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Developer Q&A Live Today at 17:30 UTC

UPDATE: The next Developer Q&A Live is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20 at 17:30 UTC. You can watch it here at that time. This article will be updated after the live session is finished.

The official Developer Q&A Live gives some interesting discussion about the state of the MSFS, ongoing bugs, upcoming features, and the overall future of the franchise. The one-and-a-half-hour-long developer’s interview is usually held every month with Jorg Neumann, the head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, along with Sebastian Wloch and Martial Bossard from Asobo Studio. All the previous Developer Q&A’s can be watched here. The latest Developer Q&A Live was held on September 29 at 17:30 UTC, below is the discussion in a nutshell. Watch the whole developers live interview at the end of this article.

  • Sim Update 6 is coming on Tuesday, October 19, and includes a lot of improvements listed below.
  • Trees are pushed back further out with new LOD implementation.
  • The flight model is improved for aerobatic plane’s behavior and when flying fast close to the ground.
  • The ground effect behavior is added and is possible to edit by the aircraft developers.
  • A basic wake turbulence effect is added, this will be developed even further in 2022.
  • Night lightning which is seen from high altitude has been improved and rendered further out.
  • Terrain Level of Detail slider will be furthered out from 200 to 400, this helps to draw better terrain, the houses and trees further.
  • Working Title brings a new flight plan system to MSFS at the time of Sim Update 6.
  • Working Title will update the Garmin G1000 NXi and CJ4 systems even more before the end of the year.
  • Working Title will improve the stock Boeing 747 and 787 as well as the G3000 in the future.
  • Opening the Live Weather for 3rd parties has license restrictions but will be looked at in the future for sure.
  • Work with the upcoming helicopters has been initially started, needs the physics modeling first.
  • Multiple screen functionality is planned for the year 2022.
  • Replay functionality is in the beta stage.
  • DirectX 12 for PC is in a test phase and coming optional by the end of the year.
  • The upcoming Scenery Gateway has been stalled, Microsoft is looking for a new developer to do it.
  • Partner for gliders has been found, it will be revealed later on.
  • Crash-to-desktop issues are looked at very seriously, the sim sends the CTD report automatically to Asobo if one happens so it helps a lot to fix them.
  • Most of the crash-to-desktop issues are because of 3rd party add-on incompatibility.
  • Live Weather will be improved by Meteoblue to increase the update interval and density of the weather data to make the weather match more real-time conditions.
  • Meteoblue will inject the METAR data into their weather data so the Live Weather will be much more accurate near airports.
  • The big weather update, including the previous notes, will come next year or in 2023.
  • In 2022 there will be Sim Update that only concentrate on fixing old bugs, not bringing new features.
  • NAVBLUE Charts+ service will delay, no schedule known yet.
  • Sim Update 6 fixes the too draggy clouds bug when flying inside clouds.
  • Accurate visibility conditions are very tricky to implement in the weather system, but they will be looked at in the future.
  • For VR pilots there will be a lot of improvements in Sim Update 6 and 7, watch the full Q&A session below.