Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition is Now Available

Posted on November 18, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PC gaming, Project xCloud, Xbox, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 7 Comments

Microsoft today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition as a free update for existing users.

“This new edition celebrates all the positive feedback, reviews and awards garnered, and is also a ‘Thank You’ to our fans—new and old—[who] have made Microsoft Flight Simulator such a phenomenon,” Microsoft’s Jorg Neumann writes. “The *Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition* features five new handcrafted aircraft, eight new airports, six new Discovery Flights, and updated weather systems and incorporates all six World Updates.”

New aircraft include the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, VoloCity, Pilatus PC-6 Porter, CubCrafters NX Cub, and Aviat Pitts Special S1S. There are 8 new airports in central Europe and United States, including Leipzig/Halle Airport (EDDP), Allgäu Airport Memmingen (EDJA), Kassel Airport (EDVK) Switzerland, Lugano Airport (LSZA), Zurich Airport (LSZH), Luzern-Beromunster Airport (LSZO), Patrick Space Force Base (KCOF), and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (KNKX), plus information about 545 previously missing airports in the United States.

There are also 6 new missions, 14 new tutorials, and several highly requested features by the community, including an updated weather system, early access to DirectX 12, and a dev mode replay system. And finally, in collaboration with Bing, there are several new photogrammetry cities: Helsinki (Finland), Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), Brighton, Derby, Eastbourne, Newcastle, and Nottingham (UK) and Utrecht (Netherlands).

Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on Xbox Series X|S with Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10 and 11 with Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Steam.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition is Now Available”

  1. madthinus

    Love seeing them continue to improve the game.

  2. ngc224

    Are there any Surface devices even capable of running Microsoft Flight Simulator?

    • Paul Thurrott

      Only over Xbox Cloud Gaming. :)

      • ulrichr

        Actually I successfully ran it on my Surface Book 3 albeit with graphics settings at Medium and the graphics output scaling to 80%. That worked fine for most places except heavy polygon areas like New York

  3. jdjan

    I love this game but I play it only every now and then and its usually several gigs of downloading updates each time. RIP my bandwidth with this one!

  4. red.radar

    I love this game simulation

  5. bleeman

    I think one of the new i7 Surface Laptop Studios could run it as they have an RTX3050 graphics card.