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.