Oh god am I gonna be attacked because of this thread… But someone had to open it.
Guys I have been doing tests and there is no visual downgrade from SU4, believe it or not, it feels like a lot of people have got on board the hate train and now cannot stop. But don’t believe my words, believe my screenshots.
There is though, and I have to mention it beforehand not to lead to confusion, a change in LODs. Basically, if you want to get the same drawing distance as before you have to change your user.cfg file to 400 instead of 200 (which is the maximum you can select from the menus), an easy change that should (and most likely will) be possible to make from inside the game menus.
That being settled, here are a few comparison pictures:
This one is from Sim Update 2
This one is from Sim Update 5
And these two are from another user that provided them to us:
Launch day of London
If you compare these pictures you can see not only there is no visual degradation, but an upgrade from the original quality.
If you doubt my pictures you can check my steam profile and the date they were taken (Steam Community :: Hugothester :: Screenshots)
Finally, for those claiming the sim looks so terrible and bad they can’t use it anymore and are leaving, I will provide a few more pictures I have taken during SU5:
I hope this thread brings some positivity and finally ends the claims of a significant visual downgrade. If I can get these graphics so can you, I am not doing any magic here.