Microsoft Announces FLIGHT

Following the Press Event to which we were invited at the end of last year, we told you that at some point early in the new year, we would be told and be able to tell you more about the new sim. Well, today, Microsoft have made available more detailed information about it’s upcoming title in the flight simulaton series: Flight.

With an expected release date set in Spring 2012, Flight will be distributed via download only … no word for now about any boxed version:

“The starter pack is free to play and includes the Icon A5 and the Big Island of Hawaii. Pricing for game add-ons will vary.”

Further details on future add-ons were not revealed other then that ‘pricing for game add-ons will vary’.

“Microsoft Flight is an entirely new PC game that lets players jump into the challenge, fun, and freedom of flight with no special hardware or past experience. Whether players want to fly freely or choose to master real instruments and controls, Microsoft Flight is easy for a beginner while challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots. The game immerses players in the flying experience with realistic graphics and accurate physics, and will continually evolve with new terrain, aircraft and challenges that can be downloaded via expansion packs.

More and product specifications after the jump…..

Features: Top features include the following:

You’re at the Controls. Microsoft Flight offers hours of exciting gameplay for free with the initial download. Set the pace by choosing to turn on flight aids or use the cockpit controls to perform authentic piloting procedures. Choose how to play, whether it’s completing missions, finishing challenges, exploring the sky or finding aerocaches. Players looking to deepen their experience can download additional packs that add new aircraft, regions and customization options. As a player’s experience grows, so too does Microsoft Flight, with frequently released new content like daily aerocache challenges and regular mission updates designed to keep the experience fresh.

If You Can Use a Mouse, You Can Fly. With Microsoft Flight, players can jump into the challenge and fun of flying with no special hardware or past experience. At the push of a button players can see all available missions, be transported to specific locations, view the airplanes in their hangar, or track and share accomplishments. After a brief tutorial, they’ll be soaring past the lush, breathtaking cliffs of the historic Waipio Valley or witnessing the vast crevices of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a view from above.

Stunning Realism. Microsoft Flight features a visually stunning and realistic representation of the region-specific weather patterns, foliage and terrain, landmarks and flight physics. Players can explore in highly rendered, accurate cockpits of airplanes, or fly with a view of the airplane from the outside.”

Product Specifications: Microsoft Flight is optimized for the average PC user, with no special hardware required.


  • Dual Core Processor 2.0 GHz
  • 256MB graphics card, DirectX 9.0c compliant
  • 10GB hard drive space
  • WinXP SP3 or newer
  • 2GB RAM


  • Dual Core Processor 3.0 GHz
  • 1024MB graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5670 or nVidia GeForce 9800T or equivalent
  • 30 GB hard drive space
  • Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
  • 6GB Ram

For the moment, we’ll leave you to make of that what you will, without further comment from us. We’d welcome your feedback, though, either via the comments box below, or via the Microsoft Flight forum, if you’d rather have more characters available!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 01:35

So I’ve tried the beta and I can tell you that it is a game. It reminds me of Pilotwings from the old nintendo. I don’t say that to be mean but it is hardly a sim but more just entertainment and will not be a replacement for either FSX or Prepar3d.

Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:58

FS has been different for me than Tibs’, my flying has been mostly GA bush flying but I have never been contempted at flying in one location only. Although I’ve flown mostly in alaska, first in anchorage area but then, with the growing quality of pacific northwest, also in the alaska panhandle, I’ve also flown the caribbean, pacific islands and europe (airline flights). And occasionaly I enjoy flying other areas as well, like africa, south america, asia (historical flights for ex.). My point is – I enjoy flying the world and I enjoy variety. I was bored fast in Flight… Read more »

Saturday, January 28, 2012 07:02

When I first got FSX, all I wanted to do for hundreds of flight hours was explore the scenery and do missions. After I had seen all I wanted to see, I branched out to the lessons which is one of the best parts of the sim. When I learned all I could from those, I joined a VA. I rarely fly VFR anymore or explore. All my flying is for my VA now. If others are like me, this game is going to stop them at step 2 in my journey. Pity. They will however get some good fun… Read more »

Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:49

Just to complement this thread, I have received XPlane 10 and tried it this weekend. I was really excited as I really wanted to properly compare against MSFlight. I don’t know if you had the opportunity to run it but is sooo buggy that I gave up, worst than the FSX release. Now, is still the first release and I will give it another try once the first patch is release, in the same way that I will wait for the full release of MSFlight, but here are some interesting points: EDIT BY MODERATOR: While your points may well be… Read more »

Daniel Sjoberg
Sunday, January 15, 2012 11:28

To me this will come down to a few things – what will the downloadable content be and how pricy? If this is just a way for me to skip paying for crappy standard out of the box planes that I won’t fly anyway I don’t mind. – if there is no full world option to download (at reasonable price) this will be a complete no-go for me – if there are no third party addons allowed I won’t touch it, if thrid parties can provide their addons through an MS portal that may be acceptable but they can’t kill… Read more »