World Update 6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator has released and it brings with it an upgraded Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as a series of updates aimed at the core of the flight sim. There are, unfortunately, some more issues to confront during the update process. So… let’s have a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly.
World Update 6
The latest update for Microsoft Flight Simulator includes core updates and a new region with plenty of new updates for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As with previous World Updates, these are free and optionally downloaded from the in-game Marketplace.
The update comes with a flashy trailer which always looks great. Have a look here!
Included in the update are around 100 handcrafted points of interest, four new bush trips, new landing challenges, new handcrafted airports and both satellite and elevation data updates.
There’s also a lot of focus on updates to the core of the sim that include stability fixes and a variety of bug fixes to address issues that came with the last update. That all sounds good and I’m looking forward to being able to fly Flight Simulator more consistently after some of the challenges that I’ve been facing since the last update. More, I’ve already heard from some content creators that performance is looking good and that some of the crashes they were having before have stopped.
That sounds good but here is where the proverbial shoe drops because there’s a problem with the update system that may be preventing you from getting the update. Here’s what we know.
There’s a problem with the update system where the Windows Store update doesn’t seem to be seeing the necessary update. Start the sim, it will tell you that you need a store update, you go to the store and it says that you’re up to date.
There’s a workaround that MSFS Support suggests to try and solve the problem.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be fixing the problem for everyone. I followed the steps to install the new Xbox app (replacing the old one), restarted my system and … nothing. So, I will not be testing the update out tonight unfortunately.
Readers of Stormbirds.blog know that I am overwhelmingly positive in my outlook on sims and I like to approach issues like these with the bigger picture in mind. That said, this is the second update that has been problematic in the last several weeks and it, together with all of the stability problems that Sim Update 5 introduced, has me extremely frustrated with the sim. I’ve really enjoyed flying it and exploring the world and I hope to be doing that again sometime soon but right now it’s just not working. It hasn’t been working properly for weeks.
The Windows Store needs to be updated and the entire Flight Simulator Update process needs to be broken out of the sim and into a separate app. Performance of the download system needs to be improved and the whole thing needs some attention. I hope it gets it and soon!
Update: It’s working over here
I’m making some progress with this update. Restarted a couple more times, relaunched the new Xbox app and the update started there without a problem. If you’re struggling with the Windows Store, it’s unclear if that will still work going forward but the new Xbox app available from the Windows Store will apparently work. Mine is now!