Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is more of a technical masterpiece than just an airplane simulator game. With its photogrammetry-based earth and life-equivalent aircraft model, there was no way to get your flying experience on your high-end PC. Esobo Studios, of course, calls it the Xbox Series X Ported to S console and gave another reason to get Xbox console and game pass in this process.
Why pass the game? Because at Rs 3,199, the standard version is the Spartan and it’s the premium deluxe version that got all the bells and whistles, priced at Rs 6,399. The price of the game pass is Rs 699 which makes it a lucrative deal (unless you want to own a digital copy). Don’t take us as an extra price tag; Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is a bargain if you explore the world on the wings before the epidemic.
It’s just as good as a SIM video game right now on an Xbox Series X. Beautiful views, wonderful weather effects, realistic aircraft models and the comfort of autopilots make Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 an escape portal for explorers and aviation enthusiasts.
If you are coming from Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX), there is no need to take a learners course. It is the successor to one of the easiest learning simulator games in history. You take charge as the captain of an aircraft of your choice, start the engines and fly into the virtual world. That’s all about what that game is, literally.
However, on an Xbox console, it plays a different role than being another simulator game. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 wants you to explore a copy of his real life, something that Esobo Studio has created using photogrammetry. Therefore, flying to any part of the world will probably give you the right idea closer to that actual location. And, combined with beautiful weather effects and great lighting, each flight path is no less than a cinematic experience.
To amaze you with detailed airports and stunning locations, the Discovery Department takes you in the middle of tropical beaches, Mount Everest, Cটেte d’Azur in France and much more. With 12TFLOPS rendering power on the Xbox Series X, these locations show your TV their best with 4K sharpness, lively contrast and terribly detailed aircraft with jaw-dropping reflections and weather effects. Just try to run a Mumbai-Goa flight in the rainy season, you will portray it better.
Keeping your aviation skills right is a requirement to get the best out of it, and fortunately, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 lets you adapt. For beginners, there is a tutorial page that explains the basics of flying and makes you comfortable with the classic Cessna 152. Those who have previous SIM flying experience may find similar challenges to FSX from the last decade, where it requires your skills to point the plane in the right direction.
On the Xbox Series X and Series S, you have a trusted older Xbox controller to handle your in-flight inputs. A controller is not the ideal way to fly a commercial jet but with all the help you can rely on precise input and great haptics to take your 747 from a solid airport and take it to the skies. Ideally, investing in dedicated flight simulator gear is a great way to bring those movements closer to accuracy, which is not the case in the console world.
In the Xbox controller, the Cessna 152 is highly sensitive to small inputs and even in the simplest flight settings (where the system supports complex bits), you can stay for a jolt trip. Turboprops have speed and stability but they are equally sensitive to turbulence. There is a lot of need to adjust the trim level and throttle input to stay airborne. Jets behave differently in terms of size.
For example, a Cessna quote responds quickly to CJ4 inputs but easily loses its comfort as it hits the air. A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental looks relatively dull and it is the work of a crowded airport tour (landing requires dedicated flight gear and skills). Fortunately, I found the Airbus A320 Neo the world’s best computer-aided flight controls to make navigating around tight glide slides easy, and the short runway requirements give you a high hand if your fuel runs out in the middle of the flight (I’m in a river) 747 learned it hard after digging).
That said, you can let your AI co-pilot take charge at any time আপনি you want a break from control to enjoy the view from the outside, take pictures of your plane, or have trouble landing in complex situations. For newcomers, this is a blessing because your security net is always flying by your side. The AI pilot can even communicate all the complex ATCs and select the fastest route from the busy airport.
The toolbar comes with useful bits to tune the gameplay experience for your convenience. In addition to general camera settings, VFR maps and AI co-pilot settings, the game lets you skip checkpoints in a hurry. Therefore, you can take off from London Heathrow and once the ascent stage is complete, you can skip the cruise and go to the landing stage above Japan, or just before the procedure. Remember it takes away the flying scene and the fun.
And then there are airport accessories. In free flight mode, you can choose real-time aviation traffic and a real-world aviation traffic experience with the permission of the live player. For reality suckers appreciate the endless retention pattern on the ground and are waiting to clear previous traffic flights (I now have a lot of respect for pilots during delays on the ground). You can even engineer your flight at certain points, if you’re in the mood to be proud of the Nat Geo-style recovery story.
In a game made for exploration, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 offers multiple ways to make it more interesting. Multiplayer modes with both real-time traffic and live player make the already diverse world more lively. Sadly, the other moving aircraft in the game have low-poly textures and fake levers, which are eye-catching because they have real call signs.
In fact, I wanted more with the aircraft situation. The standard version has only 20 detailed aircraft and even in the premium deluxe version, the choice is limited. Being a fan of smooth jets, I was disappointed not to see the classic Boeing 737, Boeing 777, Airbus A380, McDonnell Douglas DC10, Airbus A350 and some vintage. Back in Flight Simulator X, these planes were present and you can add new ones. I was also unable to find it in the store section.
For the same weird missions that FSX offered a lot. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 lets you challenge some landing and Bush flight missions but none of them have the excitement of a predecessor. Where is the privacy of Area 51 and its alien secrets, or the challenge of losing both engines over Indian Ocean 37?
The game is real-time weather tracking and tries to pick the parking bay / gate you are looking for to exit. You can communicate with important flight controls in the cockpit, although most buttons and buttons are ineffective. You can play a weather and time play god by choosing your own settings for your leisure flight.
The plane was damaged but you will not see any visual effects. Bumping overspeed 737 on the runway will damage the landing gear but all you see is a black screen and a notification.
The in-game store lets you shop for both free and paid additions. Most of the free items include bi-planes and detailed airport packs for specific locations, where the items provided are usually reserved for the most popular locations and for some custom-designed missions / tutorials. Whether you want to pay or are looking for free, there are enough things to add.
Unfortunately, there is no dedicated photo mode to fix your frame when you fly from Rio at sunset. Turning off the UI and stopping the gameplay is the way to get some great screenshots (Xbox controller share key helps).
Unless you have a PC equipped with an Intel Core i9 processor and an NVIDIA RTX 3090 card, the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 usually struggles with high quality consistent performance. I was concerned about the Xbox Series X running the entire game consistently on 4K output but the optimizations are appropriate.
In 4K on a large 55-inch television, the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 looks sharp without any rendering problems or pixelation. The quality of the graphics is comparable to the always high settings on the PC. However, the performance is far from consistent and the frame rate fluctuates rapidly. In a clear sunny sky, the game delivers its promised 30 fps frame rate but as soon as you encounter the weather, the figures drop.
In fact, the rate of frames flying from Japan on spectacular cloudy nights has dropped below 15.
The current build also suffers from bugs that often interfere with the gameplay experience. Some landing challenges don’t register your touchdown even if you do everything right. Flying from some densely populated airports (Los Angeles for example) often leads to accidents. AI co-pilots often hijack controls just before landing: throttle and radar controls disappear more than once, causing it to restart.
I have some nitpicking with UI design. The game was clearly designed with PC users in mind and taking the strangely slow cursor to the console seems like a bad idea. In the case of an emergency manual override of the system, I often move the cursor across the screen when my disturbance hits my A320. This game is in dire need of a fast controller friendly cursor system.
But the biggest disappointment is the game Xbox Series X | S does not use extras. At the moment, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 resumes quickly and does not support 4K consoles in f0 fps mode. Loading time is slow because the game checks for installed content updates before you enter the menu. Since older titles like Forza Horizon 4 and F1 2019 use these features, I hope Asobo will update the game in the future to get the most out of this hardware.
Despite all the optimizations, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 takes up a lot of valuable storage. After downloading 102GB, I had to download the 27GB Day One patch and each airport pack was priced at an average of 7-8GB. And if you want to download a specific region of the map, I’m not counting the extra storage! Series X owners may be fine but running out of storage can be a problem for Series S owners.
Fortunately, even with a relatively modest 100 Mbps broadband connection, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 was keen to load terrain and I never encountered missing textures and similar issues.
Despite a significant portion of the problems plaguing the initial construction, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 does not abandon its core mission: to let you fly and explore.
I unknowingly spent many nights of the week and the whole weekend flying in a beautiful jetliner from a hundred natural airstrip, just to revive my love for flying over reality. This virtual close-up replica of our world is clearly the best thing I’ve seen in my Xbox, and those highly detailed planes with true respect for physics just sweeten it up.
If you are looking for a reason to buy one of these new Xbox consoles, Microsoft can give you a very compelling one. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is one of the best things that happened in the Xbox universe and you should try it. It is more readily available through the Game Pass Ultimate subscription but if you have a deep respect for aviation, the price starting from Rs 3,199 for the standard version should not take you away from the runway. This is a must have, for any Affiliate, promoting any program.
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