Up For Debate - Does MS Flight Sim make you want to buy new PC hardware?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Aug 23, 2020 4:00 PM
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The recent release of Microsoft Flight Simulator has taken the world by storm, not only does the game struggle with today’s PC hardware, but it was also revealed earlier that the game is estimated to generate a total of $2.6 billion over 3 years in PC hardware. So considering all this, and whether or not you’re an avid Flight Sim fan, does MS Flight Sim make you want to buy new PC hardware?

And just to be clear, we’re talking about all types of hardware: not just PC components like graphics cards or CPUs or additional RAM, we’re also including third-party peripherals like throttle sticks or pedals or even a VR headset (when VR support eventually arrives).

Even if you’re not a diehard fan of flight sims, you have to admit that Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the best looking games out there at the moment, and I think anyone would be interested in seeing the game run at an incredible 4K 60fps. Plus, peripherals add a whole new layer of immersion just like VR does, and I’m sure anyone would want to experience something like that.

So what do you think? Does MS Flight Simulator make you want to buy new PC hardware? If so, what kind? PC components or peripherals? Let’s debate!

Do you want to buy new PC hardware for MS Flight Sim?

If so what kind?

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22:14 Aug-26-2020

why would anyone normal buy new hardware for that unoptimised piece of **** SIMULATOR.Itis not a GAME its a sim.And a bad bad bad optimised one.2060 results are the same as a 2080ti's adn u want me to buy a 3080 for it? F U

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00:59 Aug-27-2020

They are under utilizing cpu cores for sure, but at 4k you still get a lot of scaling with better GPUs. Either way it is the most incredible sim I ever played, and just incredibly fun and immersion. On a 2D screen , anything above 30 FPS is very playable.

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00:05 Aug-28-2020

Meh, 15fps and above is enough for this game according to a friend of mine who is a big plane fan and currently in aviation. :D

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20:30 Aug-24-2020

Don't need to upgrade for playing on 2D screen. Now I do want to play it on VR when HP Reverb G2 comes out. For that there is no question that I might need an upgrade that is yet to hit the market (top of the line Nvidia Ampere or Big BIG Navi). Heck I am not even sure that will be enough.

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09:24 Aug-24-2020

I am getting nice cinematic framerate, so i think i am fine.

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08:07 Aug-24-2020

No lol, I don't want to upgrade for just one game while everything else runs great.

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07:39 Aug-24-2020

my pc is too weak for anything nowadays

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08:37 Aug-26-2020

Just the gpu, the rest is fine

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23:50 Aug-26-2020

Nah, i'm waiting until 2022 to get a full on upgrade

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16:06 Aug-27-2020

I'm not sure you'll be able to play next gen games on a rx 560

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22:50 Aug-27-2020

I won't be able to. Oh well, I can wait.

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07:39 Aug-24-2020

But can it play Crysis proprietary 12 pin PCIe connector.

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04:57 Aug-24-2020

The game could look literally better than reality and I'd still not care.
It's a ****ing flightsim... no offense to fans of such, but to me, literally doing nothing at all is less boring.

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13:56 Aug-24-2020

1/5 star comment

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01:32 Aug-24-2020

I’m building a gaming PC in general, but I am getting 32GB RAM instead of 16 because of this sim.

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22:27 Aug-23-2020

I don't want any new hardware for MS Flight Sim 2020 simply because I am not interested in MS Flight Sim 2020 xD

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21:42 Aug-23-2020

it's not about if you want new hardware bc of some game, the req hardware is like 2080and that thing alone costs more than 1000eur...no thnx, this game is not for you unless you are diehard fan of planes and I'm not one of them, this game looks beautifull but I think it's overhyped

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21:27 Aug-23-2020

I cant even play the game it always get stuck at 40% loading and crashes i have tried updating windows 10 to atest version as well as nvidia drivers but with no luck

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20:43 Aug-23-2020

Don't have the sim gear for a plane so no.

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18:14 Aug-23-2020

I don't play flight simulators any more.

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18:08 Aug-23-2020

i mean if you think about it any hardware upgrade always comes down to the need for better gear for a piece of software, whether it is a new high intensity function on something like premier pro. Or if it's a new game that your old piece of hardware can't handle anymore. So i don't think we should shame people for upgrading for a specific game (which i have noticed people have a tendency to do on this site). In this case it is not MSFS2020 that is making me upgrade. But another game coming out this year which i wanna play maxed out :)

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16:58 Aug-23-2020

I know this question isn't aimed at me cause I would never play simulators anyway.

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17:53 Aug-23-2020

ok

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16:30 Aug-23-2020

Not until the release of next gen GPUs since anything available today is struggling running the game smoothly. This game was clearly built for next gen.

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16:33 Aug-23-2020

I played the game and the FPS is all over the place, heavily dependent on the aircraft you're flying as well as location.

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16:35 Aug-23-2020

You may get 60FPS in the sky but 18FPS on average as you approach the airport. Again, depending on where you are trying to land and in what.

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19:34 Aug-23-2020

Game needs a performance patch for sure it seems...

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20:03 Aug-23-2020

still can't figure out why MS released DX12 and now DX12 Ultra and the game still uses DX11

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01:01 Aug-24-2020

lol

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| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
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100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz Quadro K600 18GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual OC 6GB 16GB
| Medium,
Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop 4GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS,
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gainward Phoenix GLH 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Core i5-9500 6-Core 3.0GHz UHD Graphics 630 8GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i5-2400 3.1GHz GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-11700F 8-Core 2.5GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB PNY XLR8 OC 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]