Microsoft Flight Simulator: Five new features for Xbox Series X - what to expect

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Five new features for Xbox Series X - what to expect

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The release date of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 on Xbox Series X has been set: The release is planned for July 27, as Microsoft announced at the Xbox Bethesda Showcase for E3 2021. Xbox players can look forward to various new features, as Jörn Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, explained at the extended event for Microsoft's E3 conference. There are, for example, ten additional discovery flights, which players can use to familiarize themselves with the flight simulation.

"When you become a pilot, you first start with a discovery flight," comments Neumann and adds: "Im Basically, there is a flight attendant sitting next to you who does most of the work while you are familiarizing yourself with the aircraft and feeling good. " The developers have selected ten places on earth that are ideally suited for a flight of discovery, including Mount Everest, Rio de Janeiro, New York and the pyramids of Giza. In the best weather conditions, the locations can be explored in a relaxed manner on the discovery flights.

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The fourth innovation : a flight assistant that can automatically take control as soon as you select it. "Imagine you're flying over New York, you just want to observe the landscape, but for example fly to the Brooklyn Bridge. You can tell the flight assistant at the push of a button to fly the plane to the Brooklyn Bridge," says Neumann. The assistant also has the ability to land the aircraft at airports. The list of features is rounded off with an option that enables the aircraft to land anywhere - on water, snow or other surfaces.


Microsoft Flight Simulator adds beautiful Nordic views in its latest update

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Just in time for the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series consoles next month, developer Asobo Studios has added some extra details that players will appreciate. World Update V is focused on the Nordic region (specifically Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden), bringing stunning vistas to an already visually impressive title.

A brief trailer shows the payoff for some extra attention on landscapes (so many fjords) and urban areas with detailed architecture for you to fly around showing off everything from ancient castles to modern stadiums, towers and bridges. According to the team, the new areas include “100 airports and 77 carefully selected points of interest.” You can see Lego House and Frederiksborg Castle in the trailer, along with the Arctic Cathedral and Sarek National Park.

The Xbox launch is timed for July 27th, arriving after several updates to optimize the game and even reduce its staggering initial installation size. If you have a capable PC you can install this latest update for free — it’s also localized in Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish if you’d like the full Nordic experience — while Xbox One owners wait for cloud streaming to bring high-end titles their way later this year.