Flight Simulator

World Update VI: Germany, Austria, Switzerland Now Available

Microsoft has released the 6th World Update for their Flight Simulator. World Update VI focusses on Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The region offers a large variety of different landscapes. From hazardous mountains to calm and rustic farm fields.

The update, like usual, includes new aerial imagery, high resolution elevation maps and covers several cities with new 3D objects. Furthermore, over 100 handcrafted points of interest have been included,  and the airports of Lübeck, Stuttgart, Klagenfurt and St. Gallen have all been recreated as well.

To get World Update VI, you first need to make sure your simulator is up to date. Once updated, you can download the package from the in-game marketplace.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox: The FSElite Review

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Never in my lifetime did I see a full flight simulation product be made available for a home console. In fact, I didn’t expect Microsoft to re-enter the flight simulation market after the tragic events of Flight back in 2012. Yet here we are in 2021 with both of those things. In fact, Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox could not
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FSElite 2020 Holiday Raffle: Airline Experience – Boeing 737 Experience (UK)

Welcome to FSElite's 2020 Holiday Raffle. This year we have over 160 prizes to give away to the community thanks to the incredible support of numerous flight simulator developers and publishers. As has become tradition at FSElite, we're giving everyone in the community a chance to win any of the amazing prizes in time for the holiday season. Our raffle this
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Microsoft Flight Simulator: The FSElite Review

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In all my current time with flight simulation, and in particular, being within the media side of things, I had never thought I would be writing a review for a new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform. The series that was left behind when the Aces team was closed down seemingly held on to life for years thanks to a huge amount
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Blog Update: Closed Beta, Marketplace, SDK Update

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Microsoft’s latest blog post update has been released and features a range of new information concerning the closed beta, the developer marketplace and also an update on the SDK. As mentioned on the latest blog post, it’s now just been over a year since the initial E3 trailer reveal and the community has been intrigued ever since. Microsoft continued by saying “we will continue working closely with the community. We will continue listening and reacting to your feedback and suggestions. We will continue updating our website, documents (e.g. Development Roadmap/Feedback Snapshot/SDK Updates), and working collaboratively with the community to build this product/platform/franchise.”

Closed Beta

Whilst previously announced to release on July 30th, the team has confirmed that the Closed Beta will now release for Alpha Testers starting today. Described as a special thank you for the team of alpha testers, the new Closed Beta is a way to try out some of the new features in preparation for release.

However, it should be known that as of July 23rd 2020, invitations for the Closed Beta will also go out to those still awaiting an invite.

Marketplace Program

Announced today is the start of the new Microsoft Marketplace Program.  Microsoft said that “we recognize that creations by 3rd parties are a vital ingredient to broaden and deepen the Flight Simulation experience so we are excited to announce our Marketplace Partner Program which enables approved partners to sell content within our built-in Marketplace.”

The new Marketplace is the first time simmers can download and buy products directly from the simulator. Based on an Agency Model, it means that developers and publishers can set their own prices, see their sales and get paid directly from the system itself. Whilst the Marketplace exists as a way to make distribution easier, Microsoft confirmed that developers and publishers can continue to retail their products via their own stores and platforms. Orbx, for example, confirmed that they will still sell their products via OrbxDirect as well as on the Marketplace.

On the website, there is a full FAQ on how developers and publishers can join, along with detailed information on what to expect.


Alongside the news of the Marketplace Program, Microsoft spoke to how the SDK has been updated. In particular, documentation for the living world, airport services, jetways and more have been updated and new samples of aircraft and jetways were also added to help developers understand the building blocks of the simulator.

The team said they are making good progress with the SDK based on developer feedback.

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[Updated] Microsoft Flight Simulator Physical Editions Open for Pre-Order (European Only)

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This post was originally published on July 14th, but has been updated with new information. As announced yesterday, Microsoft Flight Simulator will also be made available as a physical edition. The physical copy will feature everything included in the digital copy (along with the ability to live stream data), but the base installation will come neatly packaged on numerous discs
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Pre-Order Launch Trailer

Microsoft Flight Simulator Pre Order Launch Trailer
A new pre-order trailer for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator has been shared. The video highlights numerous aspects of the simulator including the variety of aircraft, airports and types of flying you can do in this brand new world. The video takes us on a global tour of the world including parts of Rio de Janeiro, New York and Dubai. 
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FSElite Video: Overview of Microsoft Flight Simulator Multiplayer “One Shared World”

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The latest Microsoft Flight Simulator introduced us to the all-new "One Shared World" where you can fly with anyone anywhere in the world. Simply connect to a massive online space and fly in real-time using real-world weather, aircraft and more. Microsoft also gave us brand new information about live AI traffic injected from real-world data sources and how technology will
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