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.

Landmarks Frankfurt City Pack Out Now

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

Hamburg for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, sim-wings has released Hamburg for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Key West for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

The latest US destination to be released by Orbx is KEYW Key West International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator - How to design scenery – Part 1

In this new series, Joe Lavery walks us through the process of creating a custom airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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IRIS Simulations’ Jabiru J160/J170

We take a look at the Jabiru add-on pack, designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator and created by Aussie developer IRIS Simulations.

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Drzewiecki Design's Chicago Landmarks

In this review, we return to Chicago and have a look at the area after this latest makeover from the Drzewiecki Design team.

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IndiaFoxtEcho’s  MB-339 

IndiaFoxtrotEcho is one of the first developers to release a military aircraft for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform: the Aermacchi MB-339....

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UK Discovery Tour

Welcome to the first of our four-part UK Discovery Tour, in which we visit some of the new hand-built airports and cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In the first leg of our grand tour between Land’s End and Shoreham, we explore some of the famous landmarks in the south and western part of the British Isles.

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Fly Tampa’s Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

We travel to the land down under and explore Australia's largest hub, Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

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Orbx Simulations' Paris City Landmarks

In this review, we visit the capital of France and take a closer look at some of the 200 new points of interest added to Microsoft Flight Simulator by the Orbx TrueEarth team.

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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