Flight Simulator X vs. Flight Simulator 2020 – Which One is Right for You?
Flight Simulator X was released in 2006 and looked pretty cool at the time. It’s certainly out of date now. Most people will be speechless when they see the graphics of Flight Simulator 2020. Of course, it’s an unfair comparison, but it illustrates the great leap forward in graphic technology from that time to now.
Players will be able to operate extremely accurate planes in an incredibly realistic world in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. The simulator will include day and night situations, as well as difficult weather circumstances, and will use real flight data to populate the airspace of planes.
Let’s compare these two Flight Simulators and see who the winner is.
Flight Simulator X:
With its original game engine (although I don’t know how many years old it is), Microsoft Flight Simulator X was certainly a well-made game. But it was so difficult to get to that point, and it wasn’t until a substantial update released in 2010 that it was on a level playing field with Microsoft’s latest release.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Laid on top of FruityWorks, the game is a vast improvement in every area. It’s not going to blow your mind with fancy graphics, but it will provide incredible detail in the clouds, lighting, skies and outside the plane.
Flight Simulator X Compared with Flight Simulator 2020:
Flight Simulator X and 2020 look very similar. Both will have a 3D terrain model as part of the graphics. In Flight Simulator X, this is done to make the terrain as realistic as possible. However, it still looks a bit chunky in comparison to 2020.
In the above comparison, it’s pretty obvious that 2020 takes a huge leap ahead of Flight Simulator X, with that excellent lighting and shadowing. 2020 also has a good overall image.
On the sound side of things, it’s a pretty simple comparison. Both have simulated engines and noises. A cool thing to consider is the amount of sound each simulation uses. In the below comparison, the amount of simulation sounds in 2020 is easily double that of Flight Simulator X.
What are the advantages of Flight Simulator 2020?
Visual Conditioning: Windows 10 brings the power of 3D computer graphics to your PC with the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft’s Metro Fluent Design System takes advantage of the unique capabilities of 3D graphics to create a much more visually-rich platform. All of your 3D graphics settings, from Foliage Blur to Resolution and Lighting, are fully adjustable and discoverable via the menu. So, the next time you sit down to fly a plane in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, your graphics settings will be easily accessible and fine-tuned. Improved Flight Performance: The new Prozone Flight Performance Engine will allow players to experience a more realistic flight experience.
What are the disadvantages of Flight Simulator 2020?
Flight Simulator 2020 will not run on computers without hardware and software enhancements. It will also require a variety of high-end graphics cards. To get the best experience, computers with either NVIDIA GeForce 7 series or AMD Radeon graphics cards are required. The current minimum requirements on the Microsoft website call for Nvidia GeForce 7500 or AMD Radeon 7850 series graphics card. For more information, visit the Microsoft website.
Microsoft also states that Flight Simulator will not run on Windows 8. Windows 8 should work fine with the demo.
Also, Microsoft warns that there is a known issue when the system detects the aircraft’s not within VR mode.
Flight Simulator X:
The planes have wings, as well as other external elements, and can perform basic aerobatics.
Flight Simulator 2020:
The planes have wings or internal elements and cannot perform basic aerobatics.
Each aircraft is somewhat different, but it does show how much less detail is used in this newer release.
What is the difference between Flight Simulator 2020 and Flight Simulator X?
Flight Simulator 2020 is a software product that is updated every two years. The latest release, version 2020, is currently in beta phase.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X was released in 2006 and is still running strong. The current release are two version which is Standard and Deluxe, and it is based on Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.
From what we know, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition is a revised version of the original “Linux version” and is cross-platform compatible. You can use it on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android.
As far as our investigation is concerned, the original X version of Microsoft Flight Simulator is the very first release. It is a “Steam Edition”, as you may have heard. Microsoft Flight Simulator X is compatible with the Steam platform.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X has been around for a while. The only version of Microsoft Flight Simulator X that currently exists on Steam is the v1.00 Extended Technical Test. As for the original version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, that version has been discontinued by Microsoft. In 2014, all remaining copies were removed from the Microsoft online store. The old Microsoft Flight Simulator X have been available on the Steam platform in late 2014.
The ‘complete list of everything that was released’ in Microsoft Flight Simulator X is:
⦁ Microsoft Flight Simulator X: v1.07
⦁ Microsoft Flight Simulator X: v1.08
⦁ Microsoft Flight Simulator X: v1.08b
⦁ Microsoft Flight Simulator X: v1.
So there you have it! For the PC audience, I’ve given you the best choices of Flight Simulator currently on the market, so go get one and play it. To me, the best Flight Simulators are the ones you use to learn the ins and outs of flying, so choose wisely.
Traveling to new worlds is almost always exciting, and one of the most enjoyable parts of travel is the chance to learn new things about new cultures, their history, and their way of life. And with computers, it’s never been easier to understand people from all over the world, right from your living room.
Have you ever flown? What’s your favourite simulator? And what do you think about Microsoft Flight Simulator and Flight Simulator X? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments below. 🙂