18 August 2020 18:34
Not sure which version of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 you should buy? Here's everything you need to know to make the right choice. With so many different options to choose from, it can often be difficult deciding exactly which version of a game you want to buy. That's definitely the case with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, which launched earlier today with three very different versions of the game available to players. Here's everything you need to know about each edition.
Which version of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 should you buy? The answer to this question really all comes down to exactly what you're looking for in the newly released game. There are three editions to choose from including a Standard, Deluxe, and Premium Deluxe. You can start enjoying beautiful vistas like this once you figure out which version of Microsoft Flight Simulator fits your needs best. Those just looking to dip their toes in the water of flight simulators will be perfectly fine picking up the Standard Edition of the game.
At the usual price of $59.99, the Standard Edition includes everything that you need to get started on the virtual adventure of a lifetime. This is also the version that is included on Xbox Game Pass for PC, so if you already have Game Pass, then you can pick this edition up for free. Wanting to get a bit more out of the package, though? That's where the Deluxe Edition comes into play. At $89.99, the Deluxe Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 includes five additional aircraft as well as five additional handcrafted international airports not in the basic Standard Edition. The new aircraft included in the Deluxe Edition include the DA40-TDI, DV20, Beechcraft Baron G58, Cessna 152 Aerobat, and Cessna 172 Skyhawk. If you're a virtual pilot who loves diving deep into flight sims, then you're going to want to go ahead and grab yourself the Premium Deluxe Edition. With a cost of $119.99, it might seem a bit excessive, but this is the only way you'll get access to all of the planes and airports that Microsoft Flight Simulator has to offer. On top of the normal 20 aircraft that the Standard version of the game includes, the Premium Deluxe Edition features the five that are added in the Deluxe Edition, along with the 787-10 Dreamliner, SR22, Virus SW 121, Cessna Citation Longitude, and Shock Ultra. This version of the game also includes five additional handcrafted international airports not included in the Deluxe Edition (10 if you're comparing it to the Standard Edition). There has been quite a bit of confusion around whether you should be buying the more expensive versions or just going with the smaller versions. To be honest, with so many things already popping up in the game's marketplace, I'd recommend just giving the base game a try and seeing what all it has to offer. If there is a specific plane that you want that is included in one of the higher tier editions, then you can always look into purchasing an upgrade down the line. For now, though, there should be more than enough to keep you entertained in the Standard Edition. Now that you've got a bit better idea of what each edition of the latest flight sim from Microsoft includes, you should be better equipped to figure out which version of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 you should buy. You can head over to the official website to purchase the game right now, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new content in our Flight Simulator topic. What to expect from the upcoming Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Flight Simulator is Microsoft's 2020 take on its long-running airborne sim series - and it's coming to Xbox consoles. Releasing first on PC in August 2020 - including as part of your Xbox Game Pass subscription - an Xbox version of Flight Simulator was confirmed when Flight Simulator was first announced during Microsoft's 2019 E3 conference. This page explains everything we know about the Xbox release of Flight Simulator so far - including what will be shared between the two versions. On this page: What we know about the Flight Simulator release on Xbox consoles While the PC version of Flight Simulator released in August 2020, the Xbox version has yet to be given a release date. The official support website simply says it is "coming to Xbox One at a later date". There are no details beyond that - so it's just a case of waiting for more news to arrive. To see this content please enable targeting cookies. Manage cookie settings This also means there is no confirmation it will be an Xbox Series X game - though based on Microsoft's first-party output, a specific version for the next-gen system is almost certain. Though lead software engineer Martial Bossard told Windows Central no update on how the Xbox One version is coming, he did discuss how it benefits PC development. "We are trying to have the best visuals on every single platform, and it's another layer of optimisation," he explained. "By the way, the Xbox will help us to optimise the product, so it will also be a benefit for PC. There is nothing PC will lose from the Xbox. It's basically the opposite. We're doing the work to have a better experience on the Xbox family, then we will improve the PC version at the same time." Until then, you can play the PC version as part of that platform's Xbox Game Pass subscription. For those investigating their Flight Simulator options, we have a planes list and airport list for each launch edition, a list of Flight Simulator Achievements and what to expect from Flight Simulator's Xbox release. Then, when you start playing, we have explainers on how to change weather in Flight Simulator and how to use the game's equivalent of photo mode with Active Pause.