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.

Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced NA Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available as a download.

Tutor for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

IRIS Simulations has announced the Tutor T.1 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

F-14 Tomcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

DC Designs has announced the F-14 A/B Tomcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

FlyByWire Simulations' A32NX Review Premium

FlyByWire Simulations' A32NX

We review A32NX by FlyByWire Simulations, the development group behind creating an
improved version of the default Airbus A320neo for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator: How to Design Scenery Feature Premium

A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator: How to Design Scenery, Part 2

In this instalment, Joe Lavery looks at 3D design applications used to create bespoke buildings and objects that look more authentic than using inbuilt assets provided by Asobo Studio.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update IV and V - A Developer’s Diary

Since our last status report on Microsoft Flight Simulator, Asobo Studio has released five major updates along with several ‘hot fixes’ as the team continues to work with aircraft manufacturers, the flight sim community and real-world pilots to improve all aspects of the simulator.

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Black Box Simulations' Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

We review Black Box Simulations' second general aviation aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Britten- Norman BN-2 Islander.

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Orbx's EA-7 Edgley Optica

As third-party aircraft add-ons continue to emerge for Microsoft Flight Simulator, scenery developer Orbx has released its first aircraft for this platform, the unique Edgley EA-7 Optica.

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Olbia Costa Smeralda Released

The latest X-Plane destination from Orbx is LIEO Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport in Sardinia.

This is not a game! What is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game

Now that Microsoft Flight Simulator has become fairly well established, we’re beginning to see a growing number of differing opinions as to whether this program is a game or a simulator. So, we posed a series of questions to experienced pilots and representatives of the retail side of flight simulation to get their views on the subject.

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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