Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta comes with TrackIR, new content!

If you’re lucky enough to be in the closed alpha or closed beta tester list, there’s a new update awaiting you for the Microsoft Flight Simulator closed test environment. The notable features included are the introduction of head tracking technologies using TrackIR as well as the inclusion of nine new aircraft, new trips, and flight…

Microsoft teases VATSIM for Flight Simulator

A short video has been released on the Microsoft Flight Simulator YouTube channel with a 30-second announcement that they are partnering with online flight sim network VATSIM to bring their shared world and integrated ATC experience to Microsoft Flight Simulator. A feather in the cap It’s the proverbial feather in the cap – VATSIM is…

Flight Simulator goes beyond just 40 airports

There’s been some confusion since the announcement that Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming out August 18 with some worried that the title will ship with just 40 airports. This is what we know about the locations that you’ll be able to land and takeoff from in the new Flight Simulator. Thirty Seven Thousand According to…

Microsoft Flight Simulator to launch August 18! Plus surprise aircraft additions!

Launching into the skies of Microsoft Flight Simulator is happening August 18th! An announcement posted to FlightSimulator.com this morning made the news official with three versions on pre-order featuring different levels of content along with an official list of including high detail airports and aircraft including some surprises in the list. Let’s have a look!…

Thrustmaster is teasing… something

On Thursday, Thrustmaster is going to reveal… something. The company posted a tweet yesterday that teased something flight related showing off a multi-monitor setup, some table mounts with nothing on them, and a tag line saying “Get ready to fly.” Interest piqued? Best guess There are a few things to note within the teased image…

Flight Simulator Discovery Series 8: IFR is out!

Coming out last night for insiders and now being widely shared across the community, the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator Discovery Series, Episode 8, covers IFR or instrument flight rules flying. For many flight simmers, having a proper IFR simulation is a make or break and so this episode was widely anticipated! Let’s have a look!…

Recommended system specs for Flight Simulator are out

There’s no denying that Microsoft Flight Simulator is visually stunning. From the volumetric clouds to streamed high resolution orthographic imagery wrapped up in a new DX11 based graphics engine, MSFS has visuals that push the boundaries of what we’ve seen in flight simulation. Are those impressive visuals going to need a monster PC to make…

Latest Flight Simulator insider video talks aerodynamics, flying

A new Insider Video has been released for Flight Simulator and the video covers an area that I was perhaps most anxious about – aerodynamics and flight modeling was the subject of this 12 minute video and its got a ton of details. Here’s a quick summary. Improving over FSX in every way Asobo Studio…

More info trickles out about Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator

If just over 3-million views on Microsoft’s surprise E3 announcement of their return to Flight Simulator is any indication of what staying power this series has despite its long absence, then I don’t know what is. More information is slowly trickling out about Flight Simulator and it gives us some insights into what this simulator…