One of the most frustrating and annoying features of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is waiting for the game to load past the splash screen logos (which take forever), only for it to go to a pointless screen that tells you to, “Press Any Key to Start” which then makes you wait for the game to load again.
It turns out that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has a fast launch flag you can specify which will skip the publisher and partner splash logos at the start as well as remove the background video. The game takes seconds to load.
Create a new shortcut on your desktop by right clicking, choosing create new shortcut and then pasting in the following value.
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C start shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App "-FastLaunch
Sadly, this will not bypass the, “Press Any Key to Start” screen, but it will remove the CPU-eating video in the background and reduce the time it takes for the game to load. Hopefully, Microsoft in a future patch allows us to bypass the press any key screen. I wonder if the SDK allows us to bypass this screen and a community mod can be created?