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Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Launches 18th August) @ Microsoft Store
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Launches 18th August) @ Microsoft Store
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This should please folks who enjoy flight simulators as the latest instalment comes to the GamePass for PC.

Start preparing for take-off. Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio are thrilled to announce that Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on August 18, and you can pre-order on Windows 10* or pre-install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) today.

We have been thrilled and humbled by the support and dedication that has fueled the Flight Sim community for the past 38 years. Since the launch of the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to develop the next-generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have the right tools, technology, partners and hardware to release the most realistic and authentic flight simulator to date. Microsoft Flight Simulator features include:

  • Vivid and Detailed Landscapes – Immerse yourself in the vast and beautiful world that is our planet with more than 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers and more.
  • A Living World – Earth is vibrant and ever-changing and so is the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator which includes live traffic, real-time weather and animals.
  • Highly Detailed Aircraft – Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with comprehensive flight models. Every aircraft includes highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.
  • New Checklist System – From pro to beginner, scale your level from full manual to full assist with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklist.
  • Dynamic Weather – The new weather engine enables users to switch on the live weather mode to experience real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain and more.
  • New Day & Night Engine – Experience flight at any time of day or year allowing for night VFR, visual flight rules, navigation.
  • Aerodynamic Modeling – A state-of-the-art physics engine with over 1,000 control surfaces per plane allows for a truly realistic experience.

Hope it helps someone.
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Top comments
Finally!!! Can’t wait for my PC to run as loud as an aeroplane itself
Probably the only way I'll end up on a flight this year!
vig1lante13/07/2020 14:56

I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the …I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the worlds most prolific airports and planes.This is not a good deal.


It's not an upgrade though, £109.99+ is for the top tier. The base game without the additional content is £59.99.

Please, at least have one shred of a clue as to what you're talking about.
vig1lante13/07/2020 14:56

I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the …I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the worlds most prolific airports and planes.This is not a good deal.


The standard edition with a lot of airports is what comes to the GamePass - more often then not the standard edition without the DLCs is what we get on GP - a bit harsh to downvote when the DLCs arent included :

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367 Comments
Finally!!! Can’t wait for my PC to run as loud as an aeroplane itself
Probably the only way I'll end up on a flight this year!
Wow, can’t wait to try this, looks amazing
Finally it’s here. Been waiting for this. Looks amazing
Been waiting for this too. Hope it doesn't disappoint.
Need to get my ms force feedback stick out of the loft
nice one, where is the VR version

cant wait
I can not wait for this!!!
Anything about xbox
Got my $1 waiting to join nearer the time.
szymon.bistram13/07/2020 14:25

Anything about xbox


Not yet, my guess is we will hear more about that 26th July with the xbox first party event.
Thanks
Maverick7713/07/2020 14:19

Been waiting for this too. Hope it doesn't disappoint.


I am also looking forward to this, although Day1 release reviews are what matters.
Will this work on my chromebook
Been playing the alpha

This is going to kill of the likes of xplane and orbx, well if it eventually gets VR.
mrb3013/07/2020 14:11

Probably the only way I'll end up on a flight this year!


I feel you mate. This has to do for now.

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Is this free?
Wowwwwww
powerbrick13/07/2020 14:32

Been playing the alpha This is going to kill of the likes of xplane …Been playing the alpha This is going to kill of the likes of xplane and orbx, well if it eventually gets VR.


I use xplane a lot at the moment. Is this really better? I can't wait for it, been a huge flight sim fan for years
jay.313/07/2020 14:10

Finally!!! Can’t wait for my PC to run as loud as an aeroplane itself


I hear ya!
Gavin_Crossan13/07/2020 14:40

Is this free?


It's a regular $60 game or the GBP equivalent but like the other Microsoft games it's "free" on Game Pass if you're a subscriber.
18th August ? I'll be amazed if that happens it's not in Beta yet ! I'm on the Alpha test .....
Darthballs13/07/2020 14:23

nice one, where is the VR version cant wait


MS believe nobody is interested in VR
Need a good deal on a flight stick soon...
I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the worlds most prolific airports and planes.

This is not a good deal.
(Now TBC, alot of movement on this apparently)

Yes bud, I received a thank you email for participating and assisting with bug fixes for the alpha.We are now in closed beta.

Insider has been updated to say on the 18th August the open beta will be released for anyone who subscribes or has pre-purchased.

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Edited by: "MrCollective" 13th Jul
ToxicNeo13/07/2020 14:43

I use xplane a lot at the moment. Is this really better? I can't wait for …I use xplane a lot at the moment. Is this really better? I can't wait for it, been a huge flight sim fan for years


Yes obviously look at it

As long as your PC can handle it
Edited by: "Abidaboviveru" 13th Jul
vig1lante13/07/2020 14:56

I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the …I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the worlds most prolific airports and planes.This is not a good deal.


Ouch, that's horrific.

Anyone would think it was Star Citizen
vig1lante13/07/2020 14:56

I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the …I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the worlds most prolific airports and planes.This is not a good deal.


It's not an upgrade though, £109.99+ is for the top tier. The base game without the additional content is £59.99.

Please, at least have one shred of a clue as to what you're talking about.
Bank wait 10s, stutter, over banked so apply correction, wait 10s, stutter, crash. This game is far too laggy, unless you have a decent pc.
No Steam, No Buy!
MrCollective13/07/2020 14:57

To confirm 18th August is not the retail release. It's open Beta.Yes bud, …To confirm 18th August is not the retail release. It's open Beta.Yes bud, I received a thank you email for participating and assisting with bug fixes for the alpha.We are now in closed beta. Insider has been updated to say on the 18th August the open beta will be released for anyone who subscribes or has pre-purchased.[Image]


Not mentioned anywhere. 18th as per MS is the release date. As per the website.
TheRandyPanda6913/07/2020 15:07

Not mentioned anywhere. 18th as per MS is the release date. As per the …Not mentioned anywhere. 18th as per MS is the release date. As per the website.


Should be in your Insider email update:

30th July Closed Beta
18th August Open Beta
MrCollective13/07/2020 15:11

Should be in your Insider email update:30th July Closed Beta18th August …Should be in your Insider email update:30th July Closed Beta18th August Open Beta


Are you confusing the beta in 18th August with the fact the only mention of beta on the website and announcement is that you need the Xbox beta companion app. That's all.
vig1lante13/07/2020 14:56

I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the …I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the worlds most prolific airports and planes.This is not a good deal.


If you want to play the game you don't need to pay that, so the deal stands.

I mean if another game has an offer on here you wouldn't downvote it because all the DLC isn't included right?
Edited by: "clinteastman" 13th Jul
grinnaslee13/07/2020 14:30

Will this work on my chromebook


No, only Windows 10 laptops with a decent graphics card.
TheRandyPanda6913/07/2020 15:15

Are you confusing the beta in 18th August with the fact the only mention …Are you confusing the beta in 18th August with the fact the only mention of beta on the website and announcement is that you need the Xbox beta companion app. That's all.


Nope. We are actively discussing it on the Insider forum, there is definitely confusion around this. 18th August to our knowledge was planned beta testing for all pre-orders. We've only just started Alpha 5 a week or two ago, with a large amount of reported bugs.
vig1lante13/07/2020 14:56

I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the …I notice no mention of the £120 upgrade fee in the post for some of the worlds most prolific airports and planes.This is not a good deal.


The standard edition with a lot of airports is what comes to the GamePass - more often then not the standard edition without the DLCs is what we get on GP - a bit harsh to downvote when the DLCs arent included :

41376159-xH4U2.jpg
MrCollective13/07/2020 15:21

Nope. We are actively discussing it on the Insider forum, there is …Nope. We are actively discussing it on the Insider forum, there is definitely confusion around this. 18th August to our knowledge was planned beta testing for all pre-orders. We've only just started Alpha 5 a week or two ago, with a large amount of reported bugs.


I certainly hope you are right. Because it's far too soon for it to release as a consumer version. Imo I think it's far too oriented towards console with the ugly UI and the camera system wow. I though P3D had a bad default camera system lol

Although, I haven't tried the most recent update as I reinstalled windows and cannot for the life of me find how to reinstall lol
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