft are completely unflyable”. Then good people, who have been around for awhile, try to help out by explaining that “the software is a very complex simulation, there are many factors that influence performance, and that no hardware is capable” etc etc etc… We have all read the posts. Ultimately though, I don’t think these posters get their sims “working any better”, and the well meaning people who respond get frustrated that these ‘complainers’ can’t appreciate the software for what it is and the potential of MSFS2020 as a simulation platform.
It is my contention that there is real joy to be gained from a simulation genre game like MSFS2020 that starts before the software is ever started up. To me flight simulation is a hobby and the joy comes from continually learning and trying to simulate/emulate what I have learned, within a simulator platform, and currently MSFS2020 does an amazing job of simulating real world scenery, aircraft and weather conditions in an immersive and performant way - and it is just going to keep getting better as the software and available hardware evolves.
More important than demanding that the “Devs” increase FPS on ultra settings for your particular rig that “runs Call of Duty like a superstar”, is the appreciation that one can (and in my opinion should strive to) spend tens or even hundreds of hours over a lifetime, reviewing and learning about flight planning, weather conditions, navigation, reviewing charts, VFR sectionals, IFR procedures, airport procedures, aircraft handling procedures, checklists, fuel requirements, emergency procedures, air traffic control procedures, radio phraseology to name just a few topics.
There is literally thousands of hours of joy to be had before the actual simulation begins, and the FPS for this is completely irrelevant. What matters is your attitude to learning something new and interesting, having a curious mind and being willing to discover all of the (mostly free) real world resources at your disposal to enhance the realism of your simulation experience.
Now you might say, but that’s too hard core, I payed $100 bucks for the game and all I want to do is load up in a 747 and buzz Central Park at 50 feet, or land on top of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with my xbox live buddies doing barrel rolls, and that’s ok, you do you! But, if you take away one piece of advice from this post, please realise that for some, that is just where the flight sim bug bites and there is literally a whole world to explore in and outside of the sim.
Once you have taken the time to tune your setup for smoothness and learned a bit about real world procedures, you will be so immersed in the simulation that you will not care about the frame rate.