New Flight Simulator 2020 Game Mechanism And Requirements
What’s new in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020?
Flight Simulator 2020, developed by Asobo Studios, accesses the approximately two petabytes of three-dimensional world and object data (including 3D photogrammetry data) from Bing Maps to display cities and landscapes as realistically as possible. In contrast to previous games, not only famous points or world-class landmarks are now displayed in great detail.
In 2020, after a 14-year break, a serious flight simulator from Microsoft will finally be released again – Flight Simulator 2020. After a few graphically spectacular pictures and videos, Microsoft now revealed the first details at a preview event. According to this, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator will at least technically herald a new generation of simulation games and offer a previously unknown level of detail through a cloud connection. However, this also means that the display quality of the game world seen in the Microsoft images published to date will only be maintained by those who remain permanently connected to Microsoft servers while playing.
Why does a Laptop need so much processing power?
However, there are still a lot of cities for which no 3D buildings are stored – an AI algorithm running over the Azure Cloud is supposed to populate two-dimensional satellite images of cities with three-dimensional buildings. The same applies, for example, to forest areas, where suitable 3D trees are “planted” at a correspondingly low altitude. According to a report by Polygon, this has not yet worked properly in all places in the preview version. In order to play the game with an optimal graphics quality setting, your Gaming Laptop should meet the games requirements.
System requirements for a Laptop to play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
As there are many graphics details implemented in Flight Simulator 2020 a Laptop requires a certain minimum requirement in computazional and graphical power. Microsoft published a the minimum and recommended requirements:
Minimum requirements to play Flight Simulator 2020:
Minimum requirements for your Laptop ensure that you will be able to play the game. However, you should expect that a les capable Laptop will not have the same graphics detail accuracy as a more powerful Laptop.
- CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX-8370 or better
- RAM: at least 8 GB
- Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit or Mac OS Sierra
- Graphics Card: Radeon R9 380 or GeForce GTX 960 or better
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- Dedicated Video RAM: at least 2048 MB
Recommended requirements to play Flight Simulator 2020:
Although you can play the game with the minimum reqirements just fine, you will not have the same experience as when you play it on a more powerful Laptop. Therefore we recommend to play the game on a powerful machine in order to enjoy it to the fullest.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 or better
- RAM: 12 GB
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- Graphics Card: Radeon RX 470 or GeForce GTX 1070 or better
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- Dedicated Video RAM: at least 4096 MB
In order to understand the effect of RAM for Gaming you can read our guide for the effect of higher RAM on gaming performance. It is also important to understand what impact dual core or quad core processors can have on performance.
The Best Laptops For Flight Simulator 2020
Based on our work over the last few years, we have drawn up a catalogue of criteria that is intended to cover the majority of aspects of a device that are relevant to purchasing. As requirements and technology have of course changed over the years and will continue to do so, we try to continuously develop and improve our test reports. We identified the following Laptops and Gaming Laptops as the best suited computers for meeting the requirements of Microsofts Flight Simulator 2020.
Ranking First: Dell Alienware 15 R4
- Outstanding performance
- Extensive equipment
- Overall very good display
- Pleasantly quiet cooling system
- Battery life very short
- Clumsy and quite heavy
The New Dell Alienware 15 R4 & Technical Specs
The Dell Alienware 15 R4, which can cost up to 2500 Dollar, continues to throne on the top position of our gaming notebook’s best list even after the introduction of the RTX-2080 notebooks. In return for the high price you also get the crème de la crème of components. The core is a Core i9-8950HK with six computing cores and a turbo clock rate up to 4.8 GHz. The CPU is accompanied by 16 GByte RAM, a 512 GByte SSD and a 1-TByte hard disk. The Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 with a dedicated 8 GByte graphics memory provides for smooth graphics, which doesn’t have to hide from the models we tested with RTX 2080 in this device and is hardly slower in the gaming benchmarks. It’s almost a pity that the 15.6 inch display only offers Full HD resolution with this enormous computing power. After all, the panel supports a 120 Hz refresh rate in order to adequately display even high frame rates.
The disadvantages of such power are obvious: On the one hand, the device weighs more than 7.7 lbs and is thus, by a decent margin, the heaviest gaming notebook in our comparison. The battery runtimes are also underground: The Alienware 15 R4 only lasts 2 hours in PCMark 8. Moreover, it is thick, clunky and has a relatively wide display edge. We evaluate these aspects in a gaming laptop, which is mainly used at home with an active power supply, but only marginally.
Conclusion: Dell Alienware 15 R4 for Flight Simulator 2020
In addition to the performance components described above, the Dell Alienware 15 R4 has many useful connections. These include two normal USB 3.0 ports, two USB type C plugs (one of which is Thunderbolt 3), DisplayPort via USB-C, mini display port and HDMI. You can connect to the internet either via Gigabit-LAN or WLAN-ac. A webcam, a docking station and special macro keys on the keyboard complete the most important hardware equipment. Windows 10 Home is already pre-installed as the operating system. All in all, this results in top equipment for a notebook.
The Dell Alienware 15 R4 relies on a good cooling system, which on the one hand provides for stable operation and doesn’t get too loud at the same time. In the practical test we put it under a realistic gaming load for a longer period of time and basically had a pleasant gaming experience – without seriously disturbing fan noise. We also like the keyboard and mouse pad, although gamers will probably rely on external peripherals anyway. The case turns out to be bulky and thick, but overall it is excellently manufactured.
The biggest point of criticism, which at the same time only minimally enters into our evaluation, concerns the mobility. We have already mentioned the heavy case with a height of 3 centimeters. In addition, the weight of 7.7 lbs makes the Alienware 15 R4 not exactly portable. The weak battery runtimes of a bit more than 3 hours while watching videos and only 2 hours under PC Mark 8 load do the rest to only give a sufficient mobility score.
Ranking Second: The New Razer Blade 15
- Good system and performance
- Very good image quality
- Strong price-performance ratio
- 60-Hertz display only
- Keyboard with short stroke travel
About The Razer Blade 15 & Specs
The noble Razer Blade 15 in the basic configuration is a price tip in our best list of gaming notebooks. The device has truly earned this rating. For a price of a bit more than 1700 Dollar, you get a gaming notebook in 15.6 inch format with strong hardware, top equipment, very good mobility values and a performance sufficient for Full HD resolution. An Intel Core i7-8750H with six computing cores works inside, which is flanked by 16 GB RAM, a memory combination of 256 GB SSD and 2 TByte HDD as well as the Geforce GTX 1060 Max-Q. The graphics chip can access a 6 GByte memory. All in all, the configuration ensures continuously playable frame rates in native resolution.
Aside from the very stable workmanship and the pretty looks, the Razer Blade 15 also convinces in terms of mobility, because it holds out for almost 8.5 hours in our video runtime test, for example. That is unusually long for a gaming laptop. If we really put a lot of load on the hardware (PCMark 8 Work), this value drops to almost 4 hours. However, the Blade 15 has the advantage that it is also suitable for gaming entertainment on the go and no alternative notebook is necessary. With a weight of 4.6 lbs and a height of 2.3 centimeters, it doesn’t turn out to be overly bulky and heavy.
Conclusion: The Razer Blade 15 for Flight Simulator 2020
The Razer Blade 15 Base Model completes the positive overall picture with excellent mobility. The compact laptop weighs only 4.6 lbs and fits in any standard backpack. The battery life for pure video playback is a very good 8:25 hours – a great value for a gaming notebook. The laptop lasts a good 4 hours in PCMark 8 Work, which simulates a working day. The Razer Blade 15 – like almost all gaming notebooks – is only suitable for gaming on the go to a limited extent. On the one hand, the battery barely lasts an hour in this case, and on the other hand, the performance is throttled down without a connected charging cable to such an extent that current blockbusters can hardly be played smoothly in medium to high graphics settings.
Ranking Third: The New HP Pavillion Gaming 15
- Relatively quiet fans
- Good Speakers
- Value for money
- Design and maintainability
- Stability of the plastic housing
- Processor throttles down fast
- Trackpad clatters
- no Thunderbolt 3
The New HP Pavillion Gaming 15
If you directly think of an Alienware or a Razer device in a gaming notebook, it should be said: It’s also clearly cheaper – and that without losing great gaming fun. Most notebooks sold today are not thin ultrabooks or expensive desktop replacements, but primarily cheap 15 inches. Exactly such a model is the Pavilion Gaming 15 from HP, which we reviewed.
Although the manufacturer also offers laptops with the Omen-X series, which easily cost 2,000 Dollar and more, the Pavilion notebooks dominate in terms of numbers. These are now also available as gaming variants. The design of the devices is comparatively unobtrusive or even aggressive and thus appeals to a larger circle of customers. The Pavilion Gaming 15 only appears a bit more colorful when opened, as the keyboard has green caps and a green illumination (which can be deactivated if desired).
Technical Specs of the HP Pavillion Gaming 15
HP sells the Pavilion Gaming 15 in different configurations: The basic version (dk0006ng) with 1080p60 panel, quad-core Intel processor, 8 GByte RAM, Geforce GTX 1650, 256 GByte SSD and 1 TByte hard disk costs 1,000 Dollar. HP then wants 1,200 Dollars (dk0008ng) for the six-core chip with twice as much RAM as well as a 1080p144 display, and if it’s the Geforce GTX 1660 Ti in addition, it’s 1,400 Dollars (dk0009ng). On top of that, there are models purely with SSD or without Windows 10 as the operating system.
“Great Value for a good price.”
Between the keyboard and the centrally placed display hinge, the loudspeakers sit behind a handsome structure. On the black laptop there are all kinds of color accents in neon green (HP calls it acid green). Overall, it reminds of Razer devices due to the color tone and doesn’t look playful. However, if you don’t like green, you should look around for other gaming laptops.
Because of the low price, the manufacturer had to save on the materials used. Although the case weighs 5 lbs, it is made entirely of plastic. This is not only prone to fingerprints, but also easily vulnerable. We noticed this not only in the keyboard and trackpad area, but also in the display. There it is even quite dramatic and seems even more unstable due to the central hinge. The panel bends frighteningly strongly with only little effort. Even in this price range this shouldn’t be the case.
Conclusion: HP Pavillion Gaming 15 for Flight Simulator 2020
Mobile gaming doesn’t have to be expensive: A quad-core with eight threads including 8 GByte memory and a supposedly slow Geforce GTX 1650 are completely sufficient to run current games smoothly in 1080p with medium to high details. Apart from these components, the Pavilion Gaming 15 has a solid configuration with an SSD and an HDD for under 1,000 Dollar.
In view of the multitude of connections, the good and almost silent cooling in battery mode, the existing points of criticism don’t carry much weight: The clickpad and us won’t become friends, the illuminated keyboard needs getting used to because of the included number pad. Important components like RAM, SSD, HDD and WLAN are exchangeable – not self-evident, as the Alienware 17 R5 with soldered memory shows.
Ranking Fourth: The New ASUS ZenBook 14
- Chic case
- Fade-in numeric field
- Low weight
- Display unevenly illuminated
- Slow card reader
The ASUS ZenBook 14
The Asus Zenbook 14’s 14 inch display has, like current smartphones, only a very narrow edge (“Frameless Design”). The image content therefore appears larger because less distracts from it, the ratio of screen to display case turns out more clearly in favor of the display – Asus gives a “screen-to-body ratio” of 92 percent. Including the lid edge, the lateral black edges of the nano-edge display measure 4.5 millimeters. The frame is also very narrow at the top and bottom, but there is still enough room for the camera, which also supports Windows Hello.
The Asus Zenbook 14 offers a strong overall package at a reasonable price: Processing power and mobility are coupled with clever extras in the 14 inch notebook. At most, there are only small things to criticize, like the renouncement of Thunderbolt 3 or the slow card reader.
Technical Specs of the ASUS ZenBook 14
Asus relies on the new Core i7-8565U with Whiskey Lake architecture for the CPU: The computing power of the quad-core is on the level of a Core i7-8550U, which the CPU also largely resembles. Whiskey Lake is particularly interesting for manufacturers of light and slim notebooks, because the chipset sits together with the CPU on a carrier board – this saves space and improves the possibilities for saving power. The CPU performance of the Zenbook remains stable even under prolonged load – after 15 minutes of continuous testing with the Cinebench, the result drops by only about 10 percent. Nevertheless, the fan remains quiet and hardly disturbs with its deep and even running noise. It reliably transports the waste heat out of the case – it gets a bit warm in the upper key rows with around 46 degrees, but in no case unpleasant for the fingers.
The equipment with 16 GB RAM, a 1 TB NVMe SSD from Samsung and the GPU Nvidia Geforce MX150 with 2 GB GDDR5 provides for overall very high speed in all application areas. Despite the Nvidia GPU, the Zenbook is not suitable for current games. However, the graphics card takes work off the processor in some multimedia tasks so that, for example, the Asus notebook is more conductive in graphics rendering than laptops with an integrated Intel GPU.
The Zenbook weighs 1236 grams and is thus lighter than many 13-inchers and, for example, just as light as the Macbook Air 2018, and it achieves a very good runtime of over 12 hours in the WLAN test. In the Mobile Mark 2014 it only reaches under ten hours because the GPU is used more often in this test. However, this in turn increases the computing power in battery mode, which allows more things to be done in less time. After one hour of charging time, the battery level is 86 percent.
The image quality of the 14-inch display with a reflective surface is decent for its price range: The brightness is around 300 cd/m², which is too little for ergonomic working in a sun-drenched beer garden, but sufficient for most other lighting situations. The weak point is the uneven illumination, as the luminance drops significantly towards the lower right screen area.
Conclusion: ASUS ZenBook 14 for Flight Simulator 2020
Playing is also a big plus point in the Zenbook Pro 14. No, this isn’t a gaming notebook, but it was able to play everything I wanted with 30-60FPS in high to very high details and Full HD resolution.
The GTX 1050 is still a quite capable GPU even in 2019!
Also positive is the low volume, the good keyboard, the good display, the good general haptics and also the touchpad. The latter is something special thanks to the integrated display. But no matter if you use it or not, the tracking is 1a!
Who is the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 for? I would recommend the Zenbook Pro 14 to all gamers who are looking for a compact and light notebook for daily transport, but don’t want to do without a powerful GPU 100%. Of course, the Zenbook Pro 14 is not recommended as a primary gaming machine, but if you want to gamble on the road or during breaks, the Zenbook Pro 14 is completely suitable without the disadvantages of a regular gaming notebook.
Ranking Fifth: The Acer Aspire 5
- Light weight
- Aluminium display lid
- Good dimensions
- Relatively slow M.2 module
- No fingerprint scanner
- Fan noise
The New The Acer Aspire 5
For around 500$ you can get a solid multimedia notebook with a large Full HD display from Acer. The Aspire 5-series notebook is equipped with a power-saving Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of memory and an M.2 module, making it ideal for all your everyday tasks. The Acer Aspire 5 (A515-52G-53PU) is also a true all-rounder when it comes to multimedia. Thanks to dedicated MX150 graphics, you can also use the 15.6 inch notebook for gaming.
Technical Specs of the The Acer Aspire 5
The multimedia notebook of the Aspire 5 series has a large and matt Full HD display with a screen diagonal of 39 cm (15.6 inches). The average backlight of the Acer ComfyView Full-HD IPS display is around 212 cd/m². The viewing angle is good and you can view the contents of the large display from almost any angle without loss.
The hardware of the multimedia notebook of the Aspire 5 series from Acer is based on an Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM and an additional graphics card from Nvidia. The Intel Core i5-8265U works with 4 computing cores that are clocked at 1.6 GHz. The base clock can be raised to 3.9 GHz in turbo mode. However, this happens automatically and the user has no influence on this. The main memory consists of two modules with 4 GB each, which work in dual channel mode.
In addition to the integrated UHD graphics of the Intel CPU, a dedicated graphics from Nvidia is also used for graphics calculation. Switching is either automatic or manual via software. The GeForce MX150 graphics card has its own video memory of 2 GB.
Acer has installed a M.2 module with 256 GB in the Aspire 5 as fixed memory. This offers transfer rates of around 500 MB/s. These are considerably faster than a hard disk, but the built-in M.2 module is relatively slow. There are clearly faster M.2 modules on the market.
The network connection in this notebook is either via the RJ-45 socket or wireless via a fast WLAN. External devices like keyboard, mouse or headset can also be connected via Bluetooth. With the integrated battery, you can use the multimedia notebook for about 4.5 hours on the road.
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire 5 for Flight Simulator 2020
In conclusion, the Aspire 5 from Acer really convinced me for 700 USD. The relatively many connections for a notebook and the surprisingly good performance of the device are pleasant. Especially for people who are looking for a notebook with which they can edit photos or do simple video editing, the notebook is actually perfectly suited. It must be clear to you, however, that you have to make some concessions, especially in the display area. All those who want a little more performance should take a look at the Aspire 5 models equipped with an i7. It is well suited for handling the requirements of Microsoft`s Flight Simulator 2020.
Ranking Sixth: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- sharp, colourful touch display
- high quality
- comparatively light housing
- persistent battery
- only one year warranty
- no card reader
- not very cheap
The New Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
A very good workmanship, an excellent keyboard and a nice bright display have always distinguished the Surface Laptop from Microsoft. The notebook also belongs optically to the rather unconventional devices on the market. This is due to the Alcantara textile cover, which certainly doesn’t appeal to all buyers. Obviously, Microsoft has also recognized this, which is why the new Surface Laptop 3 is also available in an all-metal case.
What the manufacturer supplies is reminiscent of the devices of its competitor Apple. The Surface Laptop is a kind of Macbook with Windows 10. Golem.de tests the new, larger version with a 15 inch panel – for the first time with the mobile and adapted AMD chip Ryzen 5 3580U Surface Edition. We come to the conclusion: There is hardly a more elegant and better manufactured notebook in this form factor that is also very light at the same time. It’s just a pity that Microsoft doesn’t know what to do with the larger panel and more space for hardware.
Technical Specs of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
People who are looking for a well-built and lightweight 15 inch notebook without MacOS might be interested in the new Surface Laptop 3. The quality of workmanship is once again at a pleasingly high level, typical of the series. With a weight of around 3.3 lbs, it is also very light for a 15 inch device.
It is interesting to note that Microsoft is using an adapted Ryzen 5 processor for the 15-inch laptop. This turns out to be a good choice in office applications, Photoshop and even in some older games.
The keyboard and trackpad are again among the highlights of the device. It is simply fun to type long texts on them. The beautifully bright display in 3:2 format contributes to productivity with its high resolution of 2,496 x 1,664 pixels.
Unfortunately, the notebook still only has two available ports. At least Microsoft has replaced the mini-display port with a more versatile USB type C port. The single USB-A port remains, as does the proprietary Surface connector.
The notebook’s battery life is rather a lower average with measured 7:47 hours, even if not excessively bad. This is due to the battery with only 46 watt hours, which is identical to the 13 inch model.
We have a bit of a feeling that Microsoft has simply put the hardware of the conventional Surface Laptop 3 into a larger chassis. For the next generation, however, we would like to see more connections and a larger battery, so that the larger form factor is also worthwhile
Conclusion: The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 for Flight Simulator 2020
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 is a successful Microsofts’ further development of the very good Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, the excellent case, the very good computing power, the low emissions, the great battery life and the appealing look are immediately pleasing.
The overall very good Pixelsense display in 3:2 format, with its multi-touch surface (finger operation) and digitizer (optional pen input), ensures a wide range of applications and works extremely true to colour after profiling. Photographers, graphic artists or videographers should quickly find this a pleasure. However, the reflective screen surface has a restrictive effect, which visibly complicates use under unfavorable lighting conditions. As the Laptop is quite powerful it will be able to handle the Microsoft Flight Simulator without any problems, and is highly recommended for all fans of the game.