Microsoft releases NEW Flight Simulator that lets you fly anywhere in the world – even over your own house
MICROSOFT has released a brand new and graphically stunning Flight Simulator game – and you can fly absolutely anywhere.
The new title lets you explore millions of cities, fly over billions of buildings, simulating the entire planet.
Microsoft has stunningly recreated millions of real-world cities[/caption]
The world is populated by realistic animals that bring Microsoft’s virtual Earth to life[/caption]
Microsoft’s first version of Flight Simulator launched way back in 1982.
But it’s got nothing on the mammoth scale of the new game.
The tech firm has 3D-mapped much of the world’s terrain, including trees, grass, buildings and water.
Airplanes have realistic physics, weather data is borrowed from the real-world, and there are huge draw distances of up to 600km.
Accurate cockpits for real-world planes have been recreated in painstaking detail[/caption]
You’ll have to contend with day and night cycles, and even real-world weather[/caption]
That means you can see storms from hundreds of miles away – and even spot lightning in the clouds.
According to Microsoft, there are more than 37,000 airports available to use in the Flight Simulator.
You can also explore over 2million cities, 1.5billion buildings, as well as real mountains, roads, trees and rivers.
Areas aren’t lifeless either: you’ll be able to spy traffic, and even animals.
The world is brought to life even more by the addition of day and night time.
And you’ll have to contend with live real-time weather, including accurate wind speeds and directions, temperatures, humidity, rain and lighting.
You can pilot a wide range of aircraft, from light planes to commercial jets.
And they’ll scale to your level with interactive and highlighted instruments, guidance and checklists.
You can create flight plans for anywhere on the planet, so you can even visit areas you know – like your own neighbourhood.
You can fly anywhere in the world[/caption]
Microsoft has dedicated processing specifically to make clouds look as realistic as possible[/caption]
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – minimum requirements
Here are Microsoft’s minimum system requirements to run the game…
OS: Windows 10 (v. 1909 or later)
Processor: Intel i5-4460, Ryzen 3 1200
GPU: Nvidia GTX 770, Radeon RX 570
Memory: 8GB RAM, 2GB VRAM
DirectX: DirectX 11
The game is available to buy right now on Microsoft Windows, and will eventually come to Xbox One and Xbox Series X too.
It starts at £59.99 for the most basic version, with more premium editions coming in at £79.99 and £109.99 respectively.
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