Microsoft Flight Simulator is combining a lot of very impressive features into the new sim in order to put together what appears at this point to be a revolution and groundbreaking flight simulator. Their latest Feature Discovery series, focused on their weather system is now public on YouTube for everyone to watch.
Real world weather and the visuals to back it up
Flight Simulator is undeniably beautiful looking with the shading, shadows, and generated scenery that is pushing the boundaries of flight simulation. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that as these are truly some combinations of technology that we haven’t seen before or just were not possible.
Injecting weather into the simulation is not new. We’ve seen this technology over the last few years for other simulators but with Flight Simulator we’re seeing an impressive combination. There are impressive visuals with a couple dozen layers of volumetric clouds together with the injected weather data. The clouds cast shadows on the ground, on themselves, and they pick up reflected light from the ground including from city lights. The weather is localized and rain is confined to specific areas of precipitation rather than an area effect. Accurate rainbows are even included in the weather system.
There are weather presets built into the sim as well but when you want to pull in the latest weather report, Flight Simulator should be able to deliver.
It’s impressive stuff and Asobo Studio, the developer behind the new Flight Simulator, seems to have weather well in hand. As a weather watcher and enthusiast, I appreciate the attention to detail.
Check out the feature update to see what they have planned!