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September 30th, 2021 Development Update

Junkers ju-52 flying over greenery

Screenshot by bsbrunacci

We are kicking off our next flighting opportunity (Pre-release Testing) for Sim Update 6! This will be on a first-come-first-served basis and sign-ups will open tomorrow, October 1st at 5 am PT/8am ET (1200Z). We are looking for simmers to test on all three platforms: PC, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X. Limited space is available on each platform. This opportunity is open to Microsoft Store sim users only.

Sim Update 6 will mostly include bug fixes and our goal is to test the performance and stability of the sim across all platforms. Feedback will be gathered using Windows Feedback Hub (PC) and the “Report a Problem” feature on Xbox. This flight will be under NDA and any reports should be through the apps above and not through the forums, social media, and other avenues.

Reporting with Windows Feedback Hub (PC):

  • Be sure you are logged in with your flight associated GamerTag
  • For the category select “Apps” and then “Flight Simulator” or “Microsoft Flight Simulator”

Reporting with ‘Report a Problem’ (Xbox):

  •  If the bundle is not installed, you may need to manually install the “Report a Problem” app if you are not seeing the “Report a Problem” button when pressing and holding guide.
  • Select Category “Games” and Sub-Category “Microsoft Flight Simulator”

When registration is open to sign up on October 1st, please follow these directions:

  1. On your Windows 10 device, launch the Xbox Insider Hub.
  2. Navigate to Previews > Microsoft Flight Simulator.
  3. Select Join.
  4. You will receive a notification letting you know that the test is full and there are no more available spots for this test if all spots have been filled. If you DO NOT receive the above message then you are in the test! An update for Microsoft Flight Simulator will become available for you on October 6th and can be downloaded through the Store app. This update must be installed to access the test. Please keep in mind that you may have to re-install the sim on your PC if you do not have your sim content located on a custom path.
  5. Be sure to review the NDA here.

After sign ups are complete tomorrow, testing will begin October 6th. Thank you for helping us improve our sim, and we look forward to Sim Update 6!

– The MSFS team 

DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP

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FEEDBACK SNAPSHOT

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 KEY

SU = Sim Update (6, 7, etc.) WU = World Update
ASAP = As Soon as Possible TBD =To Be Determined
Several Releases = Fixes will come over a series of updates
Ongoing Fixes = An item we will continually be working on
Planned = Scheduled to be worked on
Under Investigation = The team is currently looking into this issue
Not Planned = We will likely not work on this
Not Started = We have not begun investigation on this yet
Started = Development work as started on this item

 

COMMUNITY TRIAGE UPDATE

Click here to see our Known Issues list.

  • Avionics turning black during flight – Our QA team has been investigating this issue and we are looking at multiple root causes. We will reach out in the this forum post if we need any further information.
  • Multiplayer aircraft disappearing/reappearing during flight – Under investigation. We may reach out on this thread if we need further info while investigating.

SDK UPDATE

  • General
    • You may recall it from our last SDK live Q&A, we promised a new feature to exclude more items with the Exclusion Polygons. It’s ready now! You will soon be able to exclude roads, power poles, and street lights using polygons.
  • Dev Mode
    • We added a new set of options to display the DevMode windows. You can now select “Default” (all windows are opaque when docked and transparent when floating), “Always opaque” or “Always transparent”.
    • We added a new DevMode option to switch the XML gauge rendering mode between GDI and NanoVG at runtime. As a reminder, right now the PC version of MSFS uses GDI but the Xbox version uses NanoVG – both will use the latter in the future.
    • We created a new SoundAircraft sample to demonstrate how sounds can be triggered in WASM through the Panels API using L-Vars.
    • Package Editor
      • We fixed the dev mode icons usage in Package Editor.
    • Project Editor
      • We improved the export window interface.
      • We improved the package validation results window’s sizing.
      • We added a constraint on name when creating or renaming a visual effect.
    • Scenery Editor
      • We added road, street light and power lines exclusions to polygons.
      • We improved the interface of the Objects list windows. It now has two columns: one for package and one for objects, with separate filters.
      • We fixed the gltf reloading with multiple LODs.
      • We fixed an issue on polygons with material loading.
      • We fixed the copy/paste apron UV offset.
      • Gizmo window can’t be edited anymore if no object is selected OR all selected objects are locked.
      • We added a New “has 3D object” checkbox in FUEL TaxiwayParking properties to allow the removal of any 3D object attached to it.
      • Generate Taxiway Signs no longer crashes when the package is not built.
    • Script Editor
      • We fixed the SimObject window.
      • We fixed the fact that the editor wouldn’t close when modifications hadn’t been saved
    • Visual Effects Editor
      • We added a “GroundDirection” node.
      • We fixed the bounding volume calculation.
      • We fixed a crash when connecting a GraphParameter node to an empty parameter name.
      • We fixed the links creation from input to output.
      • We fixed the links and node deletion “undo”.
      • We fixed the node outputs displayed as ‘undefined’ most of the time.

3RD PARTY UPDATE

  • As of 09/26, we have now approved 219 (+0) third parties into the in-sim marketplace and – so far 117 (+0) have released 538 products on PC (+1) and 125 on Xbox (+10).
  • In total, 1,356 products (+26) have already been released in 3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 377 products (+5) from 3rd party developers are in production (235 announced, 142 unannounced). In total, over 1,733 3rd party products (+32) are either released or are in development.
  • Airports:
    • 1,094 airports (+22) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 866 airports (+18) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 437 airports (+1) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 109 airports (-2) beyond the released airports have been announced.
      • 119 airports (+6) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an airport is in production.
  • Aircraft:
    • 207 aircraft (+5) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 72 aircraft (+3) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 42 aircraft (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 112 aircraft (+2) beyond the released aircraft have been announced.
      • 23 aircraft (+0) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an aircraft is in production.
  • Scenery:
    • 390 sceneries (+5) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 376 sceneries (+5) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 37 sceneries (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 14 sceneries (+0) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
  • Mission Packs:
    • 42 mission packs (+0) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 42 mission packs (+0) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 4 mission packs (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 mission packs (+0) beyond the released missions have been announced.

MARKETPLACE UPDATES

There are 38 new products (7 on PC, 31 on Xbox), and  22 updated products (21 on PC, 1 on Xbox) in the Marketplace today.

38 NEW PRODUCTS: 7 ON PC, 31 ON XBOX

T-45C Goshawk - IndiaFoxEcho

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

Vessels: Core Library - Seafront Simulations

New on PC and Xbox ✅

Vessels: Enhanced AI - Seafront simulations

New on PC and Xbox ✅

Vessels: Global Shipping - Seafront Simulations

New on PC and Xbox ✅

Atlanta Night Enhanced - DreamScenery

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

Gordon Dam Tasmania

New on PC and Xbox ✅

Landmarks Singapore City Pack

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

Tokyo Landmarks Enhanced

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

Vessels: Anguilla, St Martin and St Barts

New on PC and Xbox ✅

BITN Thorshofn Airport

New on PC and Xbox ✅

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

EGLK Blackbushe Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

EGTB Wycombe Air Park

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FALE King Shaka International Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FSIA Seychelles International Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

LFER Redon Bains-sur-Oust Aerodrome

New on PC ✅

LFHU L'Alpe D'Huez Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

LFMD Cannes Mandelieu Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

LIIQ Alfina Airfield

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

LIMC Malpensa Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

LIRA Rome-Ciampino International Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

MMCZ Cozumel International Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

RJFF Fukuoka Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

SAZM Astor Piazolla/Mar Del Plata Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

SBGV Governado Valadares Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

SKCG Rafael Nunez International Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

SKMD Olaya Herrera Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

SKRG Jose Maria Cordova International Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

YPPF Parafield Airport

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

22 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 21 ON PC, 1 ON XBOX

T-45C Goshawk

Updated on PC and Xbox ✅

Atlanta Night Enhanced

Updated on PC

Cityscape Sydney

Updated on PC

Seoul City Wow

Updated on PC

Tokyo Landmarks Enhanced

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

EGTB Wycombe Air Park

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

FSIA Seychelles International Airport

Updated on PC

LFMD Cannes Mandelieu Airport

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

LIMC Malpensa Airport

Updated on PC

LIRA Rome-Ciampino International Airport

Updated on PC

MMCZ Cozumel International Airport

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

SKCG Rafael Nunez International Airport

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

YAYE Ayers Rock

Updated on PC

YPPF

Updated on PC

TWITCH UPDATE

We stream weekly on Twitch.tv/MSFSOfficial! This week we will fly in Germany from Munich to Zurich. If you have the new Junkers Ju-52, feel free to use it for this flight! More details can be read here.

If you missed the Dev Q&A, you can re-watch it on Youtube here:

COMMUNITY VIDEO

Singapore is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and its airport, Changi International, is consistently voted the world’s best. YouTuber Ausflight 360 recently put together a stunning video of “The Little Red Dot” using the Orbx Landmarks Singapore City Pack. Points of interest showcased in this video include the Marina Bay Sands, the ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, and more! The Orbx Singapore addon used in this video is available from the Marketplace.

FEATURED FREEWARE MOD

Want to track your flights in real-time and review your telemetry data to evaluate your performance? Look no further than SimAir, a free tool from MSFS community member Null. When using SimAir, you can log not only your flightpath but also your altitude, ground speed, fuel consumption, and more.

SCREENSHOT CHALLENGE

You can now submit your screenshot via Twitter with #MSFSchallenge or the Weekly Forum Post! This week’s screenshot challenge: No Time to Fly.

This past week our Screenshot Challenge was Germany, Austria, Switzerland! Here are our runner ups this week:

Screenshot by CinematicFlight

Screenshot by JGMONEY17

Screenshot by mustermann1629

Screenshot by ValTrust

Screenshot by tomlaut1980

Screenshot by MartinFromCH

Screenshot by Quaarli

Screenshot by FogoWar

Screenshot by isaiahnparadise

Screenshot by Hugothester

NEXT DEVELOPMENT UPDATE BLOG – October 7th, 2021

Sincerely,

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team