Restore the Visual Fidelity of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Pre-Sim Update 5

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Restore the Visual Fidelity of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Pre-Sim Update 5

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Adrian Lucas started this petition to Microsoft and Asobo

Microsoft Flight Simulator, released in 2020 is a landmark PC title.  It represented the best true to life visuals and flight dynamics which many PC users have enjoyed since the release in August 2020.

Since the SIM Update 5, released 28th of July, Microsoft Flight Simulator has enjoyed better performance in terms of frame rates and smoothness over previous releases.  However, the visual fidelity - LOD, lighting, anti-aliasing have all been sacrificed to achieve this.  It is far from the same PC game that thrilled me graphically every time I did a flight, no matter where I flew (urban, country, islands, mountains).

Simply, the "WOW" factor is gone from flights.  Graphics no longer look realistic, but cartoony and simplified.  In my 35+ years of gaming, this is the only time I have experienced a game take a turn for the worse graphically with no options to turn back.  On each new software update - features are usually added (ray tracing, screen space reflections, ambient lighting, upsampling technology), but never taken away.  Forcing users to have a worse experience I feel is unacceptable.

Personally, as an older gamer (40s), Microsoft Flight Simualator has been my personal getaway from the craziness caused by the pandemic.  It was my escape and opportunity to visit places in the world I have and probably never will - and especially in VR - be immersed in this world as realistically as possible. I took flight most nights and have taken hundreds if not thousands of screenshots and videos.  I was happy to invest more into this hobby as a result.  New high end PC, new monitor, new VR headset were justified expenses in exchange for the graphical fidelity brought on by Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This is no longer the case post SIM Update 5.

This petition is for Microsoft and Asobo to acknowledge the visual changes made in SIM Update 5 and restore the graphic fidelity to PC users prior to this update.  If this change was made for the sake of performance, please allow users the option to go back to the old graphics settings and allow them to decide the level of performance they would like by turning down specific settings.

**SCREENSHOT TAKEN - UNEDITED FROM SIM UPDATE 4**

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