Update 5 looks like it will be a big moment for the evolution of Microsoft Flight Simulator as Asobo will be introducing some significant performance updates. The details of which were covered in the most recent Q&A session with the team working on the sim. Here’s what you need to know.
Fifty percent performance improvement?
At the 2:52 minute mark on Asobo’s Twitch Q&A stream (now available on YouTube as well), Sebastian Wloch goes into detail on the differences between Update 4 and 5. The test system Sebastian was making use of showed a significant 20 fps increase in frame rates and stutters eliminated in the test. The testing was done on a relatively powerful but no longer top of the line Core i7-9700k CPU with a RTX 2060 Super GPU.
Follow up comments confirm that the performance improvement is not actually tied to the DirectX12 update. Instead, optimizations of CPU usage have been done and systems like the glass cockpits on many aircraft now have their own separate CPU thread which helps to smooth things out.
Xbox performance is targeting a variety of frame rates including a default 30 fps which is what many TV’s still operate at. Other TV’s with higher frame rates and variable refresh rates are also supported.
Update 5 will come at the same time as the Xbox launch on July 27.