Microsoft Flight Simulator Next Month

Microsoft is now offering preorders of Microsoft Flight Simulator on the Xbox Website, saying the new installment of the series will take off for Windows 10 on August 18th. The game is also coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). This comes as a Standard Edition with 20 planes and 30 airports, a Deluxe Edition that adds five more aircraft and five more airports, or a Premium Deluxe Edition with 10 additional planes and 10 additional airports. Here's a new Pre-Order Launch Trailer and here are some details along with the minimum system requirements:
We have been thrilled and humbled by the support and dedication that has fueled the Flight Sim community for the past 38 years. Since the launch of the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to develop the next-generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have the right tools, technology, partners and hardware to release the most realistic and authentic flight simulator to date. Microsoft Flight Simulator features include:

  • Vivid and Detailed Landscapes – Immerse yourself in the vast and beautiful world that is our planet with more than 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers and more.
  • A Living World – Earth is vibrant and ever-changing and so is the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator which includes live traffic, real-time weather and animals.
  • Highly Detailed Aircraft – Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with comprehensive flight models. Every aircraft includes highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.
  • New Checklist System – From pro to beginner, scale your level from full manual to full assist with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklist.
  • Dynamic Weather – The new weather engine enables users to switch on the live weather mode to experience real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain and more.
  • New Day & Night Engine – Experience flight at any time of day or year allowing for night VFR, visual flight rules, navigation.
  • Aerodynamic Modeling – A state-of-the-art physics engine with over 1,000 control surfaces per plane allows for a truly realistic experience.

Minimum requirements
OS Windows 10 (v. 1909)
Processor Intel i5-4460, Ryzen 3 1200
GPU NVIDIA GTX 770, Radeon RX 570
Memory 8 GB RAM, 2 GB VRAM
Storage 150 GB
DirectX DirectX 11

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Jul 17, 2020, 22:43
Kxmode
 
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Jul 17, 2020, 22:43
 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 21:10:
Kxmode wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 18:24:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 16:49:
VaranDragon wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 14:28:
Does it support VR? I assume TrackIR will work.

IIRC, no VR out of the gate, but will add in the future?

Hard to say. I don't know if MS wants to dump money into something that has a small footprint.

The footprint isn't that small. And while it's work to add in VR support correctly, it's not that much work relative to how much went in to building the flight simulator.

I would buy a VR for this game if they added it and the community says it is a literal game-changer (I really hate that word but cannot think of another).
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Jul 15, 2020, 15:18
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Jul 15, 2020, 15:18
 
FloorPie wrote on Jul 15, 2020, 01:37:
Tom wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 16:58:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 15:39:
What's the armament loadout on a Cessna? Does it have an internal weapons bay, or do I need guns on the hardpoints?

Or maybe I'll just stick to DCS...

Cessnas typically carried white phosphorous rockets in Vietnam: https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/cessna-vietnam-korean-war-legend

Even cooler was the 0-2 (Oscar Deuce) aka Skymaster 337. Push/Pull two prop design used for forward air control.

That was a very cool plane, but so was the OV-10 Bronco.
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Jul 15, 2020, 01:37
 
Tom wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 16:58:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 15:39:
What's the armament loadout on a Cessna? Does it have an internal weapons bay, or do I need guns on the hardpoints?

Or maybe I'll just stick to DCS...

Cessnas typically carried white phosphorous rockets in Vietnam: https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/cessna-vietnam-korean-war-legend

Even cooler was the 0-2 (Oscar Deuce) aka Skymaster 337. Push/Pull two prop design used for forward air control.
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Jul 14, 2020, 21:10
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Jul 14, 2020, 21:10
 
Kxmode wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 18:24:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 16:49:
VaranDragon wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 14:28:
Does it support VR? I assume TrackIR will work.

IIRC, no VR out of the gate, but will add in the future?

Hard to say. I don't know if MS wants to dump money into something that has a small footprint.

The footprint isn't that small. And while it's work to add in VR support correctly, it's not that much work relative to how much went in to building the flight simulator.
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Jul 14, 2020, 21:08
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Kxmode wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 18:17:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 16:47:
Kxmode wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 00:30:
How amazing would it be to add a boat DLC that lets you traverse the seas and oceans in this sim-earth from port to port? I would like one of the luxury yachts by Oceanco. I'd be willing to spend $40 for a Yacht DLC. Even more amazing while you're sailing you spot planes overhead that are piloted by players.

Given that they've done all the physics modeling, a yacht with a sail would be even more fun, since you'd have to do more than just point it to where you want it to go.

Yeah!

I have a confession to make. The link to Oceanco wasn't for you guys. You're super smart folks to find their site. No, it was for their analytical tracking. I figured if they get a blue spike of referral traffic, they might investigate, and it leads them back to this page where they see my comment and consider, "Hmmm... that's not a bad idea." They communicate with Microsoft to see how they can partner to make yachts DLCs a thing (especially yachts with sails). AFAIK Oceanco is one of the world's top yacht brands. Imma scheming. Move aside Star Citizen. I've got a yacht to sail!

I wonder if someone can mod a sailboat in. I wonder, given its mostly online nature, if you can mod it at all. Modding was always a big part of the old FS games.
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Jul 14, 2020, 18:24
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Jul 14, 2020, 18:24
 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 16:49:
VaranDragon wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 14:28:
Does it support VR? I assume TrackIR will work.

IIRC, no VR out of the gate, but will add in the future?

Hard to say. I don't know if MS wants to dump money into something that has a small footprint.
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Jul 14, 2020, 18:17
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Jul 14, 2020, 18:17
 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 16:47:
Kxmode wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 00:30:
How amazing would it be to add a boat DLC that lets you traverse the seas and oceans in this sim-earth from port to port? I would like one of the luxury yachts by Oceanco. I'd be willing to spend $40 for a Yacht DLC. Even more amazing while you're sailing you spot planes overhead that are piloted by players.

Given that they've done all the physics modeling, a yacht with a sail would be even more fun, since you'd have to do more than just point it to where you want it to go.

Yeah!

I have a confession to make. The link to Oceanco wasn't for you guys. You're super smart folks to find their site. No, it was for their analytical tracking. I figured if they get a blue spike of referral traffic, they might investigate, and it leads them back to this page where they see my comment and consider, "Hmmm... that's not a bad idea." They communicate with Microsoft to see how they can partner to make yachts DLCs a thing (especially yachts with sails). AFAIK Oceanco is one of the world's top yacht brands. Imma scheming. Move aside Star Citizen. I've got a yacht to sail!
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VaranDragon wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 14:28:
Does it support VR? I assume TrackIR will work.

IIRC, no VR out of the gate, but will add in the future?
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Kxmode wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 00:30:
How amazing would it be to add a boat DLC that lets you traverse the seas and oceans in this sim-earth from port to port? I would like one of the luxury yachts by Oceanco. I'd be willing to spend $40 for a Yacht DLC. Even more amazing while you're sailing you spot planes overhead that are piloted by players.

Given that they've done all the physics modeling, a yacht with a sail would be even more fun, since you'd have to do more than just point it to where you want it to go.
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VaranDragon wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 14:28:
Does it support VR? I assume TrackIR will work.

It's not a launch priority. But they are "listening" to the requests.

Microsoft is not pushing VR with its next Xbox. Doesn't matter that this would be a "killer app" for VR.
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Does it support VR? I assume TrackIR will work.
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Jul 14, 2020, 11:06
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Awesome! I found some local online retailers with "stock" but I have my doubts. Still a month until the sim releases, I'm hoping to receive before then, or at least be at the front of the backorder queue.

I recommend anyone interested in flight peripherals to purchase now. COVID demand drained all inventories for car sim racing peripherals, and the launch of this flight simulator will naturally spike demand for all flight controllers. But the demand from casual or newbie pilots who wish to fly away from their COVID sheltering will even push used-peripheral demand (and prices).
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Jul 14, 2020, 10:50
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I used the T16000M FCS stick and throttle for a while and can heartily recommend them. Great value. You're going to have to spend hundreds more to get a significant improvement. I've also used the TFRP rudder pedals and they're decent, especially for the price (cost me $60 a few years ago). I don't know of any other lower end rudder pedals that are better. You might also want to consider just using the rudder paddle on the throttle before actually getting rudder pedals - you might not need them. I find rudder pedals most useful for helicopters, managing powerful prop aircraft on takeoff, and general authentic feel.

If you're ever interested in higher end stuff, I can heartily recommend the VPC Mongoos-T50, TM Warthog throttle, and MFG Crosswind rudder pedals based on years of experience with them. In particular, the MFG Crosswind pedals are an incredible value IMO despite the ~$300 price tag.

Whatever you do, don't get the TM Warthog stick unless you're comfortable with the idea of working on its innards. It's heavy metal on the outside but plastic junk on the inside and it tends to wear out after a year or two without modification.
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Jul 14, 2020, 10:01
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Tom wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 15:22:
Qvark wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 15:12:
theglaze wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 12:14:
Does it support flight control peripherals?

You must be kidding right? This is a joke? Or have you been living under a rock for the last year?
This sim is groundbreaking in many ways.
I can't imagine any other flight-sim creating as much hype within the flight-community as this has. Ever.

It was a fair question. This iteration of Flight Simulator is strongly Xbox-branded and extremely hyped. Microsoft royally botched their previous outing (Microsoft Flight). They're trying to make up for it this time around to some extent, but there's definitely a major effort to appeal to casuals which tends to ruin things for more hardcore users. Hopefully not in this case.

Ok, what do you recommend I buy? I'm not looking to "authentically" simulate flying a particular plane, just a controller setup that will let me enjoy the broadest variety. I've been meaning to try Elite Dangerous too, so I'm leaning towards a joystick configuration.

Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Flight Stick with Throttle and Thrustmaster TFRP Rudder Pedals should do the trick?
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Jul 14, 2020, 05:56
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Lord Tea wrote on Jul 14, 2020, 01:41:
This is exactly what they announced initially. Looks like there will be no flying planes while on planes.

Since much of it is streamed, I surmise the experience will depend heavily on bandwidth first and machine power second. I hope I'll see ~60 FPS on my machine:

CPU: I7-8700
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11G
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4-2133
MOBO: ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming
Install Drive: SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB
Displays: LG 27" 4K UHD IPS
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Bandwidth: 1000 Mbps
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 17:03:
Qvark wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 16:21:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 15:06:
McTurbo wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 11:38:
Just imagine when RPG's / MMO's are built on this scale, run by AI, and in VR

Be careful what you wish for. Those amazing FS2020 graphics require you to always be online.
Where do you get this nonsense from. They've said they have offline mode a long time ago.

Just various articles discussing the game. For example:

The good news for gamers is that the minimum specs for the game are relatively modest. AMD-based systems will require a Ryzen 3 1200 processor, a Radeon RX 570 graphics card with 2GB of video memory, only 8GB of system memory and 150GB of hard disk space. The minimum spec for Nvidia-based system replaces the processor with an Intel Core i5-4460 and the graphics card with an Nvidia GTX 770. Both require a minimum internet connection speed of 5Mbits/sec.

Emphasis mine. Perhaps there's an offline mode that doesn't have those amazing graphics?

This is exactly what they announced initially. Looks like there will be no flying planes while on planes.
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Jul 14, 2020, 00:30
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How amazing would it be to add a boat DLC that lets you traverse the seas and oceans in this sim-earth from port to port? I would like one of the luxury yachts by Oceanco. I'd be willing to spend $40 for a Yacht DLC. Even more amazing while you're sailing you spot planes overhead that are piloted by players.
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I'm not into flight sims but, that is impressive.
I can imagine there are going to be some kick-ass simulators built just to play this title.
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 13, 2020, 17:05:
The world is 2 petabytes.
I was going to ask for the source but I found it.
All from Bing maps
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Yeah, they've said before you can pre-load an area you plan to fly around in if you want full detail offline, but that's gotta be dozens of gigs of data for like, a few states. Playing the full game completely offline is comparable to current-gen open world architectural detail from what I've seen, but only in select, major locations. Everywhere else probably looks like Google Maps. This game is their new poster child for the power of the Xbox cloud, so if you're in it for the next-gen experience, you better not have a data cap.
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