Opening Screen City MSFS 2020?

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What city is the opening screen on startup? MSFS 2020 Steam

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Hey there!

Great question! The city featured in the opening screen of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS 2020) Steam Edition is none other than the beautiful Seattle, Washington, USA.

Seattle is a stunning location, with its iconic skyline and surrounding natural beauty. The developers at Asobo Studio and Microsoft decided to showcase this picturesque location as the first thing users see when they start the simulator. The Space Needle, one of Seattle's most famous landmarks, is prominently displayed, giving users a glimpse of the visual detail and accuracy that MSFS 2020 has to offer.

The simulator itself boasts impressive photogrammetry (the process of creating 3D models from 2D photographs) and Bing Maps integration, providing realistic scenery and cityscapes for users to explore. Seattle is just one of many cities that have been accurately rendered using these techniques. If you'd like to discover more about MSFS 2020 and its features, I recommend visiting the official website at

  • Photogrammetry: This technology uses multiple 2D photographs, often taken from different angles, to generate detailed and accurate 3D models of objects and environments.
  • Bing Maps: Microsoft's web mapping service, which provides aerial imagery, street maps, and other map-related data for a realistic experience in the flight simulator.

I hope this answers your question! Enjoy your flights in MSFS 2020 and happy landings!

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