Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition will be launched on November 18th. To celebrate the first anniversary of the release, Microsoft will bring a wide range of updates this time, including support for DirectX 12 on the PC platform, five new aircraft, and eight handcrafted airports, etc. Players who have purchased “Microsoft Flight Simulator” and Xbox Game Pass users can get free upgrades.
For PC platform players, Microsoft Flight Simulator provides support for DirectX 12 is big news, this is the long-awaited game performance improvement. Previously, “Microsoft Flight Simulator” was a headache for many PC players because of high CPU requirements, especially the usage rate. For example, after a certain core utilization rate reaches 100%, there will be a situation similar to one-core work and multi-core onlookers, which will cause the game performance to drop sharply. However, Microsoft said that PC players are only “early access” to DirectX 12, which means that it may not be fully supported yet.
Here is what is included in the GOTY Edition:
We are adding 5 brand new aircraft to Microsoft Flight Simulator:
- Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet: Our first military jet and a highly requested feature from the community. The Top Gun: Maverick expansion will release with the movie next Spring, but we wanted simmers to have the opportunity to test their need for speed this holiday.
- VoloCity: We partnered with well-known German company Volocopter, which is working on an eVTOL called “VoloCity”, a vision for an urban air taxi. We worked closely with the Volocopter engineering team to develop an authentic version of the prototype aircraft for the simulator. This is our first aircraft that can perform pinpoint landings and is a teaser of what you can look forward to in 2022 when we intend to launch helicopters in the sim.
- Pilatus PC-6 Porter: This legendary short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility aircraft is a highly versatile plane from Switzerland and comes with several cockpits, cabins, and landing gear variations. It is the result of our close collaboration with the manufacturer and the development efforts by famed developers Hans Hartmann and AlexanderMetzger resulted in a great and fun new aircraft with exception capabilities in the simulator.
- CubCrafters NX Cub: Yakima-based CubCrafters recently introduced a nosewheel option for their flagship CC-19 XCub Aircraft, popularly called the NX Cub, which we are pleased to introduce to the flight sim audience to further enhance our bush flying and off airport options.
- Aviat Pitts Special S1S: One of our most popular planes gets a single-seat option with the release of this aircraft.