If any game is seeking to raise the bar for all video game experiences, it’s Microsoft Flight Simulator. This incredibly ambitious title combines the power of modern gaming PC’s with Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology and two petabytes of worldy information to create a gorgeous, realistic depiction of our planet. And you can fly anywhere, at any time. This return to form is already proving to be an amazing accomplishment on PC, but the game is still nowhere to be found on Xbox consoles, despite earlier promises when the game was initially revealed.
What’s going on with Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox? We compiled everything you need to know right here, including when the game could release on your livingroom console.
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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It’s possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription with an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PC’s. That means access to Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC, day one, as well as the future Xbox release when it arrives.
What is Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox?
What differences will exist between PC and Xbox isn’t certain, as current Xbox consoles are running on older, underpowered hardware compared to what’s recommended for PC players, but it should be the exact same game feature wise, albeit optimized with simpler controls and toned down graphics.
When is the release date for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox?
We’ll be on the lookout for any concrete information regarding release date, so be sure to check in often. In the meantime, we know it’s still coming, we just don’t know when.
What is the pricing information for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox?
This means there will be three different versions, between the base version and two premium versions that add more airplanes and handcrafted airports to land at. Not only that, Microsoft Flight Simulator should also come to Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox consoles, so players who are subscribed will be able to play the standard edition the moment that it comes out, which is fantastic.
If you’re curious, you can check out how the various editions are priced for PC below, or make sure your Xbox Game Pass subscription is renewed so you can jump in and start flying as soon as possible.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 takes to the skies on August 18, promising a cloud-powered globe, with authenticity on an unmatched scale. It’s headed exclusively to Windows 10 PCs, with an Xbox release planned for the future.
Will the PC version be held back by Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox?
With how graphically impressive Microsoft Flight Simulator is on PC, it’s inevitable that there will be certain concessions to get the game to run on Xbox hardware, including reduced graphics, simplified control schemes that can be mapped to a controller, and possibly lower framerates.
However, the team’s contents allude to Microsoft Flight Simulator’s optimizations across hardware, meaning the game could scale from Xbox One / S, to One X, and finally to the Xbox Series X with increased performance and visual fidelity at each level.
Will the Xbox Series X get optimizations for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox?
With Microsoft Flight Simulator representing the pinnacle of visuals and technical feats from Microsoft, and the Xbox Series X representing the latest generation of power and gaming features, it’s almost guaranteed that Microsoft Flight Simulator will be able to take advantage. How the Xbox Series X will showcase Microsoft Flight Simulator is unknown, but this is a pretty safe assumption.
Bear in mind, it is possible that the Xbox Series X-optimized version could come at a later date even than the standard Xbox release, but hopefully the later release will offset this and we’ll get the optimized version at the same time.
Will Xbox Game Pass feature Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox?
As of now, Microsoft hasn’t said much about the release date for the Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, and that includes whether or not it’ll come to Xbox Game Pass. But from everything we do know, it would truly be a shock if it did not. That being said, continue to take this with a grain of salt or two until the moment Microsoft confirms this for themselves.
Is Xbox Play Anywhere supported by Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox?
This doesn’t necessarily mean that cross-save will be available, but Xbox Play Anywhere titles typically sync progress across platforms as well, and cross-play is a distinct possibility. Those details will have to wait a little longer, but we at least know that Microsoft Flight Simulator is Xbox Play Anywhere. Because of this, the Achievements list will be identical and shared across platforms.
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