MS Flight Simulator Free On Game Pass July 27th

I’ve got a soft spot for flight sims. The very first one I had was subLOGIC’s Flight Simulator II on the Commodore 64. The game was simple, slow, but a technical wonder for a small kid in 1984.
Fast forward 37 years, and Microsoft’s Flight Simulator is a thing of beauty. From the detailed plans and cockpits to the picturesque landscapes, it’s a dream to play. That is if you have a PC. Console owners weren’t as lucky.
That all will change on July 27th, 2021, based on what we saw over at PC Mag. Flight Simulator is coming to XBOX Series X|S. Microsoft is making some hefty promises, alluding to this version being on par with the experience Flight Simulator owners have on PC.

As the longest-running game franchise at Microsoft, Microsoft Flight Simulator has a rich history on PC that spans nearly four decades. We are excited to expand beyond PC and give more aspiring pilots a chance to take flight by bringing this robust simulation to consoles. Today, we can share that Microsoft Flight Simulator will take flight on the Xbox Series X|S on July 27 and will be included with Xbox Game Pass. Simmers on Xbox Series X|S can pre-order and pre-install the experience now and expect the same level of depth as the PC version, with the most authentic and realistic flight simulator we have ever created.
From light planes to wide-body jets, you’ll test your piloting skills against the challenges of real-time weather, including accurate worldwide cloud cover and cloud layers, wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain, and lightning – all in a dynamic and living world. With the power of satellite data and cloud-based AI, you’ll travel the entire planet in amazing detail with over 37,000 airports, 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and more.
Launching Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC last year was only the beginning of our journey to make the best simulation possible. As we continue adding to the experience with free World Updates (Japan, US, France, Benelux, UK, and Ireland so far and many more to come), themed DLCs, and true-to-life aircraft, Xbox Series X|S simmers will enjoy these updates on console as well. We continue to work with third-party partners to bring additional peripherals to Xbox Series X|S that will enhance your immersive console experience.

Will this mean console owners will also be able to install mods? Doubtful. At least Flight Simulator will be free for XBOX Game Pass subscribers. Let’s also hope that the game will make flight control rigs compatible with the XBOX. If you’re going to play a flight sim, you may as well go full force with all the knobs, buttons, throttles, and yoke.
What do you think about MS moving this long-running game series to consoles? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: PC Mag]

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