Posted July 14, 2020 by David Latham in Feature

Microsoft Flight Simulator Airports Are Locked Behind A Paywall

Microsoft Flight Simulator airports planes
Microsoft Flight Simulator airports planes

Microsoft Flight Simulator has been in beta for quite some time now, and we’ve watched planes landing at the many Microsoft Flight Simulator airports in closed beta gameplay videos, but today we’ve learnt that many of them won’t be available to players expecting to jump in for free on their Xbox Game Pass. The game just recently left closed beta, and today Microsoft has announced it will officially launch on August 18.

While the standard edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator will include 20 planes with 30 airports, the game will also have a Deluxe edition and a Premium Deluxe edition, each with an increased amount of planes and airports. Instead of putting it all in text, Microsoft has provided us with a handy list in image form.

Check out which Microsoft Flight Simulator airports will be included in the standard, premium and premium deluxe versions:

Microsoft Flight Simulator Airports

As we can see, if you don’t purchase Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium Deluxe version, you will miss out on such airports as Heathrow, San Francisco, and Dubai. While players can still technically land at these airports on their repective runways, you won’t get the highly detailed buildings and surrounding areas that we’ve seen in the gameplay videos if you don’t spend extra money on the game.

The base game will retail for $59.99 USD while the Deluxe Edition will set you back $89.99 USD and the Premium Deluxe will be $119.95 USD. Nothing has been announced yet for Xbox Game Pass subscribers that want access to the premium airports without having to purchase the complete game.

  • Vivid and Detailed Landscapes – Immerse yourself in the vast and beautiful world that is our planet with more than 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers and more. 
  • A Living World – Earth is vibrant and ever-changing and so is the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator which includes live traffic, real-time weather and animals.   
  • Highly Detailed Aircraft – Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with comprehensive flight models. Every aircraft includes highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.  
  • New Checklist System – From pro to beginner, scale your level from full manual to full assist with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklist. 
  • Dynamic Weather – The new weather engine enables users to switch on the live weather mode to experience real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain and more. 
  • New Day & Night Engine– Experience flight at any time of day or year allowing for night VFR, visual flight rules, navigation. 
  • Aerodynamic Modeling- A state-of-the-art physics engine with over 1,000 control surfaces per plane allows for a truly realistic experience. 

We also have the list of planes included in each version of Microsoft Flight Simulator:

Microsoft Flight Simulator Airports Planes

Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on August 18, 2020 on Windows 10, and you can pre-install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) today. It is also set to launch on Xbox One (and presumably Xbox Series X) at a later date. Stay tuned to Rocket Chainsaw for more on the game, and for more information head to the official website.

David Latham

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from a Go8 university but only uses his unique set of skills writing for passion. By day he's a stay-at-home father of two, by night he responds to the Bat-Signal. Where does he find the time?