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.

Introducing Fresno - the gateway to Yosemite’s national parks

Orbx has revealed KFAT Fresno Yosemite International Airport for X-Plane 11 is due to release imminently.

X-Plane Touches Down in Rhodes

Flight Sim Development Group (FSDG) has released Rhodes XP for X-Plane 11.

Dundee Airport for X-Plane 11

Orbx has announced EGPN Dundee Airport for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Piper Malibu Touches Down in X-Plane

Chilean developer, Carenado has released the PA46 500TP Malibu Meridian G1000 variant for X-Plane 11.

Southern California for X-Plane Released

Orbx has announced TrueEarth US Southern California HD for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator – New Partnerships Announced

In the latest update on Microsoft Flight Simulator, Asobo Studios revealed new partnerships and progress on the upcoming Alpha.

Islander Touches Down in X-Plane

Aircraft developer, TorqueSim has released the BN-2 Islander for X-Plane 11.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Latest Update

In the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator development report, Asobo Studios revealed it is wrapping up final testing on the upcoming Alpha 1.3 build.

Ibiza for X-Plane

The latest destination to be released by Aerosoft is Ibiza XP for X-Plane 11.

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Spec Revealed

Asobo Studios has released the system specification for the next iteration of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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.

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