World Update VI Released for Microsoft Flight Simulator

September 7, 2021
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Microsoft and the team over at Asobo Studios have released World Update VI for Microsoft Flight Simulator, covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The update includes new aerial imagery, high-resolution elevation maps and sevel brand new 3D cities. The update “drastically enhances the visuals of these three countries and the beautiful mountain-ranges of the Alps”. It also ships with over 100 hand-crafted well-known points of interest as well as several airports including Lübeck, Stuttgart, Klagenfurt and St. Gallen. To top it all off, the update also adds new discovery flights, landing challenges and bush trips.

The release notes published by Asobo are visible below:

Stability:

  • Several crashes have been fixed across the title
  • Applying the default profile for the Mouse will no longer crash the title when an custom profile was loaded on PC
  • Fixed crash in autosave in bushtrip missions when the user has a non-ASCII name
  • The title can now be launched in  Safe mode via a pop-up to deactivate all Community and Marketplace content on PC only. The option will be available after a crash as long as  Devmode is not enabled.
  • Fixed some scenarios where mandatory content was not downloaded or installed properly on PC if it had been deleted via the content manager (“You are missing packages that are essential to run Microsoft Flight Simulator. Please update the application and try again.”)

Navigation:

  • Fixed ATC radar altitude so the ATC no longer asks you to change your altitude when it is not applicable
  • The VFR Map now displays information for latitudes beyond 75 degrees
  • New AIRAC cycle 2108 is now available

Planes:

  • SR22 performance and fuel consumption has been modified to better match POH
  • Gyro Drift is now correctly set when Aircraft Systems assistance preset is set to Easy / Medium / Hard

Peripherals:

  • Fixed the ENG 1 and the Crank/ Mode norm/ IGN/Start buttons on the Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Airbus edition

World:

  • Updated elevation data for Germany, Austria & Switzerland
  • Updated aerial imagery for Germany, Austria & Switzerland
  • “Offscreen terrain pre caching” graphics settings has been added (Low, Medium, High and Ultra). If set to Ultra, all the offscreen terrain will be cached at full quality which will reduce FPS drops and LOD popping when panning the camera but may impact overall performance
  • Maximum photogrammetry draw distance has been further increased. As a result photogrammetry downtown building areas will be visible from farther away
  • Better management of low bandwidth Bing terrain data and photogrammetry streaming as the change to Offline data is no longer persistent (changes applied only affect the current flight)
  • Fixed an issue where the Bing terrain data would switch to offline in low bandwidth scenarios without displaying a warning pop-up, when data consumption cap was set (the warning pop up is now displayed properly)
  • Cities at night are now more visible on the World Map
  • Various airport data fixes
  • Improved Airport data on 100 airports

VR:

  • The title no longer crashes when quitting the sim in VR
  • Various tutorial fixes: briefs and debriefs are properly displayed, no blockers anymore. Please note that Tutorial 1 in VR mode is still under work and will be complete in a future update

Marketplace:

  • Content User Rating is now more accurate

SDK:

  • Fixed group displaying and collapse/uncollapse issue in the scenery editor
  • Projected Mesh not rendered when moving camera or adding new one in the Scenery editor (we force the loading of LOD 0)
  • Improved some text rendering for XML gauges
  • Plane debug screens now correctly calculate and display GPH/gallon per hour fuel consumptions (DebugAircraftEngines & DebugAircraftTracking)
  • Aircraft Editor: the .cfg files are no longer corrupted when using the editor

The updates trailer can be seen below:

A list of all the new points of interest, airports, 3d cities and improved areas can be found on the original post by Asobo, along with download instructions.

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