I've been...well, raging in various discords about this issue because it's killing my fun with the game. According to steam, I have 1300 hours playing this game. However, I've had recently a series of severe personal issues that basically stopped me from playing for over 6 months, which means that I went from what would be referred to as the "old system" - where there was a 10km bubble - to the new. I'll never be a super ace but I would previously have characterized myself as competent. Usually landed my plane. That sort of player. Right now however, I never do because I'm getting killed by guys that I don't see. While this is historical, the fact that I'm literally looking right in the spots they are coming out of before is not. I just can't see most people unless:
A. Something shoots at them, or they shoot at something
B. They turn on their lights or shoot a flare
C. They set someone on fire letting me know where to look at max zoom
D. The lighting conditions and the aircraft paintwork give a reflection that shows where they are
It's just not possible currently for me to pick up people generally unless I'm under full zoom, and you can't fly like that all the time (or most of the time). I'm confused why the old system seemingly was totally junked. The 10km bubble wasn't ideal - you could be looking at someone (usually full zoomed in) and he'd just vanish as the plane would be un-rendered - but you could generally pick up guys that were close to you. While it wasn't easy - took practice to learn - it was generally ok, other than the range limitation. Now we have a different system where you can't see guys at long ranges or as SuperEtendard has noted, nearly at point blank. There's a private video that DerSheriff posted where he and Blackhound are flying together and trying to form up, and he can't see Blackhound until he's literally on top of him (not using zoom).
You cannot fight things you can't see. You also can't cooperatively fly with wingmen you can't see either. The "solutions" to this that I've heard so far are to decrease the gamma in the config file to the point that your cockpit is nearly black, which I hate. My simple question is before the change, the close range spotting was...ok. Why can't we have that back again?