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Take to the skies with Microsoft's next installment in the Flight Simulator series

By Humza ยท 19 replies
Jun 10, 2019
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  1. Hardcore fans of the flight sim genre remember Microsoft's Flight Simulator from the early 1980s all the way to its tenth and last installment titled the FSX: Steam Edition that launched 5 years ago on Valve's store. The series is returning next year with visuals looking more lifelike than ever before.

    Realistic and hyper-detailed cockpits will see many players become avionics experts pointing out and discovering switches, knobs, gauges and other equipment on their aircraft, which will roam the skies in challenging weather above gorgeous scenery, all made with the help of satellite data and Microsoft's own Azure AI technology.

    "From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions."

    The series has always remained an exclusive on the PC but this time Microsoft is also planning a couch experience for those with an Xbox One console. Release dates for either version remain unknown but they're expected to be out some time in 2020. Being a first-party title from Xbox Game Studios, the game will also be releasing via the Xbox Game Pass.

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  2. avioza

    avioza TS Maniac Posts: 202   +152

    Now this in VR would be great.
    Silvernine and stewi0001 like this.
  3. regiq

    regiq TS Addict Posts: 237   +113

    MS Flight Sim... As a service..?
  4. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 674   +353

    It's been a long time. I would have to build a proper setup around it.
  5. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,146   +836

    In the early 2000's, I had JANES USAF, Falcon 4.0, F:16 Multirole Fighter, F22 Lightning 3...

    Now...despite the computers being ridiculously more powerful than ever, there's no quality military flight sims - or even Space combat sims to put my overpowered rig to the test.

    The first PC I built was a Pentium III 450Mhz with a Voodoo 3 3000 and 96MB of RAM intent on being able to run Babylon 5 Space Combat Simulator and I never got it.

    Now there's virtually no timed releases of combat sims.

    I fly Cessna Skyhawks in real life. It's boring.
    If I wanted that type of sim I'd get Saitek Pro flight equipment.
    Silvernine and TheBigT42 like this.
  6. R00sT3R

    R00sT3R TS Guru Posts: 155   +336

    ..give the game away so you can be scalped on DLC.
    Xclusiveitalian likes this.
  7. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Addict Posts: 147   +118

    How is this possible? I thought Lockheed Martin bought the intellectual property rights and code for MSFS years ago & turned it into Prepar3D.
  8. Hussar

    Hussar TS Rookie

    Have you looked at Digital Combat Simulator? The planes are meticulously detailed & modeled, each with a huge flight manual.
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,927   +1,195

    GreenNova343 and Raytrace3D like this.
  10. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 712   +1,004

    Let's hope it runs considerably better than FSX which was terrible. Legendarily terrible. If anything the old 'can it run Crysis' meme was originally 'can it run FSX?'

    The answer to the first one is now yes, the answer to the FSX question is still no.....
  11. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Booster Posts: 120   +62

    Just one question:
    1. Is this (finally) the 64-bit version?

    And the answer is probably: "No, it's still 32-bit and it can't use more than 4 GB of RAM, even if you have 32 GB installed". Hopefully it can at least use multiple cores.
  12. Bp968

    Bp968 TS Booster Posts: 94   +76

    Elite Dangerous with flight assistance turned off is pretty epic. Ive heard good things about star citizen, though who knows if or when that will ever happen.
  13. moral hazard

    moral hazard TS Rookie Posts: 17

    They have got to include the 737 Max!
    Godel likes this.
  14. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,249   +3,666

    Good to see them putting this old classic back in service! My only recommendation is that they build a module that lets you add weapons and some air to air, air to ground shoot 'em up features ..... Air Force One with mini-guns and rockets would be a nice touch!
    fraggerron likes this.
  15. fraggerron

    fraggerron TS Rookie

    What planes are included ?
  16. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 750   +366

    Will it come with WW3 bomber edition? Because it would be very entertaining to some of us.
  17. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 503   +307

    What I need now is a good new HOTAS to go with this and other recent modern fighter sims.
  18. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 522   +136

    Nothing compares to flying a real US Navy fighter jet from a US Navy aircraft carrier, especially at night...
  19. ThomasTECH

    ThomasTECH TS Rookie

    Finally a good reason to re-setup with Xbox!
  20. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 732   +281

    When it crashes, it will be Yuge!

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