Microsoft Flight Simulator: Release date for Xbox Series X, new expansion is coming

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Release date for Xbox Series X, new expansion is coming

Microsoft Flight Simulator

The release date for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 on Xbox Series X has been set. As Microsoft announced at E3 2021, the flight simulation will be available for consoles on July 27th. Members of the Xbox Game Pass can get into the cockpit directly on the launch day - the MS Flight Simulator is part of the game flat rate from day one. Microsoft promises players will expect "the same level of detail and depth of simulation as in the PC version".

The announcement reads: "Powered by satellite data and cloud-based AI, you can see the entire planet in amazing ways Explore in detail and land at over 37,000 airports. 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, realistic traffic and much more await you. " In addition, Microsoft has announced that it will work with partners on external flight peripherals, which will appear for Xbox Series X and which will improve the flight experience on consoles. Specific details about the accessories are not yet available.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is landing on Xbox Series X / S consoles on July 27th

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is landing on Xbox Series X / S consoles on July 27th. Available on Xbox Game Pass, it’s the first next-gen-exclusive Xbox Game Studios title as Microsoft Flight Simulator isn’t launching on Xbox One. Microsoft revealed a gameplay trailer for Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X today, and it looks very much like the PC version running in 4K.

How well the game performs on the Xbox Series X / S may rely upon developers Asobo Studio moving Flight Simulator over to DirectX 12. This work has been in progress for a while now, and it should include big performance improvements on the PC side, too. Microsoft Flight Simulator is notoriously CPU and GPU intensive at 4K ultra settings, with even the latest processors and GPUs struggle to hit 60fps.

Video: Microsoft Flight Simulator - Xbox Series X|S Gameplay Trailer - Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2021 (Polygon)

Microsoft’s Flight Simulator head Jorg Neumann told The Verge last year that “Xbox is certainly reinvigorating our optimization efforts,” so it’s likely that the Xbox version is far more optimize for the hardware involved.

We’ll find out soon enough, as Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on Xbox Series X / S on July 27th. Microsoft also announced a new Top Gun expansion for Flight Simulator which will arrive later this year.