Over 500 Million Flights Flown In Microsoft Flight Simulator Since Release

Over 500 million flights have been flown in Microsoft Flight Simulator since its release 27 months ago; that's 10 million trips around the Earth!

Published: December 7, 2022 4:35 PM /


Microsoft Flight Simulator header with a plane flying into the sunset

Imagine taking 200 round trips from the Earth to the Sun; that's how many flights have been flown in Microsoft Flight Simulator since its release in 2020. There are now over 10 million total players of the sim to date, and Microsoft says it is time to celebrate that feat.

Microsoft Flight Simulator was released back in 2020 and became a popular game for those who wanted to get their piloting fix. The game has seen over 27 updates since its release and apparently has been growing rapidly in popularity over the last few years. Originally, the Flight Simulator series was developed and maintained by Bruce Artwick back in 1977. In 1981, Microsoft decided to approach Artwick about these simulators that he had been distributing for PCs and wanted to create a full-fledged game out of it. In 1982, Artwick gave Microsoft the reins, and basically, it's all history from there.

Microsoft Flight Simulator, plane flying among the birds over open blue water

Microsoft Flight Simulator came out on PC in 2020 but did not come to consoles until July 2021. There are currently three different versions of the title thus far - Standard, Deluxe, and Premium Deluxe, each coming with their own set of features such as new airports, aircraft upgrades, and more airplanes to choose from. The newer versions of the title also include air traffic environments that have interactive control functions. Not to mention the graphics in this game are just stunning to look at and hyper-realistic.

Simulators are one of the most popular gaming genres, and people seem to gravitate toward them. Microsoft Flight Simulator has over 10 million players to date, and all of those players have flown a total of 40 billion miles in the last 27 months. Just to further give context on to exactly how insane that number is, that is the equivalent of flying to the Sun from Earth and back 200 times! Hopefully, the simulator keeps flying high in terms of players, and we will await the updates to come to the title. 

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