Look I’m no aviation nerd, but I do have fond memories of MS Flight Simulator being pretty darn entertaining for no reason at all.
It never really made sense to me either, I wasn’t shooting anything, I wasn’t flying anywhere in particular, but I was at the helm of these giant machines that I would again and again and again try and do loop-the-loops with before plummeting into a few hundreds polygons (it was the 90s they weren’t at thousands yet).
Microsoft’s decision to bring a new version of the game to life had me oddly excited and now that it’s almost here about launching on Xbox Game Pass for PC I’m definitely taking that Cessna 172 Skyhawk for a spin in full 4K detail.
The new Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available in three versions, Standard, Deluxe and Premium, which includes more planes, airports and other extras for you to play with.
- The Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Edition ($99.99 AUD) includes 20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 hand-crafted airports. The Standard Edition will be available on day one with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).
- The Deluxe Edition ($139.95 AUD) includes everything from Microsoft Flight Simulator’s standard edition plus five additional highly accurate planes with unique flight models and five additional handcrafted international airports.
- The Premium Deluxe Edition ($179.95 AUD) includes everything from Microsoft Flight SimulatorStandard Edition plus 10 additional highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 10 additional handcrafted international airports.
Don’t worry though folks, Sydney is included in all three versions, but if you want to fly a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, well you’ll have to spring for the Premium.
A full list of airports and planes available are on Microsoft’s website.