One of the most important aspects of releasing quality software is, of course, that it actually does everything that it’s supposed to. While a strong release at first, the Microsoft Flight Simulator X software wasn’t quite as developed as it was meant to be when it first arrived.
It had some flaws and bugs that were fairly abundant and hampered the experience quite drastically for many of the simulation series loyal fans. Thankfully, Microsoft released both Service Packs 1 & 2 that addressed some key issues that were really reducing the playability of the series for so many, including;
Activation and installation issues – a key problem when FSX first launched was the problems with even getting the software installed. Many found that the game would not install regardless of their install path, hard drive size or system capabilities. This solution helped to solve this problem quickly, though, and made it much easier for everyone to get the game installed. Activation problems were also common, and the SP1 release fixed these problems for most
Third-party add-ons, one of the biggest parts of why people actually play the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, were struggling to work with FSX when it first arrived. From new additions like scenery packages and new aircraft to custom missions and entirely new features, very few add-ons worked as they should when the software was first released. Both service packs worked to solve this situation, making sure that all third-party resources that were made to be compatible with FSX would now be so
Stability and the quality of frame rates and overall game performance were a concern, too. FSX struggled on even high-spec machines that had more than enough power to deal with the software. The changes made in both service packs have improved functionality and performance for the vast majority of users, ensuring that they get all the help they need in having a genuinely level of consistent and steady performance
Content issues, including updates previously released by Microsoft officially, were failing to launch and work properly. These changes were corrected with various additions included in ensuring that any compatibility issues with valid DLC were removed and any updates could be installed with complete ease rather than the problems that many were facing beforehand
These simple changes and additions to the FSX package made sure that many users were able to use the simulator as intended when first released. If you have felt under whelmed with FSX, or felt it never lived up to the high expectations set in the past by FS2004 then you might want to try using the simulator with the service packs both installed.
They fix many of the annoying errors and bugs, and make sure that you have full access to the thriving community of mods and additions that can make flight simulation so enjoyable. These additions from the service pack will improve performance even on lower end machines, so if you are struggling try installing them to see if performances will improve at all.
Download Service Pack 1 here for download and more information.