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Today, the World Update 3 is now available for the breathtaking Microsoft Flight Simulator. The game has been widely praised for its extreme attention to detail including lifelike landscapes, accurately rendered airports, and the stunning aircraft models. World Update 3 improves upon the game with picturesque locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Now, the cities of Bristol, London, and Oxford (among others) have been given highly detailed 3D imaging makeovers, and there have been visual upgrades made to 85 airports with this update. More importantly the following airports have been fully redone by hand to make them look stunningly lifelike: Barra, Liverpool, Land’s End, Manchester-Barton... Read more...
Prior to the [disastrous] launch of Cyberpunk 2077, Microsoft Flight Simulator was perhaps one of the most talked about PC games of 2020. Thanks to its stunning visuals, accurate representations of famous airports around the globe, and detailed terrain modeling, the game dropped jaws and brought PC systems to their knees due to the graphics requirements. Today, ASOBO, the developer behind Microsoft Flight Simulator, is cranking things up another notch with a new update. The update brings official, public support for SteamVR headsets to Microsoft Flight Simulator. The update is free to everyone that already owns the game and supports all OpenXR-compatible headsets on the PC (i.e Oculus... Read more...
Microsoft Flight Simulator launched earlier this year for Windows PCs to rave reviews. Not only were the aircraft models rendered to near digital perfection, but the natural scenery, cities, detailed airports and weather effects were so breathtakingly beautiful that they had to be experienced to be believed. Now that same simulation goodness is making its way to next-generation consoles. A new trailer for Microsoft Flight Simulator was released last night and it confirms that the game will be coming to the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X during Summer 2021. And to show that moving to the console platform doesn't skip a beat when it comes to graphics and performance, the trailer shows captured... Read more...
Just three weeks ago, Microsoft Flight Simulator was released to the world. Now, the game's team is preparing to release an update to the game to provide content updates as well as some needed fixes, as reported by the community. According to the development update, it has been a busy week for the team behind MSFS. New videos are being prepared, the marketplace is being updated, and testing on patch #2 is nearly complete. In patch #2, a plethora of problems has hopefully been solved. According to the forum feedback, some of the fixes for patch #2 are community bug reports, so players should continue to report issues they find. In any case, let us look at some of the highlights for patch #2: Performance... Read more...
The excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Microsoft Flight Simulator is palpable, as simulation fans -- especially those that didn't get accepted into the alpha or beta branches -- have been drooling over the ultra-realistic aircraft, picturesque landscapes, and detailed flight models.  Today the developers behind the game announced that they have teamed up with Austrian firm Blackshark.ai. Blackshark.ai uses artificial intelligence to examine flat satellite imagery and extract a photorealistic "digital twin" of the planet. This is what allows Microsoft Flight Simulator to show truly 3D buildings and other structures, and stream them to gamers live... Read more...
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...
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