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.

Feature Discovery Series Episode 15: Helicopters

In the latest Feature Discovery Series, the Asobo Studio discussed how the development team modelled the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter coming to the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Osprey touches down in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Miltech Simulations has released the MV-22B Osprey for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport released

The latest German destination from Aerosoft is Airport Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

FlightControlReplay v5 out now

FlightControlReplay (FCR) developer, Fabio Merlo has announced FCR version 5 for Microsoft Flight Simulator and Prepar3D v5 has been released.

Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls XPC ready for shipping

Honeycomb Aeronautical announces global shipping of Alpha Flight Controls XPC and Honeycomb Xbox Hub.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Feature Discovery Series: Gliding

The Microsoft development team has released a new Feature Discovery Series video explaining the process of bringing gliders to the upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Just Flight announces Stormscope in development

In the latest In-Development report from Just Flight, the company has announced a new Stormscope instrument is coming soon to its GA fleet in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Unalaska Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Orbx has announced that PADU Unalaska Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Flight sim airports - Part 2

In part 2, we continue our exploration of some of the more recently available airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Quality and features vary quite widely but we will start with one of the best: CYYZ Toronto Pearson International Airport by FlyTampa, where obsession to detail appears to be the hallmark of the designers.

Girona–Costa Brava Airport out now

The latest destination from MK-STUDIOS is LEGE Girona–Costa Brava Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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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