Flight Simulator Xbox version details: Everything we know so far about the console release

What to expect from the upcoming Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Flight Simulator is Microsoft's 2020 take on its long-running airborne sim series - and it's coming to Xbox consoles.

Releasing first on PC in August 2020 - including as part of your Xbox Game Pass subscription - an Xbox version of Flight Simulator was confirmed when Flight Simulator was first announced during Microsoft's 2019 E3 conference.

This page explains everything we know about the Xbox release of Flight Simulator so far - including what will be shared between the two versions.

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What we know about the Flight Simulator release on Xbox consoles

While the PC version of Flight Simulator released in August 2020, the Xbox version has yet to be given a release date.

The official support website simply says it is "coming to Xbox One at a later date". There are no details beyond that - so it's just a case of waiting for more news to arrive.

This also means there is no confirmation it will be an Xbox Series X game - though based on Microsoft's first-party output, a specific version for the next-gen system is almost certain.

Though lead software engineer Martial Bossard told Windows Central no update on how the Xbox One version is coming, he did discuss how it benefits PC development.

"We are trying to have the best visuals on every single platform, and it's another layer of optimisation," he explained.

"By the way, the Xbox will help us to optimise the product, so it will also be a benefit for PC. There is nothing PC will lose from the Xbox. It's basically the opposite. We're doing the work to have a better experience on the Xbox family, then we will improve the PC version at the same time."

Until then, you can play the PC version as part of that platform's Xbox Game Pass subscription.


For those investigating their Flight Simulator options, we have a planes list and airport list for each launch edition, a list of Flight Simulator Achievements and what to expect from Flight Simulator's Xbox version. Then, when you start playing, we have explainers on weather and liveries, multiplayer, using autopilot and sim rate, and how to use the game's equivalent of photo mode with Active Pause.


Will the Xbox version of Flight Simulator share Achievements or progress with the PC version?

Though there have been few specifics of what the Xbox version of Flight Simulator will feature, Microsoft has confirmed it will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, the "initiative by Microsoft to combine platforms of gaming, letting Xbox gamers play on PC with any first-party Microsoft Studios published game that is digitally purchased and vice versa".

This means purchasing it once on PC (via the Microsoft Store, not Steam) will grant you an Xbox One version at no cost.

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Meanwhile, the Xbox One and PC versions will also share Achievement lists - there won't be separate listings.

All this suggests the two versions are one and the same, and are likely to share progress between the two - but of course, without an announcement saying as such, there is no confirmation as yet.

Until then, the PC version supports the use of an Xbox controller - allowing you to get a taste of the console experience for those who prefer to play with that control scheme.

If you are, then learn about the Flight Simulator specs before you get downloading.

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