Employing incredibly-impressive tech and features, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 looks to be the most exciting commercially-available flight simulation experience ever made.
Airplane simulators are not games meant merely to entertain you. Although they are perfectly suited to provide fun for endless hours, they can become a powerful tool for developing actual flying skills — just like Euro Truck Simulator 2.
In fact, it has already been done. This man was able to take off and land a plane without having any official training or experience outside of flight sims.
That was in 2012.
Now, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is set to launch a new generation of flight sims while incorporating all the new tech you would expect.
Previous iterations of such games were solo experiences, but Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will require always-online connection to Microsoft servers. This is a necessity as it would be simply impossible to store about two petabytes worth of environments on your local drive. Microsoft Azure cloud-streaming technology will make that possible, ensuring that the world is a life-like representation of reality.
Speaking of visuals, you can expect a near-photorealistic experience.
If you paid attention to the first couple of minutes, you will immediately understand that Flight Simulator 2020 is nothing less than a way to experience the breadth of the entire world thanks to:
- Rendering of two million cities.
- Roads, mountains, lakes, seas, oceans, forests, bridges, and 45,000 airports.
Consequently, you will be able to fly using VFR (Visual Flight Rules). This means that, in addition to relying on instruments, visual cues will guide you to your destination — a task that was previously difficult to achieve.
As the title of the game suggests, it will be released in 2020 — but you can opt to take a part in its early alpha testing this month. There will be two testing sessions this year. The first sign-ups will end next week, with the next round starting in November.
Images/videos courtesy of Microsoft Flight Simulator, YouTube.