Microsoft gave a peek at Microsoft Flight Simulator running on an Xbox Series X during its Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. This game was previously only available on the PC. The Xbox Series X version was captured at 4K resolution and looks just as amazing as its PC counterpart.
Commercial planes, smaller propeller planes, and bi-planes were shown in the trailer, as well as several natural landmarks like color-rich islands and snow-covered mountains. While a lot can be said about the level of detail in the PC version, it’s unclear how well the consoles will be able to maintain that detail.
Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on Xbox Series X|S on July 27th, and will be included on Xbox Game Pass the same day. It’s unclear if the game is coming to Xbox One at all, or if it’s just arriving at a later time. The game’s high fidelity and system requirements on PC would likely make it impossible to run on the older console without massive concessions. There are are over 2 million cities and 37,000 airports in the game, and an insane 1.5 billion buildings.
A free Top Gun: Maverick tie-in expansion will be coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator in Fall 2021. You can preorder and pre-install the game now.