Top 5 Gaming PCs to Play Microsoft Flight Simulator
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From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and accurate aircraft in the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Test your piloting skills against the challenges of night flying, real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather in a dynamic and living world.
"Microsoft Flight Simulator is the definitive PC simulation software. Featuring a photorealistic map of planet earth, Flight Simulator lets you explore all four corners of the globe. This title is difficult to run and benefits from using powerful hardware to produce smooth gameplay. You can still experience breathtaking scenery and playable framerates on lower spec hardware as Microsoft Flight Simulator scales very well for such a demanding game. We have found that even 35fps average in this game feels smooth enough for a pleasant experience but in a title like this... the more powerful your system, the better. "
Our Top 5 recommended Gaming PCs to play Microsoft Flight Simulator:
Bad quality, Cheap parts, and Lies
mum bought me a pc from them for Christmas as a starter. at first, i thought it was good, but then i opened it up and i got very angry. It was put together badly, which is an immediate red flag, and realized they put the cheapest parts in possible.
Also, they LIE about the specs. They told me i have a 512gb SSD, and a 2tb hard drive. I realized my pc was running slow, so i checked inside and found out that i DONT have an SSD, and i checked the website, and it still said it, until they removed it a few days ago. This is absolutely outrageous and it really angered me, because i had to spend a lot of money putting stuff that should have already been in there. Disappointed, wont buy from here again.
17. October, 2021.
Recently bought my first PC from these guys and so far its been amazing was easy to setup right out of the box and has been perfect from the get go.
16. October, 2021.
hey there storm force I've had history with other companies and I saw you guys let us make our own pc on the website so do you build it for us and send it prebuilt ready out the box.
15. October, 2021.
Amazingly fast delivery and performance.
Amazingly fast delivery and amazing great budget pc. Not to mention looks BEAUTIFUL. Very glad i trusted storm force.
9. October, 2021.
Beautiful design and a great gaming experience
6. October, 2021.
New Prism RTX3070/Ryzen 7-5800x, but something is wrong with it.
Ordered a Prism RTX3070 / Ryzen 7-5800x PC on 30/09/21. Recieved a phone call the following day asking saying they would put the new Windows 11 on it - but I said I'd rather keep with W10 for now. Which they agreed to. Good service there.
Arrived six days later (with W10), but it is NOT working correctly. I have been running for only six hours as I write and it already has locked solid four times whenever any kind of even remotely moderate/heavy HD usages takes place.
Three times it has crashed while install games from Steam. Twice in one game. And once whilst copying a large directory from an external HD to this new internal SSD. File Explorer stops working, if I have any other work going on such as on Word, I am unable to save - or I get a corrupt save. It won't even shut down via the usual Windows Shut Down/Restart option. I have to force reboot with the power button on the case.
IMO it's the internal SSD that is faulty, as so far it has only crashed when that's under use (and being written to).
I tried calling the support phone number earlier but no-one answered after over 10 minutes of ringing tone! PS/ Their website says they are currently having phone problems. So, ok then!
Customer services got back to me next day at 9am. Agreed it seemed like a faulty SSD. Offered to build a new same spec system and deliver next week.
That's good service indeed!
That second system arrived with the GPU dislodged and broken completely! This was not Stormforce's fault however, this appears to have been down to the delivery service itself.
So onto system three...... exactly the same problems as the first.
Now, Stormforce's customer care has been second to none. I don't believe I have ever had any company go so many extra miles to help solve the problem.
But the issue is still refusing to be fixed. It still crashes when ever attempting write/install operations. This includes it also continuing to do so when installing on a complimentary 1Tb HDD I received the other day! This suggests the SDD is not at fault after all?
Everyone is mystified as to the cause, all tests of identical systems done at Stormforce have resulted in no similar issues AFIAK!
My system(s) have encountered this problem at least 30 times so far while trying to solve the issue. Nothing's worked, it's not the AV, power/sleep settings, internet connection, platform that's being downloaded from, external peripherals.
One question has arisen in my mind.
"Is the 650W PSU too weak?"
I assume the 650 in "Corsair CV650" means 650W. I would not have thought Stormforce would design their systems with insufficiently rated PSUs though! However across the internet when I read stuff from people who build their own systems, they never mention anything less than 750W. I also believe Nvidia themselves suggest at LEAST 750W for their 30-series cards. Mine is an RTX3070. Then again a "PSU calculator" I tried suggested 650W would be just about enough for the system specs.
The title may still quote 2-stars, but Stormforce's customer care and dedication is more like SIX stars, ten even!
29. September, 2021.
The PC I bought is brilliant it's the best gaming experience I have ever had and the system came next day as the website said it would, really pleased with my system.
21. September, 2021.
Absolutely brilliant bought for my grandson 18 th great easy set up worth every penny to see his face loves it great for gaming on steam
10. September, 2021.
The best PC I could ever ask for
Awesome PC. The pc that I received is a beast and does the job of running 240FPS in any game on high settings consistently, I am extremely impressed with this upgrade thanks to Stormforce Gaming.
8. September, 2021.
Great PC to have
It is one of the best PCs I have seen it's so smooth and really is a big change and a massive help to my gaming
Stormforce Gaming systems power content creation and demanding VR simulations…
Creating rich and involving content is no easy task, especially when the simulation software you focus on in your content is extremely demanding. Running any demanding game or simulation can be really taxing on your computer and usually requires extremely high performance hardware to achieve smooth frame rates whilst capturing and encoding gameplay footage.
We covered the spectacular Microsoft Flight Simulator in a previous article HERE and in the meantime, World Updates have been added to the title which enhance the fidelity and immersion of landmarks and locations by adding even more detail to environments with airports and points of interest being expertly modelled with stunning levels of accuracy.
At the end of December 2020, Asobo Studio added the highly anticipated Virtual Reality update to Flight Simulator providing the ultimate experience for sim enthusiasts who wanted to experience next level immersion and the feeling of being there.
This Virtual Reality update has allowed members of the Flight Simulator community to produce incredible content showcasing the feeling of real flight without compromise.
Stormforce Gaming recently received a Trustpilot review for one of our flagship systems from a customer who needed a system to power demanding titles on his HP Reverb G2 and Oculus Virtual Reality Headsets and 4K monitor. After checking out his Youtube channel, we just had to share some of this amazing content with the Stormforce Community!
The VR Flight Sim Guy Youtube channel provides a deep dive into the performance aspects in a variety of Virtual Reality flight simulations as well as interesting explorations, reviews and live streams. For Sim enthusiasts, the channel offers a raft of content on making the most out of your simulator experience and tuning your settings for smooth framerates.
Check out the latest videos from VR Flight Sim Guy on Youtube HERE and consider subscribing to his channel
We spoke to VR Flight Sim Guy to find out more about his passion and what made him choose Stormforce Gaming to power his VR experience and content creation workloads.
“I’ve always had a passion for VR as it gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment that would otherwise be inaccessible in real life. This combined with my interest in flying (both in the real world and using flight simulators), has completely transformed the experience into something tangible and authentic.
The only issue has been finding the right hardware to power such dreams and since owning my previous PC (an i5 8600k, 1080ti), I needed something to power me into the future.
Using high fidelity flight simulators combined with the highest resolution VR headsets can be extremely demanding, but thankfully I found the right PC up to the task.
I can now run all my sims and games on ultra and experience the immersion I’ve always wanted. It’s absolutely amazing.”
It is incredible to see what the Stormforce Gaming community use their systems for and we love hearing from content creators about how our systems help them to improve their work.
A huge thank you to VR Flight Sim Guy for giving us permission to share his awesome content and for choosing Stormforce Gaming for his simulator requirements!
If you are a content creator with a Stormforce Gaming system, please get in touch! We love hearing from our community members on how you use your system and you could be in an upcoming feature too!
To view our range of Stormforce Gaming Flight Simulator Ready Systems – Click HERE
Microsoft Flight Simulator is a true innovation in PC Gaming providing newcomers and enthusiasts a rich and vibrant world to explore…
Throughout the history of the PC, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator series has been a mainstay in software innovation and graphical achievement. Since the 1980’s every iteration of the popular program has been met with huge fanfare, pushing the boundaries software capabilities and utilising hardware of every generation to maximise visual impact.
Releasing in August 2020, the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator attempts to provide the most immersive, realistic ‘in game world’ ever created. Leveraging the power of Microsoft’s Bing satellite map data, Flight Simulator provides a 1:1 scale replica of the entire planet for you to explore however you like.
Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Edition is available to play on Xbox Game Pass for PC. With over a million people taking to the skies on the first few weeks of launch, players have been exploring the world in all sorts of aircraft.
For Sim fans looking for even more, Deluxe and Premium editions of the simulator are available with additional features through the XBOX app on PC.
Incredibly detailed satellite map data is used to produce stunning real world scenery, cities and airports for you to explore
Loaded with an ever expanding variety of aircraft for you to master, Flight Simulator includes a wide scope of planes to suit all ability levels and interests. From the mighty Boeing 747-8 ‘Jumbo Jet’ to the Cessna Citation CJ4 ‘private jet’, you can take to the skies easily in planes of all shapes and sizes.
The larger jets and passenger airliners have higher maximum altitudes which allow you to take in breath-taking scenery from above the clouds, climbing up through realistic cloud cover and cruising with a relaxing view of the horizon.
A comprehensive array of propeller driven planes are also available, some of them providing huge levels of maneuverability and control in the air. Pick a stunt plane and perform loops and tight turns through your local city or take a thrill ride through the Swiss Alps.
The real beauty of this game is the escapism on offer and the ability to fly anywhere you can think of. As a tool for exploring the world, there really isn’t anything more comprehensive than Microsoft Flight Simulator
Wide Variety of Controls
Flight Simulator will Scale with your skill level, set the game controls to ‘easy’ and use a Microsoft XBOX controller with your PC to get going quickly using intuitive controls that let you pilot your aircraft and take a relaxing flight somewhere. Playing on a controller also lets you precisely control the agile planes too, resulting in some really impressive twists and turns.
Keyboard & Mouse gamers can get into flight simulator quickly. Whilst the harder difficulty settings are not ideal for a KB&M control setup, the game is still very playable like this and will allow you to get started without any additional gaming peripherals.
Joystick and flight yoke controls are all supported by Flight Simulator and offer the most realistic and immersive experience in the simulator. With limitless options of customisation, a joystick will give you precision control in any situation.
Simulator veterans and real life pilots will appreciate the incredible level of granular detail in the sim that allow you to recreate the complexities of flying a real aircraft.
Take off from the Hudson River in New York City in an Icon A5 Amphibian aircraft. The scenery in large cities is impressively detailed for maximum immersion.
Real World Weather – Real World Air Traffic
Flight Simulator allows you complete control of the time and weather of your flight. You can decide to fly at any time of day and make adjustments to the time, date and weather circumstances whist in the air. This allows you to take in incredible sunrises or put yourself in the middle of a storm to test your flight skills. By default, the weather circumstances use realtime weather data so wherever you are flying in the world, the time of day and weather scenario will be presented as it is in that location. Many Flight Simulator users have been using this revolutionary feature to explore weather events like hurricanes and storms all over the planet.
In addition to complete control of the weather and time, Flight Simulator uses data from real life aircraft to populate airports and the skies with real life aircraft. If you see another plane cruising by on your flight, that plane will be on its flight path in real life too. There isn’t another simulator available with this level of detail and immersion.
Constant development on the title means that the world and presentation of Flight Simulator is always progressing. The developers have announced that Virtual Reality support is coming soon. Putting you in the cockpit of your favourite aircraft so that you can fly around landmarks and points of interest with ease.
System Suggestions & Resolutions
All of the ground breaking features that Flight Simulator offers means that in order to run the game at Ultra Settings, you will need a hefty Gaming System. Stormforce Gaming has a wide range of systems that will offer a Flight Simulator experience for most budgets. The simulator has been labelled as one of the most demanding PC Gaming titles in recent memory so your experience will vary depending on your resolution and the Stormforce Gaming system you use.
The game has a very scalable graphics engine and will work well on lower end hardware but you will be forced to drop your video quality settings to maintain smooth frame rates.
One thing to keep in mind is that Microsoft Flight Simulator is a fairly slow paced game. Usually we suggest that gamers aim for a system that will run a title at 60 frames per second or higher but after many hours of testing, we have found that 35 frames per second or higher in this title offers a very playable and smooth experience. If you can achieve higher than 35FPS on your system then your experience of the simulator will be even better.
At 1080p, an RTX 2060 Super would be a baseline for Ultra settings. Lower tier video cards will still run the game but you will need to scale back graphics settings for a smooth experience.
Higher resolutions like 1440p can be achieved with higher tier cards like NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super or the new NVIDIA RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 for a smooth experience on Ultra settings.
4k and ultrawide monitor users will require a card like the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super. The new NVIDIA RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT would be the best option for the highest settings at large resolutions.
We recommend a system with at least an AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel i5 processor, 16GB of system memory and an SSD for optimal performance in this title too.
If you need a second opinion or more advice on the best system for you, please reach out to us for more information on how to optimise your Microsoft Flight Simulator experience – Contact Us Here
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