airplane in MS Flight Simulator 2020

The Latest in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Flight simulator enthusiasts, rejoice! Let’s take a look at the current status of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and what the future holds for this beloved flight simulation experience.

A World of Realism:

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 continues to captivate hobbyists with its unparalleled realism. From stunningly detailed aircraft to breathtaking, true-to-life landscapes, the level of immersion is unmatched. Thanks to regular updates and improvements, the experience keeps getting better. One of the notable achievements of Flight Simulator is its optimization. Over time, developers have fine-tuned the performance, making it accessible to a broader range of PCs. This means more enthusiasts can take to the virtual skies without investing in high-end hardware.

Enhanced Graphics and Realism:

Visuals have always been a strong suit of this flight simulator, and the developers keep pushing the boundaries. With the inclusion of DirectX 12 and cutting-edge technology, the graphics are crisper and more realistic than ever before, ensuring an immersive flying experience. The team behind Microsoft Flight Simulator is committed to delivering regular updates. These updates not only improve performance but also introduce new features, aircraft, and airports. Stay tuned for upcoming updates that promise to enhance your simulation experience further.

Community Engagement:

MS Flight Simulator has a vibrant community that contributes to its growth. The marketplace is bustling with user-generated content, from liveries to mods, to DIY flight simulators, allowing hobbyists to personalize their experience extensively.


In conclusion, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 remains at the forefront of flight simulation. With ongoing improvements, enhanced performance, and an engaged community, it’s a haven for aviation enthusiasts. So, if you haven’t taken to the virtual skies recently, now is the perfect time to rediscover the magic of MS Flight Simulator and explore its ever-evolving world.

Whether you’re a seasoned pilot or a newcomer, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 continues to provide an incredibly authentic and enjoyable experience for flight simulation hobbyists.

Flight Simulator 2020 Pre-Alpha

Microsoft Shines with Flight Simulator 2020 Pre-Alpha

Microsoft is back… again. Really? Flight sim community influencers certainly think so. Microsoft invited several of them to their headquarters to experience the pre-Alpha version of Flight Simulator 2020 in September. Will this new effort by Microsoft soar or flop?

Flight Simulator 2020 Features

First of all, let’s look at the features of Flight Simulator 2020. It has astonishing worldwide scenery that makes true VFR pilotage a joy. Microsoft included every known airport in the world, that’s over 40,000 airports. Flight Simulator 2020 also includes better simulation of rain, humidity, turbulence, fog, aerodynamic performance, friction modeling, sloping runways, icing, wind layers, visibility, sun/moon/star positions, etc. which are improvements you would expect. The developers created true volumetric clouds that cast shadows and are lit from above by the sun and even from below by city lights at night. Finally, complete SIDs and STARs are included and perhaps Sectional charts too.

Will you be able to find your house in Flight Simulator 2020? Maybe.


Microsoft Community Commitment

Why would Flight Simulator 2020 be the “next generation” of flight sims? This development team seems to understand that a comprehensive new sim must embrace the community, not operate in spite of it (like Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D). The target market is “hard core simmers”, not gamers like the bungled MS Flight release in 2012. For example, Microsoft didn’t just invite community influencers to their offices, they PAID for their flights and hotel accommodations. Some invited guests came from Australia and Europe, so those tickets were not cheap. In addition, Microsoft treated the influencers to flights in a REAL Cessna 172 around Seattle so they could compare the real world scenery to the scenery in Flight Simulator 2020. That’s unprecedented. Even the Three Grumpy Simmers seemed delighted.

Microsoft brought in 3rd party developers early to gain their input for Flight Simulator 2020. Although, they are not saying yet who those 3rd party developers are. Furthermore, Microsoft revealed they have been working on this new flight sim for 5 years in secret! They certainly seem to be re-dedicated to the flight sim genre.



What’s Next?

When will Flight Simulator 2020 be released? How much will it cost? Will it crash your PC?
The sim will be released in 2020 sometime but there is no word on what it will cost. The development team has already assured us that it will not be a subscription-based pricing model. If you have a strong PC that is currently running VR apps smoothly, you should be able to run Flight Simulator 2020. This won’t be a repeat of the FSX performance debacle of 2006.


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