Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in stores on August 18th

Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator is currently en route to release, having shown up on the Microsoft Store for pre-order. Three different editions of the game will launch on August 18th: Standard, Deluxe, and Premium Deluxe. The Standard Edition comes with 20 planes and 30 handcrafted airports and is included with Xbox Game Pass for PC, but can also be purchased for $60. You can get five additional planes and airports by upgrading to the Deluxe Edition, priced at $90. If you really want to blow a hole in your wallet, you can opt for the $120 Premium Deluxe Edition, which includes a total of 30 planes and 40 airports. You can visit this page to see what planes and airports are included in each version.

It should be noted that the additional airports included with the Deluxe and Premium Deluxe editions are specifically the versions handcrafted by the development team to be extra realistic. All versions of the game will have access to the over 37,000 airports and a massive landscape generated using Bing Maps data and Azure AI. This combination produces an incredible, photorealistic world with weather based on real-world weather data. In order to experience this digital world in its full glory you’ll need a powerful computer, 150 GB of free storage, and a decently fast internet connection.

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Nathan Wasson

Inquiring mind, tech journalist, car enthusiast, gamer.

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ZOE A DAHL
ZOE A DAHL
9 months ago

Hello, I am new to the Flight Simulator community. Can the point of my interest be to learn how to fly?
I am not very IT educated but would love to fly and get started. What to do? Is this the right place to get information? Thank you.

Adnan
Adnan
9 months ago

It’s not a fun simulator if you can’t have the back and forth banter with the lady operator in the control tower.

Krogoth
Krogoth
9 months ago

Microsoft Flight Simulator still around? I thought that version X was the last commerical attempt before they gave up to more accurate competitors among the niche of flight simluators.

chuckula
chuckula
9 months ago

I’d post a link to a preview I saw comparing this to Xplane 11 but it would get censored here 🙁   Quick overview: The terrain features on 2020 are pretty impressive if you have a strong internet connection to support streaming of the 2 PB [not a typo] terrain database to your system during use. Xplane can give a similar terrain experience but not out-of-the-box, which is where 2020 has an advantage. Xplane still has an edge in its aircraft dynamics accuracy and modeling, but apparently 2020 is trying to catch up with Xplane’s models. It’s unclear if Microsoft… Read more »

chuckula
chuckula
9 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Wasson

I’ve had multiple links to youtube censored recently (nothing TOO offensive I promise).

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