Yesterday’s Microsoft Flight Simulator update from Asobo Studio contained the usual status update on SDK and third party developer numbers but the biggest announcement was easily the news that the sim would be making its way to XBox Series X and Series S – the newest generation of consoles. It comes with very little new information and one of their now typically impressive trailers. Let’s have a look at what we know!
Here it comes to XBox
One of the things that stood out from the day the Microsoft Flight Simulator was announced was the inclusion of the Xbox logo at the start of the announcement trailer. From then on we learned in small pieces that Microsoft would be developing the sim into a next generation XBox title.
Fast forward to December of 2020 where we now have the launch of the next generation XBox, the Series X and S, and now news that Microsoft Flight Simulator will be coming to the platform in the summer of 2021.
The previous generation of XBox appears not to be supported and it’s not too much of a surprise given the beefy system requirements that the sim has on PC. The XBox Series X seems to have no issue with performance as its AMD powered architecture is capable of 120fps at 4K. The XBox Series S is also going to be supported although its lower power and more budget oriented box will be aimed at 1080p resolutions. It remains to be seen if the Series S will have visual downgrades in order to keep up with the Series X.
A ‘play anywhere’ title
The other interesting thing to note about Flight Simulator coming to XBox Series X|S is that it is a Microsoft “play anywhere” title. If you bought the sim from the Microsoft store, you’ll be entitled to install and play on your XBox as well.
There could be an XBox Series X in my future!
Read all of this and more at Microsoft Flight Simulator.com.
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Apparently the Xbox Series X|S consoles are also power house emulators as well, now including PS2 support as well. Modern Vintage Gamer has been doing a good bit on those.