Although the PC ver­sion of Microsoft Flight Sim­u­la­tor is releas­ing on August 18th, Euro­pean play­ers will have the option of pur­chas­ing a phys­i­cal copy. How­ev­er, they phys­i­cal ver­sion comes with 10 discs. This is due to the game’s mas­sive file size, which Microsoft has stat­ed is 150GB

Aerosoft, the pub­lish­er behind the phys­i­cal copy, explained what will come with these 10 discs on their offi­cial forums. Math­i­js Kok, com­mu­ni­ty man­ag­er, stat­ed there are four main parts to Microsoft Flight Sim­u­la­tor: the sim­u­la­tion itself, the world and air­craft, online con­tent that is streamed and third-par­ty files. The third-par­ty files and streamed con­tent are option­al, while the world and air­craft must be down­loaded. The essen­tials will take up around 90GB of space.

Kok fur­ther explained, stat­ing, “The boxed ver­sion makes it pos­si­ble for peo­ple on a slow­er inter­net con­nec­tion to get the sim installed with­out down­load­ing the [world and air­craft]. The sim­u­la­tor is in every way, 100 per­cent the same. The boxed retail ver­sion just gets you a nice box, print­ed man­u­al, and about 90 GB you do not have to download.”

Microsoft Flight Sim­u­la­tor is cur­rent­ly avail­able to pre-order and has three dif­fer­ent edi­tions. A Xbox One ver­sion of Flight Sim­u­la­tor is still in devel­op­ment; but, if you are sub­scribed to Xbox Game Pass for PC or Xbox Game Pass Ulti­mate, you can pre-load the stan­dard edi­tion for free.