Flight Simulator pilots use real-time weather to chase Hurricane Laura

Thanks to the real-time weather data, Microsoft Flight Simulator players are flying through the real-life Hurricane Laura.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Aug 28 2020 7:05 PM CDT

Microsoft has some of the most incredible real-time weather in Flight Simulator, something that developer Asobo Studios and Microsoft have become the clear leaders in. Now, players are using this real-time weather in Flight Simulator and flying into real storms -- like the current Hurricane Laura.

The videos that you can see online are incredible, so too are the pictures floating around online. The live weather system in Flight Simulator is truly breathtaking visually, but technologically the team at Microsoft and Asobo should be cheered as champions -- it's truly something else.

I mean, they're modelling Hurricane Laura inside of the Flight Simulator world. Microsoft teamed with Swiss meteorological service Meteoblue -- where it splits up the Flight Simulator game world into 2 million separate 100-square-mile chunks.

Inside of each of those 100-square-mile chunks is its own simulated weather system that is based on real-world data. That's pretty damn awesome, all while packing some truly next-gen graphics. Speaking of graphics, I've benchmarked Flight Simulator at 8K which uses up to 24GB of VRAM on a $2499 graphics card -- more on that here.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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