Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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Hi Everyone,

Strange times, I hope you’re all safe and sound. Exciting times also, since we’re just hours away from Microsoft releasing their new Flight Simulator. Expectations are high as the platform looks stunning in every aspect! Logically, many of you are asking if and when ProSim software is going to be compatible. The if question is the easy to answer one, yes we sure will! The when is less clear. Microsoft will now release the new platform which will most probably live up to the expectations of the majority of desktop gamers, for cockpit building however we unfortunately need to wait a bit longer. In order to make our software work with the new platform we’re waiting for improvements in the way the aircraft flight characteristics are handled and the improved interfacing options to external software like ProSim. Our expectation is that Microsoft keeps working on these elements for us and other developers to release compatible products in the not too distant future. We’re committed to releasing compatibility, and at no extra charge, just as part of the regular update subscription.

Happy simming and best regards, Hanne


Ps. We were forwarded a request from Microsoft as they had received a request from an existing commercial customer asking Microsoft when they will be compatible with ProSim. We of course love that way of thinking but it's unfortunately not how it works...
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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Hello everyone,

We have some great news for you - we are scheduled to release ProSimA320 version 1.42 upcoming Thursday, including preview MSFS2020 compatibility. We have all FBW working in a representative way and are fixing some animations at the moment. More details on the possibilities and limitations to follow soon, and also, please note our integration is subject to the constant changes MS make which in general help us but sometimes break stuff. Why ProSimA320 first? Because it’s the more complex one. If our approach proves to be successful, then you can count on us making ProSim737 compatible as soon as possible.

Happy simming and best regards, Hanne
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Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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Hi Everyone,

As recently announced we will tomorrow release ProSimA320 1.42 which will include the first beta MSFS2020 compatibility. Microsoft yesterday released a product update, for a moment we feared it break or effect our compatibility, which it actually did but luckily in a minor way which Lapi could quickly resolve.

With the new platform comes new changes in underlying flight modelling code, often undocumented. Much is still unknown regarding third party development for MSFS2020. We have been working hard with the new platform to adapt our ProSimA320 product for maximum compatibility. We were not always able to solve issues we encountered. What we release tomorrow should be considered an MSFS2020preview.

ProSimA320 FS2020 integration comes in the form of a new FS2020 addon aircraft, that is controlled through the regular ProSimA320 System application.
Shortcomings that currently exist are:

• Lighting. Due to issues in the MSFS2020 platform, specific lighting controls are not functioning. We worked around this by controlling lights the old-fashioned way, but this does not allow us to specifically control individual lights. Lights can only be controlled per group (landing lights, taxi lights, etc.)
• Flight model. Much time went into experimenting with the flight model code. We have not been able to come up with any consistent results with the modern flight model. It is mostly undocumented, and we ran into lots of elevator trim issues. What’s called the ‘Legacy’ flight model, is using more documented data tables and gave us a much more accurate result. This flight model however is not a copy of what is in P3D. It is based on this, but MSFS2020 adds a new environmental system that interacts much more vividly with the aircraft. This results in over exaggerated roll wobbles especially during slow flight.
Having said that, we were able to tune the model and FBW code to allow for “representative” A320 behaviour. It’s not up to the standard we have in P3D, but we are confident that when more get documented and improved in MSFS2020 over time, we will get closer and closer to proper behaviour.
• IOS controls. This is mostly environmental controls which are still unavailable in FS2020. Weather can only be changed in FS2020.

Other than that – enjoy your flights!

Best, Hanne
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