• Microsoft Flight Simulator Release Date Announced

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Release Date Announced

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Set for Launch on August 18 for PC, also with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).

    Start preparing for take-off. Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio are thrilled to announce that Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on August 18, and you can pre-order on Windows 10 or pre-install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) today.

    We have been thrilled and humbled by the support and dedication that has fueled the Flight Sim community for the past 38 years. Since the launch of the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to develop the next-generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have the right tools, technology, partners, and hardware to release the most realistic and authentic flight simulator to date. Microsoft Flight Simulator features include:

    • Vivid and Detailed Landscapes – Immerse yourself in the vast and beautiful world that is our planet with more than 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers and more.
    • A Living World – Earth is vibrant and ever-changing and so is the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator which includes live traffic, real-time weather and animals.
    • Highly Detailed Aircraft – Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with comprehensive flight models. Every aircraft includes highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.
    • New Checklist System – From pro to beginner, scale your level from full manual to full assist with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklist.
    • Dynamic Weather – The new weather engine enables users to switch on the live weather mode to experience real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain and more.
    • New Day & Night Engine– Experience flight at any time of day or year allowing for night VFR, visual flight rules, navigation.
    • Aerodynamic Modeling- A state-of-the-art physics engine with over 1,000 control surfaces per plane allows for a truly realistic experience.

    Three Editions of Microsoft Flight Simulator

    Explore all of this and more with any of the three editions of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

    • The Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Edition ($59.99 USD) includes 20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 hand-crafted airports. The Standard Edition will be available on day one with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).
    • The Deluxe Edition ($89.99 USD) includes everything from Microsoft Flight Simulator’s standard edition plus 5 additional highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 5 additional handcrafted international airports.
    • The Premium Deluxe Edition ($119.99 USD) includes everything from Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Edition plus 10 additional highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 10 additional handcrafted international airports.

    In addition to its digital versions, Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available as a retail disc version at European stores via Aerosoft. For more information on these retail disc versions in Europe, please visit the Aerosoft website.

    Your fleet of planes and detailed airports from whatever edition you choose are all available on launch day as well as access to the ongoing content updates that will continually evolve and expand the flight simulation platform.

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    Tags: mfs, microsoft, msfs

    23 Comments
    1. Buddy308's Avatar
      Buddy308 -
      One can upgrade from Windows Home to Windows Pro without reinstalling the OS simply by making an in-app purchase in Windows 10 Home.
      Does anyone know if it will be possible to upgrade from Standard to Premium via an in-app purchase in the Standard edition of MSFS?
    1. loki's Avatar
      loki -
      They don't say how the upgrade process would work.

      https://flightsimulator.zendesk.com/...-Pre-order-FAQ
    1. tusler's Avatar
      tusler -
      I can't believe they have made it so in the standard version we can see all the airports in the world but can only land and takeoff from the 40 they have chosen...Wow
      https://realsport101.com/misc/flight...t-in-the-game/
    1. amberdog1's Avatar
      amberdog1 -
      It does seem odd that there are only a few airports to use. I'm guessing there will be more to purachase at a later date but to spend $60 to $120 and then hit you for more seems a bit harsh. After seeing this I may stick with FSX. Im a big fan of freeware.
      Happy Flyin
    1. ParadisA330's Avatar
      ParadisA330 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tusler View Post
      I can't believe they have made it so in the standard version we can see all the airports in the world but can only land and takeoff from the 40 they have chosen...Wow
      https://realsport101.com/misc/flight...t-in-the-game/
      This is not correct. You can use all airports just like FSX.
    1. loki's Avatar
      loki -
      Quote Originally Posted by amberdog1 View Post
      It does seem odd that there are only a few airports to use. I'm guessing there will be more to purachase at a later date but to spend $60 to $120 and then hit you for more seems a bit harsh. After seeing this I may stick with FSX. Im a big fan of freeware.
      Happy Flyin
      No, there are 37,000 airports to fly from. Far more than FSX had. The 40 airports are more highly detailed, compared to the rest which use generic buildings etc.
    1. avallillo's Avatar
      avallillo -
      The strong implication is that financially it would be better to go for the gold right away. It appears that to buy basic and then upgrade to Executive Platinum will cost more than initially buying the whole monte at first.

      But going basic might be a good strategy for those like me who have to make do with minimalist rigs. Once I get the cutting edge computer, if I ever do, the extra bucks to get the whole nine yards would probably be small potatoes. And, if it doesn't work well on my creaking old machine, and I never do get enough saved up to improve the platform, I won't be out $120, just $60 or so.

      If I do go for the gold it will be for the airports, not the airplanes. Although there are more airplanes out-of-the-box here than ever before, it is quite light on airline metal, and basically has nothing that is anything like anything I have actually flown. Color me odd, but I have no interest in anything built by Airbus (except the A-300-600R), nor the 787; which leaves only the 747 but in a version that none but a few freight airlines actually fly! So, much will depend upon whether and how quickly we see add-ons like a good 727 or 757/767. Maybe the 737-800 as well.

      They have cleverly split my favorite airports across the spectrum of the three levels, so that I will probably eventually go for the whole monte. Just a matter of how I go about it.

      Decisions, decisions! But they are good decisions!
    1. loki's Avatar
      loki -
      Quote Originally Posted by avallillo View Post
      The strong implication is that financially it would be better to go for the gold right away. It appears that to buy basic and then upgrade to Executive Platinum will cost more than initially buying the whole monte at first.

      ...

      Decisions, decisions! But they are good decisions!
      One option, at least for those with decent internet connections, is to sign up for the one month trial of the Xbox Game Pass for PC for $1. This gets you the Standard edition to download and try. Included with the Game Pass is an option to buy any of the included games at a discount (up to 20%).

      https://www.xbox.com/en-CA/xbox-game-pass/pc-games

      Love a game currently in the library and want to own it? You can buy it and save up to 20%, plus get up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons. Discounts are based on the Microsoft Store price and are tiered based on the game’s global launch date. Between 31 and 90 days from a game’s launch date, members receive up to a 10% discount off the Microsoft Store price. After 90 days from a game’s launch date, members receive up to a 20% discount. For game DLC and add-ons, Xbox Game Pass members receive up to a 10% discount from the day the add-on is released. Xbox Game Pass discounts are not combinable with other offers and are not redeemable for cash; discount offers exclude games within 30 days of launch and are not available with select games; discounts based on Microsoft Store price.
    1. duffys_tavern's Avatar
      duffys_tavern -
      I remember with MSFS X they released a demo version and it gave you an idea of how it would run on your rig. Would be nice to have that with this one.
    1. johnost's Avatar
      johnost -
      No mention of the scenery methods/options/cost?
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
      No, there are 37,000 airports to fly from. Far more than FSX had. The 40 airports are more highly detailed, compared to the rest which use generic buildings etc.
      Quite correct, there is so much wrong in that Realsport101 writeup, it's useless & no reflection of what the game is all about.
      All the airports are landable, with 40 superdetailed.
    1. loki's Avatar
      loki -
      Quote Originally Posted by duffys_tavern View Post
      I remember with MSFS X they released a demo version and it gave you an idea of how it would run on your rig. Would be nice to have that with this one.
      You can sign up for Xbox Game Pass for PC for $1 for the first month, at least for now, and try the complete standard edition.
    1. ftldave's Avatar
      ftldave -
      As I expected, no F/A-18 Hornet or any other military aircraft to be included in the new sim. It's politically-correct 2020 and corporations like Microsoft act accordingly, I guess.

      When FSX Gold was released, one of my son's first flights was hot-dogging around Mount Ararat in its F-18, lots of fun.
    1. loki's Avatar
      loki -
      Quote Originally Posted by ftldave View Post
      As I expected, no F/A-18 Hornet or any other military aircraft to be included in the new sim. It's politically-correct 2020 and corporations like Microsoft act accordingly, I guess.

      When FSX was first released, one of my son's first flights was hot-dogging around Mount Ararat in its F-18, lots of fun.
      FSX didn't get the Hornet until the Acceleration expansion pack, same with the P-51, so I guess that meant its initial release was politically correct too? The new sim also doesn't have helicopters or sailplanes yet, so those must bust be politically incorrect as well?

      Asobo have been quite clear that there is still plenty to be worked on in the sim and it's a 10 year project for them. Why not wait and see how it goes before jumping to conclusions with no evidence?
    1. ftldave's Avatar
      ftldave -
      Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
      FSX didn't get the Hornet until the Acceleration expansion pack, same with the P-51, so I guess that meant its initial release was politically correct too?
      Good point. And you're right, I started with FSX Gold and had the F/A-18 from the get-go, didn't step through earlier release versions. And anyway, the best mil planes come from third-party and freeware sources, not Microsoft. Hopefully that will be true again ... if the new sim is a success, that is.
    1. Vaviator's Avatar
      Vaviator -
      Will all/any of my fsx add ons work?
    1. loki's Avatar
      loki -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vaviator View Post
      Will all/any of my fsx add ons work?
      That's not clear at this point. There is a FSX flight model compatibility mode in the sim, but there are no details on how it works, especially on whether or not we can just drop in existing add-ons and go flying.
    1. vflight2's Avatar
      vflight2 -
      Microsoft Standard Procedure; sounds like we are buying an X Box game/money sink hole, I'll pass, back to FSX.
      Doc
    1. Luke's Avatar
      Luke -
      I don't know anything about what it will be like, but I'm convinced it must be terrible!

      Cheers!

      Luke
    1. CRJ_simpilot's Avatar
      CRJ_simpilot -
      Something tells me that this will be half-baked on first release and only be baked with massive updates to follow. This is pretty standard with a lot of games these days it seems. So for me I won't be buying this right away.
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