Microsoft Flight Simulator is a PC hog and it demands the best PC components, but a huge patch is coming later this month that promises important performance improvements. Asobo, the developer of Microsoft Flight Simulator, has been rewriting its engine to work better on Xbox Series X / S, and the changes will also come with much-needed improvements to the PC side on July 27th.
During a new Twitch stream, spotted by Twinfinite, Asobo showed just how important the performance enhancements will be on older systems with an Intel Core i7-9700K and an RTX 2060 Super. Microsoft Flight Simulator plunged from around 30fps to nearly a solid 60fps just thanks to the patch. CPU utilization also decreases from 100 percent to 75 percent on this particular PC, and memory dumps from around 16GB to 4.7GB.
“We have rewritten a lot of the parts of the engine … in order to get the maximum performance out of the sim,” explains Asobo CEO Sebastian Wloch. The team has been mainly working on CPU optimizations, as the game has been especially CPU heavy since its release last year.
Microsoft Flight Simulator will jump to DirectX 12 for Xbox Series X / S, the game will continue on DirectX 11 on PC for now. “All the performance improvements come from just improving the simulator,” confirms Wloch. “PC has not yet moved to DirectX 12, the team is still working on it. It may bring improvements further, or not.”
Martial Bossard, an executive producer on Microsoft Flight Simulator at Asobo, endorsed the upcoming move to DirectX 12 on PC will also allow the team to allow ray tracing in the game. Effects should add better water, enhanced shadows, and the usual reflections we expect to see in ray-traced games.
Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator coming out on July 27th, alongside these PC changes, the team verified that the simulator will run at 30fps on both the Xbox Series X and Series S. As both consoles support variable refresh rates (VRR), there will be an option to go higher than 30fps on TVs and monitors that support it. The Xbox Series X will run Flight Simulator at 4K, while the Xbox Series S plays the game at 1080p.