Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – Best PC Graphics Settings

Microsoft Flight Simulator has finally 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. So, 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 the 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!

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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