When is it coming? A new engine for Microsoft’s flight simulator. Looking at the available engines today, one engine really stansds out as far as georendering goes, and that is the CryEngine2 from Crysis.
Microsoft is really lagging behind with their graphics in FSX. Slow, ugly and blurry.
Imagine an approach to an island in FSXI looking like this:
Now it looks like this:
Would Microsoft consider buying the Crysis engine for their product line? Probably not. Do they have the technical knowledge to make something similar themselves. I think so. Do they want to enhance graphics like this in FS_? I don’t know. Would the FS_-community want better ground rendering? Probably not all of them, but I would!
So when is the next installment of Microsoft flight simulator gonna be? I don’t know. However they really need to make a new enginge from scratch to be able to keep up on the graphics side. I’m looking forward to it, but until then I’m sticking to FS9. Not for the grahics, but for smoothness. FSX is an abomination.