Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update 13 Delayed; USA Modern Cities Vol.1 & More Released

Published: September 14, 2023 9:01 PM /


Microsoft Flight Simulator USA Modern Cities Vol.1 - Flying Over Los Angeles

Today Microsoft and third-party developers had news to share about upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator updates and add-ons, including plenty of scenery. 

First of all, we hear that Microsoft decided to delay (not by much, don't worry) the upcoming Sim Update 13.

It's coming on September 28 to give developers a bit more time to investigate and address feedback from the beta test.

Next, SamScene3D announced and immediately released USA Modern Cities Vol.1, a rather welcome improvement to four American cities, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami.

Here's what you can expect.

  • over 60 handcrafted building models in each city
  • replaced default broken bridges with handcrafted bridges over the cities
  • beautiful night effects
  • many building rooftops are landable helipads
  • compatible with other developer airport addons
  • it can be used with the photogrammetry turned off
  • Boston Harbor Seaplane Base: BNH

The price is $19.99 and for now, you can find it only on the official in-sim marketplace for $19.99.

Moving on to airports, Northern Sky Studio released Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport (PAPG) in Alaska, United States. 

It's currently available on Orbx Direct and Simmarket starting at $11.58.

  • The most detailed replica of airport buildings and vehicles
  • Custom surroundings
  • All materials created for full PBR
  • Shading and occlusion (texture baking) effects on all airport buildings
  • High-resolution building textures
  • Use of native, highly efficient gITF models
  • Custom orthophoto for the airport and surrounding areas

Next, we get Samedan Airport (LSZS) in Switzerland by Flylogic. It's available on Simmarket for $13.31.

  • All airfield buildings and the floor layout are designed realistically and in great detail based on current image material
  • High-resolution PBR textures, mostly 2048x2048 pixels
  • Gates of Hangar 2 open at 9am and close at 6pm
  • Detailed interior in Hangar 2 with static aircraft
  • Realistic building lighting in the dark
  • LOD's for 3D models and textures for optimal running speed (frame rate)
  • Collision detection for all buildings and larger objects
  • The Rhaetian Railway of the Albula line runs in the south-west approach area
  • Animated people

lastly, we get Moraine Airpark (I73) in Ohio, United States. The rendition by Cloud Studio is available on Simmarket for $7.51.

It comes with the following features.

  • Hand made custom mesh for repeat mesh data as much as possible.
  • Custom 3d models included lights.
  • Saving more details like Power line,Water Pump,Baseball court and etc.
  • More parkings for making best fly-inn (100+)
  • Hand placed Vegetation
  • Custom Ground Poly
  • Helipad included

You can find Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC (available through Steam and the Windows Store), Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Cloud Gaming, on top of Game Pass. To stay informed about upcoming add-ons, make sure to visit TechRaptor regularly and read our daily MSFS news

Furthermore, don't miss our interviews with Jorg Neumann from Microsoft, discussing the Antonov An-225 "Mriya," as well as our conversation with Ubaid Mussa, CEO of iniBuilds, a popular third-party developer.

In addition, we have reviews featuring Orbx's Stockholm Arlanda and Oslo Gardermoen AirportsiniBuilds' New York-JFK Airport, and RHDSimulations' Boeing 767-300ER.


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