Microsoft has just released their long-awaited new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, known as Microsoft Flight Simulator 2022. The new release is the most complete overhaul of the series in years and adds many new features to the already great program. What’s more, the new version also includes some features that weren’t available in the previous release. Let’s take a look at what’s new in this brand-new version.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2022 is a complete overhaul of the popular flight simulation program. Microsoft Flight Simulator was first released in 2022 and designed by Microsoft as a replacement for its older Flight Simulator program, which had been a hit with the PC gaming crowd because of its realistic graphics and user-friendly controls. It was not, however, based on older FSX code; instead it was an entirely new engine developed specifically for use on modern 64-bit computers. In short, it’s a new aircraft for your plane.
This new version is not only made for the PC, though. It can be used on many popular gaming consoles, including Xbox, Play Station, Nintendo Wii, PSP, and PlayStation Portable. The changes from Xbox to the PlayStation Portable are especially noticeable in terms of the aircraft and flying scenery. You can now fly a Boeing 747 right onto your game screen, and there are even high-definition graphics.
One of the biggest features added in this version is the scenery, which is superior to that found in the earlier games in the series. While it still uses the same engine and aircraft models, the scenery is superior to all the others. The new scenery includes not only the recognizable airports, but cities, remote wilderness areas, and even the narrow strips of roads that connect the cities. Some of the airports feature actual runways, while others merely replicate the look of an airport without actually using one. Either way, you can land and take off within the environment of the game in the most realistic way possible.
Another top feature is the aircraft selection. In X-Plane Flight Simulator: Next Flight Release, aircraft models have been changed, so that they are more authentic. If you want to fly an F-14, you can do it in the game. Even the most luxurious of aircraft can be accessed and flown, including the Boeing 747, and other jets. The flight simulator’s scenery is also more complete this time around, which means that you can set the aircraft’s height and other features, such as cruise speed, for different airports.
In the original release date post, there were supposed to be additional features added to the beta program. However, nothing is concrete yet, and no firm release date has been given for that. You will most likely learn more about the features in the coming weeks, months, and perhaps even weeks or months after the game’s full release. X-Plane Flight Simulator: Next Flight Release is still in its beta program stage, so it would make sense that additional content is in the works. Will it be free to those who joined before the beta program date? That remains to be seen.