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The patch notes for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 update 1.8.3.0 have landed.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has been a truly ground-breaking experience. Those that enjoy taking to the skies will be pleased to hear that update 1.8.3.0 is finally out, and the patch notes are ready to be digested. There’s a lot on offer here, so let’s dive right in.


MS Flight Sim 2020 1.8.3.0 patch notes

microsoft flight simulator 2020 patch notes 1.8.3.0 update

The patch notes for Microsoft Flight Simulator update 1.8.3.0 are quite extensive. The patch addresses issues like cockpit screens, improvements to GPU performance, as well as small changes to some aircraft.

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT 

  • Optimized cockpit screen display when screens are not displayed on screen.
  • New option available to control cockpit screen update frequency.
  • Tweaked CPU thread priorities to reduce interruption of frame critical threads.
  • Optimized loading system to reduce overall loading times.
  • Optimized heavy airport scenes impact on CPU.
  • Reduced the amount of GPU overdraw to improve GPU performance.
  • Memory optimizations to reduce software memory footprint and improve performance on memory limited computers.
  • Overall performance optimizations.

ATC 

  • Incoming ATC Azure speech has now three different voices.
  • ATC voice gender is now based on the avatar of the pilot/copilot.
  • Fix for the incorrect voice pack being used if the game is not localized in English and if the Windows Offline Text-to-Speech option is used.

UI 

  • Filters and sorting have been improved in the marketplace.
  • Manual cache layout has been improved and the download estimated time should now be correct.
  • Improved support for gamepad navigation in many menus.
  • Case sensitive search is now working properly in control screen.
  • Search by axis in control screen has been fixed.
  • Active pause button has been added in the toolbar.
  • Pause button has been fixed in the Content manager.

AERODYNAMICS 

  • Improved wind turbulence simulation to reduce horizontal turbulences.
  • Added simulation of low rpm piston engine vibrations on cockpit.
  • Added simulation of water particles (rain/clouds) density in aerodynamics => generates vibrations flying through clouds or rain.
  • Fixed wet surface friction and braking distances.
  • Fixed live weather wind offset in higher latitude areas (America, Asia…) that was causing the 3kts Wind bug.

AIRCRAFT

COCKPITS VISUALS AND ANIMATIONS

  • Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX: AP buttons animations have been fixed.
  • Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX, Beechcraft Bonanza G36, ICON A5: placards have been updated.
  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk : compass texture have been improved.
  • Zlin Savage Cub : tail wheel blur effect is now correctly triggered.
  • Zlin Shock Ultra : arcs on airspeed indicator is correctly set.
  • Zlin Shock Ultra : turbo mode has been removed from dashboard.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : MCP buttons visual improvements.

GENERAL AVIATION SYSTEMS

  • Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX : propeller sound has been improved when RPM is changing.
  • Cessna Longitude : AP altitude and speed management improvements.
  • Cessna Longitude : auto throttle is now inhibited during take off and until 400 feet AGL.
  • Daher TBM 930 : yaw damper is now automatically turned on when the AP is enabled.
  • Beechcraft King Air 350i : windshield deicing is now working.
  • ICON A5 : « incorrect heading indicator » notification is now correctly triggered.
  • Zlin Shock Ultra : flaps now operate mechanically instead of electrically.
  • Zlin Shock Ultra : trim management improvements.
  • Cessna Citation CJ4 : reverse thrust has been removed.
  • Cub Crafter X Cub : IAS AP mode is now working properly.
  • Daher TBM 930 and Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX : PT6 engines shutdown duration has been increased.  

GENERAL AVIATION AVIONICS

  • Cessna Longitude : several knobs of the G5000 are now working.
  • Beachcraft Baron G58, Beechcraft Bonanza G36, Cessna 172 Skyhawk G1000, Diamond DA40 NG : fixed missing ALT knob.
  • Beechcraft King Air 350i : « menu » key is now working properly.
  • Cessna 152 and 152 Aerobat : avionics state have been fixed using Honeycomb device battery switch.
  • GNS 530 : flight plan display alignment has been fixed on the Garmin GNS 530.
  • G1000 : automatically switches from NAV to LOC when needed.
  • G1000 : ETE and ETA fixed wrong values.
  • G1000/3000/3x : AP setup is no longer reset when enabling AP.
  • G1000/3000/3x : fixed missing flight plan when the selected departure is coordinates on the world map.
  • G3x : text size in « approach box » has been increased.
  • G3x : approaches can now be selected and loaded.
  • G3x : fixed bad information in nearest VOR page when unknown VOR is selected.

AIRLINER SYSTEMS

  • General : AP behavior improvements.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : rear wheels steering has been fixed.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : pressing the battery button now always display the ON part.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : improved flaps deployment and retraction sequences.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : fixed auto–throttle not giving back control to the pilot when disabled.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : center tanks drain first when decreasing fuel quantity via fuel and payload menu.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : auto–throttle is now automatically disengaged when landing.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : auto–throttle now engages correctly during take off roll when conditions are met.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : alt intervention no longer needs to be pressed again when not needed.
  • Airbus A320neo : automatic speed management improvements.
  • Airbus A320neo : alpha floor condition is now correctly triggered.

AIRLINER AVIONICS

  • General : weight is better taken into account for V speed calculations.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : FMC now allows to activate approach without going to route page.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : approach VREF speeds are fixed.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : empty rectangles no longer displayed on the FMA.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : runways are now displayed in correct order in the FMC.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : cruise altitude no longer automatically filled in the FMC.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : LNAV and VNAV correctly displayed as armed in FMA when conditions are met.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : altitude target on MCP can no longer be set to negative values.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : auto–throttle mode no longer displayed on FMA when auto–throttle is disabled.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : fixed wrong flaps value displayed in the FMC take off page.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : target heading line on ND is no longer reset while in heading mode.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner : direct-to flight plans can now be entered in the FMC.
  • Airbus A320neo : target altitude can now be changed when AP is disabled.
  • Airbus A320neo : armed modes no longer appear in boxes on the FMA.
  • Airbus A320neo : flaps « FULL » indication instead of « F » on ECAM.
  • Airbus A320neo : FMGS message « INVALID ENTRY » replaced by « NOT ALLOWED ».
  • Airbus A320neo : FMGS now only displays arrival procedures corresponding to the selected runway.
  • Airbus A320neo : FMGS now correctly displays ETA for approach points.
  • Airbus A320neo : removed remaining waypoints on ND after selecting different approach procedures.
  • Airbus A320neo : fixed heading bug alignment offset issue.
  • Airbus A320neo : fixed missing runway in the perf page of FMGS when a departure runway is already selected.
  • Airbus A320neo : fixed constraints flickering on ND.
  • Airbus A320neo : FMGS block fuel indication now correctly initialized.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Fixed freezes caused by glass cockpits.
  • Travel to feature no longer disengages autopilot when used.

WEATHER 

  • Fixed 225°/3kt issue with inconsistent wind in game.
  • Fixed issue with weather persistency on flight restart.

SERVICES 

  • Upgraded multiplayer servers.

MARKETPLACE 

  • Rating display on bundles has been improved.
  • Performance drop after downloading an item in marketplace has been removed.
  • An addon purchased outside of the marketplace no longer has an impact on the “Installed” filter in the marketplace as it is considered as a “community” content.

CONTENT MANAGER 

  • Addon purchased outside of the marketplace now also visible in the Content manager when online, and offline if downloaded in the community folder.
  • 3rd Party content thumbnail display improved.
  • Pause download during installation is fixed.

LOCALIZATION 

  • Various typo fixes in multiple languages.

ACCESSIBILITY  

  • Subtitles are now enabled by default.
  • Subtitle option has been moved from Sound menu to Accessibility so users can set it during initial install.

CAMERAS 

  • Remove rotation clamp on “Instrument cameras”.
  • Pilot camera position can now be saved or reset.

BUSH TRIPS 

  • Fix leg completion trigger.
  • Completionist achievement should now unlock when all activities have been completed.

WORLD 

  • Detected buildings that intersect roads are now excluded.
  • Longer bridges are less prone to having a gap.
  • UK city houses models should no longer appear in US suburbs.
  • “In The Wild” Achievement can now be unlocked

You can read the full patch notes on the Microsoft Flight Simulator page here. Be sure to keep it locked to Shacknews’ MS Flight Sim 2020 topic for our ongoing coverage of the greatest flight sim game ever released.

Hailing from the land down under, Sam Chandler is relatively new to the industry, getting his start a few years ago as a writer-for-hire. After bouncing round a few universities, securing a bachelor degree, and finding his feet, he’s found his new family here at Shacknews as a Guides Editor. There’s nothing he loves more than crafting a guide that will help someone. If you need help with a guide, or notice something not quite right, you can Tweet him: @SamuelChandler 

Source: https://www.shacknews.com/article/120423/microsoft-flight-simulator-2020-update-1830-patch-notes

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‘Pokémon Go’ gets AR Mapping tasks to enable more realistic effects

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Pokémon Go players may see a new tag marking some PokéStops next time they check the app. Niantic has officially launched AR Mapping tasks for level 20 Trainers and up, almost five months after the company announced that it’s launching the feature. When they spin a PokéStop marked with the “AR Mapping” tag, they’ll get a Field Research task that will require them to open the AR scanning screen and to explore the area.

Niantic first announced that it’s working on a PokéStop Scan feature back in May in an effort to improve Pokémon Go’s augmented reality effects. By getting players to scan locations, the developer will get what it needs to be able to create 3D maps of PokéStops. They can then use that data to make critters interact with real—world objects, so they can hide behind a tree trunk instead of just float in front of it. Niantic started testing the better AR effects feature called “Reality Blending” back in May, as well, though it’s limited to users with certain newer Android phones.

The developer says good scans last 20 to 30 seconds and keep the PokéStop in the center of the frame. It’s also encouraging users to walk a full 360 degrees around the location. Niantic Kids accounts won’t have access to the feature yet, even for level 20 Trainers — that’s most likely a good thing, since there’s still a pandemic happening — but parents will get the option to toggle it on in the future.

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AOC aims to get out the vote by streaming Among Us with pokimane and HasanAbi

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We are about seven months into a pandemic and just two weeks from a presidential election. At this point, surprises are a dime a dozen. So it should feel very 2020 that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about to stream Among Us, the hit game of 2020, on Twitch alongside mega-streamer pokimane and political analyst HasanAbi.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yesterday that she was looking for people to play the popular game with in an effort to get out the vote, noting that she’s never played before but that it looks fun.

Streamer pokimane, who has 6 million followers on Twitch and whose YouTube videos regularly see more than 1 million views each, responded to the tweet with a figurative raised hand.

HasanAbi, a very popular political commentator on Twitch, who has more than 380,000 Twitter followers, also chimed in to the conversation saying that they’re already making a lobby. It wasn’t long before Rep. Ilhan Omar raised her hand, too.

A good game of Among Us (imagine that someone mixed a fairly basic multiplayer video game with a murder mystery party) usually requires 10 players, so the other six players are still TBD. But the Verge reports that a handful of other streamers (such as DrLupo, Felicia Day, Greg Miller, James Charles, and Neekolul) also lined up to play with AOC.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the stream is all about getting out the vote. And this isn’t the first time that she’s used video games to connect with her followers. AOC opened up her DMs to all 6.8 million of her followers back in May to let them send her an invite to their island, and she visited them.

Millennial voters (and Gen Z) skew toward backing the Biden / Harris ticket, and AOC is coming to them by getting on Twitch and streaming one of the rocket ship games of this year.

The stream starts at 9pm ET/6pm PT and can be found here.

And you can check if you’re registered to vote here.

Update 9:01pm ET: AOC hasn’t even started playing the game yet and has nearly 250,000 concurrent viewers. 

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/20/aoc-aims-to-get-out-the-vote-by-streaming-among-us-with-pokimane-and-hasanabi/

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AOC’s ‘Among Us’ Twitch stream peaked at over 435,000 viewers

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About a year ago the campaign for Donald Trump joined Twitch to push promotional live streams, and tonight, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will host her first stream on the service. Trump’s foray into Twitch streaming was curious after his administration targeted the same violent video games many Twitch viewers like to watch, while AOC’s previous interaction with Twitch focused on the Army’s attempts to use it as a tool for recruiting. Hopefully she can avoid a two-week ban for misconduct.

Ocasio-Cortez will be playing Innersloth’s breakout hit game Among Us with streamers including Pokimane. She plans to “officially declare orange sus” as well as encourage viewers to make a voting plan. Her new Twitch channel already has almost 250,000 followers, ahead of the inaugural stream that’s scheduled to begin at 9 PM ET.

Update (9:44 PM ET): AOC was an impostor in her first game, and currently her stream alone has peaked at 435,000 viewers, not counting people tuning in via the streams of people watching Ilhan Omar, Dr. Lupo or other players in the game. For context, that’s not as many concurrent viewers as Drake and Ninja’s record-breaking Fortnite stream that peaked at over 600,000, but it’s enough to be perhaps the third-most ever (per @FionnOnFire), with more than Dr. Disrespect’s February 2018 record of 388,000 and trailing Shroud’s Twitch return stream that hit 500,000.

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