18.4.2020 – 10:37z

MSFS Alpha Build released

In the development update on the 16th of this month, Microsoft announced a new update would be coming to their new simulator. That update has now been released. This update fixes an icing issue in the Airbus A320NEO that was introduced in the previous update. There is an update to the SDK for 3rd party developers too.

The latest build improves the text-to-speech used to generate radio communications. The Azure TTS system they are using now uses real-time models and cloud computing to simulate real speech. The team is just exploring this feature and looks forward to feedback from the tester team.

If you didn’t install the previous 1.2.10 build, Microsoft recommends reinstalling the Alpha build from scratch. Users who did update to the previous build can just update the sim from the store.

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Below is a list of known issues:

⦁ Some jetways are misplaced at airports
⦁ Black stripes can be visible on the side of different world tiles
⦁ Trees sometimes overlap with buildings
⦁ There are missing buildings in Chicago-O’Hare airport
⦁ There are missing buildings in Frankfurt am Main Airport
⦁ FPS tends to drop after the end of a loading sequence
⦁ FPS tends to drops during intro cutscenes
⦁ There are possible FPS drops when moving the camera around the plane
⦁ Objectives can fail to show any inputs if they were previously cleared by the user under Controls
⦁ Panels previously undocked from the toolbar can appear enable on any Activity
⦁ There are issues with the TTS voice on the Take-off Flight Training when using the Female Voice
⦁ The TTS voice during the Take Off Flight Training audio and subtitles are mismatched
⦁ We still display some debug subtitle-text with TTS audio on the Landing Flight Training
⦁ Planes can teleport 900 – 5000 FT above when returning to freeflight from any Landing Challenge
⦁ The ”Apply the Brakes” objective fails to get completed after the player applies the brakes during that Landing Tutorial
⦁ Objectives can break using the despawn /respawn at the start of the Take Off Flight Training
⦁ The TBM930 engine shuts down after a teleport
⦁ Intermittent weather bug that can sometimes create unrealistic gusting winds, more likely to hit this when the user changes settings mid-session.
⦁ HUEN main buildings are not spawning
⦁ Autopilot can become inoperable when switching between Vertical Speed and Altitude in All Aircrafts.
⦁ Switching instructor models mid flight (in tutorials) will not switch the instructor voices.
⦁ If you are upgrading from a version older than you will need to fully uninstall before installing this update
⦁ There are potential installation and update issues if the install path contains ‘Extended Unicode characters.’ For now we recommend installation paths containing standard Roman alphabet letters and numbers only.
⦁ Signing out from Xbox Live during a gameplay session can cause issues signing back in to that gameplay session.

Source: MSFS Blog

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