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Download of the Week: Microsoft Flight

By Jos · 18 replies
Feb 29, 2012
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  1. As promised, Microsoft has made their latest flight simulator game available to the masses as a free download today. The announcement came a few hours in advance of their Windows…

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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Wow. Those specs are crazy. I better feel the salt spray on my face.
  3. Those specs will become laptops low end computers in a two or five years.
  4. Jos

    Jos TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    My bad, those were the recommended system specs. I've updated the post with both minimum and recommended specs.
  5. The specs in the article are the recomended ones. Here's the Minimum specs:

    Dual Core 2 GHz
    256 MB Graphics card capible of shader 3.0 (DX 9.0c compliant)
    10 GB HD space
    Win XP SP3 or better
    2 GB RAM
  6. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 398   +17

    MS should release this for the iOS platform with a price between ($9-$19) and sell upgrades as in-app purchases. It would fly into top 10 grossing apps.
  7. Since when a GeForce 9800 is as powerful as a RadeonHD 5670? o_O
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    Oh look this requires yet ANOTHER client to play the game... Not the most convenient multi step process but it is now downloading at a less than stellar 200-300 KB/s. As for the system requirements, even the recommended requirements aren't that high, if you can't afford a $100 graphic card you might as well stick to flash games. I'll fire it up and report back once finished downloading, maybe today.
  9. Qrox

    Qrox TS Booster Posts: 70   +30

    Haha. When I saw the specs nothing seemed off. Then I see your comment and did the math. Somewhere there had to be a mistake. 9800 isn't even close to each other.
  10. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 509   +12

    Yeah, this game sucks. They ruined the franchise IMO.
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    If you like flight simulators, my suggestion is to bypass this (even though it's free) and go with "Rise of Flight." Hella fun simulator/game with considerably better graphics and options than MS Flight Simulator.
  12. Morgawr

    Morgawr TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Actually the 9800 GT has about the same if not more performance the the HD 5670. It just doesn't support direct X11.... and it's also a lot more power hungry.
  13. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    Disappoint. All that I can say, granted it is Free, but this isn't exactly my type of game. I put a couple pictures up if anyone is interested, this is how the game looks maxed out.
  14. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    I played the beta, it was pretty enjoyable.
  15. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    Can i play it with my magic stick? Flying is boring. Mount guns on the planes, M$!
  16. indiangamer

    indiangamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 57   +9

    if it will help me BF3 jets then i will download it........

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    Intel i7 980 extreme, 6 core processor, HT enabled 12 Vertual cores.
    24 gig ram. Triple Channel.
    Western Digital VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm 300 gig HD, with 200 gig free space..
    2 x GTX-560-Ti video cards.

    And it says my Microprocessor in not compatable... say what...
    Loaded it anyways and played it on maximum settings...
    works good no glitches...
    fun game...

  18. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    can you fly with a mouse? or does it require a joystick. i mean is it playable with a keyboard/mouse?
  19. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,146   +142

    Horrible game in my opinion. M$ has turned this into an arcade game, rather than a flight sim.

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