Microsoft’s newest Flight Simulator is a triumph in magnificence, due to its use of Bing maps and real-time climate situations. Final July, the corporate promised a virtual reality (VR) mode however stated it might solely come to HP VR headsets. Now that virtual reality update is right here, and excellent news: it really works with most VR headsets. However you’ll want a strong gaming PC to maintain up.
The digital actuality replace is free, and regardless of early guarantees, works with a number of VR headsets, together with Home windows Blended Actuality headsets, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest (with Hyperlink cable). That’s not even an entire listing; practically any OpenXR-compatible PC headset ought to work.
However, a VR headset isn’t sufficient, in fact. You’ll want a strong pc to run the sport. Microsoft stated you’d want a minimum of an i5-8400 or Ryzen 5 1500X together with a GTX 1080 graphics card throughout the VR Beta. And that’s the place to begin.
After all, to finish the texture of flying a airplane for actual, you’ll need to spring for a “Hands-On Stick And Throttle” (HOTAS) setup or, on the very least, a flight stick. Microsoft has been exhausting at work taking a improbable trying sport and making it look even higher, with updates to improve its Bing Map entries and add more textures to more areas.
And to that finish, including digital actuality isn’t the one factor coming with the most recent replace. Whereas Flight Simulator already mirrored some real-life climate situations, it didn’t account for each risk. Should you’re flying in an space that’s wet or storming in actual life, the sport provides you with rain and thunder as nicely. But it surely didn’t simulate winter and icy situations. Now that adjustments, and you will get snow, ice, and extra. After all, if you happen to’d choose easy flying, you may flip off real-time climate.
The VR and winter climate replace for Flight Simulator is out now, and you’ll obtain it by means of Steam and the Microsoft Store. Sport Cross holders in all probability need to select that one, because it comes free with a PC or Final subscription.