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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 Keynote Highlights at FSExpo in Las Vegas

  • , by Jeremy Rikken
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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 Keynote Highlights at FSExpo in Las Vegas

In our latest blog post, we delved into the exciting features and enhancements coming with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024. This new version - releasing on November, 19 - promises to elevate the flight simulation experience with cutting-edge graphics, a vast array of aircraft, and a improved real-world weather integration. Our conclusion Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 will be bigger, better and more immersive than we've seen in any flight simulator so far.

Record-Breaking User Engagement and Development Scale

Today, Microsoft captivated the audience at FSExpo in Las Vegas with a keynote speech unveiling more groundbreaking features for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024. The event revealed that the flight simulator has reached a monumental milestone with 15 million unique users, the most ever for any flight simulation software. These users have collectively undertaken a staggering one billion flights. The scale of MSFS2024's development is equally impressive, with 800 dedicated professionals working to bring this next-generation simulator to life. Microsoft also reassured the community that support for MSFS2020 will continue until 2028, with nearly monthly updates to keep the experience fresh and engaging.

Innovative Features Unveiled in the Xbox Showcase Trailer

The Xbox Showcase trailer provided a tantalizing glimpse into the future of MSFS2024, highlighting several key advancements. The ground in the simulator is no longer flat; it has been transformed into a fully 3D landscape with realistic textures, enhancing the visual immersion. One of the standout features is the simulation of fabric and tissue, such as the pylons in Red Bull Air Race events, which will now tear realistically upon impact. Adding to the pre-flight experience, pilots can perform walkarounds outside the aircraft for pre-flight checks, a feature that adds another layer of realism.

Thanks to ray tracing technology, shadows in MSFS2024 will now have smooth, natural edges, providing a more authentic visual experience. The simulator will offer an unprecedented level of environmental detail with seventeen distinct biospheres, accurately recreating ground, rocks, plants, animals, people, and cars in their natural habitats. The new career mode will challenge pilots to develop their skills and earn various licenses required to fly different types of aircraft.

Enhanced Environmental and Atmospheric Realism

The cloud system in MSFS2024 has been significantly improved. The better lighting system and atmospheric simulation will create different shades of color in the sky, adding to the overall realism. On the ground, airflow will now visibly affect objects like grass, which will move in response to wind. The surface texture will also impact how aircraft behave, allowing pilots to feel the difference between surfaces like grass and pavement. Boats and ships will move realistically with the waves and navigational data, adding to the dynamic world environment.

All helipads, glider fields, and oil rigs will be accessible in the new simulator. Seasonal changes will be introduced, with the world adjusting for each season. For instance, crop fields will appear empty in winter, thanks to advanced algorithms that detect different ground types.

New Aircraft and Tools to Enhance Your Flight Experience

In addition to environmental and gameplay enhancements, several exciting aircraft and tools were announced. The Aerosoft Twin Otter will make a return, improved by Inibuilds, and Asobo will release the 737-8 MAX, both of which will be included in the base version of MSFS2024. A versatile route planning tool will be integrated into the simulator, available within the UI, cockpit, browser, and mobile devices. This tool will support performance and fuel calculations and include weather charts.

Reno Air Racing will return as a free add-on in its new location in Roswell, alongside the introduction of Red Bull Air Racing. Flight Control Replay will also be integrated into MSFS2024, enhancing the ability to review flights. Additionally, users will be able to create custom control profiles for each aircraft, allowing for personalized settings and improved control.

Microsoft's Commitment to the Future of Flight Simulation

These announcements underscore Microsoft's commitment to pushing the boundaries of flight simulation, providing users with an unprecedented level of detail, realism, and interactivity in MSFS2024. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to explore the skies with the latest advancements in flight simulation technology.


  • Dank voor je, “heet van de naald” info over FS2024! Is er al iets meer bekend over de noodzakelijke verbetering de standaard ATC? Mvgr Alwin


    Alwin Maan Voogd Bergwerf

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