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All photorealistic cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

All photorealistic cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

The vast majority of the game world was generated algorithmically by putting map data from Bing Maps and applying height maps and textures to it. Asobo relied on photogrammetry, the process of applying a modeling algorithm to take 2D images and turn them into realistic 3D models, and the effect is pretty convincing from up high in the sky. Want to see what cities were rendered in the game? Here are all the photorealistic cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

As a result of this, much of the areas in-between major towns and cities may look a bit sparse, but the scale is still somewhat correct. This did lead to some outdated elements being spotted. Some cities have billboards that date the data used as more than five years old, for example.

The thing that the developers put in is that they tried to get as much real-world data as they could, making the game much more immersive. The real-time flight data and weather patterns is a nice touch, but you can turn them off if you wish. All in all, it’s nice to see this touch of detail.

There is one sore spot though, as a lot of major cities globally don’t have the accurate mapping data in-game. Cairo, Egypt; Sao Paulo, Brazil; or Shanghai, China are all missing this, while small US towns got the treatment. There are probably some reasons for this though. It could have been a political issue with access to the information, there could have not just been enough time.

Check out any of the current 341 cities accurately modeled as photorealistic cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Players can fly over any of these cities and get to see all their details, from road layouts, to iconic landmarks, all rendered in the game’s beautiful engine. The development team put a lot of work into polishing the engine and making everything look nice, why not enjoy it?

Australia

    • Canberra
    • Darwin City
    • Gold Coast
    • Hobart
    • Newcastle
    • Wollongong

Belgium 

    • Brussels

Canada

    • Calgary
    • Edmonton
    • Hamilton
    • London
    • Montreal
    • Ottawa
    • Quebec City
    • Toronto
    • Vancouver
    • Victoria
    • Winnipeg

Denmark

    • Copenhagen

France

    • Aix-en-Provence
    • Bordeaux
    • Lille
    • Marseille
    • Montpellier
    • Rennes
    • Rouen
    • Strasbourg

Germany

    • Aachen
    • Augsburg
    • Berlin
    • Bremen
    • Brunswick
    • Dresden
    • Duisburg
    • Halle (Saale)
    • Hamburg
    • Karlsruhe
    • Kiel
    • Leipzig
    • Magdeburg
    • Mannheim
    • Mönchengladbach
    • Munich
    • Münster
    • Nuremberg
    • Oberhausen

Italy

    • Bologna
    • Catania
    • Florence
    • Milan
    • Naples
    • Palermo
    • Rome
    • Venice
    • Verona

Spain

    • Alicante
    • Barcelona
    • Córdoba
    • Madrid
    • Marbella
    • Murcia
    • Pamplona
    • Seville
    • Valencia
    • Vigo

Switzerland

    • Zürich

United Kingdom

    • Portsmouth
    • Southampton

United States (By State)

Alabama

    • Anniston
    • Auburn
    • Birmingham
    • Decatur
    • Dothan
    • Huntsville
    • Mobile
    • Montgomery
    • Spanish Fort

Arizona

    • Anthem
    • Carefree
    • Catalina Foothills
    • Drexel Heights
    • Flagstaff
    • Lake Havasu City
    • Mesa
    • Oro Valley
    • Peoria
    • Phoenix
    • Prescott
    • San Tan Valley
    • Tempe
    • Tucson
    • Yuma
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Arkansas

    • Little Rock

California

    • Agua Caliente
    • Anaheim
    • Antioch
    • Bakersfield
    • Castro Valley
    • Chico
    • Concord
    • Davis
    • Desert Hot Springs
    • Downey
    • Elk Grove
    • Fairfield
    • Foster City
    • Fremont
    • Fresno
    • Glendale
    • Hanford
    • Hollister
    • Hollywood
    • Inglewood
    • La Habra
    • Lodi
    • Long Beach
    • Los Angeles
    • Los Gatos
    • Madera
    • Manteca
    • Modesto
    • Moreno Valley
    • Oceanside
    • Oxnard
    • Palm Springs
    • Palmdale
    • Perris
    • Porterville
    • Redding
    • Reedley
    • Richmond
    • Sacramento
    • Salinas
    • San Bernardino
    • San Diego
    • San Francisco
    • San Jose
    • Santa Ana
    • Santa Barbara
    • Santa Clarita
    • Santa Cruz
    • Santa Monica
    • Selma
    • Simi Valley
    • Stockton
    • Temecula
    • Ukiah
    • Visalia
    • Yuba City
    • Yucaipa

Colorado

    • Boulder
    • Colorado Springs
    • Denver

Connecticut

    • Bridgeport
    • New Haven
    • Stamford

Delaware

    • Dover
    • Wilmington

Florida

    • Brandon
    • Clermont
    • Daytona Beach
    • Deltona
    • Flagler Beach
    • Fort Lauderdale
    • Fort Myers
    • Gainesville
    • Gulf Breeze
    • Immokalee
    • Jacksonville
    • Key West
    • Lake City
    • Lakeland
    • Leesburg
    • Marco Island
    • Miami
    • New Smyrna Beach
    • Ocala
    • Okeechobee
    • Orange Park
    • Orlando
    • Pace
    • Palatka
    • Palm Bay
    • Palm Beach
    • Palmetto Bay
    • Panama City
    • Pensacola
    • Poinciana
    • Port Charlotte
    • Port St. Lucie
    • Sarasota
    • Sebring
    • Spring Hill
    • St. Petersburg
    • Tallahassee
    • Tampa
    • Tarpon Springs
    • Titusville
    • Universal Studios Florida
    • Venice
    • Walt Disney World Resort
    • Winter Haven
    • Winter Park
    • Zephyrhills

Georgia

    • Atlanta
    • Brunswick
    • Columbus
    • Gainesville
    • Griffin
    • LaGrange
    • Macon
    • Marietta
    • Peachtree City
    • Riverdale
    • Roswell
    • Savannah
    • Sea Island
    • St. Marys
    • Statesboro
    • Valdosta

Illinois

    • Carbondale
    • Champaign
    • Chicago
    • Kankakee
    • Marion
    • Rock Island
    • Springfield

Indiana

    • Fort Wayne
    • Indianapolis
    • Kokomo
    • Michigan City
    • South Bend

Iowa

    • Des Moines

Kansas

    • Topeka
    • Wichita

Kentucky

    • Louisville

Louisiana

    • Baton Rouge
    • Monroe
    • New Orleans
    • Shreveport

Maine

    • Augusta
    • Portland

Maryland

    • Baltimore

Massachusetts

    • Boston
    • Brockton
    • Lowell
    • Springfield
    • Worcester

Michigan

    • Ann Arbor
    • Detroit

Minnesota

    • Farmington
    • Minneapolis

Mississippi

    • Gulfport
    • Jackson
    • Laurel

Missouri

    • Columbia
    • Jefferson City
    • Kansas City
    • Springfield
    • St. Louis

Nebraska

    • Lincoln
    • Omaha

Nevada

    • Carson City
    • Las Vegas
    • Reno

New Hampshire

    • Concord

New Jersey

    • Edison
    • Middletown
    • Newark
    • Toms River
    • Trenton
    • Willingboro

New Mexico

    • Albuquerque
    • Bernalillo
    • Las Cruces
    • Los Lunas
    • Santa Fe

New York

    • New York
    • Niagara Falls
    • Syracuse

North Carolina

    • Durham
    • Greensboro
    • Raleigh
    • Winston-Salem

North Dakota

    • Bismarck
    • Fargo

Ohio

    • Cincinnati
    • Cleveland
    • Columbus
    • Dayton
    • Toledo

Oklahoma

    • Oklahoma City
    • Tulsa

Oregon

    • Beaverton
    • Portland

Pennsylvania

    • Abington
    • Harrisburg
    • McCandless
    • Norristown
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

    • Providence

South Carolina

    • Charleston
    • Columbia
    • Goose Creek
    • Greenville
    • Summerville

South Dakota

    • Pierre

Tennessee

    • Memphis
    • Nashville

Texas

    • Amarillo
    • Austin
    • Brownsville
    • Corpus Christi
    • El Paso
    • Fort Worth
    • Galveston
    • Houston
    • Kingwood
    • Laredo
    • Longview
    • Lubbock
    • McAllen
    • Midland
    • San Antonio
    • The Woodlands

Utah

    • Salt Lake City

Virginia

    • Norfolk
    • Richmond

Washington

    • Everett
    • Seattle
    • Tacoma

Wisconsin

    • Appleton
    • Fond du Lac
    • Green Bay
    • Janesville
    • Madison
    • Milwaukee
    • Oshkosh
    • Sheboygan

Wyoming

    • Cheyenne

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