A Redditor visits the iconic Windows XP “Bliss” hill in Microsoft Flight Simulator and recaptures the magic
Once again proving that Microsoft Flight Simulator lets players see just about everything of interest on the planet, a Redditor captured an in-game screenshot of Windows XP’s iconic “Bliss” hill. Sadly, the in-game avatar of the Napa Valley hill looks desolate and barren, a far cry from the original photo.
However, the fact that this specific hill exists in-game, with grass rendered in, is a testament to just how far Microsoft and Asobo have pushed gaming technology with Flight Simulator.
Microsoft Flight Simulator leverages a combination of artificial intelligence, Microsoft’s Azure cloud, and over 2 petabytes of high-resolution satellite imagery sourced from Bing Maps to build realistic and accurate renditions of just about every corner of the world.
Unsurprisingly, Flight Simulator has turned out to be one of the most demanding titles ever released on PC, with even the mighty NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti dropping below 30 FPS in certain intensive locations.