The update for which the game was intended was released today: Microsoft Flight Simulator now works in virtual reality. This update brings the game to a new door, allowing users to transport not just a rectangle of their reality to the flight, but their entire audiovisual experience. This update works with a wide variety of virtual reality headsets, starting with (but not limited to) Windows mixed reality headsets.
This kind of virtual reality experience was only possible for the first time, very recently. At the time when the VR renaissance began with devices like the Oculus Rift, VR was not an exact enough science to allow a user to appear and fly around the world. Not without getting sick, anyway.
Now, even with the most basic VR experiences, the speed and accuracy of virtual reality allows access to a new realm of possibilities. The most demanding game in the universe would not take long without trying to enter the VR universe.
Above, you’ll see a video presentation from the official Microsoft Flight Simulator and UX Designer team from Holoforge Fracois Dacquin talking about how VR works with the game.
This update was made to be “accessible to as many VR players as possible”. As such, the update allows users to experience flying in VR with Windows mixed reality headsets, Oculus (of various types), Valve VR headsets and HTC Vive headsets. All these users will need is the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which will be ready in their collection of VR games.
The Microsoft Flight Simulator update for is free and available to all current and future users of the game, as long as they are playing on a Windows 10 device. If you are working with Microsoft Flight Simulator through the Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows 10 or Steam, the virtual reality update is ready to start now.