7 most frequently asked questions about Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

6 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR 2020

2020 will be a fantastic year for the fans of the series, because finally a new Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming out! On this page we will go more in dept regarding the development of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

WHAT IS THE MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR RELEASE DATE?

The vast majority of questions are about the release date of Flight Simulator (FS2020), and to be honest: we also have no idea (yet) when the exact release date will be. Microsoft has only announced that it will be in the course of 2020.
We hope that more will be announced in June, during E3, the game fair at which Microsoft also announced the new flight simulator in 2019.

Via the Flight Simulator 2020 product page you can easily sign up for an e-mail notification as soon as the software can be ordered.

WHAT WILL THE NEW FS COST? AND WHY DO I SEE SCREENSHOTS EVERYWHERE?

What will Flight Simulator cost?
That is also not yet known. The only thing that has been announced by Microsoft is that you will not be using a subscription, where you have to pay per month or per year.

Why do I see FS screenshots everywhere?
The screenshots are taken by a large group of flight simmers who have been invited to test Flight Simulator. This group is testing a provisional version (a so-called alpha release) of the sim so that it will meet everyone's expectations.
If you can not wait until the release date, you can register as an insider. Registering as an insider for Microsoft Flight Simulator is no guarantee that you can actually test.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO RUN FS2020 ON MY PC?  

Here are the minimum specs listed on System Requirements Lab:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX-8370 or better
CPU SPEED: Info
RAM: 8 GB
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
VIDEO CARD: Radeon R9 380 or GeForce GTX 960 or better
PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 2048 MB

Here are the recommended requirements:
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 or better
CPU SPEED: Info
RAM: 12 GB
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
VIDEO CARD: Radeon RX 470 or GeForce GTX 1070 or better
PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB

The PC specs have yet to be confirmed, but from the Alpha,
we know 32GB of RAM looks like a common necessity.

WILL MY JOYSTICK OR YOKE ALSO WORK WITH THE NEW FS2020?

Microsoft has already indicated at the release that it wants to continue to support as much hardware as possible, so we expect it.
Of course, hardware is also part of the tests that are now being carried out in the alpha release. For example, the developers know that your Saitek Pro Flight hardware, your Honeycomb Alpha Yoke, LogitechG Saitek Yoke or Thrustmaster T.Flight gear will work well. We now know from "feedback snapshots" that Microsoft has published that they are working hard on the mapping of the controls and that bugs have also been found with a number of controllers.
Good to keep in mind. The bugs already found in the test phase will probably be resolved in the final release.

WHICH AIRPLANES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FS2020?

Microsoft released a new video trailer at their X019 Xbox event in London. They also released an additional 16 screenshots demonstrating the aircraft available in the new simulator coming late 2020.

Boeing 747-8 "Queen of the Skies" in Microsoft's new flight simulator set for release in 2020.

At the event and on their releases, they announced that they are working with several real-world aircraft manufacturers and also announced that the new simulator will cover, "a broad range of aircraft" light aircraft, business jets, commercial aircraft and general aviation aircraft. This will be good news to simmers as they were concerned that the "heavies" won't be included... they will be pleased to know it appears the 747-8 is going to be available out-of-the-box - you can't get any heavier than that!

Here is the official list of manufacturers they are working with (at time of writing - more could follow):
- Airbus
- The Boeing Company
- CubCrafters
- Daher
- Diamond Aircraft Industries
- CON Aircraft
- Robin Aircraft
- Textron Aviation
From the screenshots released (and what's visible in the trailer video)  we can expect at least; Boeing 747-8, Diamond DA62, Airbus A320, Icon A5, Cessna Citation CJ4, Mudry CAP 10, CubCrafters XCub.

So far there is no news on helicopters or rotorcraft being included but with many more updates to follow (and development time) we are sure that Microsoft has thought of this, listened to the community and will be including some of these birds in the release!

WHICH AIRPORTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FS2020?

According to lead game designer Sven Mestas, all airports in the world will be present, including 37,000 individually designed airports.

“The previous version on Microsoft Flight Simulator simulated more than 24,000 airports. The new Flight Simulator features all the airports in the world, including 37,000 manually designed airports. ”

There are all kinds of airports, from large urban areas to small islands in the Caribbean. These were made using satellite photos, after which graphics were added for, for example, parking spaces and working people. The development process is explained in detail in the video below and is quite impressive. The video also shows Saba (5:30 AM), the Caribbean Dutch municipality with the shortest commercial airstrip in the world.

The amount of detail in the game is very impressive in our view and we can't wait to get started with the game. Microsoft Flight Simulator will be released sometime in 2020 for the PC and Xbox One.

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