Microsoft Flight Simulator was released for the PC on August 18. While the title had been in testing for a little more than a year, there were a few known issues at launch such as problems with the download and more. The firm also made available the first public SDK on August 21.
Now, just as promised last week, Microsoft has released a patch for Flight Simulator that addresses a few known issues with the latest simulation title. The patch, version 188.8.131.52 should be rolling out to all users. To install the patch, users will have to simply close the game and re-open it. The firm, however, says that those that faced issues when attempting to install the game at launch should perform a clean install.
The Redmond firm has also provided instructions for uninstalling the game, both for those that purchased and installed via Steam or the Microsoft Store. The team has also posted installation guidelines in a support article here.
As for the patch itself, here are the fixes and improvements that are being made:
- The title will no longer crash when different input devices/peripherals are disconnected
- The title will no longer crash when the TBM 930 package is deleted
- The install process will no longer be blocked after a partial decompression of a package
- The install process will no longer be blocked when a local user account includes non-ASCII characters
- The install process will no longer be blocked after a failed connection to servers
- The install process will no longer display an empty onboarding screen under certain conditions
- The title will download a critical missing/deleted package to access the main menu even if the save data preference is set to offline (when an internet connection is available)
- The title will no longer automatically download packages that have been deleted through the content manager
- The content manager will no longer get stuck in an infinite loading state when checked offline
- The Creator name of the packages should now be properly updated
- Significant FPS drop when using Simconnect should no longer affect the experience
- The performance of the title has been improved when the Display name plate option is set to active
- The correct currency is now properly updated in the marketplace
Further updates to Flight Simulator and the deliverables planned for the next few months should come as part of the next development update, which usually arrives on Thursdays. In all, the performance improvements and stability fixes should be a welcome addition for those that have faced problems with the game.