Upgrading from X-Plane 11 to MSFS 2020

You may have noticed I have not posted any new Flight Sim videos for over a month now. Like many people, I am in the process of upgrading from X-Plane 11 to MSFS 2020. Although today I discovered this will take a little time.

As soon as Microsoft officially announced the release date for the new Flight Sim 2020, I ceased all video productions with X-Plane 11. The reason being, as great a flight simulator X-Plane 11 is, it cannot visually compete with MSFS 2020. Even with Ortho4XP installed in X-Plane 11, it is unable to compete with MSFS2020.

Obviously video is primarily a visual platform supported with sound. After seeing MSFS2020, I’ve found it difficult to go back to watching X-Plane 11 footage. I am not sure if that’s how others feel about it?

Upgrading from X-Plane 11 to MSFS 2020
The Beechcraft Duchess BE76 flying over Eagle Creek, Indiana in X-Plane 11.

As of today, August 19th 2020, I have finally gone through the tedious process of downloading all 95 gigs of data of the new flight sim. After starting up the new sim, I quickly discovered my computer really struggled to run MSFS2020. From a video production perspective, it was unwatchable. It seems I’m also upgrading my desktop computer now. This will naturally put further delays on any Flight Sim video productions.

It comes as a bit of disappointment for me, as I was really looking forward to creating content to go towards my Flight Instructor rating lesson plans. This only puts a minor delay on that plan, but it will still proceed.

With everything going on at the moment, it will likely be a two or three months before I’m creating new Flight Sim content. I am really looking forward to upgrading from X-Plane 11 to MSFS 2020.

In the mean time, keep watching other awesome youtube Flight Sim creators I often watch myself; such as Aus Flight Simmer, Squirrel, ObsidianAnt, Jeff Favignano and MagzTV.

If you have any questions you can always send me an e-mail. Thank you..

Have fun and happy flight simming..

Ashley Wincer

An Indianapolis based Australian working towards building flight time to meet the US ATP requirements. Works full time as an Aircraft Fueler and Aircraft Deicer during winter operations. Previously has worked as a US Flight Dispatcher, Ramp Agent and Operations Ramp Controller.


  1. So sad to hear you’re “upgrading” from X Plane 11 to MSFS2020. I’d call it a downgrade, if you are hoping for a well rounded flight simulator experience. I have both, a pretty good PC, and have spent weeks trying to find in MSFS2020 the same flying experience and realism behind the yoke that X Plane 11 gives. Nope, MSFS2020 cannot deliver. Planes do not behave like they should, G1000 panel sucks badly, IFR is a joke, autopilot is faulty. MSFS2020 lacks all the true dynamics of a flight sim. It is just an “aerial game” for sightseeing – not for practicing IFR procedures or any other module from a flight school. X Plane and Prepared3D can do this. MSFS2020 seemed to be designed for non-pilots so they can have the thrill of a beautiful view while pretending to be flying a plane. While the graphics of X-Plane can’t compete with the ones in MSFS2020, I enjoy practicing flying more than looking out the window and in this respect, X Plane and Prepared3D deliver.

    I thought I was going to give up X-Plane 11 after the release of MSFS2020. Now I value that software even more.

  2. G’day Sergio, I completely agree with you. Visually MSFS2020 is outstanding, but that’s where it ends. My computer struggles to run MSFS2020, but runs X-Plane 11 without a hitch. I am glad I did not uninstall X-Plane 11, as I will be using it to create videos for lesson plans when I start working on my Flight Instructor rating..

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