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.