This guide will help you to configure and optimise a Windows PC for use with the Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) in VR. There are settings in several different places that need to be considered and prioritised.
Free Stuff – Epic Clouds Updated!
Before you get on with your configuration, be aware that you can pick up the free addons below. The Epic Clouds have been improved after sim update 9, and have more subtle and realistic shading. The feedback has been very positive, so if you are using a previous version you would benefit from the update. Also, keep a lookout for the upcoming expansion pack.
- Floyds Epic Clouds 1.2 – big clouds for big landscapes adapted to sim update 9 or later
- Floyds Alpine Odyssey – a glorious glider route through the Alps
The settings that affect the quality of the sim are all over the place. Click on this image for an enlarged view.
- The OpenXR Toolkit
- Fixed foveated rendering
- Remove Nvidia containers
- Improve Anisotropic Filtering
- Windows Security Real-Time Stutter
During testing you can exit MSFS instantly by pressing ALT+F4. The only way to be sure that any of the settings will be of value to you is to test them methodically on your own system.
MSFS: How to Get VR Up & Running – for first time VR users
MSFS: Suggested Settings – if you don’t know where to begin
MSFS: Flight Sim Settings – the flight sim’s own settings
MSFS: Nvidia Settings – control panel, NVidia’s over-clocker and GeForce notes
MSFS: Windows Environment Settings – PC settings
MSFS: Windows VR Tools – the render pipeline & VR keyboard
MSFS: Hardware – VR headsets, overclocking, bios, resizable bar and fast drives
- An MSFS FlyingIron Spitfire Quick-Start Guide – a couple of the gotcha’s
- Microsoft Flight Simulator Basics – what’s a side or forward slip?
- How to Safely Load MSFS Updates – irritatingly sensible advice I should follow more often
- Voice Control for Gaming – it works well and could help with immersion too
- Graphics Tech – techniques for creating images in real time