A new Microsoft Flight Simulator update has arrived coinciding with the Xbox launch, improving Training and other systems for virtual pilots on both PC and Xbox consoles.
The Microsoft Flight Simulator developers have been working pretty hard to improve the game in recent months; aside from adding a bunch of new content, the game's install size has been cut in half. We got to see a cool in-game virtual tour of the Orbis Eye Hospital debut a couple of weeks ago — and now a whole bunch of interesting changes have arrived in the game alongside its launch on Xbox consoles.
What's New in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Update?
The first notable change in today's Microsoft Flight Simulator update is a complete overhaul of the Training system. There are now 22 flights that each focus on specific aspects of flying planes, allowing players to progress from basic flight controls all the way up to moving a mammoth Airbus 320neo.
It's a bit easier to fly, too, with the new Flight Assistant UI panel. This will give you AI help to find nearby points of interest, communicate with air traffic control, and avoid stalling (among other features). You can even have the AI take over entirely and fly you to your destination! Accessibility has also been improved with a screen reader for the in-game menus, currently available in English; more functionality for this feature will be added in future updates.
A handful of planes have gotten upgrades, too. The Cessna C172 classic, Cessna C172 G1000, CubCrafters XCub, and Zlin Aviation Shock Ultra now all have variants with skis and floats for pilots who wish to explore somewhat more unusual terrain.
World Exploration has gotten some serious improvements as well. The world map now has satellite imagery, map labels, and Point of Interest names to make it easier than ever to find your way around the globe. You can read about all of the changes in the Microsoft Flight Simulator update patch notes. If you haven't yet jumped into the game, you can buy Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC and Xbox starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent.
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