Does 16 GB of RAM suffice for gaming purposes? Maybe not. Microsoft has released the specifications for Flight Simulator 2020, which requires 32 GB of memory for its highest graphical setting. This “ideal” tier also calls for a Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X, Intel i7-9800X, or greater CPU; a Radeon VII, NVIDIA RTX 2080, or greater GPU (8 GB of VRAM); and an SSD with 150 GB of space.
There’s also a bandwidth requirement of 50 Mbps. For those who haven’t been following its development, Flight Simulator 2020 will leverage Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, Azure, to stream data in real-time for hyper-realistic ground, sky, and weather details.
“Yes, it will adapt to your available bandwidth,” explained Microsoft. “So, if you have a fast internet connection, the data will stream and update much faster and closer to real-time. But if your bandwidth is low, it automatically adjusts the amount of data downloaded to your machine. You will also have to option to pre-download sections you intend to fly over ahead of time.”
Regardless of the spec tier, Flight Simulator 2020 will require a copy of Windows 10 1909 (or later) to run. Microsoft hasn’t mentioned a release date yet, but it’s expected to launch sometime this year for the PC, with an Xbox version coming later.