Microsoft Flight Simulator Release Announced

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Microsoft released final details for the release date of its upcoming latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The Microsoft Flight Simulator release was announced, along with the launch of the pre-order site at as well as via Twitter

The newest edition of the Microsoft Flight Simulator is scheduled for arrival on August 18th. It will be available only on PC. Pre-ordering now will ensure early download and the ability to play the game immediately at its launch. This includes Game Pass subscribers, who will have access to the Standard Edition as part of their membership.

Official Twitter Announcement:

We’ve already taken a look at some of the visuals that were made available during the recent alpha testing, and it seems that Microsoft has gone to great lengths to bring as much visual realism to the simulator.

We’ve reviewed the Pre-Order Launch trailer, which was created using all 4K HD video from the game. We are impressed at the details, but you’ve got to watch this for yourself to appreciate it.

Take Flight…

Given the level of detail that is built in, system requirements recommended for playing the title are pretty significant. Microsoft lists the MINIMUM requirements as follows, but points to players needing at least a mid-level gaming desktop or laptop. The storage requirements alone are astounding.

OSWindows 10 (v. 1909)
ProcessorIntel i5-4460, Ryzen 3 1200
GPUNVIDIA GTX 770, Radeon RX 570
Memory8 GB RAM, 2 GB VRAM
Storage150 GB
DirectXDirectX 11
Microsoft Flight Simulator Minimum System Requirements

Pre-orders start at $59.99 for the standard edition, which will also be available for free download to all Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers. A Deluxe Edition for $89.99 adds “highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 5 additional handcrafted international airports,” accord to the description from the website.

For the most dedicated of fans, the Premium Deluxe Edition will include everything in the Standard and Deluxe Editions and, at the price of $119.99, “plus 10 additional highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 10 additional handcrafted international airports.”

For ease of comparison, Microsoft provided these handy side-by-side chart of the planes and airports that will be available in each edition:

Version Comparison Chart: Planes
Version Comparison Chart : Airports
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