OT: Microsoft Releasing a New Flight Simulator August 18th, for PC & XBox

I resisted the urge to get "Red Dead Redemption 2," and "Rising Storm 2: Vietnam" is my newest game on any platform; but this is one I will fork up for. I still enjoy FSX (their last great FS and released in 2006), from-time-to-time and am considering taking some flight lessons.

The detail and graphics engine are insane. The terrain will be streamed off the cloud, based off of Bing Maps (players are encouraged to locate and buzz their own homes). This will be 150GB install, and the live-world updates are tapping into a whopping 2 Petabytes worth of data The biggest surprise of Microsoft Flight Simulator: it makes Bing cool!

There will be 3 versions, with added content (additional detailed airports and additional aircraft) in each:

  • Standard $59.99
  • Premium $89.99
  • Premium Deluxe $119.99

Preorder/Main Page

Required/Recommended/Ideal PC Specs

The rig I built in 2016, mainly to play ARMA 3 at its highest with lots of realism mods, looks like it'll be in the recommended-ideal range.

You can watch the developers explain the many features, in this playlist:
Uploads from Microsoft Flight Simulator

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Can I fly through the hole of the Shanghai World Financial Centre?

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Not having played it hands-on yet, hard to say. But unless there are clipping issues with that object/building, I would think any small acrobatic craft would be able to.

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Definitely wanna pick this up. Anyone got a good yoke they recommend for Xbox One X?

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my newest console is still a PS3 (purely for NCAA 14), but I understand that it's designed to work fine with the XB controller. I'm sure there some good communities dedicated to flight games on the XB that can give you recommendations

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I can't wait to land 747s on Aircraft Carriers

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Might be the only way to fly those beautiful birds soon

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They're mainly flying cargo now. In the age of ETOPS and the advances made with 2-engines, the airlines are pretty done with the Jumbos.

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Just FYI, an official release date hasn't been announced for Xbox. You can download it on PC with Xbox Game Pass (for PC) when it launches on August 18th, but not on Xbox.

Flight Simulator Release FAQ

Real-world updates include live weather. If there's a hurricane, you'll be able to fly into it.

I've never played a flight sim before but I'm definitely getting this game. Will start off using a PS4 controller on my PC but I'll eventually get a flight stick if I sink enough hours into the game.

That's how they get you, once you have the flight stick then you're gonna need the rudder pedals, and then a captain's chair and sooner than later you're gonna have 8 4k monitors to show all viewpoints while having a interchangeable dash that you custom built so you can change out your controls to match the plane you're in. It gets expensive really quick.

Me 3 weeks after the game launches:

There are some impressive builds out there

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I want something like that for the Ace Combat series!

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I've been using this for years now. You can twist the control column or using the front toggle on the throttle for yaw/rudder:

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Joystick

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In looking through Amazon's listings there is either a misconceived demand issue, or supply chain issue. The proper HOTAS are either out of stock, discontinued, or only being sold as renewed.

So is it real time? like If i want to fly from NY to LA in the game it'll take 6 hours real time?

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Yep. Realtime has been part of most Flight Sims for decades

But you can also speed up time

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Maybe it's just me, but whats the point in flying for 3 hours in the middle of the night across the world when you can't see anything? Do they randomly throw-in a bird strike to see if you react in time? Throw in a random terrorist trying to take over the plane? How do they keep you engaged? Is it just 3-hours-in-the-dark-with-console-lights?

The only thing I can tell you is it's incredibly relaxing and nearly as realistic as you care to make it. But if we are being honest, nobody flies actual flight plans much longer than 30 mins. After that it's how creatively you can get on and off the ground.

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Depends on the user.

As stated by wasknick, the casual gamer doesn't do 3-hour flights. Then there's the hardcore simmers, who are sometimes part of "virtual airlines", which are groups of people who fly a set of planned routes; there are even systems which simulate passenger loads and pay out virtual currencies.

And then there's real-world pilots who are trying to improve their skills at a rate cheaper than the $200/hour it takes to rent an actual plane. It might just be doing touch-and-gos at the local airport, long-distance navigation training, or it could be talking to actual people acting as air traffic control for communication practice. I've certainly done 3+ hour flights online before doing it real-world.

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I'm a complete FS noob so I'm not certain if any of this already exists, but there really should to be some crash effects... and definitely different servers to separate those that are taking things seriously from the fun crowd or maybe breaking it down even further:
- Serious flight sim
- RPG
- Arcade
- Dog fighting
- Screwin' around

and imagine what fun could be had with merging the build concepts from kerbal space program in to this... that would be awesome.

VR support for this new flight sim is expected down the road. If so, I might finally that gear.

I had no idea, the technology had advanced so much in gaming. Just look up VR Dogfights for DCS.

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This is awesome. I remember my first exposure to M$ Flight Simulator was the 95 version. It was god awful and I could never really figure out how to land the plane or do anything productive after takeoff, but I'm super intrigued by this new release. May have to look into it.

Most importantly of all:

We can simulate and recreate coaching searches/rumors, in real-time! Don't even need FlightAware!

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Long review from Ars released today... I've never played, but I may be up for making the investment in this game. This could be epic. It also sounds like those with the MS game pass will be getting access at no additional cost. No word yet on availability on XBox, but I have to imagine this is going to ready on the OneX release day.

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I have played FS X a little bit and it was OK but this sim looks amazing. My son has 2.5 years of Game Pass Ultimate stacked up in his account (had 2+ years of Xbox gold and then did the $1/month conversion thing) and I'm eager to see when this shows up on Xbox. If it isn't close to launch date, then I'm going to requisition his account on my PC to test this thing out.

As someone who has MS Game pass ultimate I may be very tempted to give this a go. That all said how strong of internet is going to be needed to run this with it being cloud based?

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Not having ever played the prior games in the series I'm tempted to dive in to this one, and probably going the gamepass route. My current system specs are in-between the recommended and ideal, so I'm in a decent position to not have to make any upgrades (including the internet connection).

Well we will be testing my 15 mbps DSL internet then, I have the exact ideal specs listed there so I should be okay I guess.

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