The good news is that I can run MSFS 2020 on my PC and the default scenery at “Medium” (some settings Low) is good enough to navigate visually at low altitude in a C152. I could even find my house (with some help from Dev Mode slewing). I took off from Spencer, flew over ORH, flew toward Mount Wachusett and the Wachusett Reservoir, then remembered that the C152 is insanely slow and looked up the slew commands.
At medium graphics and with lots of trees (which really are here), it was hard to pick out my house, but I did find it, labeled in two of these shots. The distant scenery looks quite realistic including the little bump on the horizon of Mt. Wachusett. Water textures are nice at low altitude. There are cars moving on roads. The changing light on the perfectly modeled C152 panel is really cool.
I then flew low over and around the Reservoir and up the I-190 to Sterling which is the last airport where I did a lot of real landings. It’s pretty accurate, especially in terms of the runways and landmarks. The buildings not so much, but reasonable for a small airport. After a do-around I tried turning on the AI assist to fly the plane. It promptly applied full power and crashed in the trees!
The bad news is this is really too much sim for my PC and GPU. Even at Medium-Low graphics I get only 29-39 FPS which is barely flyable. So the question is, do I spend $200-300 and get a 6 GB or 8 GB GPU card? Or do I upgrade the whole system for maybe $1000?
I am curious about much more in this sim but I don’t really feel like poking along with angular trees at 29 FPS. I should try to focus on music for a while and maybe get a new PC at the end of the year.
We shall see! But it sure is amazing.
Old Stone Church. Mount Wachusett. Dev Mode or God Mode is the best! Flying Robin with kph airspeed. Roads are where I drive all the time! Love the scratches on windshield. Details even at low res! Lighting effects!