'Microsoft Flight' Runs Well With 'High & Low' Graphics Settings, Revealed Microsoft

On August 17, 2010, during GameCon, Microsoft's Games for Windows Live announced the the return of the longest running game franchise of all time --i.e. the Microsoft's Flight Simulator, now called "Microsoft Flight". Today, a blog posting by the Microsoft Flight Development team while they're "not quite ready" to talk the release date yet, shared […]

On August 17, 2010, during GameCon, Microsoft's Games for Windows Live announced the the return of the longest running game franchise of all time --i.e. the Microsoft's Flight Simulator, now called "Microsoft Flight". Today, a blog posting by the Microsoft Flight Development team while they're "not quite ready" to talk the release date yet, shared a bit of more information about the game.

"Amongst the most popular questions the Flight team has been asked via e-mails to msflight@microsoft.com are those about the release date and game performance. While we aren't quite ready to talk about a release date, we did want to share a bit about our approach towards performance and hardware.

Performance optimization has been a core focus of our development from an early stage. To achieve this, we constantly monitored game performance metrics across a range of hardware configurations and reacted each time we saw a new feature or code change that caused a dip below the established thresholds. The end result is that Flight looks fantastic on a brand new PC, but because of the emphasis on performance throughout development, it also runs well on older desktops and budget laptops," notes the Microsoft Flight Development team blog post.

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The team said, "the game runs well on low graphics settings with hardware meeting" -- specifications inclde:

  • "CPU: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: 256 MB card capable of shader 3.0 (DX 9.0c compliant)
  • HD: 10 GB Hard Drive space
  • OS: WinXP SP3
  • RAM: 2.0GB"

Also, the game can run well with following high settings on hardware:

  • "CPU: Intel Core i7 960 @ 3.20GHz, AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 3.3 GHz or better
  • GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5870, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better
  • HD: 10 GB Hard Drive space
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • RAM: 6GB," added Microsoft Flight Development Team.