Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition Introduces Five New Aircraft

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition
Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition Steam

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition is here! The developers have introduced five new aircraft, VR controller support, and tons of improvements and bug fixes.

New Aircraft

Those who’ve watched Top Gun may want to pilot a fighter jet themselves in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In Update, that is realized with the game’s first-ever military jet: the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet.

Aside from that, the devs partnered with German company Volocopter to provide you with something quite unique. The “VoloCity” is an urban air taxi and its main highlight is it can make pinpoint landings. This is a peek of what you can expect in 2022 when the developers will launch more helicopters in the flight sim.

Other aircraft introduced in this update include the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, the CubCrafters NX Cub, and the Aviat Pitts Special S1S.

New Features

The Game of the Year Edition has introduced a lot of improvements. The first is that you can now enable DirectX 12 in the settings. You can now get the benefits of using the newest version, such as better CPU utilization, improved efficiency, among other things.

You can now use VR controllers as well. There are a couple of things to keep in mind though. You can only have one controller active at a time. Most airplanes have been updated, but if you’re piloting one that doesn’t support such controllers yet, you will be notified via a pop-up message.

Update Highlights

  • Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
  • VoloCity
  • Pilatus PC-6 Porter
  • CubCrafters NX Cub
  • Aviat Pitts Special S1S
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport (EDDP)
  • Allgäu Airport Memmingen (EDJA)
  • Kassel Airport (EDVK)
  • Lugano Airport (LSZA)
  • Zurich Airport (LSZH)
  • Luzern-Beromunster Airport (LSZO)
  • Patrick Space Force Base (KCOF)
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (KNKX)
  • DirectX 12
  • VR Controller Support
  • New Missions
  • New Tutorials
  • New Photogrammetry Cities
  • Updated Weather System
  • Improved online multiplayer plane trajectory accuracy and stability
  • The first implementation of DX12 can now be activated via the Options menu (requires a reboot of the title)
  • New Arinc424 Cycle 2111 is now available
  • Flight plans that were externally loaded or manually edited on the world map will no longer be recomputed from scratch when changing the instrument procedures or the parking spots
  • AI controls ATC will no longer automatically send the updated flight plan from the aircraft’s instrument whenever a change is made
  • Improved METAR ingestion into live weather
  • You can now consult real airport METARs during flight from the Weather panel (only when Live Weather is active)
  • Audio Customization: Option to convert to Mono for people deaf in a single ear
  • Option to Adjust Background Contrast in HUD has been added

You can learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition by heading to its official Steam page.

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