Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – Best PC Graphics Settings

Microsoft Flight Simulator has finally been released on steam, dating August 17, 2020. So far, it is getting mixed reactions from the players who tried it. That has to do somewhere, with the graphics being too heavy for most systems to handle.

In this guide, we aim to help in that section, by providing the best graphics settings for the game. It will hopefully increase the performance, and Framerates at the same time. If you wish to purchase the game, you can get it from here: Steam Link. Alternatively, you can also try it out, if you own an XBOX game pass.


Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Best PC Graphics Settings

Display Mode – Fullscreen

Fullscreen Resolution – Native

Global-Rendering Quality – Low end

V-Sync – Off

Render Scaling – 100

Anti-Aliasing – TAA

Terrain Level of Detail – 25

Terrain Vector Data – Off

Buildings – Low

Trees – Low

Grass and Bushes – Off

Objects Level of Detail – 25

Volumetric Clouds – Low

Texture Resolution – Low

Anisotropic Filtering – Off

Texture Supersampling – Off

Texture Synthesis – Low

Water waves – Low

Shadow Maps – 768

Terrain Shadows – Off

Contact Shadows – Off

Windshield Effects – Low

Ambient Occlusion – Off

Reflections – Off

Light Shafts – Off

Bloom – On

Depth of Field – Low

Lens Correction – Off

Lens Flare – On

Use Generic Plane Models (AI TRAFFIC) – On

Use Generic Plane Models (MULTIPLAYER) – Off

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System Requirements for Microsoft Flight Simulator

MINIMUM:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 10

Processor: Intel i5-4460 | AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 | AMD Radeon RX 570

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 150 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 10

Processor: Intel i5-8400 | AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 | AMD Radeon RX 590

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 150 GB available space

source: steam


Our System Specifications used to test

OS: Windows 10 64-Bit

Processor: Ryzen 5 3600

Memory: 16 GB RAM DDR4

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI 4GB

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 1TB HDD 7200RPM


Results and Conclusion

To start off with, the game is very heavy, so it was tested on 1050 TI OC 4GB. That is because this has become the entry-level card for most recent games. We managed an average of 28-30 FPS with the above settings.

For anyone who has a higher-end rig (e.g an RTX 2060 or above), you can try the medium to high preset. For the players who have a lower GPU Memory, we highly recommend using our given preset, or anything lower than medium.

Play around with the settings and find your sweet spot, if the above settings were not enough. With that being said, we will conclude this guide. Any questions/suggestions are welcome in the comments below. We will see you in the next guide!


Last Updated on October 25, 2022

2 thoughts on “Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – Best PC Graphics Settings”

  1. Hello!

    Where is the graphics file located?

    Cause i have changed some graphics settings in game but when i restarted i can not access to the game now, may be i have to delete the graphics file.

    TY!

    1. Try either of these: 32 bit: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\
      64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\
      Or
      instead of Microsoft games, find Steam.
      You can also check here: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight simulator
      or
      FSX.cfg files are located as follows:
      FSX SP2 and FSX Acceleration in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10:
      C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX
      FSX:SE:
      C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX-SE
      or
      C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX
      or in some rare occasions
      Steam\Steamapps\Common\FSX\Config
      (where Steam is your main Steam folder)

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