Microsoft Flight Simulator now available for Windows 10

Asobo Studio and Microsoft launch the Microsoft Flight Simulator on Windows 10 through Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Steam.

Flight Simulator (source: Microsoft)
Flight Simulator (source: Microsoft)

The Microsoft Flight Simulator is now finally ready starting August 18, 2020, on Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows 10, and Steam.  

The new simulator developed by Asobo Studio uses a new graphics engine, satellite data from Bing Maps, and Azure AI cloud technology to reach the new level of realism, accuracy and authenticity.

Pricing begins at $59.99 for the standard version of the simulator on both the Microsoft Store and Steam. The deluxe version costs $89.99, and it unlocks more planes and airports. You can get even more if you buy the premium version for $119.99.

If you’re planning to get Flight Simulator, you’ll need a computer running Windows 10 version 1909 (November 2019 Update) or higher, a minimum of an Intel i5-4460 or Ryzen 3 1200 processor, NVIDIA GTX 770 or Radeon RX 570 graphics, 8GB of memory, DirectX 11, and 150GB of available storage.

These are the differences between Microsoft Flight Simulator standard, deluxe, and premium:

Flight Simulator version comparison (source: Microsoft)
Flight Simulator version comparison (source: Microsoft)

In celebration of the franchise, players will also be able to claim a free “Aviators Club” livery through September 30, 2020. The livery set will be available starting on Wednesday, August 19, in the in-sim marketplace and includes Microsoft Flight Simulator-inspired liveries for all aircraft.

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