Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is here to give you the gift of the skies. Here’s how to get started in your new journey as a pilot extraordinaire.
What is Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020?
Flight Simulator 2020 does exactly what it says on the tin. It allows you to take to the skies in everything from small Cessnas through to the herculean Airbus A320.
10 years in the making, Microsoft has painstakingly created the whole world in the game with the help of satellite imagery from Bing Maps.
You can fly all over the world, landing at airports and landing strips in far-flung locales, and participate in community challenges and events along the way.
For more info, check out our review of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
How to get started with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
You’ll be flying in no time with our tips.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is almost 100GB to download onto Xbox Series S and Series X consoles, but there is an “offline mode” to help you skimp on storage if you’re running low.
To download, open your Xbox Game Pass app, and search for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Hit Install and wait for the game to be installed. Grab a cup of tea while you wait.
Get set up
The best thing about Flight Simulator is how customisable it is. Before you take to the skies, check out your settings menu to figure out exactly how you want your cockpit to feel and operate.
Check your controller settings so you can ensure your planes fly the way you want them to, before configuring your audio settings.
The audio settings allow you to let in a little more ATC noise, cabin noise and more for added realism.
Get your wings
Before you get started in free flight with the big guns, it’s worth doing the tutorials to learn just how to fly.
Flight Simulator 2020 is one of those games that rewards those seeking realism. For this reason, it might take you a hot second to get the most out of it, which means potentially repeating the tutorial a few times to make sure you know the basics.
You will crash. Get used to it at first.
However, if you complete the tutorials and actually start taking to the skies in some bigger aircraft, the thrill is incredibly rewarding.
Get used to the conditions
Once you know how to fly, you’ll want to experiment with different kinds of flights. That’s where the weather comes in.
Flight Simulator 2020 has a dynamic weather engine, so you can experience the joy of flight in all sorts of conditions.
Day, night, rain, wind: all of these can change the way you fly and the way you play!
Snap the skies
Between the weather and the photorealistic graphics, you’re going to see some incredible sights from on high.
Remember to use the capture functionality on your Xbox to record gorgeous videos and snap awesome images.
Don’t forget to share them with us too!