Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2020 may be the most stressful game your rig can run today. That’s the claim by Tweaktown, and while we’re still very far away from regular 8K gaming, the new title boasts serious requirements.
It isn’t a surprise that the latest version of Flight Simulator is so power hungry. Microsoft even recommends a 50Mbps connection to download the latest Bing Maps data, including weather info. Flight Sim is so power hungry that Jon Peddie Research estimates sales of the game will spur $2.6B in new PC components sales.
Flight Simulator released on August 17th; hopefully interested buyers wait until both NVIDIA and AMD reveal their next-gen GPUs before upgrading. That $2.6B figure is based on an expected 2.3M sales of Flight Sim, which means roughly $1100 in upgrades per purchase.
When playing at 8K, even the Titan RTX 24GB barely ran at an average of 10fps. Today’s top-of-the-line rigs can’t pull 33 million pixels, which isn’t exactly surprising. The combination of downloaded map data, photo-realistic graphics, and the high resolution…we need Ampere or RDNA 2. And it’s possible that next-gen GPUs won’t fully handle it either.
Is Flight Simulator 2020 the next Crysis? Microsoft’s Asobo Conception Engine may be the new CryEngine. We can’t wait to find out for ourselves. Especially after next week, when Ampere is officially announced.