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This is how iconic Windows XP background image looks now - through MS Flight Simulator 2020

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 25 Aug 2020 5:27

This is how iconic Windows XP background image looks now - through MS Flight Simulator 2020

One of the most talkked about games of this year must be Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Its ability to recreate landscapes, buildings and entire cities by combining AI, machine learning and actual scenery footage is simply amazing.
Sure, it has its flaws, but that seems to be part of the lure - online communities have been filled with Flight Simulator screenshots from landmarks and regular homes all over the world.

Now, a Reddit user has set his virtual flight's coordinates to 3815′00.5″N, 12224′38.9″W and managed to take a photo there.

Those coordinates mark a significant piece of computing history, as there is the spot where the original Windows XP background photo was taken. The photo - taken in Napa Valley, Northern California - that once was the background image on more than one billion computers has a history of its own, as you can read from here. News about the MS Flight Simulator image was first spotted at Chinese ITHome website.

Original Windows XP background
original Windows XP background image


As you can see, the screenshot taken with Flight Simulator has slightly duller colors, but it is still very much recognizable one:



Windows XP background spot in MS Flight Simulator 2020
Windows XP background spot in MS Flight Simulator 2020 game

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