Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

PC System Requirements and Graphical Options

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

PC System Requirements and Graphical Options

Microsoft Flight Simulator is an incredibly demanding title, requiring high-performance hardware to handle the game, even at its lowest settings. According to Microsoft, gamers will need a quad-core processor that's Haswell/Zen or newer, as well as a minimum of 2GB of VRAM and GPUs like AMD's RX 570 and Nvidia's GTX 770. 

Microsoft recommends graphics cards with at least 4GB of VRAM, 16GB of system memory and strong 20Mbps internet connections. With Flight Simulator leveraging the powers of Bing Maps, internet connectivity and raw CPU/GPU grunt, Flight Simulator is a title that can seemingly stress every aspect of your gaming system, delivering system loads that are unlike anything that we have ever tested before.  

Below are Microsoft Flight Simulator's PC system requirements. 


Here's what you need to run Microsoft Flight Simulator


Graphical Settings

Microsoft Flight Simulator features a wealth of graphics options, offering users full render scaling support, four graphical presets (Low-End, Medium, High-End and Ultra) and a wealth of dedicated graphics options which can be used to tweak Flight Simulator to best suit your hardware. 

Most PC gamers should settle for Medium or High-End settings, as Ultra is extremely demanding on today's most powerful graphics cards, keeping even Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti at 40ish FPS at 4K, even under favourable conditions. 

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide  

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Most Recent Comments

24-08-2020, 12:08:01

Because of how this plays a 40 fps is totally playable, and you can achieve that by turning AI air traffic off and lowering airport clutter (though this does take away some realism), I found the AI air traffic popping in the cause of most stutters.Quote

27-08-2020, 06:26:01

I was getting a really low FPS on high so tweaked a few things following a video and now I get between 40-60fps but the performance still isn't the best, maybe because I only have 8GB RAM.Quote

27-08-2020, 06:36:23

On a side topic, anyone found more strange obelisk type structures ?

They are eerily cool.Quote

27-08-2020, 08:08:40

Nice to see free liveries coming out already, and a more functional 320 being worked onQuote

27-08-2020, 08:26:02

Jay did a video about how to get 60 FPS. He got over 40 on a 2060 Super.

It's not like, his ideas, he just used all of the tips he found around the net. Still, it's all in one place I guess.

I want this, but I want to see how fast I can fly a SR71 from Phila to Heathrow, so I guess I will wait for those planes and then see.Quote

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