The Microsoft Flight Simulator Beta is coming

Another closed alpha test build has been released according to the latest news from the July 9th Developer Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator. That alpha is bringing with it plenty of fixes to aircraft, systems, and overall features of the sim but the real news is that Microsoft Flight Simulator is moving from alpha to closed beta test soon and that marks a key moment for the development of the sim. Here’s the latest.

Polishing the alpha

The name of the game for Asobo Studios right now appears to be ‘polish’ and the need to put as much of that into play before the closed alpha begins.

All planes have received another round of polish and tuning. We continue to triage bugs and reset priorities when needed. You should also find an updated round of polish (on-going) to the world, airports, scenery, and the weather.  

July 9th MSFS Developer Update

The attention to detail here is spread relatively evenly across the board with the notes mentioning changes to nearly all of the aircraft that we know that will be shipping with Microsoft Flight Simulator. From a fixed radio altimeter on the TBM 930 to fixing a large green texture on the ground at ZBAA Beijing airport, there are plenty of fixes going in right now.

That updating process is spread relatively evenly across the product. Weather inconsistencies, auto pilot problems solved, airliner performance at higher speeds, and fixing multiplayer bugs that, for example, showed friends as disconnected when they were in-fact online are all part of that alpha process.

MSFS is still very much in alpha although that is looking to change soon.

Here comes the beta

While alpha tests are typically times where features are implemented and major changes are being made all the time, the beta test process is usually an indication that most content is now complete and bugs need to be solved and sorted out prior to moving towards a release candidate. The first beta build may not be all that different from the last alpha version, however, it is a clear demarcation of a new stage of development – one that is even more focused on the ultimate goal of release to the public.

We don’t know much about the beta test process except that it is currently listed as a closed beta. We also have a date: July 30th. Current alpha testers will also automatically be granted access to the beta.

There’s been talk of when and if an open beta will be part of the beta testing process. It’s possible that it will happen but nothing official has been said just yet. It’s also not part of the feedback snapshot either although release date and interest in some key technologies such as VR and IR headtracking are still high on that list. Time will tell.

The move towards beta suggests that Asobo Studios is on track for their late 2020 release and that the next few months of beta testing will be critical towards the completion of the release part of the project. This is, hopefully, where things will all come together.

New screenshots show big and small details

An increasing number of alpha tester’s screenshots have been appearing in recent developer updates. The latest updates show off some impressive big and small details from the variety of water colours to what a small presumably bush plane airport has for details in the open air luggage area.

Have a look or check out these and more images and videos over on the Flight Simulator website.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Coolts says:

    The only problem I have with these games, is what to do with my sad deprived hotas pickle button and trigger. Map seatbelt lights to one and pitot heat to the other? 😉


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I think X-Plane default for the trigger is parking break 🙂


      1. Fernando says:

        Well… the other day in X-Plane I bought the Vulcan bomber from Just Flight and you can use the bombs with the trigger 😉 Pretty massive mayhem with those nukes. Quite high military stuff, even SA-2 and SA-6 fan made.

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        That’s pretty awesome actually. A Vulcan bomber has always had a special place in my heart as just one of those incredibly interesting aircraft.


  2. CanadaOne says:

    I want this sim! Got my new NVME drive with lots of space just waiting for a big fat scenery download.

    And for the life of me I can’t remember what I used the trigger for in FSX.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Nice! Yeah I got a new SSD ready and waiting!


      1. CanadaOne says:


        Boys and their toys.


  3. MortarDeep says:

    It’s looks like the game will be released on August 18th, 2020 on Windows PC with three editions: a standard edition, for $59.99; a deluxe edition, for $89.99; and a premium deluxe edition, for $119.99. Microsoft also announced that Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC on launch day.

    This is great news and looking forward for this game!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Should be good fun!


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