In the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator development report, Asobo Studios announced new partnerships, provided a status update on the progress of VR (Virtual Reality) development and released the latest episode in Around the World series - North America.
Partnership Series Update
The first seven episodes of the Partnership Series introduced key partners that helped in the creation of Microsoft Flight Simulator:
- meteoblue (real-time weather)
- Blackshark.ai (procedural building generation, etc.)
- VATSIM (online air traffic control and flying community)
- Bing Maps (satellite and aerial imagery as well as DEM)
- Textron (close partnership in the development of 10 of the 30 launch planes)
- Gaya Simulations (development of airports and POIs for World Updates)
- Aerosoft (retail edition and feedback on the SDK).
In the coming weeks and months, Asobo will continue this series and will present further collaborations with Azure Cognitive Services, NAVBLUE, key third-party partners, several aircraft manufacturers, peripheral makers, and "a few surprises."
Around The World Series Episode 5 – North America
VR Closed Beta
Asobo Studio is on track with its upcoming VR (Virtual Reality) build and will be sending out emails next week to the first wave of VR testers. As a reminder, Wave 1 is for WMR (Windows Mixed Reality) VR users only and Wave 2 will be for non-WMR users. Stay tuned for more details at a later date.
The SDK team continues to improve many areas of the SDK based on input from the developer community. Recent work focused on:
- The new Export Window is ready and will be made available in a future update.
- The node-based Visual Effects System is about ready to be used in production by the internal team. We will make it available broadly after the internal tests are complete.
- Improvements, new options, and small features continue to be added here and there in tools. To list just one of them: an optional auto-hide behaviour is currently being implemented for the DevMode bar.
- As a background task the DevMode team is always working on improving the overall stability of the DevMode, giving a special focus to the Project Editor, the Scenery Editor, and the Aircraft Editor. The community’s feedback continues to be helpful to identify & fix bugs and thus make the tools better.
- The WASI layer filesystem functions have now all been implemented.
- Mouse events are now forwarded to gauges through a new callback.
- Preparing the new GDI+ implementation for release.
- New samples (windsock and bears) have been added to the SDK.
Sixty-five partners have been approved to the Marketplace Partnership Program and the amount of content keeps growing! Another five airports have been added to the marketplace last week along with new aircraft from IndiaFoxtEcho Visual Simulations and IRIS Simulations coming soon. This week, there are six new products in the Marketplace: