Microsoft Flight Simulator

This page will bring readers hands-on reviews of the Microsoft Flight Simulator and news of updates, expansion pack releases and wider user community news. The individual aircraft, their levels of realism, the exact recreation of the flight controls, navigating airports and the experience of traversing continents will all be covered in news, reviews and gameplay reports. The 2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator supports third party content development bringing all the benefits of community generated content, all of which we will report on to ensure that users can maximise their enjoyment of the flight sim from the comfort of their own homes.

Learn more about the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator news here with up-to-date information on the platforms, the new and upgraded aircraft types, more detailed flight decks, airports, landscapes and other game functionality.

Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced ENSD Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition Coming Soon

Asobo Studio has announced a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator to celebrate its achievement as “Game of the Year”.

Reno Air Races Release Date Announced

Asobo Studio has announced Reno Air Races will be available for purchase in the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace on November 18.

Komodo Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Komodo is available now as a download for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

NZA Simulations’ Nelson Airport Review Premium

NZA Simulations’ Nelson Airport

NZA Simulations is a relative newcomer to flight simulation but has certainly arrived on the scene with a bang. The core developer group is made up of four collaborating members, spread across New Zealand and Australia, who combine their 3D modelling expertise and love of aviation to produce airport scenery add-ons for the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

This is not a game - what is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game - what is flight simulation?

In this instalment of our two-part series, we again get a cross-section of opinions from people representing different parts of the industry to discuss that ongoing question: what is flight simulation? We have expert views from Emanuel Hagen, a current Boeing 737 pilot, Lockheed Martin and Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, plus more comments from our PC Pilot readers.

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central Review Premium

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central

We take a look at Orbx EU Great Britain Central, a landmark package, which coverage area spans two countries (England and Wales) in both rural and urban locations.

Setting up controllers and peripherals in Microsoft Flight Simulator Feature Premium

Controllers and peripherals

If you’re completely new to flight simulation, particularly with Microsoft Flight Simulator, it’s easy to become swamped with the complexity of the interface. In this tutorial, we explain how to configure the controls for your aircraft to get the maximum level of immersion and enjoyment.

Microsoft’s World Update VI Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update VI

This latest world update to the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Auckland for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced Landmarks Auckland City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Everything you need to know about Microsoft Flight Simulator

The much-anticipated 2020 return of Microsoft’s flight simulator brings a wide range of aircraft from light planes to wide-body airliners.

The most famous flight simulator in the world, Microsoft Flight Simulator’s origins go back to the beginnings of home computing. During the decades that have seen numerous versions of the game, with the eleventh version released in 2020, it has always been at the forefront of computer graphics. The cutting-edge graphics combined with the attention to detail for the controls of its many aircraft makes it one of the most realistic simulators on the market.

Microsoft had a break away from flight simulation between 2012 and 2020. In 2012 Microsoft Flight, a simplified version of Microsoft Flight Simulator was cancelled five months after its launch. This version came six years after the successful 2006 Microsoft Flight Simulator X; the last new full version of the title. While Microsoft Flight Simulator X was repackaged with expansion packs in 2014 for Valve’s Steam digital distribution service, it was in 2019, at the E3 show in Los Angeles, that Microsoft unveiled its plans for the 2020 version.

The 2020 version of Microsoft Flight Simulator introduces ultra-high-definition 4K graphics and as a result, it features highly detailed and stunning aircraft in a realistic world, where players can fly in challenging weather conditions anywhere on the planet; a virtual environment based on actual aerial imagery of Earth and data from satellites. This impressive attention to detail recreates the real-world in stunning detail making the virtual environment more enjoyable for its users.

If you’re looking for updates on other flight simulator platforms, why not take a look at our dedicated page for X-Plane, where you’ll find the latest updates, news and reviews from great flight sims.

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