Microsoft Flight Simulator offers flight sim fans the chance to see the world in a new way, from the cockpit of many iconic aircraft. 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. To be able to see those photorealistic cities, you may want to change some things around. Lucky for you, the developers make it very easy to save and use Custom Camera Angles in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Here’s a guide that explains everything you need to know.
How to Save Custom Camera Angles in Microsoft Flight Simulator
Every airplane in Microsoft Flight Simulator has its own set of pre-defined camera angles, offering views around the plane. Players can also get views of the world around them from varying altitudes and perspectives. But to really see all the details the world has to show off, you need to make use of these custom camera angles. By using a few keyboard shortcuts, you can save custom views for any number of planes.
By pressing CTRL and 1 through 0 on the top of your keyboard, you can cycle through the default views. These often include views of instrument panels, cabin shots, and external views of the plane. To move the camera during these views, hold the right mouse button down and move the mouse. Some views don’t support this though, and you need to use the Right ALT key and the Arrow keys to move the camera instead.
When you find a look that you like, you can then save that as a custom camera angle by pressing CTRL + ALT, along with a number key. So to save a custom camera angle into ALT + 4, hit CTRL + ALT + 4.
There are tons of other things you can customize over time. You can change plenty of UI settings to make things a bit more custom. There are also a lot of assistance features for players new to the franchise. Another thing you might want to do, especially if your rig is a bit old, is to disable the AI data feeds. The developers pipe in real-world flight data and location information to control in-game weather and many other systems. This will help reduce the amount of information you have to track, as well as what your CPU has to process.