It’s now about one week to go until the full release of the 2020 iteration of “Microsoft Flight Simulator”, with it becoming available in Australia at 00:00 on 18th August 2020. As someone who has been playing around with Flight Simulator from the days of “Microsoft Flight Simulator 98”, through “2004: A Century of Flight”, and “Flight Simulator X” (where I logged most of my sim hours), this is a very exciting time! Due to issues with the Xbox Games app for Windows, I was unfortunately unable to participate in the Alpha or Beta, so have had to make do with watching countless videos on YouTube.
As a stood-down pilot (due to COVID-19) who has not flown since late March, this could not be coming at a better time! I have already pre-ordered my copy, and immensely look forward to booting it up and taking something for a spin. I foresee many long hours spent in front of the monitor in the months ahead!
In contrast to previous versions, the 2020 iteration has been broken down into three editions, with the differences being the number of highly detailed aircraft with unique flight models, and the number of hand-crafted airports provided:
- Standard Edition: (AU$99.95 / US$59.99) – 20 detailed aircraft | 30 hand-crafted airports
- Deluxe Edition: (AU$139.95 / US89.99) – 25 detailed aircraft | 35 hand-crafted airports
- Premium Deluxe Edition: (AU$179.95 / US$119.99) – 30 detailed aircraft | 40 hand-crafted airports