Today Microsoft has officially launched the availability of Microsoft Flight Simulator on the Xbox Series X|S, as well as Xbox Game Pass. It is designed to empower the gaming console and brings realism, accuracy, and authenticity to flying. To recall, Microsoft Flight Simulator PC was first launched on PC.
The company commented while announcing Microsoft Flight Simulator, “In a pivotal moment for the flight simmer community, today we are bringing Microsoft Flight Simulator to Xbox Series X|S giving aspiring pilots the chance to take flight for the first time on a console.”
Now the users will be able to test their piloting skills against the challenges of real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain, and lightning – all in a dynamic and living world. This will also provide satellite data from Bing Maps and cloud-based AI using Azure that allows traveling the entire planet in amazing detail with over 37 thousand airports, 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and more.
According to the company, Microsoft Flight Simulator is optimised to harness the power of the Xbox Series X|S. Now the newcomers can discover locations such as the Great Pyramid of Giza and Mount Everest, or vibrant cities like Naples and Rio de Janeiro. The world map now features satellite imagery, map labels, and main Point of Interest (POI) names to make exploring the world (and even finding your house) as easy as possible. This functionality has been integrated into the flight experience itself and users can now activate the POI labels during a flight.
The Flight training has also been improved; it now has 22 training flights that teach users the fundamentals of flying starting with basic handling, landing and takeoff, VFR navigation and learning how to fly an airliner like the Airbus 320neo. Moreover, contextual voiceovers to help explain elements and provide feedback have been added too.
Microsoft has also introduced a new tool called Flight Assistant to the Microsoft Flight Simulator that will bring AI help during the flight. The users will be able to select nearby POIs or airports and set them as your destination to get directions. It can also be used to allow the AI to auto land your plane and for auto-trimming and anti-stall.
The water landing option to Microsoft Flight Simulator is another addition for a safe landing. It will offer optional floaters, skis and a “large tires” feature so you can land almost anywhere.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on Xbox Series X|S with Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10 with Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Steam.
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