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One of the most highly-anticipated games for the PC platform these days isn’t a new strategy game, first-person shooter, or battle royale entry. It’s actually a simulation game that all of us have drooled over in officially sanctioned screenshots and leaked gameplay footage: Microsoft Flight Simulator. We’ve now learned that in addition to being available to download direct from Microsoft, as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC, and in a retail box format, it is also heading to Steam. Preorders are currently open for the game on Steam, where pricing mirrors other versions of the game: $59.99 for Standard, $89.99 for Deluxe, and $119.99 for Premium Deluxe editions. The game will... Read more...
We’re now in the next phase heading towards the retail release of Microsoft Flight Simulator: the closed beta has just kicked off. After a long series of alpha releases, Microsoft announced that all alpha participants should now have access to build 1.6.13. Microsoft does caution, however, that those that haven’t yet received their invites should just sit tight – invites will continue to be sent out through Thursday, July 30th. The big news with this new build is the introduction of 9 new aircraft, which include a nice mix of piston-, turboprop-, and jet-powered engines: Aviat Pitts Special S2S Extra 330LT Flight Design CTSL Icon A5 JMB Aircraft VL-3 Robin Cap10 Zlin Aviation... Read more...
The developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator have announced the closed beta for the new version of the game will begin on July 30. Developers promise the full build notes will be posted along with the build release, and new closed beta invitations have gone out. Anyone participating in the Alpha testing of the game will be automatically given access to the closed beta. The latest update also has a Partnership Series update teasing an addition coming to the game on August 18. The teaser video for VATSIM can be seen below. Though the video isn't very clear on what VATSIM actually is, it stands for Virtual Air Traffic Simulation network and connects people from around the world flying online... Read more...
We can hardly wait for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 to arrive, because from what we have seen so far, it is the most realistic and gorgeous flight simulator to date. The franchise has certainly come a long way since it launched on MS-DOS nearly four decades ago. Giving a glimpse of what the 2020 release for Windows 10 will bring, some leaked footage of the alpha has found its way to YouTube. The alpha has been out for several weeks now, and recently received an update with FlightAware real-time traffic data. If things stay on the current trajectory, Microsoft Flight Simulator will shift to a closed beta at the end of this month (July 30th). That will likely be the final round of testing before... Read more...
When it comes to games on the PC, the vast majority of people have gotten used to downloading from digital storefronts. However, some people like to have physical boxes and materials that come with retail games, and recent details surfaced about Microsoft Flight Simulator that indicate the game is over 90GB in size. That's certainly a big download, and those on slow internet connections could find that to be particularly painful. Gamers that do decide to purchase the retail box version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is the name of the game, will get ten discs. Details on the boxed version of the game come from Aerosoft, a company specializing in the distribution of simulation games (Aerosoft... Read more...
Of all the video games that have been announced for PC gamers in the last year, easily one of the most anticipated is Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. We've been following the development of the game very closely with its highly detailed aircraft, airports, and integration of software used by pilots in the real world. The Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 team has now announced something that will have fans counting the days until the official launch. The official launch has been confirmed for August 18 on PC, and it will be on Xbox Game Pass for PC during the beta. The game is available for preorder right now. The Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise launched in 1982, 38 years ago, and is one... Read more...
The developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 have released the July 9 development update, and the biggest announcement is that Alpha 5 has been released. The game currently sits at Alpha 5 build 1.5.4.0 and is scheduled to enter Closed Beta on July 30. With the update comes a wealth of improved content, bug fixes, and an updated list of known issues. Developers say that the update is focused primarily on community feedback, fixing bugs, and polishing the game overall. Specifically, all the aircraft in-game have received another round of polish along with updated tuning. The team promises to continue focusing on bugs and to reset their priorities when needed. Microsoft is also actively... Read more...
The team behind Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has issued its latest development update for the video game. One of the key announcements in this update is that Alpha 5 is coming on July 9. Full build notes will be posted with the release. Currently, the game is in alpha form, but the closed beta is still on track to launch in late July. Other than the revelation that the Closed Beta will be kicking off late this month, the key announcement in this update comes in a major Partnership Series Update with the addition of FlightAware. FlightAware isn't a name that most people will be familiar with; it's an aviation intelligence company that provides real-time and predictive flight insights to many... Read more...
The latest Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 update has been published, and it promises that Alpha 5 is coming in early July. The release date will be unveiled on July 2, with full build notes offered along with the update. Developers are also sending out new Alpha invitations and reminding Alpha testers they will be automatically granted access to the Closed Beta when it launches. The most significant announcement today is a Partnership Series Update that introduces NAVBLUE. NAVBLUE is software that real world pilots use for flight planning, aircraft performance, flight data analysis, crew planning, and aeronautical charts, along with other functions and features. The company issued a press release... Read more...
Developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator have announced that Alpha 4 build 1.4.2.0 is now available to download. The new alpha update adds new content, fixes bugs, and comes with an updated list of known issues. There are several fixes to the Boeing 747 in the update, including more accurate glass cockpit displays, and autopilot functionality has been improved overall. Visual improvements to the cockpits, airframe exterior, and visual effects are part of the new alpha. Transversal fixes to improve the Boeing 747 and Airbus A320 have been implemented in the game with V-Speed improvements that aim to noticeably improve flight performance, controls, and overall predictability during flight.... Read more...
The Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 team has offered a new development update on the game this week, and it's a short one. One of the critical bits of information in the update is that the anticipated Partnership Series Update, which is the last postpone deliverable, should land on June 11. Developers say that the team is working hard to deliver the next installment of the Partnership Series on that date. The wording "working hard to deliver" details on June 11 seems to give the developers a little bit of wiggle room if things don't go as planned. Assuming the update does land next week, details about the partners contributing to the game will be revealed. Microsoft has said in the past that... Read more...
One of the biggest changes to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 that fans have been looking forward to is the addition of IFR or Instrument Flight Rules to the game. IFR flight allows pilots in the real world to fly their aircraft into clouds and weather systems where there's no visibility outside the aircraft while maintaining complete control using instruments only in all phases of flight. Developers behind the game have delayed the rollout of IFR flight in the past, and Feature Discovery Series Episode 8 IFR is finally here. To enable the IFR experience required a lot of work to integrate navigation data, flight planning, flight systems, and ATC to support the experience. Game developers partnered... Read more...
Legions of fans of Microsoft Flight Simulator games are waiting in anticipation for the new version of the simulator to exit alpha. Those lucky enough to be in the alpha for the game last week saw Alpha 3 launch adding the Boeing 747-8i to the flyable aircraft list, among other changes and patches. Another update was offered by developers on May 21, confirming that Episode 8 (IFR) will be launching on May 28. The fact that the IFR update is on track for May 28 was the big news in the May 21 update. Developers also confirmed that the next Partnership Series update would be released in early June. A patch is in the works for Alpha 3 build that launched last week, implementing several fixes based... Read more...
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 fans have been waiting in anticipation for the latest version of the alpha to launch. Developers have announced that Flight Simulator 2020 Alpha 3, build 1.3.9.0, is now available. One of the most important additions in this new alpha build is another major commercial aircraft with the Boeing 747-8i now available for alpha participants to fly. Since the game is currently in alpha form and the 747 is brand-new, there are several issues with the aircraft in the game that will be addressed in the coming weeks. Among the major issues with the 747 include potential navigation problems due to discrepancies between the world map flight plan and the FMC. Developers say... Read more...
The Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 development team has offered the April 30 development update. The developers say the team is focused on the core deliverables to bring the next version of Microsoft Flight Simulator to market. However, the devs understand the importance of the other deliverables and updating the community on the status of these. The development roadmap update has been pushed to be released on May 7. The Partnership Series updates have been delayed due to the current health challenges brought on by COVID-19. However, the team is announcing that the next Partnership Series Spotlights will feature NAVBLUE, meteoblue, and FlightAware. NAVBLUE is software that pilots can use for... Read more...
Developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 have announced that the latest Alpha build is now available. The latest version of the Alpha takes the game to version 1.2.10 and brings with it some new features and updates. The key feature of the new update is the addition of the first jet to the game. In partnership with Airbus, the Airbus A320 NEO has landed for community testing in the game. The developers say that this is a key step in the development process, allowing them to work with the community to finalize the aircraft for launch. The developers note this is the first version of the A320 NEO, and they need help testing many of the systems that are included in the aircraft. Systems... Read more...
The developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 issued another development update that landed on April 9, including some new information on the currently postponed deliverables. By mid-April, the Partnership Series update will be released, while the Episode 8 IFR will be released in late April or early May. The latest development update brings with it a feedback snapshot update and details on a new alpha build. On the alpha build front, the developers say that a new update is arriving in the next 2 to 3 days. This will ban an update to the existing 1.2.5.0 alpha build and will include a highly requested aircraft, the Airbus A320. The developers will offer build notes on the new update that... Read more...
This week the Microsoft Flight Simulator developers have gotten plenty of work completed after delays due to the coronavirus. They have released the Feature Discovery Series Episode 7 video touting the coming multiplayer features of the game. In the video, one of the developers is talking about how Microsoft plans to populate the virtual world. The developer says that the team wanted there to be one world for pilots no matter if they are flying in the simulator or flying in real life. The developer indicates that Microsoft will use real-time air traffic data to populate the simulation. That means aviation fans might be able to fly along with flights that are going in the real world or pilot friends... Read more...
The Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 development team has issued its latest development update to let fans know where the game stands. The developers say they stand with the community during this challenging time, referencing the many people that are quarantined and businesses that shut down across the country. The dev update says that with "guidance from our leadership," they have taken steps to establish remote workspaces that will minimize the impact of coronavirus on the development of the game. Developers have prioritized the team focus on key deliverables core to completing the game project while pausing work on deliverables that are not key to the core completion. In the near term, the... Read more...
This week was supposed to bring the latest update on the status of the highly anticipated Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 video game. Rather than issue the typical update we were expecting the Flight Simulator 2020 team to issue, the update said the team had been asked to focus on their health and well-being. While the message doesn't specify the reason for that request, it's undoubtedly due to the Coronavirus outbreak globally. The team says that as a result of asking the devs to focus on health and well-being, the normal development updates will be scaled back "over the next few weeks" as the situation is monitored. The devs do apologize for the impact the decision will have on the community.... Read more...
Microsoft has stunned gamers around the world who have an interest in simulation games or aviation with the tech Alphas that are currently available for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. The game uses photorealistic locations and has plenty of aircraft for fans to take to the skies. Microsoft has issued a new update and announced a change that allows participants in the Alpha to update their DX DIAG files. Microsoft says that starting on January 23rd, through February 6th, players will be able to update their machine specification information. To update the information, players will need to login to their account on FlightSimulator.com. They will then select their avatar/name in the upper right... Read more...
Microsoft has issued an update on the status of its highly anticipated video game: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Microsoft says the second wave of invites will go out between January 13 and January 17. All fans of the game that registered for Tech Alpha 1 Wave 1, but didn't get selected, need to make sure to keep an eye on their inbox for an invite. Microsoft is also in the final testing phase for Tech Alpha 2 and expects to have the build ready to release "shortly." The timeline for Tech Alpha 2 is currently set to begin sending invitations on January 20. All Tech Alpha 2 invites will be sent by January 27, and on that date, the Tech Alpha 2 game will be ready for download, and build... Read more...
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