Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming back from the grave

By Scorpus
Jul 10, 2014
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  1. Microsoft Flight Simulator was one of the most popular simulator games of the 90s and early 2000s, until Microsoft closed the studio responsible for its development in 2009. The series made a brief return in 2012 with Microsoft Flight, although the...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I remember Microsoft Flight having pretty hefty system requirements. That is about it.
  3. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +20

    Yup, FSX is a huge, bloated mess of a program. X-Plane is much better, and hopefully the new MS Flight Simulator will be better still.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    Its not a simulator to me unless the world is accurately simulated...which it isn't. the "simulator" just felt pointless and dull in every sense of the word, as there was nothing to fly over expect some hills and massively blurred textures.
  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    Loved Flight Simulator series, would love to see a new one come out with amazing graphics, physics, and detail!
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  6. Neojt

    Neojt TS Booster Posts: 165   +22

    Man I wish they bring back Combat Flight simulator. the 1 and 3 where awesome. (3 and a crappy campain thought )
    Ranger12 and modonn like this.
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,551   +332

    Is it anything like Google Flight Simulator using Google Earth? :)
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,163

    MSFS was never intended as a VR simulator. Its primary utility was for actual pilots who wanted to practice approaches and for enthusiasts who wanted to get a feel for actual flying. In other words, it is (was?) a flight physics simulator.
    learninmypc likes this.
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    I might pick it up if it's on Steam. If I can find my stinking joystick that was put away years ago.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I'd love to fly around in a 3D world created by Googles Street View images, even if people are the size of 2 or 3 pixels. The flight would be mesmerizing and keep me interested for hours.
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  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    in that case it was sort of falsly labeled; I recall the box feeling more...gamey...than a physics simulator, for flight simulator X anyway.
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,163

    According to commercial pilots I've spoken to, the physics are decently approximated. I've heard X-Plane is much better, though. The primary complaint about MSFS was that the cockpit controls (important knobs, switches, etc.) were either non-functional or incorrectly programmed by the devs.

    Not being a pilot myself, I simply take their word for it.
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  13. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +20

    My dad was a pilot, and he loses his mind over X-Plane. Absolutely loves it, can't get enough of it.

    I've put in a good few hours myself, and am a bit of a flight sim fan, and I can tell you it is a very, very good product.
  14. Egon Spengler

    Egon Spengler TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Lockheed Martin licensed Microsoft simulator tech long ago and has been publishing Prepar3d which is the real successor to FSX. Most add-on airplanes and scenery that worked in FSX also work in P3D. Unfortunately, it cost $200 and is intended for training rather than gaming, but it's what many hard-core flight simmers are using now.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    Wouldn't, "M$ Flight Simulator is retaking the friendly skies, after a stint in mothballs and rusty hangars", have been a tad more poetic?

    But seriously, with high hardware requirements and activation needed for FS "X", I'd just as soon they re-release M$ FS 2004.

    None of the real M$ flight simulators were ever actually games. They just found their way to that section of software listing for lack of a better classification.

    Closer to a game was M$'s, "Combat Flight Simulator", an easily accessible shoot em up set during WW2. M$ licensed this to Atari a few years back.

    And if anybody cares, "X-Wing" would be great subject for an update. That's actually a flight sim, but in deep space.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    I probably would too. Many years ago I asked for a pretty expensive Saitek joystick for either my birthday or Christmas and got it. I'm not sure I ever actually used it and I feel slightly bad about that...
    9Nails likes this.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    I have a Logictech "3D Pro Extreme", which has been sitting on top of my eMachines for years. I just picked it up, and was quickly reminded I need to dust, way, way, more often than I do....:oops:
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    You don't have a french maid to prance around and clean things for you once a week?
  19. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,163

    Captaincranky is cheap...errr...frugal. If she isn't free, he's got better things to watch. At least, this is what I've gathered from his typical responses to such matters.
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  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    There is a significant amount of math involved in aircraft navigation. Navigation is a huge chunk of the test for a private pilots license, even for VFR only classification. M$ flight sims, offer a significant aid toward that end.

    With the latest version I have, (FS 2004), the graphics are not as evolved as Google Earth's. But, it's still fun to buzz the casinos in Les Vegas, even if they're not photo realistic.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    @SNGX1275 Even if I did, the Logictech isn't the joystick I'd have her dusting
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  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    This was only true of FS "X". Earlier versions (FS 2004 & earlier), could be quite successfully run with single core IGP machines. Same with M$'s "Train Simulator". That said, the graphics on either game weren't anywhere near photo real.

    Besides, a flight sim doesn't have frame rates anywhere near that of a FPS. So, with respect to FS "X", the guys with hefty gaming rigs might have been complaining without much in the way of just cause.
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  24. SeanH

    SeanH TS Rookie

    That is already possible with add-ons :)

    learninmypc and cliffordcooley like this.

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