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Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024

  • , by Jeremy Rikken
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Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is set to redefine the boundaries of virtual aviation with its upcoming release. This new installment promises to deliver an unprecedented level of realism, enhanced features, and immersive experiences that will captivate both seasoned pilots and new enthusiasts alike. Below, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this highly anticipated simulator that will be release on November 19, 2024.

Release Date and Platforms

Biggest news (for fans of Flight SImulator) was that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is scheduled for release on November 19, 2024. It will be available on Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. The game will also be accessible from day one on Xbox Game Pass, ensuring that subscribers can jump into the cockpit immediately without purchasing the full game.
While pre-orders have not yet started you can subscribe to a notification via FlightsimWebshop's dedicated MSFS2024-page.

Standalone Sequel or Update?

Many flightsimmers have asked whether Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 will be a standalone product or an update to the existing 2020 version. The answer is that it will be a completely standalone simulator. However, players of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will be pleased to know that their current aircraft, airports, and almost all Marketplace add-ons will be supported in the new game.

Improvements and New Features

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 introduces numerous improvements across various aspects of the simulator:

  1. Performance and Load Times: One of the significant advancements is in data management, utilizing cloud streaming to ensure that only necessary textures and data are downloaded during play. This approach not only reduces load times but also minimizes the required disk space.
  2. Core Technology Enhancements: There are multiple under-the-hood improvements, including better multithreading for enhanced performance, faster download and installation speeds, improved aerodynamics, and more sophisticated aircraft systems. Additionally, there will be a new failure and wear system, deeper avionics systems, and a default cockpit tablet.
  3. Scenery and Terrain: The global digital twin has been significantly improved with enhanced ground details, 3D trees, better cliffs, and a more dynamic and living world. This includes animal migrations, live ship traffic, accurate live air traffic, and vehicle traffic enhancements.

Support for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Despite the launch of the new simulator, Microsoft will continue to support Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. This support will include delivering on the existing roadmap with updates and new content such as aircraft and avionic updates, city and world updates, and additional DLCs. However, the focus will eventually shift more towards maintaining rather than developing new features for the 2020 version.

Compatibility of Add-Ons

Virtually all add-ons purchased from the Marketplace for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will be compatible with the 2024 version. Players will not need to repurchase these add-ons, making the transition to the new simulator smooth and cost-effective.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will there be VR support?
    While specific details about VR support in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 have not been fully disclosed, it is expected that the advancements in simulation technology will extend to VR, given the high demand from the community.
  2. What are the system requirements for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024?
    While the exact system requirements have not yet been finalized, Microsoft has emphasized that the new simulator will have improved data management and cloud streaming capabilities, which will help maintain low minimum specifications. This means that players with mid-range hardware should still be able to enjoy the game with decent performance.
  3. What kind of missions will be available?
    The missions in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 will include authentic re-creations of real-life aviation tasks such as firefighting, search and rescue, and agricultural flights. These missions aim to provide a realistic and engaging experience for players

Our Conclusion

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is poised to be a game-changer in the world of flight simulation. With its advanced features, improved performance, and realistic missions, it promises to offer an unparalleled virtual flying experience. Whether you are a veteran pilot or a newcomer, there is something in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 for everyone to enjoy. Keep an eye out for its release on November 19, 2024, and prepare to take to the skies like never before.

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