Keeping Microsoft Flight Simulator in check

Managing a monster

There's no denying that Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) is responsible for a revolution in home flight simulation, bringing a highly detailed digital representation of the entire planet to our desktop computers at a resolution and scale previously unimaginable.

The product blurb from Microsoft boasts more than 37,000 airports worldwide, with over two million cities depicted. Satellite imagery from Bing Maps replaces the generic landclass surface textures we had been used to in previous simulators, with AI algorithms calculating the placement of three-dimensional buildings and fauna rendered atop the terrain to create vivid environments for us to explore.

It's common for developers to include an option to place third-party add-ons in custom folders.
It's common for developers to include an option to place third-party add-ons in custom folders. Andrew Underwood

While a large percentage of what is seen on a user's screen is streamed on-demand via an internet connection from the 2.5 petabytes (2,500TB) of data sitting on Microsoft's Azure servers, the base simulator still requires a rather large volume of hard drive space to run its core functions.

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