Microsoft Flight Simulator Going to be VR Ready Soon

Published 10/02/2020, 1:12 PM EDT


Microsoft Flight Simulator was an innovation in the gaming industry. It took the internet by storm right after the developers announced it at E3 2019. As soon as they made the announcement, fans started assuming that the game will have VR compatibility. Therefore, players flooded the feedback of the reveal with requests to make the game VR ready.

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The players agreed that this is the game that would look wonderful and immersive in VR. However, the developers had no intention to rush into this. Although, as soon as they went through the announcement feedback, they were certain that this is the future of the game. This feedback inspired developer Asobo to work on VR support.

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PC Gamer reported that prior to launch, the studio announced that the wait wouldn’t be too long. Their goal was to make it ready for the HP Reverb G2 headset. Microsoft and Valve have collaborated to design the headset. Although it didn’t have a release date then, they have confirmed that the first pre-orders will be sent out in early November.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets a Closed Beta for VR

Reports suggest that developers will release the closed beta to some players within a month. Although these players wouldn’t receive the full VR support, they would indeed get a better experience than the average player. The developers recently conducted a QnA on YouTube to answer some burning questions by fans.

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During the QnA, the head of Flight Simulator, Jorg Neumann, announced that the development team has been working on the VR update for almost a year. It was finally time to let the players test the build and provide feedback for the development team to work on.

They expect to kick closed beta off in late October or early November, starting with Windows Mixed Reality headsets and expanding to other devices later. To get a shot at checking out the beta, one needs to sign up to the Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider programme. Then, they need to submit their DxDiag, instructions for which can be found on the official site. Finally, players will need a WMR headset to access the beta.

In other news, after the success of the Japan expansion in the game, the developers plan to roll out the United States next. While there is no confirmed date for the expansions, players can expect a new expansion every 2-3 months. Additionally, Microsoft plans to add a shared cockpit feature in the game. The feature will make the game into a multiplayer co-op where a couple of people can fly planes together.

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Since Microsoft has a lot of plans for the game, it is evident that they will rely on player feedback. Hence, they will release closed betas for almost every update they plan to release before they go live. Therefore, players can keep an eye out on the official site for all these exciting opportunities.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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