It should be no surprise to anyone that Microsoft Flight Simulator Update 5 had a troubled launch. A couple of hotfixes have solved some pressing issues but reports of crashes, lockups and other assorted bugs still seem to be dominating many community groups right now as both Asobo and the various third party developers adjust to the latest build. The sim has also received some accolades for its impressive performance and world simulation. Let’s have a look at both in light of the latest developer update and their plans for the future.
Update 5 is here and its on Xbox too
Update 5 for Flight Simulator was a big one for PC but it was also the update that introduced the sim to Xbox. While there are a few issues with Xbox (notably with mouse control) these days, by and large it appears to have been a successful launch on the platform with an influx of new players and more people trying out the sim for the first time.
Media outlets have largely praised the launch as well prompting Microsoft to release this Xbox Series X|S Accolades trailer. It’s nothing you haven’t seen already but it is worth noting.
For all of the challenges that some are facing and that many of us experience during the update process, a pair of hotfixes, some updated drivers, and some fixes from third parties has managed to restore the sim to a largely smooth running experience for what I would guess is most people. Many, myself included, are flying normally again.
The update process needs to be made smoother in the future but I’m glad we’re through the worst of it. That wasn’t fun.
More fixes on the way
One of the things I appreciate about Asobo Studios is that they do a really good job of being transparent with their schedule and with their updates. Although some statements like their most recent one from the latest developer update are neutral (and corporate), they also are clear with what they have coming up next.
First, they do report that they are tracking feedback and are preparing for fixes and improvements in the next update.
Our team continues to track your feedback after Sim Update 5 as we prep for more fixes and improvements coming your way in a few weeks with World Update 6!
Fortunately, World Update 6 is not far away. The roadmap lays out plans for it to release on August 24, just over a week from now. While the update is undoubtedly focused on the latest world update scenery package (focusing on Germany, Austria and Switzerland), it’s clear that the team at Asobo will make it an opportunity to fix some more bugs including those introduced in this update.
Flying out of the storm
Though these last few weeks have been rough for the sim, I have some high hopes that things will smooth out and we’ll have mostly adapted to the latest round of updates before too long. In the longer term, there will need to be more of an effort made to make these updates less challenging for the average user and I hope that Asobo and Microsoft allow sufficient developer time to do so.
Meanwhile, I am encouraged by the messaging and by Asobo’s efforts to right some wrongs and solve problems. We’ll get there!
In the meantime, check out the latest Developer Update.