Microsoft Flight Simulator is Coming to Steam, Will Support VR

Ruben Fields
August 1, 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is one of the most anticipated games of the year for returning to consoles and PCs after years without any updates.

Ahead of the August 18 launch, Microsoft lifted an embargo on previews from a range of specialist video game sites and video content creators, such as those from Aus Flight Simmer and The Flight Sim Deck. The "Standard" version of MS Flight Sim is now available to pre-install via the Xbox (Beta) Windows 10 application for active PC and Ultimate subscribers, ahead of the August 18 launch.

Microsoft has confirmed that the new Flight Simulator will offer support for VR on Windows 10, allowing users to sit in the pilot's seat and fly (almost) like a real professional in the field.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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It's going to get support for one VR headset to start with and that's the HP Reverb G2.

Microsoft Flight Simulator strikes PC on August18 An Xbox version will arrive at a later date. Microsoft didn't say exactly when that will happen, Microsoft's head of Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann suggested it would be "a few more months" after the G2.

Microsoft Flight Simulator will be compatible (later this year) with the upcoming Reverb G2 VR headset from Microsoft and Valve. When it came to VR support the team behind the project Asobo Studio hadn't initially considered it but were looking at the possibility due to community feedback. Asobo can be planning paid DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Neumann mentioned helicopters and heliports as a potential focus. Everything has been generated from satellite and flyover imagery, and because of that, they can feed new data into their generation system and make improvements to the machine learning algorithms over time to create a more and more realistic world.

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