Compatibility (headsets): Headsets that supports OpenXR such as Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Oculus headsets, and SteamVR headsets.
Platforms: Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift and SteamVR
Minimum requirements: a high performance CPU (e.g. Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X), at least 16 GB of RAM, and a capable graphics card (e.g., NVIDIA GTX 1080 or equivalent).
Release date: Aug 18, 2020
Developer: Asobo Studio
Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most popular flight simulator games out there. It received a VR mod in late 2020.
In this article, you can find our comprehensive review after more than 20 hours of flying time in the game!
Game Performance and Hardware
Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) is a demanding game in terms of system requirements. Initially, on an Nvidia 2080 GPU, low to medium settings were necessary for a smooth experience. However, the upgrade to a 4090 GPU has allowed for Ultra settings, enhancing both performance and visuals significantly. The game runs smoothly across various environments, maintaining a consistent frame rate even in more graphically intensive scenes. The combination of an I9 12900k processor with 64GB of DDR4 RAM is well-suited for MFS, ensuring that the VR experience is immersive and fluid, with hardware components working in tandem to handle the game’s demands effectively.
Graphics and Visuals
The visual experience of MFS on Ultra settings using a 4090 GPU is breathtaking. The attention to detail is meticulous, with every element from the buildings to the rust on the propellers rendered with striking realism.
The clouds, smoke, and reflections are rendered with impressive accuracy, contributing to an immersive environment. While the New York level presents a challenge with its complex geometry causing some performance dips, the visual quality remains uncompromised in less densely detailed areas. The VR experience is especially notable for its lifelike environments that draw players into the game’s world.
VR Experience and Virtual Travel
Virtual tourism and cultural exploration were made possible with the game’s realistic visuals and attention to detail. All senses were stimulated as I felt the immersive surroundings and heard the realistic engine noises.
I was able to visit places I may never go in real life, like Bora Bora, without ever leaving my home. Not only was it affordable, but it was also therapeutic. The game provided a relaxing and calming atmosphere, even if I was having difficulty controlling more complex planes.
I was also reminded of the rapid evolution of video games over the past 35 years and the potential for the next 10-20 years.
Realism, Attention to Detail, and Excitement for the Future
The realism and attention to detail in the game are astonishing, and it has significantly evolved over the years.
Clouds, smoke, and propeller rust are visually impressive, while the text and details inside the plane’s cockpit are legible and realistic.
The game allows players to visit places they may never go in real life, like Bora Bora, and explore the entire world from the comfort of home. It provides a relaxing and therapeutic experience with its immersive surroundings and music.
Favorite places and countries in Microsoft Flight Simulator
White cliffs of Dover
White Cliffs of Dover was one of the areas that left the strongest impression on me.
Located in the south-east of England, the cliffs are made of chalk and erode approximately 10 centimeters per year.
You can take in the majestic view of Dover Harbor and the coastline from the cockpit of the aircraft. The video shows the incredible level of detail in the cliffs and the surrounding area. The cliffs are a great example of the breathtaking visuals that this game offers.
You can also appreciate the erosion of the cliffs and the Dover Harbor from the sky.
The White Cliffs of Dover are a must-see for any virtual traveler!
Scotland showcases a variety of famous landmarks, such as castles, rivers, and lochs. From the aerial view, you can explore Scotland’s rugged terrain and vast expanses of terrain. You can also spot iconic landmarks from movies, such as lochs and mountains.
Traveling from Scotland to Wiltshire, England, you can take in the incredible sight of the famous Stonehenge. This 5,000-year-old circle of stones is a mysterious monument, with its purpose and origin remaining unknown.
Stonehenge features some of the heaviest stones in the world, weighing up to 20 tons each. From the aerial view showcased in Microsoft Flight Simulator’s virtual reality experience, you can explore and appreciate the grand scale and historical significance of Stonehenge. Furthermore, you can observe the detailed textures of the stones and the surrounding area.
Reception and our opinion
In general, the VR Mod of Microsoft Flight Simulator is received very positively. While the experience is unmatchable, one of the cons is that you need a really high-end performance PC to enjoy it. On the other hand, this game offers beautiful points of interest for full relaxation after a tough day at work. You will witness the best graphics the technology has reached so far.
To sum it all up, this game is a must-play one for those who want to find themselves in the cockpit, to fly and relax, watching some of the most famous World Sites from the sky and at the same time relax mentally with the details and visuals this game has to offer.
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I’m absolutely in love with the sheer realism and attention to detail of Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR. From the technical hardware requirements to the incredible visuals, this game has taken my flight simulation experience to heights I never thought possible.
With the ability to explore destinations around the world, I’m excited to see where this technology goes in the future. I can’t wait to experience what else the gaming world has in store.
With the World 3 update, you can get the most out of your VR flight simulator adventure. From the White Cliffs of Dover to Stonehenge, you won’t be disappointed with the stunning visuals and details.
Get ready to take off and explore the world of virtual reality!