Microsoft Flight Simulator X Available on Steam for Windows

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  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X was launched on Steam on December 18. 
  • Update! Microsoft launched Flight Simulator 2020 on August 18th, 2020. Read our article on how to download and install it.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam version

Update: If you liked FSX, you will probably love the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 launched on August 18th 2020. However, read our article about the game’s potential installation errors and how to avoid them.


Microsoft Flight Simulator X is available on Steam

It’s finally here! Microsoft Flight Simulator X was launched on Steam on December 18. Now you can test your pilot skills on this flight simulator and see for yourself what’s new in this game version.
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This summer, Dovetail, and Microsoft agreed on a partnership to develop new flight software and now we can see the end result.

This time, the game features Windows 8.1 support and updated multi-player functionality among many others.

You can choose from over 20 aircraft, ranging from commercial and private planes to helicopters: 747 jumbo jet, F/A-18 Hornet, P-51D Mustang, or EH-101 helicopters. No, UFOs are not on the list yet.

You can fly the aircrafts to any one of 24,000 destinations. You can select your starting location, set the time, the season, and even the weather.

You can be whatever you want to be: from air-traffic controller to pilot or co-pilot.

There are over 80 missions available, from rescue operations to races. Talking about races, the list to choose from will never get you bored.

You can select a Red Bull Air Race course, the unlimited Reno National Championship course, cross country, competition sailplane courses, and also fictional courses such as the Hoop and Jet Canyon.

However, there isn’t much improvement as far as visuals are concerned. Microsoft has kind of limited Steam from upgrading the graphics part through their license agreement.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X comes with a price tag of $12.49 till January 2. This holiday offer lets you buy the game 50% off the usual price.

And one more piece of information: so far 86% of those who have tested the game gave it a thumbs up, so you’ll definitely make the right choice by buying it.

What are the available aircraft in Flight Simulator X?

And now let’s see what beauties these games have in store in terms of aircraft:

  • Augusta Westland EH101 (Helicopter)
  • Airbus A321
  • AirCreation 582L Trike Ultralight
  • Beechcraft Baron 58
  • Beechcraft King Air 350
  • Bell 206B JetRanger (Helicopter)
  • Boeing 737-800
  • Boeing 747-400
  • Boeing F/A-18
  • Bombardier CRJ700
  • Bombardier LearJet 45
  • Cessna C172SP Skyhawk
  • Cessna C208B Grand Caravan
  • De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
  • DG Flugzeugbau DG-808S
  • Douglas DC3
  • Extra 300S
  • Gunman G21A Goose
  • Maule M7 Orion
  • Maule M7 Orion (on skis)
  • Mooney Bravo
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • Piper J-3 Cub
  • Robinson R22 Beta II (Helicopter)

Here are the system requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz or higher (single-core)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX9 compliant video card or greater, 256 MB video RAM or higher, Shader Model 1.1 or higher
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2014 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.