Ladies and gentlemen, we have ten days left until the PC launch of the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator which will be released on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Let’s have a look at some of the best unofficial beta gameplay videos available to see on the YouTube platform.
The first video here was one of the top first unofficial ones captured in high 4K resolution. From the beginning, it is clear that playing with the seamless in-flight weather tool you can produce some jaw-dropping situation with the help of adjusting the time of day. Change weather from total fog to cloudless skies and anything between. That Robin DR400 flowing through mountainous area avoiding some light rain showers is just beautiful. First time in flight simulators you can see rain showers from distance and flying through them hearing water drops starting to hit on your windshield at an intensive pace.
The second video shows higher altitude flight footage with some breathtaking sunset views. Sometimes it feels I can’t tell is this real-world video and the editor is just playing with us or what. The video narrator tells he flew by using the Xbox game controller which can be used with a PC too and he told to be just fine flying with it. This info gives some hope for yet unannounced MSFS Xbox version anticipators not to buy any joystick or pedals yet. Consoles do not have many peripheral options but there are both joystick and pedals available for Xbox for a more accurate flying experience if you choose so.
The third video shows mostly the stormy weather situations in an Austrian mountainous area near the city of Innsbruck. Virtually modeled storm weather situations are important for me because I’m a former storm chaser. Thunderstorm and lightning have always been very poorly modeled in flight simulators but in the new MSFS, it looks very promising and real-life behavior alike. A new weather engine builds up the thunderstorm cells and you can see them getting bigger and starting to give lightning. Fortunately, you can see thunderclouds from distance and avoid flying into those dangers by changing heading, altitude, or just simply turning back.
The fourth video is about bush flying using the built-in One Shared World multiplayer mode. Four friends are flying the CubCrafters XCubs as a formation in the westernmost region of Canada. Low flying above the rivers and mountainous forest areas to look out for a short-takeoff-and-landing, STOL, landing spots takes the flight simulator fun to the next level. When flying formation you will notice the multiplayer movements are very seamless, not notable lagging seen at all. The Guys eventually find a riverbank to land and that looks very fun to watch how each friend handles their landings! At least this is a healthy choice for all those countless online first-person shooter games out there.
Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available for Windows 10 on August 18, 2020, as downloadable worldwide from Microsoft Store and Steam as well as boxed disc-publication from Aerosoft. Prices are for Standard 69.99 EUR, Deluxe 89.99 EUR, and Premium Deluxe 119.99 EUR.