Microsoft finally announced the release date of the much-awaited Microsoft Flight Simulator yesterday. The brand new simulator will be released on 18th August. The developer also announced the pricing details and it can now be pre-ordered on the Microsoft website.

The flight simulation enthusiasts are already discussing the new simulator coming out next month. It is currently a hot topic in the entire flight sim community. Let’s take a sneak peek preview of the brand new simulator and what it will be offering.

Flight Simulator – Different Editions:

The new Microsoft Flight simulator will be coming with three different editions. Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and Premium Deluxe Edition.

All three will come along with a large number of 3D modelled airports and high-quality aircraft. These will also include a detailed landscape of the entire world. Yes, you read it right! The entire world will be there entirely made from the Bing imagery and further enhanced with Azure technology.

Pricing of different editions:

1. Standard Edition:

The standard edition will be available for USD $59.99. It will consist of 30 high detailed airports and 20 aircraft.

2. Deluxe Edition:

The deluxe edition will be available for USD $89.99. It will consist of extra 5 airports along with all airports included in the standard edition with extra 5 aircraft. So a total of 35 highly detailed airports and 25 aircraft for you to fly and enjoy.

3. Premium Deluxe Edition:

The premium deluxe edition will be available for USD $119.99. It will consist of everything that comes with standard and deluxe edition along with extra 5 airports and aircraft. So you’ll have 40 highly detailed and popular airports and 30 aircraft which you can take out for a spin and enjoy the highly detailed scenery and realistic environment that Microsoft has to offer.

Digital Copies and Physical Disc:

The digital copies will be made available on the Microsoft Xbox website along with other partner websites development. Regarding the physical disc, it will only be available in Europe at the same price and it will be released by Aerosoft.

The standard edition will also be available through the Xbox game pass for PC. So it’s good news for you if you are having a subscription. According to the guys over at FSElite, the Physical disc will be available a few days after the digital release and it is expected to be released on 21st August 2020. Information on these can be found on the Aerosoft website.

The Boxed version of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator will also be coming with some handbook of material and guides as previously seen in the previous legendary versions of the Simulators launched by Microsoft. This makes the Physical version much more amazing as you get some books and guides to the new sim.

Aircraft & Airport list:

Whether you’re fond of VFR flying or IFR flying, the new flight simulator will be coming with some highly detailed GA aircraft as well as some Jets including the A320, B747-8 and B787 so you will be able to fly around the world with a wider variety.

All aircraft that will be included in the Standard edition and Deluxe edition will be available in the Premium Deluxe edition along with extra aircraft and airports.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

The most popular aircraft including the narrow-body Airbus A320 and Queen of the Skies Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will be available on all the versions. Whereas, the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner will only be available on the Premium edition.

If you want to enjoy some VFR flying, then you also have some famous GA aircraft on the list.

The Premium edition also comes with some popular airports. But it’s your choice, which one you want to buy. All edition comes with its own perks. Whether you want to grab the complete package or just the basic one with a highly affordable price.

Inbuilt features of the new sim:

The simulator will be coming with some exciting features that we have never seen before in the previously released flight simulators. This makes it even more attractive compared to the other sims available in the market.

Some features of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator Includes:

  • Over 2 million highly detailed cities
  • 1.5 Billion buildings around the world
  • Real mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and more.

This is all made possible by the Bing imagery and the Azure technology opted by the developers at Microsoft who made it possible to create such a mind-blowing and realistic simulator.

Whether you want to test your flying skills or learn by flying some wide variety of aircraft while sitting at your home with an ultra-realistic environment, it is the perfect product. You can fly a range of light aircraft to some heavy commercial jets and level up your experience with an interactive and highly detailed instrument flying guidance and checklists made available by the developer for you. Level up your flight sim experience, whether you’re a newbie or a veteran in the flight simulation.

This new simulator makes it possible for you to experience some highly realistic and detailed physics while flying any aircraft. Fly with a time of your choice, day or night with the integrated live weather engine giving you realistic weather around the world.

You can find the latest previews here!

Third-party developers:

Many third-party developers have announced their interest in joining and releasing their products for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator which will enable a whole new experience for users. Making it possible to enjoy some addon aircraft and scenery from some popular developers.

Pre-order Launch trailer:

Check out the pre-order launch trailer released by Microsoft right after the announcement.


You can find the official requirements in order to run the new simulator. This will give you a better idea about the minimum, recommended and maximum requirements.

I am pretty sure that you all are excited the way I am. Which version of the new Flight Simulator you’re going to purchase? Pre-order now from Microsoft Xbox Store.

Source: FSElite & Microsoft Xbox

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