Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) - We're really sorry about Microsoft Flight

Yes. All airports in the world should be there, based on bing maps and such. But the additional work with the hand-crafted content is what’s being sold for extra.

Flight Sim has always had a cottage industry around it, and MS distributed an SDK to all the modders and third-party expansion content folks. The difference this time around is that all that content may be found in a central in-game marketplace, rather than having to purchase them separately on external storefronts. But if there are missing “hand-crafted” airports, I imagine either the third-party folks will create stuff, or perhaps MS will slowly add more airports.

The trailer is absolutely gorgeous.

That said, the packages they’re offering are a bit of a downer. Guess they’re figuring that their core group is old dudes with a solid income who won’t mind shelling out $120 bucks. And they might be largely right.

I assume we’ll have to wait for mods, third party content or DLC until we get some fighter jets?

I want an alien invasion scenario with japanese style mechas (macross style, even) over this terrain.

Here is some more detail on airports:

So Microsoft Flight Simulator apparently features every airport in the world. A modest 37,000 of those have been manually edited by Asobo, they say in a new developer video.

So it’s not 37,000 autogenerated, they’ve been manually edited to some extent. It’s just the super highly-detailed ones mentioned in the preorder stuff.


God dammit, now it’s sitting in my Gamepass app, taunting me.

Looks like my Game Pass expires at the end of the month. Let us know how it is!

Ah 150GB install size. Gonna need a new SSD.

I’m honestly surprised it’s not bigger.

So where will be buy this? What’s the best way to get/run it? Microsoft Store? Will it be on Steam?

Microsoft store. No VR, no guns, no interest from me.

Unless you want the more expensive versions with more planes and airports, the best option seems to be a game pass subscription on Xbox app/MS store on PC. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up on Steam at some point in the future though, considering MS games like Halo and Sea of Thieves are on Steam now.

What is the latest word on VR? Last I remember in November they said they would be working hard at including it. It will be a shame if it doesn’t ship with it, but I’ll still pick it up. That is just too sweet looking. I’ll make do with the trackir until they vr support.

Looking at the store page I think it is clear there won’t be VR at launch. Don’t assume there will be track IR support at launch either.

After launch, yeah. Initially they weren’t planning on having it all.

I’m not even sure if the MS Store currently works with VR or not. Dirt Rally 2 doesn’t have it, for example.

That would really suck if it doesn’t even have trackir support.

As gorgeous as it looks, probably a no-go for me until they get VR. I’ll be keeping an eye on reactions though. Have they announced when the testers are freed from the NDA?

Wow this is out on game pass next month! What a great surprise.

You want next gen? Here’s your next gen!

One positive of this announcement is that they seem to have scrapped their plan to have the top-tier terrain mapping only available with a monthly subscription.