If you wish to play the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator, then you can definitely do so by downloading the game off Windows 10 or the Xbox Game Pass for PC, or you can order a physical copy of the game and receive not one, not two, but ten discs just for one flight simulator video game.
Simulation specialist Aerosoft, who had been hired by Microsoft to serve as the distributor for the game wrote on their forum that the 10 discs in the boxed edition contains:
1. The simulator code itself (the ‘sim’) that is around pretty small in size, this is a mandatory part of the sim.
2. The world and aircraft delivered by Microsoft, (that content depends on the version (the ‘content’) that is around 90 GB, this is a mandatory part of the sim.
3. Optional online streamed content (this is an optional part of the sim)
4. 3rd party files (clearly fully optional)
Aerosoft adds that Microsoft Flight Simulator is very much a game that depends on the cloud if you wish to play it to its fullest potential. Hence, the boxed version makes it possible for those who suffer from slower internet speeds to have the simulator installed without needing to download said content.
“So the simulator is in every way, 100% the same,” Mathijs Kok from Aerosoft wrote on the forum. “The boxed retail version just gets you a nice box, printed manual and about 90 Gb you do not have to download. There is no difference between boxed retail and the verison MS sells directly.”
The boxed edition sure takes us back to the good ol’ days of multi-disc PC installation though Microsoft Flight Simulator definitely takes the cake by far with the sheer amount of discs customers are given.
For those who wish to get the digital version of the game, there will be three editions you can purchase,
- The Standard Edition (US$59.99) which comes with 20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 hand-crafted airports.
- The Deluxe Edition (US$89.99) which includes everything from Microsoft Flight Simulator’s standard edition, plus five additional planes with unique flight models and five additional handcrafted international airports.
- The Premium Deluxe Edition (US$119.99) which includes everything from Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Edition plus 10 additional planes with unique flight models and 10 additional handcrafted international airports.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is set to take off on 18 August 2020.