Coming in the big Sim Update 2 patch is one of the highly anticipated features for Flight Simulator – virtual reality. The VR update won’t be of interest to everyone, but for those sim pilots who have transitioned to almost entirely using VR or using VR in concert with a flat screen, this update is going to be big. We’ve also learned that Flight Simulator in 2020 is the biggest and fastest growing entry in the series to date.
VR update incoming
Prepare yourselves for Sim Update 2 on December 22nd which will bring with it VR for the first time in the Flight Simulator franchise. As part of this week’s update, Asobo Studios has released a new edition of their Feature Discovery Series which focuses on VR. Asobo Studios has a VR/AR (augmented reality) division within their company and already had some experience with the technology on Windows Mixed Reality devices. That undoubtedly helped when the decision was made, post announcement in June of 2019, to support VR after initially not planning to include it.
Check out the video to see what Asobo Studios has been busy doing to include VR in Flight Simulator.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is the fastest growing entry in the series with two-million players flying in the sim to-date. That’s an incredible number and it helps validate the feeling among long time light sim fans that this new sim has generated interest and attention in the genre like never before.
The sim’s flaws can’t be discounted but its strong potential and impressive feature set clearly have attracted huge attention to the point that we’re seeing hardware shortages and people buying up new gear just to get flying in the sim. This is great for the genre on the whole and I’m glad to hear it.