40 years of Microsoft Flight Simulator

To many, I know, It seems to us that it was yesterday the first time we got behind the controls in Microsoft Flight Simulator but, when thinking about it, it turns out that more than a day, what they have spent is a good handful of springs. And it’s something that you notice at first glance… at the simulator, I mean, because we, in the mirror, are just the same as those years ago, maybe even with a touch more interesting… although I’m sorry to say that, in general, in That’s what Microsoft’s flight simulator wins for us.

And it is that during these days we are celebrating 40 years of Microsoft Flight Simulatorwhose first version hit the market at the end of 1982, which is now quite distant. At this point, it is important, yes, to introduce a nuance, and that is that I am referring to the simulator franchise since it began to be developed and distributed by Microsoft, but We must remember that its origins are found in the Flight Simulator created by SubLOGIC in 1979 and that, three years later, it became the property of Redmond.

During these 40 years, Microsoft Flight Simulator has gone through the most varied phasesfrom being one of Microsoft’s leading products to having reached what, apparently, was the end of its life cycle, after the publication of Flight Simulator X, back in 2006. At that time, Microsoft announced its end, but Years later, in 2012, he decided to bring it back under the name Microsoft Flight, albeit with a much more playful approach and, therefore, less realistic, which no one ended up liking.

40 years of Microsoft Flight Simulator

Two years later, in 2014, Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition was published, an edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator X from 2006 that also came with the promise that the franchise would be recovered. And that’s how we finally made it to 2020 and the debut of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the current and impressive resurrection of the veteran title, but this time totally faithful to its origin and with so many, many improvements at all levels, that the public and critics do not hesitate to describe it as one of the best games. of Microsoft throughout its history. And yes, it can be improved, of course, but from the very starting point, we could verify that the bet is very, very serious.

Microsoft Studios and Asobo dumps are being displayed in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it is that since its publication they have not stopped arriving more and more updates. some of which are dedicated to polishing its operation and improving its performance, while others add new airports, maps, aircraft, and so on. From being able to enjoy the Iberian Peninsula like never before, to putting yourself at the controls of a brand new F-18 as if you were Maverick himself in the new installment of Top Gun, when it comes to flying, anything goes.

Obviously the anniversary could not go unnoticed in the title and, consequently, We already have a new update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, dedicated to its 40 years. And what will we find in it? Here’s what the company lists:


  • A real passenger plane, the Airbus A310-300.
  • Seven renowned historical aircraft: the 1903 Wright Flyer, the 1915 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, the 1927 Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, the 1935 Douglas DC-3, the beautiful 1937 Grumman G-21 Goose, the 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and the famous 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose”, the largest seaplane and wooden airplane ever built.
  • Four classic airports, including Chicago’s Meigs Field, a traditional airport from the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise.
  • The 40th Anniversary Edition also includes helicopters and gliders that behave with vivid realism.«

This update, like all previous ones, is completely free for those who already have the game And, if you are one of those who prefer to play it through Xbox Cloud, you should know that the update has also arrived on Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, so you can also enjoy it there.

Personally, I am excited by the arrival of the classics mentioned in the list of novelties, especially the Douglas DC-3, an aircraft with which I have been in love for decades (once I was about to fly in one, but bad weather stopped it). prevented). And what about the new version of Meigs Field? Anyone who has been a Flight Simulator user, and especially the less recent versions, has rolled the wheels of their Cessna (or their Boeing) on ​​that track, which is history within history.

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