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Old 01-04-12, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Microsoft Flight to be released this spring as a FREE download

MS Flight will be released this spring, as a free download, initially covering the island of Hawaii only, however a limited amount of free add-ons will be available via Games for Windows Live, in addition to the vast amount of payware add-ons that will surely follow, such a new scenery regions, aircraft, and other enhancements.

The basic idea is for Microsoft to take a cut of the extensive add-on industry that has developed around their Flight Sim platform, and launching the new platform as a free download is rather brilliant if you ask me. They're also including more "game" elements, such as missions and arcade style controls/flight dynamics to open the platform up to those who may not be interested in hardcore simulation or complex aircraft systems. Despite this MS Flight is said to boast the "most sophisticated" flight model the series has ever had.


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January 4th, 2012 – Microsoft Flight Takes to the Skies

Today, Microsoft Studios premiered Microsoft Flight, a PC game that lets players jump into the challenge, fun, and freedom of flight. Microsoft Flight will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of exciting missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island.

In Microsoft Flight, players view the world from above in a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth, complete with region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Players can choose to take the helm using highly rendered, accurate ****pits and authentic piloting procedures, or simply use their mouse and keyboard to control the plane in an exterior view. More experienced players can tailor the flight controls to match their skill level, making Microsoft Flight easy for beginners while still challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots.

“Many people dream of flying, but few have the chance to experience the fun of exploring the world from above. Microsoft Flight provides players the opportunity to explore that curiosity and interest,” said Joshua Howard, executive producer of Microsoft Flight. “Aviation can be incredibly technical, but we’ve taken great care to build an experience that makes taking to the skies thrilling and accessible for everyone.”

Start Exploring For Free

After downloading Microsoft Flight for free, players can jump into hours of exciting gameplay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

In addition, players who sign in to their Games for Windows – LIVE account automatically receive additional free content, including the legendary Boeing Stearman plane, supplementary missions, and access to Achievements and an Online Pilot Profile. Those looking to deepen their experience can purchase and download additional content that adds new aircraft, regions and customization options. The frequently released new content for Microsoft Flight includes daily aerocache challenges and updates that make every flight unique and fun.

Be the First to Fly the Definitive Light Sport Aircraft ICON A5

Microsoft Studios worked with the personal airplane manufacturing team at ICON Aircraft to give aviation fans the exclusive opportunity to fly the all-new ICON A5 before real-world production starts at the end of 2012. Designed by the world-class aeronautical engineers behind the Voyager spaceship, X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, and Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo, the ICON A5 is the “jet ski for the skies,” a high-wing amphibious monoplane with a carbon fiber airframe and a comfortable, automobile-inspired ****pit with space for two. The ICON A5 will be the first aircraft available to players for free in Microsoft Flight.

“ICON Aircraft and Microsoft Flight both share the goal of making the fun of flying accessible to everyone who’s ever dreamed about it. ICON does this by fusing world-class product design with the very best engineering, and Microsoft by combining the excitement of a great gaming experience with the authenticity of a top notch flight simulator,” said ICON Aircraft CEO Kirk Hawkins.

Be the First to Experience Microsoft Flight

Additionally, sign-ups for beta are still open! Be among the first to try Microsoft Flight by applying for the closed beta at:
https://connect.microsoft.com/site11...=FLY-BRQX-BXTB

The voyage continues at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 10 – 13. Those that attend will have the chance to play Microsoft Flight before it releases this spring at the Microsoft booth, located in the Central Hall.

http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/#












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Old 01-04-12, 11:39 PM   #2
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Specifications: Microsoft Flight is optimized for the average PC user, with no special hardware required.

Minimum:
Dual Core Processor 2.0 GHz
256MB graphics card, DirectX 9.0c compliant
10GB hard drive space
WinXP SP3 or newer
2GB RAM

Recommended:
Dual Core Processor 3.0 GHz
1024MB graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5670 or nVidia GeForce 9800T or equivalent
30 GB hard drive space
Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
6GB Ram
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Old 01-04-12, 11:43 PM   #3
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I guess their age of empires online went well with the free model. Personally I don't think it's the way to target gamers but casual players might get it and spend money playing it.

I'll certainly try it though, looks nice enough.
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Most simmers are not too pleased with MS's plan, but from a marketing standpoint it's an excellent way to infect a wide range of people with the add-on bug. Many people who purchased FSX probably have no idea there is such an extensive add-on market. If you've got money to burn, and an interest in aviation, buying add-ons is really addictive. I've probably spent well over $1000 on my FSX aircraft and sceney collection. It's quite fun to have someplace to new to explore, as well as a new high performance machine to do it with.

I just wonder how many developers will actually move over to Flight from FSX. Most of the major FSX developers have stated they plan to stick with FSX until such time the sales of Flight add-ons surpase FSX add-on sales. With most FSX simmers seemingly shunning Flight, and claiming they will stick with FSX, I'm interested to see how it unfolds. I'm sure MS will be working full time on add-on development, so perhaps even if the 3rd party devs don't kick in, new content will be flowing regardless.
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Old 01-05-12, 02:58 AM   #5
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It's out.

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Old 02-28-12, 11:51 PM   #7
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Exactly.

I was interested until I was prompted to install Windows Live.
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Old 02-29-12, 12:08 AM   #8
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Only DX9/DX10? No DX11? I'd love to see some tessellation.

Recommended video cards are 5870 or 560 Ti. Also, it seems a lot of the cooler planes will require DLC purchases (as expected lol).
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downloading nao ...
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oh weird is it supposed to be out right now?
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Old 02-29-12, 12:13 AM   #11
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It's free now (wikipedia says as of 2/29).
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Old 02-29-12, 01:04 AM   #12
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seems like a good idea for this to be free to play. sims aren't very popular anymore and getting a lot of people to try it out and then pay if they want more content seem like it should work well.
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