Microsoft Flight Simulator is an astoundingly impressive game. One that uses integrated mapping data and AI to recreate the world in impressive detail. It also comes with a steep learning curve (it is a flight simulator, after all). But once you are cruising in the sky, taking in the scenery and the serenity of it all, you might want to invite someone over to enjoy the sights with. Well, you’re in luck, cause Microsoft Flight Simulator offers multiplayer for just that.
Playing with friends or random players is nowhere near as complex as actually flying your plane. For help with that last part, consult our handy tips and tricks guide. Now then, let’s take off!
- At the main menu, navigate to the top right corner of your screen and select the icon in the middle.
- This will bring down a drop-down menu with all of your friends who have Microsoft Flight Simulator and whether they’re online or not.
- Alternatively, you can also select Add Friend and search for your friend and add them.
- Once your friend is online, click their name and choose the option to Invite to Group. This will group you and your friends on the same server. For example, if your friend is on the west coast of the USA and you’re hosting on the east coast, they’ll join the east USA server automatically.
Simple enough so far, right? Now, let’s start to customize your flight.
Putting together an itinerary
- Choose the Group Only option to exclude random players.
- Choose All Players to see every player, regardless of their settings.
- Choose Live Players to see everyone with the same Air Traffic settings.
From there, you can select a traffic setting. If you use the Live Traffic option, the game will simulate air traffic based on live data and will provide a more immersive experience. But if the “real world” isn’t your thing, you can change it to AI Traffic or turn the other in-game air traffic off completely.
Finally, Weather & Time can only be modified if you’re not playing with the Live Players option. If you choose Live Players, both the weather and time of day are going to mimic the current conditions in the world.
Are we there yet?
- From the game menu, choose Options and then General. You can also access this setting from the in-game menu if you’ve already taken flight.
Source: Windows Central
- There is a setting under Traffic named Show Traffic Nameplates. Turning this on will show a little on-screen notification with your friend’s name and other flight information.
And that’s all! Join your friends and take to the sky in this immersive experience.
So, what do you think of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020? Is this venture better alone or with friends? Let us know in the comments.
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