Microsoft Flight Simulator is Now Available

Posted on August 18, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PC gaming, Xbox with 14 Comments

Today’s the day! Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator is available on Windows 10 via Xbox Game Pass for PC, the Microsoft Store, and Steam.

“It’s an exciting day for everyone at Asobo Studio and Microsoft,” Microsoft’s Jorg Neumann announced. “This all began as a demo of Machu Picchu in augmented reality for the Microsoft HoloLens and now we’re here, re-launching the franchise after 38 years. The dream to make another Microsoft Flight Simulator has always been alive, but what we really needed was the right combination of elements—a convergence of our collaboration with Azure AI’s cloud technology and Bing Maps to stream more than 2PB of data and—to be able to reach a new level of realism, accuracy[,] and authenticity.”

In celebration of the launch, all players can claim a free “Aviators Club” livery set from Wednesday, August 19 through September 30, 2020 in the in-sim marketplace. The set includes Microsoft Flight Simulator-inspired liveries for all of the aircraft available in the Standard, Deluxe, and Premium Deluxe Editions of the game.

You can learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator at the Xbox website. The Standard Edition comes with Xbox Game Pass for PC (or Ultimate) or can be purchased for $59.99. The Deluxe Edition is $89.99, and the Premium Deluxe Edition is $119.99.

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