I’ve been excited for the new Flight Simulator game since Microsoft announced it last June.
Now we finally have a release date. The game is going into closed beta on July 30 and then Flight Simulator will be available for sale August 18.
- The standard edition will cost $60 and will come with 30 realistic airports including New York JFK, LAX and Sydney and 20 planes including the A320neo and Boeing 747-8. That’s the one I’ll buy.
- The deluxe edition will be $90 and has 5 extra realistic airports (Chicago O’Hare, Madrid, Cape Town, Cairo and Amsterdam) along with 5 additional small aircraft.
- Premium for $120 will come with 4 more small planes and the Boeing 787-10 along with realism for Denver, Dubai, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, and San Francisco.
Boy the game is a system resources beast, though – it requires a 150gb of hard drive space, 8 gigs of RAM and a minimum internet download speed of 5 Mbps (but they recommend 20 and say 50 is ideal).
It’s been 14 years since Microsoft has released a new version of Flight Simulator. I’m genuinely excited by this, although I worry I’ll spend way too much time on this. I don’t play video games, it’s not a part of my life. That might be about to change.
Although how can you decide between playing this and playing the new game where you sit in your seat for an entire transatlantic flight that unfolds in real time?