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New Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020): The Ultimate Guide & Full Analysis

Last updated Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:57:14 GMT
Originally posted on Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:36:11 GMT

Just announced by Microsoft at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3 2019) is their new flight simulator package set for release in 2020 for both PC and Xbox.

We weren't expecting this announcement - given the history of Microsoft's attempts to revise their historic Microsoft Flight Simulator package (aka Microsoft Flight).

Official screenshot released for the new sim.

This is a developing story so be sure to bookmark this page - it will be updated regularly with more information as and when it becomes available.

The announcement was made via a YouTube video previewing the new sim.  At first, we thought it was a hoax (like our 2014 April fools joke) however the video is verified and has been released on Microsoft's official Xbox YouTube channel.

You can jump to the individual sections of this article using the links below:

The Announcement

Not much information as of yet (at least official information) but it appears from the YouTube description that we can expect the new simulator to be released some time in 2020.  While the video and artwork scream Xbox, we should also be able to see it released on Windows using the Xbox Game Pass.  Xbox Game Pass games are cross-platform compatible so can be used on both Windows and Xbox with a subscription to the service (which we believe is monthly).

Microsoft announces the new version to be, "the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises".  They also mention you can fly, "light planes to wide-body jets".  Out of the box they also mention that it will be an open world and you can "fly anywhere on the planet".

Our Analysis

Firstly, it appears Microsoft have dropped all dates, names and years from this new sim.  It seems to be officially called, "Microsoft Flight Simulator" - perhaps indicating an evergreen platform that will continue to be developed over the years (version-less).  I suppose the community will lovingly call it MSFS or FS11, FS20 or something similar.

From what we can see the entire engine is brand new.  Microsoft sold the rights to their older platform to various companies over the years (Dovetail Games, Lockheed Martin, etc.)  The detailing and 3D modeling, lighting effects and textures on display in the video below is something we have never seen in a simulation platform as of yet - it gives X-Plane a run for its money (and more).

The new Microsoft Flight Simulator logo.

Despite some initial confusion regarding the exactly which platforms the new software will be available on, it would appear that the content is indeed likely to be available on both PC and Xbox. As we will examine below in a moment, however, PC users will need to sign up to the Xbox Insider Program if they wish to enjoy previews and even take part in testing of the software.

It would also appear that the platform will work with other developers to provide third-party add-ons, just like we do today with FSX and X-Plane. The initial noises Microsoft are making suggest they are keen to work with the community to get this one right time, as we will also discuss below.

The screenshots and the video below show next-generation graphics - for the first time bringing a new simulator up to the same level as most new games.  We can see highly detailed clouds, terrain, and photorealistic water and ground textures.  It makes me wonder though - how can we improve on this with third-party add-ons?  If it's this good out of the box, where do we go next?

What About Those Add-Ons?

Well, this is a tough subject and nobody has much information regarding add-ons at the moment.  Given the history of Microsoft Flight, we can only anticipate it to be a closed platform system i.e. Microsoft sell the add-ons directly from within the app or online store.  Having said that, it's possible they learned a hard lesson from the Flight flop and have considered third-party add-ons including both freeware and payware.

Landing at dusk.

What about the thousands of add-ons already available for FSX?  Will they be compatible with the new version?  This is highly unlikely as it appears this release is running an entirely new engine.  We know this because Microsoft relinquished the rights to their older platform which FSX was written on.  Anyway, could you imagine an old FSX add-on running in this new platform - the models and textures would look out of place in such a modern system.

With all fingers crossed, Microsoft will hopefully release an SDK and allow users to play around with files/structure just as they have with all versions of their previous simulators.  This would enable both freeware and payware developers to continue their work (and when it comes to payware their living).

Stay tuned re. add-ons - we will have more information published shortly.

UPDATE June 2019: The Next Generation Of Flight Simulation, “For You, With You!”

A ninety-second video trailer by the Microsoft Flight Simulator team at a recent Microsoft Keynote presentation has seemingly lit the blue touch paper for what promises to be an explosive reception of the greatly anticipated, cross-platform simulator package for both Xbox and PC.

That is certainly what the Microsoft Flight Simulation team are hoping as they addressed their fan base and customers in a recent statement release, which among other things thanked them for their past loyalty, not least in the face of their “previous missteps” in recent years. In short, there could be serious consequences for the developers should this new release prove to be another misstep.

Leonardo da Vinci quote published on the official website.

If the trailer and information already in the public arena is anything to go by, though, that doesn’t seem to be likely. Indeed, it would appear many of the features incorporated into this upcoming release come from feedback directly from their customer base. In their words:

“We hear you, we value you, we want to make the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator for you, with you!”

Tall words, no doubt, but ones that are likely to be genuine, as well as laying the groundwork and foundations for what appears to be a genuinely masterful release.

Support Of Third Party Content

Not only is this new and highly anticipated release going to be available for the PC and Xbox, but the software will also support third-party content, which was one of the main “concerns of the current eco-system”. This last detail appears to be one that is a process very much in motion and with additional add-ons in time.

It's still unknown whether third-party content will have to be delivered/installed within the actual software itself (internal marketplace) or whether users will still be able to download from sites like ours,, etc using their file libraries.  Of course, the entire flight sim community resides on these sites so cutting third-party content provided by an external source would be essentially blocking the community from doing what it has done for years with FSX - diversity. 

And that does not mention Payware content - sites like SimMarket, FSPilotShop, SimShack, and FlightSimStore, for example, all provide payware third-party content externally.

Glass cockpit from MSFS.

Furthermore, the input and feedback from the Microsoft Flight Simulation community is likely to be an ongoing process, with an apparent regular “back-and-forth” between developers and the end users – you guys. The first of these updates is set for early-August.

According to their recent press release, this is just “the first step in an adventure” that will involve both the developer and the consumer.

These plans and changes in programming are to be released regularly throughout the year to those who part of the Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider Program, which is where we will be stopping next.

The Insider Program – Keeping The User At The Heart Of The Development

So, why should you make sure you are part of the Insider Program? In short, aside from the regular updates you will receive there is also the potential, as previously mentioned, to continue to put across your opinion regarding the upcoming software, as well as any other issues, concerns, and recommendations you might have regarding the wider flight simulation community. In short, it is your opportunity to stay informed and have your say.

As their guide states:

“As an insider you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and insights that help shape and inform current franchise initiatives and the future of Microsoft Flight Simulator!”

In more detail, then, what can you enjoy by signing up for the program. Among other things, access to private, members-only forums where you can discuss the weekly newsletter you will receive with other members.

Insider Program logo artwork.

Members will also receive regular short surveys, which will perhaps not only serve as an opportunity to get your thoughts and opinions directly to the developers but will also, on occasion, provide you with the thought process of the developers, and even hints of upcoming features. You will certainly be provided with a peek into the upcoming programs with the opportunity to take part in “Technical Alpha and Beta tests of in-progress Microsoft Flight Simulator releases”.

Most of these Alpha/Beta tests will revolve around features and facilities already mentioned by the Flight Simulator community as important, and so will develop with as much input as possible from the end user. And while not everyone will be able to take part in each one – for example, should you be chosen on one time, chances are, other users will be chosen the next time.

Feedback That Will Be Taken And Actioned Seriously

This is seen as a “critical step” by the developers and is very likely to continue well into the development and even the release of the program. And the genuine goal of the developer team is to ensure that “everyone participates” at some level or stage of the program.

What’s more, upon signing up, based on the data and details you provide, the developers will be better able to match you to a specific part of the program that best suits you. And make no mistake, the experience and feedback you give will not only be taken extremely seriously as the final developments are made, but it will also most likely be acted upon one way or another. This is just another example, and genuine attempt, to keep the product users at the heart of the upcoming release.

For those who have an interest in this upcoming release – which is most likely, the vast majority of those reading this – it is well worth five minutes of your time signing up for the Insider Program. Especially if you know you are going to purchase the product upon release.

There are, however, some specifics to keep in mind and small print to double check.

A Few Things To Consider

First of all, you will need to have a Microsoft account, which while most of you will almost certainly already have, you can click here to sign up for one. Doing so is easy, free, and quick.

You will also need to be a member of the Xbox Insider Program, as it through this where information and content will be delivered. Members are instructed to install the insider app on their PC. You can look at doing that by clicking here.

One more thing to mention, all users of the Insider Program must be 18 years or over to participate due to the legal requirements surrounding permissions on the use of personal data. 

Providing you meet the above requirements, and assuming you wish to be a part of what might be one of the most exciting and anticipated releases for the flight simulation community for some time, you might wish to hurry over and sign up as soon as you have finished reading this article.



Below are some of the official preview screenshots.  Click on the image to see a larger version.

Aircraft demonstration.

Cityscape in flight.

Dawn and dusk with cloud textures.

Water textures and birds flying.

Highly detailed 3D clouds.

Water textures and islands.

3D virtual cockpit with sun flare.

What do you think?

As you are well aware, this is a massive announcement for the flight sim community.  What will the future hold?  What features would you like to see included?  What could be improved from their last release?  What are your opinions in general?  Please post in the comments section below.

Finally, worth noting - Microsoft is taking feedback from users already in the form of their "Insider" program.  If you're interested in signing up, you can do so here.

Download iconDon't forget... We have a huge selection (over 24,000 files) of free mods and add-ons for FSX, P3D & X-Plane in the file library.  Files include aircraft, scenery, and utilities  All are free-to-download and use - you don't even need to register.  Browse on down to the file library here.

Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at


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Eduardo SilvaMon, 10 Jun 2019 01:47:18 GMT

At last! We are not forgotten!

Gary YoungMon, 10 Jun 2019 01:49:18 GMT

I am a private pilot myself and have used the Microsoft Flight Simulator X for some time. I loved the program then, and I would hope that Microsoft will uphold the quality and enable older joysticks and peripherals to work with the new software? I look forward to seeing what is on offer.

Carl KelsenMon, 10 Jun 2019 01:56:57 GMT

I have been a keen user of computer-based flight sims since the very first appeared in the 1980s but since Microsoft Flight Sim 2004 has had continuing problems, that lots of money spent on hard and software has failed to correct.

My current sim is Flight Sim X Steam Edition, but my high-end spec computer fails to run it without issues such engines on multi-engine aircraft constantly stopping. I have had no luck correcting this which means I can’t fly aircraft with more than one engine.

I will without question buy the new Flight Sim software in the hope that if nothing else, it runs as well as pre-2004 software functioned. While it would be great to be able to re-install many of my current add-on software and I would be prepared to start afresh with the latest software if that meant a well-running flight simulator package.

Its certainly exciting news!

jamesMon, 10 Jun 2019 01:58:48 GMT

AWESOME! I CANNOT wait for the NEW RELEASE OF Microsoft Flight Simulator. I've been a fan of the ENTIRE series of MFS all the way through FSX. The NEW release is STUNNING, the likes of which has NEVER been seen in modern day simulation games. BRING IT ON, MICROSOFT, this has been LONG OVERDUE. NOW IS THE TIME FOR SOMETHING OUT OF THIS WORLD! ROCK ON!

Stefan KozlikMon, 10 Jun 2019 02:19:20 GMT

Great news; have been using MS FSX forever but do hope I can get or use all the add-ons that I currently have..military, civilian aircraft, helicopters, etc as well as all the world scenery.

Derek RobertsunMon, 10 Jun 2019 02:28:37 GMT

Yaeh Microsoft! I have been flying every day using FSX I will now use the new simulator.

William FlintMon, 10 Jun 2019 02:39:01 GMT

WOW! If this new MSFS is as good as shown in the YouTube video, then it will be truly excellent and will eclipse all existing flight sims!

Looking forward to it! :)

Pro MemberPAT KENMIRMon, 10 Jun 2019 02:50:29 GMT

Hopefully the NEW FLIGHT SIM WITH A NEW fsx.cfg file will be able to be adjusted to run on very high-end graphics computers, so the flying experience will be super normal and not compromised as it is now. One can only hope!

Ray PrasadMon, 10 Jun 2019 03:20:50 GMT

Looks great; when does Australia get it?

EdmeisterMon, 10 Jun 2019 03:21:11 GMT

Cool! It's about time! The graphics are out of this world! One of my questions would be what the minimum requirements would be to run it. Am I going to have to buy a new computer to run it?

I am running windows 7 64 bit 8 mb ram. I really like FSX, not the STEAM version. I don't like the idea of having to pay a subscription fee to use it, but that may be the wave of the future. Also the initial cost of the program, I may have to consider as well. But still, it sounds and looks very intriguing.

Rob FinnMon, 10 Jun 2019 03:25:14 GMT

Well, it seems superb looking at the available screenshots. BUT, if the detail is as complex as shown how will that amount of detail effect frame rates.

Performance wise is it equal to or better than the current 64-bit sim's. Higher end payware aircraft such as A2A, PMDG, QW etc, do we have to purchase all that again, I certainly hope not after all the hundreds of dollars spent on these purchases plus the Addon scenery also purchased.

Pro MemberFred R DuckMon, 10 Jun 2019 03:25:52 GMT

I am anxious to pre-order the new simulator. I have flown Microsoft sim from sim through to the gold version. I now only fly X-Plane 11, but I will purchase the new Microsoft 2019. 

I have one of the top of the line Jet Line Systems - love it. They better hurry up, I am almost 87. I would love to see the WW2 version of the KB50J, I use to fly as a flight engineer. Gosh... such good memories... 271/2 years USAF. Fred.

Pro MemberBarcodeUKMon, 10 Jun 2019 03:34:01 GMT

My money is as good as in their account already, it looks brilliant, just hope I have the hardware to run it.

Mitchell GlicksmanMon, 10 Jun 2019 03:59:19 GMT

I am a serious flight sim user. I fly FSX to keep my skills current and for adult entertainment in a realistic flight environment.

I’m more than a little suspicious about an Xbox connection to this new sim as that is a game platform for kids and not what I consider to be in the realm of serious flight simulation.

Also, if I cannot fly A2A Simulations’ aircraft add-ons on your new sim, I will not purchase it, period.

I believe that many thousands of others like myself will have the same view. It does look very good and it could be highly successful if it is accepted by serious flight sim users. It is in your best interest to see that it is.

Greg BlassMon, 10 Jun 2019 04:04:08 GMT

Finally, a flight sim announcement I want to know more about and how! On your marks, get set, SPEND MY MONEY!

Agent OrangeMon, 10 Jun 2019 04:08:11 GMT

Sounds great, but we'll have to see where it goes!

AlexGillespieMon, 10 Jun 2019 04:49:39 GMT

Looking forward to seeing this new product. If it is as good as all

Your previous Flight sims it will be great as this is the only game I play through my PC in over 20 years.

Reginald HillMon, 10 Jun 2019 05:15:05 GMT

I think this is a major improvement to an already great flight simulator system! I've wondered often why Microsoft couldn't upgrade FSX to something greater. Maybe this is the answer.

Jose H RuizMon, 10 Jun 2019 05:50:34 GMT

Beautiful! I can't wait for the year 2020 for that... Let me know as soon as is ready. Keep up with the good works. Jose.

Pro Memberkojak2Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:24:39 GMT

I have flown FS2004, FSX, and X-Plane.  I love X-Plane, I also ran the steam version of FSX, I liked it a lot. If this is like what I just read and saw in the video please bring it on as it looks a lot more realistic than al the others.

Pasquale MarrulliMon, 10 Jun 2019 06:25:58 GMT

We hope that Microsoft's awakening is a simulator close to reality and not a game, according to the video, expectations are more than valid.

DAVID DONNEMon, 10 Jun 2019 07:26:13 GMT

Great graphics and detail. Will I be able to download on Steam?

Mariney SoaresMon, 10 Jun 2019 08:14:31 GMT

Excellent, I love FSX. Congratulations Microsoft.

Ian PlowmanMon, 10 Jun 2019 08:26:34 GMT

WOW! I hope this is true because WOW!

pj de villiersMon, 10 Jun 2019 08:30:32 GMT

Really exciting news, hope it will track FSX closely, but with the 'higher quality' attainable. Looking forward to it.

william lambertMon, 10 Jun 2019 08:40:42 GMT

I think it is a good idea to have a more realistic flight simulator, I can't wait for it to come out I hope it comes with more information on setting up for flights the nearest to realistic simulator is flight simulator x and if it is like or better than this that will be brilliant keep up the good work.

John CrossMon, 10 Jun 2019 08:49:37 GMT

It certainly looks good but firstly, will the outside world be real photographic scenery included in the price, secondly, what is the price likely to be.

In order to draw all the current enthusiasts away from their flight simulators and the investments they will have made over the years in scenery files, aircraft and a host of another add-on, the price had better be well targeted and the contents sufficiently good enough to tip the balance away from all the other flight sims.

Kit StevensMon, 10 Jun 2019 09:03:34 GMT

Exciting news indeed. But the as yet unanswered questions regarding third-party add-ons are important ones Microsoft needs to heed.

Having largely abandoned a dedicated customer base in the past (to the point a Windows update switched off FS9 until you searched through the massive update list and found and deleted the offending download) the global Flight Sim community -of which we must number in the millions- might treat a new Microsoft platform with a dose of scepticism.

The staggering amount of work third-party developers have put in to provide the Flight Sim world with quality freeware and payware add-ons will not just be forgotten or abandoned by our community. If, as indicated, the new Flight Sim involves a totally new engine then one hopes MS provides a crossover from, for example, FSX.

In terms of what the new Flight Sim might be titled, perhaps Microsoft could engage in a survey of the Flight Sim community. Microsoft certainly needs to engage in a PR job as well as a new product.

Kit Stevens New Zealand Flight Simmer

Gharbi youssefMon, 10 Jun 2019 09:11:34 GMT

How can we played with the Xbox controller?

Leo FontanellaMon, 10 Jun 2019 09:30:12 GMT

Having owned MFS since the early 2000's I am looking forward to purchasing the new version.

Neil HemingwayMon, 10 Jun 2019 09:30:44 GMT

This is good news for simmers but bad news for your bank account if like me you have spent a fortune on FSX add-ons. Let's hope Microsoft will consider this and think of its past supporters.

Bill FigueroaMon, 10 Jun 2019 10:38:48 GMT

About time that Microsoft came out with a new version of FS.

Arthur Reginald AtkinsMon, 10 Jun 2019 10:56:48 GMT

I suspected that Microsoft had this planned from the start by selling off the old FSX.

The new version will be totally new and probably not compatible with what we have enjoyed for many years. I guess we shall have to install Windows 10 or even a later version. Upgrades or additions will have to be purchased from Microsoft.

However, it looks wonderful and we look forward to further news. We shall probably have to go for a newer version of a graphics card, which was a limitation of good old FSX. I have had endless fun from way back FS98. Get a move on Microsoft, I am getting old!

Bradford FrottenMon, 10 Jun 2019 11:12:11 GMT

It looks great, looking forward to it!

James BarnesMon, 10 Jun 2019 11:59:03 GMT

Can’t wait friends! I’ve been waiting, like you, for a quality of graphics and flying! Please deliver this to us soon. Hopefully, many of us can be put on a list of people that can put this NEW FLIGHT SIMULATOR through its paces!

steven reissnerMon, 10 Jun 2019 12:09:25 GMT

It sounds like a fine idea whose time has come - it would be a very good idea to include enough tuition tutorials to learn more and in-depth about instrument flying so you can learn how to reach a destination in instrument conditions which is what I have been doing for the last years with FSX, also through the use of add-ons. It should be possible to choose between more demanding instrument lessons and simpler visual flight VFR.

I think this is most important - instrument learning and familiarisation for the enthusiast.

James Mathis Mon, 10 Jun 2019 12:22:58 GMT

Have been a fan from day one. At 79, I'm running out of time so bring it on.

Bud LaneMon, 10 Jun 2019 12:23:18 GMT

If it is mot for PC's then forget it.

robert l dewaltMon, 10 Jun 2019 13:03:40 GMT

Will there be railroads?

Gerard M TheurinMon, 10 Jun 2019 13:21:35 GMT

At last, it looks much improved. I've been an owner of Flight Simulator X; seen it started. Can't wait to get the new one next year.

Robert AllardMon, 10 Jun 2019 13:26:37 GMT

It is nice to see Microsoft Flight Sim be back in action although I have lost all my flight sim  due to fire... now I have a chance to get some back and up to date sure hope it will be sent on hard copy and will be  it for sure will it be compatible with Windows 10?

Can hardly wait to buy this new version.  I am flying X-Plane 11 for now and it is nice to go back to the pioneer in FS. Let me know if it would be possible to buy it outright.

Pro MemberMaknwavsMon, 10 Jun 2019 13:31:11 GMT

I have purchased all versions of Microsoft Flight Sim over the past several years.

I currently run FSX on a new HP gaming computer along with a BenQ gaming monitor. Everything seems to run just fine, but would not be nearly as realistic if it were not for the add-ons of aircraft, scenery, and weather.

Let's hope the new Flight Simulator has it all, plus being able to purchase add-ons if necessary.

Being a retired professional pilot, I appreciate the realism I have achieved. Hoping for more of the same.

Larry QuaveMon, 10 Jun 2019 13:40:45 GMT

With all the tens of thousands of airplane, rotorcraft, etc., "sim objects" out there, are they going to be made obsolete and unusable overnight so that only Microsoft sim objects will run on the new platform... requiring all the old aircraft to be rebuilt and re-released by their developers? That would be a "big wrench" into the works.

Ed BakerMon, 10 Jun 2019 13:55:25 GMT

Beta testers anyone?

Is Microsoft interested in offering some beta testing versions?

X-Plane has done that for several releases.

I think it would be a good move on Microsoft's part and would be a lot of "free" public relations for them. I doubt that it would hurt their future sales. I, actually, think it would prime the pump and increase them.

Carl VangsnessMon, 10 Jun 2019 14:49:09 GMT

Having gone from FS 9, FSX, FSX Steam Edition, I tried X-Plane 10 with my dual core computer. No way. Then the announcement about FSW. Wow. But still no way. So I upgraded to an 8 core AMD Athlon and I was ready.

About the time the computer was set, the death announcement of FSW came out. Ouch! BUT I was able to get one of the last working copies and have run that.

Love the graphics but limited aircraft choice.

Went to X-Plane 11 and that works very well but I still pull up FSW for the better graphics despite the uncured bugs. If the announcement here is real, I am all set for the new product. Can't wait.

P.S. I am former Link C-11 instrument trainer instructor/technician SSGT USAF. Simulation has sure come a long way!

Syd KowallMon, 10 Jun 2019 15:12:41 GMT

I have been using FSX for many years and love it. Glad to see that it will be continued. It would be nice, however, to be available for Mac!

Pro MemberPiet de GeusMon, 10 Jun 2019 15:27:49 GMT

Fantastic preview!  How about a comparison between this new MS flight sim and Prepar3D v4? Prepar3D has already developed far away from FSX.

John TrownsonMon, 10 Jun 2019 15:42:31 GMT

Delighted to hear this; have FSX & x-plane 10, prefer FSX, bring it on ASAP.

Pro MemberpierrepaquetMon, 10 Jun 2019 16:36:20 GMT

An incredible new approach to Flight Simulation. It would be great from Microsoft to advise what recommended hardware requirements will be.

I have just bought a new gaming computer and I am now not sure if my Intel I7 chip, my Samsung 970 Pro NVME M.2 or my graphics card with Turing architecture will be enough.

I will surely wait for more news from Microsoft before adding any new Hardware or Software.

Tim FraserMon, 10 Jun 2019 16:50:56 GMT

In fairness, I have all the Microsoft flight sims, from 95 to FSX SE. However, after spending a small fortune on addon aircraft for both 2004, FSX and FSX SE, I gave up and moved to X-Plane 11.

The flight dynamics are incomparable. Unless Microsoft, allows some very high end freeware addons to be incorporated, I will be avoiding what has always seemed to be a money pit of a flight Sim. X-Plane 11 is the way forward.

TERRY L MARTINMon, 10 Jun 2019 17:45:18 GMT

I would only hope Microsoft will bring out a Virtual Reality version to work with their Mixed Reality Platform. Now we have the HP Reverb device with a really awesome resolution, I don't want to only sit in front of my computer screen. I want to be surrounded by Virtual/Mixed Reality.

Antonio Augusto Souza LimaMon, 10 Jun 2019 18:07:32 GMT

Fantastic. Great. Finally an improvement.

Scott GrumannMon, 10 Jun 2019 18:42:24 GMT

Great news, but what at what expense in purchasing a new gaming, high-end PC?

Robert A DahmesMon, 10 Jun 2019 21:03:01 GMT

I gave up on FSX Steam and switched to X Plane, both for graphics and flight models. X plane delivers in many areas but the scenery is not as detailed as I would like to see for VFR flying.

Also, I sincerely hope that MS will include some "affordable" general aviation aircraft in their release, like Piper Archer, Piper Cub and Cessna 172. Some prop transports and warbirds would be a joy to us "senior" simmers.

Overall, I am looking forward to reviews of the program and the computer requirements to run in a realistic fashion.

Carl CatMon, 10 Jun 2019 21:10:18 GMT

My first flight sim was in the early '80s, a black and white linear image on a floppy disk. Next, I thought I was flying state of the art with flight Sim 1 on my Omega computer system.

Back then I could only wish for a flight sim with this kind of resolution and detail. Can't wait to fly over the old neighborhoods that I grew up in as well as explore the world and this program.

Probably need to buy a new computer!

BRIAN PAUL McCarthyMon, 10 Jun 2019 21:14:38 GMT

I have enjoyed MSFSX and previous versions. I have purchased add on scenery which was great but not compatible with Windows 10. MUCHO BLASTO. This took away a lot of my enjoyment as I flew a lot of light aircraft in real life and the scenery kept me up to speed. I hope the new edition will enable good scenery and add on aircraft.

Pro MemberGerman DiazMon, 10 Jun 2019 21:40:18 GMT

I have been using the FS2004 and FSX simulators continuously since 2005 or 2006 and with some problems that I have been solving over time such as changing equipment with better resources and some technical flaws in the software.

Now we are presented MSFS or whatever you want to name, FS NN, it does not matter. I look forward to really being as shown in the video and not having to make too many changes in the equipment I have, although I have an excellent video card you never know what the results will be with the arrival of new software.

Hopefully, I will arrive soon as I will try to obtain it to continue enjoying the wonders of the virtual flight. I also enjoy the real flight to be a private pilot in my country.

Thank you very much for the information. I will wait very attentive. German Diaz.

Robert Shisler JrMon, 10 Jun 2019 22:19:58 GMT

I don't care if any of my FSX add-ons work, the graphics are stunning, if this comes out in 4K, I will invest in whatever hardware it takes to make it awesome.

From the video, it's by far and away the best VFR sim yet. Microsoft, bring it! I'm buying.

WeecosseMon, 10 Jun 2019 22:20:44 GMT

It looks really good but I'll wait to see is if a PC version comes out at a reasonable price.

I haven't really forgiven them for cutting off all support for their products in 2008 - MS lost a lot of my trust after that debacle. However, perhaps I should give them some praise for inadvertently creating an FS environment where a whole market opened up which created more realistic products like X-Plane, independent developers of aircraft, scenery and such.

I hope Laminar and the others stay in business with their fine product and I hope MS allows them to create add-ons that work with MS' new product.

KEITH LENZNERMon, 10 Jun 2019 22:34:17 GMT

The rich finally get the good stuff. Yay me.

Enoch GarciaMon, 10 Jun 2019 23:07:48 GMT

As I understand it, it will be 4K, which means New 4K monitors, and graphics card. However, it will be worth it, also what will happen to real weather programs?

johnmceneryTue, 11 Jun 2019 03:20:09 GMT

Much appreciated efforts. I am still a novice but been a follower for some years. I have some trouble. I can download but get lost with the following steps. 83-year-old ex-air traffic controller from NEW GUINEA.

James TalleyTue, 11 Jun 2019 03:34:39 GMT

It looks amazing! I just hope that it has realistic weather, realistic ATC features, and live or AI real-world traffic with the authentic airliners and planes! This is what I've always thought would make FSX and true flight simming "As real as it gets".

John MacDonaldTue, 11 Jun 2019 08:18:51 GMT

It seems to be a product that will change the parameters of Flight Sim as we know it, the quality of the graphics and overall presentation are almost unbelievable, if this is going to be as it appears in the promo video then you will have a product that will eclipse everything else on the market at present.

I for one will certainly be very interested in this product when it eventually gets released, I am currently using ORBX products at the moment and am using REX Skyforce for weather which is both really good, but this is even streets ahead of what I can see of P3D as well, and I would be interested in what systems it would need to run on in terms of computer capability and performance and so on, but I am sure that you will release this info soon.


John MacDonald

Nicolas Van TommeTue, 11 Jun 2019 09:06:13 GMT

Finally, Microsoft realized we're getting nowhere with the crap studio that Dovetail is and sooooo slow evolving X-plane that still has no working ATC after 11 versions!

Thank you, MS that must be one of the most exciting gaming news I had in the last 10 years!

Ashir UmarTue, 11 Jun 2019 09:27:07 GMT

Somebody says it's fake but the trailer is uploaded on Xbox site if the game is released and add-ons also work on then I think X-Plane 11 is no more.

Howard WalkerTue, 11 Jun 2019 10:17:19 GMT

Oh WOW. Thank you, Microsoft.  I have flown every version of FS and fly continually with FSX still loving it. But WOW those graphics are beyond my wildest dreams.

High the expense, I'll buy the new version Welcome back Microsoft, you have been missed.

Wayne TurkTue, 11 Jun 2019 10:50:26 GMT

Looking forward to the new FS. I love to fly instrument approaches in real-time weather situations. Bring it on soon in 2020!

Andrew MillerTue, 11 Jun 2019 17:29:52 GMT

Well, the only way they are going to get graphics like that is using 64 bit, more than 4GB ram and full use of graphics card.  Nothing 32 bit is going to work and no way for my add-ons at the moment to work.  Do I want to spend hundreds again?  Sorry, no...

james fordTue, 11 Jun 2019 18:20:32 GMT

Please whatever else you do, do NOT do a Flight simulator game because you will be laughed out of the community.

The preview video looks fantastic - let's hope that's what it will look like out of the box.

roger crosleyTue, 11 Jun 2019 20:22:14 GMT

I'm trying to sign up as a Micro. Flight Sim. 2020 insider. I get a message that an email will be sent to me with a link verifying my email address but I've never gotten the confirmation email. Has anyone else tried to register and had the same problem?

I know the MFS 2020 site is brand new but...

Nigel BeckleyWed, 12 Jun 2019 03:24:23 GMT

It`s a long time coming but I am not surprised, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the granddaddy of them all.

Alan ArnoldWed, 12 Jun 2019 15:47:18 GMT

I hope this isn't as buggy as FSX was.  I bought three PCs over the last 10 years hoping to run FSX to its maximum settings with my addons.  Unfortunately, Windows 20 updated stopped it from working on my PC permanently back in 2016 and I have not flown since then.

I miss it but I am waiting till they get it right (hopefully soon).

Timona Mwayi Wed, 12 Jun 2019 22:24:11 GMT

Would like to see some passenger animations and proper interactive missions.

Robert MattgonWed, 12 Jun 2019 23:29:44 GMT

I've been an MSFS fan since its early days when it came on 7 floppy disks which ran on my DOS 6 machine. Then FS2002, FS2004 and finally FSX.

I recall back in the day when FSX was new and everyone complained about it being so "bleeding edge" that very few "home" based computers could run it at its full potential with all sliders "maxed out". Many users enjoyed FSX but with most features tuned low to avoid overtaxing their hardware.

Now; having seen the promo video with its fantastic, almost photoreal graphics; I believe we're going back to early FSX days again. The graphics appear great! Do I believe my existing hardware can duplicate this feat? Never!

The new FS's full capabilities will take high-end, top of the line hardware (translation = expensive) never mind your run of the mill I7 with 16G ram and 980GTX card. Your average flightsimmer cannot afford $3500.00 dedicated sim rigs.

I still run FS9 alongside FSX-SE on my modest I5 Win10 rig and likely will be doing so for a while yet. But I am very happy to see Microsoft back in the flight sim game again.

Pro MemberJim LymanWed, 12 Jun 2019 23:38:15 GMT

Myself, I've got a TON of money into flight panels; in the thousands Along with many others.

Aircraft? That's another story.  Time will tell as the public will decide if this is going to fly.

Myself, I'll wait as I did with Steam for the end results.

From what I can see by the results of this video, this has the chance to blow the market wide open and lock it up tight if they play the poker hand right.  But then again, this is M.S. we are talking about - sorry my opinion of M.S. is not very high as I've seen the game from them way back when.

For now, there is an old saying which I will stick with; if it works, then don't fix it!

Claude KhayatThu, 13 Jun 2019 09:58:20 GMT

It is great to have the new version since I am not able to reinstall FSX due to error 1722.  Should we wait? When it will be available... Thanks.

Michal TenglerThu, 13 Jun 2019 12:25:35 GMT

I think, it will be again the big juggernaut with astronomically graphics card and CPU consumption, so 90% of users will have set 50% details or will play with 10FPS... maybe I am wrong, it will show in time, but from history, I guess again the same...

But have to say, the weather effects look absolutely insane, and I think it was not only directly from the game.

And finally the flight model... I hope they will manage other systems, the old precalculated behaving is simply an anachronism.

And about community and free content, XP wins at all... to the FS you have to almost all thinks buy...

Looking forward to having a chance to compare :)

Pro MemberLou14Fri, 14 Jun 2019 05:10:27 GMT

Most likely NOT TRUE!


I personally don't believe it.

Jim Soring Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:02:02 GMT

Looks fantastic. I just wish they would pick up and update CFS3. I still play the original CFS3 online on a private forum. It would be so nice if they updated it.

Alf SafferFri, 14 Jun 2019 17:50:53 GMT

Waiting for it. Hope we can have it soon.

David MonroeSat, 15 Jun 2019 06:14:23 GMT

The new SIM looks great! I use both FSX SE and X-plane 11.

Both have their pros and cons. X-plane has better default scenery, but FSX SE seems to be less sensitive on the rudder pedals on takeoff.

All I ask now is please, please, PLEASE have the option of removing the yoke so the entire panel is visible, just like X-Plane does.

That alone will give me more incentive to use the new MS FS. I am looking forward to trying out the newest version...

gabriel jorge da silva monteiroMon, 17 Jun 2019 13:02:36 GMT

This new Microsoft F/S will be welcome for the simmers of all the world.

I hope the new F/S would not be a mere game platform for kids but a wonderful tool to be into the realm of serious F/S.

Hope it could be adapted to cockpit builders and suitable for addons, and controllers such as throttles, pedals, and fs hardware.

In the future, many new pilots would be needed. This would be very good for youngsters to practice.

Patrick PinardWed, 19 Jun 2019 13:23:42 GMT


You are fantastic! I just come back for using FSX and I never imagined to have the possibility for loading free your airplanes and all others.

I will subscribe but not yet, I am also an amateur musician and I don't have time to play with FSX regularly. But I will do!

Many thanks


Robert AllardFri, 21 Jun 2019 01:24:25 GMT

I will buy the sim as soon as it become available.

Robert AllardFri, 21 Jun 2019 01:34:14 GMT

I had every sim from Microsoft running on Windows; 95, 98, 200, 2004, FSX, etc.  I had them all now since lost all in a house fire I fly X-Plane from 9 to 11 so I will buy the next copy out.

Todd BredaFri, 21 Jun 2019 19:36:38 GMT

Judging by the trailer and screenshots alone, this looks to be a STUNNING upgrade to FSX that we have all been hoping and waiting for! My only concern is what kind of powerhouse PC would you need to run such high-level rendering and frame rates without seeing smoke come out of your machine?

Perhaps it is streamed to your PC via the cloud which could erase worries about processing from your PC but then that would lend itself to connectivity issues for some.

Anxious to find this out because what good is incredibly life-like textures and renders and frame rates if your PC can't handle it? I have a decent graphics machine that does pretty good but this looks next gen stunning and I hope I can enjoy it on my existing machine to its full potential.

Ludo CustersFri, 21 Jun 2019 19:56:56 GMT

I have put several hundred of dollars in FSX add-ons.. Especially on geographical items. Now I fly FSX over photoreal countries. I wonder if the New platform will do better...

Mark GormanFri, 21 Jun 2019 20:55:42 GMT

Not interested. It will be way too expensive and I will probably need a new PC to run it on effectively anyway.

Flight simming is O.K. but there are better things for me to waste my money on than yet another flight simulation platform. If simulation is your passion, then why not? As for me, after using Steam FSX and all the problems that that has entailed, I have lost my interest in the subject altogether despite my initial enthusiasm and interest in aviation.

Gary G OlsonFri, 21 Jun 2019 21:12:35 GMT

FINALLY --- I've been through it ALL from FS5 to FSX and everything in the middle. I've predominately settled on FS9 (FS2004) because of the variety, etc. But having looked at the sample screenshots of 2020, I will definitely move up, as long as the Third Party people are allowed in.

With that weather and scenery, it looks like a superb winner for us old guys that can't go to the Real Stuff anymore. Thanks, MS for not forgetting about us.

Bonny enylishFri, 21 Jun 2019 21:25:26 GMT

I have been an FS flier from the beginning but changed to X-Plane because to be honest, I thought it a better product. But will definitely be coming back if the SIM is anywhere remotely like the trailer it looked is amazing.

Keep on keeping on the development.

Pro MemberKeith LenznerFri, 21 Jun 2019 22:02:54 GMT

I'm skeptical. I have never seen a new v. hyped as bad, yet everyone paid but didn't like FSX/2004.

This huge change is touted as being worth the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars paid while patches and updates try to catch up to the "screenshots" shown here.

I have also never seen screenshots look other than real when in real use, only to find yourself hoping one of the updates (and there will be updates) will help it to appear close to the hyped screenshots.

Here's hoping it's worthy.

Sean YoungFri, 21 Jun 2019 22:10:35 GMT

Guess I'm old school, still using Flight Sim 2004. Has been reliable for years. Am hoping I can upload the new Flight Sim 2020 with few or no issues.

Will be quite the jump for those of us who have enjoyed 2004 to date. Just hoping…

Lhano Martins Xavier JuniorFri, 21 Jun 2019 22:18:50 GMT

What new planes can we expect for FS2020?

Les SaundersFri, 21 Jun 2019 22:37:40 GMT

The new Microsoft Flight Simulator looks great I can't wait to buy it download it and start using it, I have had both previous versions and now running FSX Acceleration with multiple screens yoke controls and joystick.

KonstantinFri, 21 Jun 2019 23:22:07 GMT

I wanna see the price and the difference between the Microsoft Flight simulator NG and the x-plane 11. Will x-plane 11 still hold the first place on flight simulation or Microsoft's FS is gonna win it? We have a big fight here.

Gerald E. ReillySat, 22 Jun 2019 01:43:19 GMT

Will I need a Mainframe to get that level of detail?

MS should consider developing a dedicated PC that delivers that level of graphics power for maximum resolution and frame rates.

I would consider buying one even if it's dedicated to only FS.

Joseph C. McCormick IIISat, 22 Jun 2019 05:15:16 GMT

I went over to X-Plane a couple of years back when they dropped FSX. I have always been a builder, mostly.

When I went to X-Plane I was happy to see they many 3rd party software development tools, including their own scenery development tool called WED.

This software is so easy to use and intuitive, also making do with scenery objects ported over from other sims. Some of my favorite Art Poole scenery that I have ported over to X-Plane and used it with his permission.

In X-plane I can build an airport using an imported photo scenery in WED in about a day depending on how dense you want to make it.

I will be testing the new FS, but it must have the pliability that X-Plane has before I consider going back on top of having a bad taste in my with all the thousands of dollars I spent on FSX.

George OutramSat, 22 Jun 2019 08:49:09 GMT

Looks great - will it be VR ready?

Wayne MyhillSat, 22 Jun 2019 11:04:03 GMT

One simple question. Is this new 2020 release going to be made available through Steam?

John DobsonSat, 22 Jun 2019 12:09:59 GMT

Looks very promising; trust it will be making the most of full 64-bit software and having 3 party add-ons is a must! I will reserve final judgment for a downloadable pilot/trial program...

Pro MemberwbentelSat, 22 Jun 2019 19:19:06 GMT

Been flying MSFS since the world was green lines in Chicago. Can't wait.

Kairasp (Ken) DaruwalaSun, 23 Jun 2019 02:22:25 GMT

I have always loved aviation, I have FS 2004 & FSX, love them, patiently waiting for the new FS, I am sure it will be great.

chris harveySun, 23 Jun 2019 07:55:44 GMT

I loved the fact that you could walk, drive and sail in flight sim x and when that all stopped I moved over to X-Plane. 

I never got used to X-Plane even though its graphics are beautiful but I miss the simplicity of Microsoft FSX: things like choosing a route, flying any plane without falling out of the sky and the thousands of add-ons.

I wait with bated breath for the new FS 2020.

MIhai BlagaSun, 23 Jun 2019 09:35:17 GMT

It has been an entire roller coaster; I have used FS2000, 2004, X and now P3D v4.5 which I find more stable. 

I'm still unable to enjoy flying as much as I would like to due to various reasons, such as bad framerates the need of many add-ons which have a significant impact of the frames, trading graphics for performance since it’s not multi-core optimized and mostly run of the CPU rather than GPU.

If I play say GTA V my CPU is running at 35 Celsius almost idle since almost everything runs on the much more powerful GPU... When I run FSX or P£D that is basically almost the same core code the CPU hits 55-68 Celsius.

Active Sky, Ultimate Traffic Live, ORBX, PMDG, FS Labs, FS2Crew are add-ons that are a MUST but are very heavy on FPS - you could make them as payware extras, rather than a third-party code being used.

The more 3rd party the more unstable and frame heavy the sim will become.

For further updates and extras, you should listen to the community. You could also make different versions say FS2020 basic for the ones that just want to play around for a smaller price and FS2020 pro for the real diehard simmer with extras preinstalled for a higher price.

If Microsoft will be willing and able to code all the extras that are necessary, like various professional aircraft: Boeing, Airbus, MD-11 etc. and do it at PMDG and FSLabs level, the community will rather buy the addon aircraft straight from you.

The same goes for all the other add-ons.

My rig today is Ocz 1250W, Intel 8086k running on Asus Maximus X formula motherboard, Nvidia RTX 2080 8gb, and 16GB RAM and still I can’t max the settings.

All other games that run off the GPU run like a dream.

Really, what Microsoft needs to do for winning the community back is to listen to our needs.

Jiri KocmanSun, 23 Jun 2019 10:20:02 GMT

For all who cares about frame rates...

Forget current FSX, P3D or X-Plane; those runs very outdated graphics engines and everything which are not able to utilize the power of current hardware effectively, all stay at single core rendering, so the performance of single core is what current sims are able to do for frame rates.

Graphics we seen in the trailer is nothing special for current video games running even few hundreds of frames per second with high-end hardware and are able to run at FHD with over 60FPS on moderate gaming PC.

Physics simulation and system simulation is cheap on resources, those, of course, can utilize other cores on our multi-core CPUs...

SALEH AL-MULHIMMon, 24 Jun 2019 12:46:35 GMT

Finally at last... Wow!  Like staring life again after death.

Alan CapoldoMon, 24 Jun 2019 15:46:31 GMT

I hope they keep the process of doors opening on the various aircraft. Also, hope they make it so we can talk to the controllers during VFR (something X-Plane does not).

Please continue to make the boarding bridges moveable. In my previous version of FSX, the planes were very small on my screen, even on the ground.

This sounds like a good flight sim and equal or better than X-Plane.

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