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.
Everything you need to know about Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator has been available across platforms from Apple Macs to Windows PCs and Microsoft’s own Xbox game console for many years. However, the much-anticipated 2020 return of Microsoft’s flight simulator software is focused primarily on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, bringing a wider range of aircraft from light planes to wide-body airliners that can be flown during the day or by night.
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 its famous flight sim software 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.
Microsoft Flight Simulator has always emphasised the quality of its graphics as platforms have become more capable and the 2020 version introduces ultra-high definition 4K; thanks in part to the Xbox One X being made 4K capable. As a result the 2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator has highly detailed and stunning aircraft in a realistic world, where players can fly in challenging weather conditions anywhere on planet; a virtual environment based on actual imagery and data from satellites and aerial photography of the Earth. 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.