Launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator VR as a free update at the end of December


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This encompasses both the instruments for Oculus and Valve
The widely awaited Microsoft Flight Simulator virtual reality update will launch as part of Sim Update 2 on Dec. 23. The announcement was made on Twitch during a frequently scheduled live developer update. The VR aspect was previously said to be released only with support for a particular Microsoft Mixed Reality system. Now, developer Asobo Studio says that for "all devices" the update will be available.



In July, the Flight Simulator's VR mode was first revealed. At the time, the developer told Polygon that it was working in collaboration with the HP team to launch the latest Reverb G2 headset in time for its release. Asobo Studio also said that compatibility would not come until later with additional VR headphones, but that strategy has changed.



"Martial Bossard, executive producer at Asobo Studio, said, "We're going to open the VR for everyone. "Everyone's going to get access to VR right now, and when I say everyone [...] they're going to be open to all the devices, including the Oculus family, the Valve family, every headset family is really going to be supported."



The VR experience will be seamless, Bossard said, and will include the full interface of the pre-flight menu. That way, at any stage during a play session, players would not have to remove the headset. Two new tutorials for the Airbus A320neo jetliner will also be included in Sim Update 2.
Asobo Studio will begin finalizing World Update 3 for launch on Jan. 28, following the launch of Sim Update 2. The free update will provide the United Kingdom with additional information and gameplay, including new landmarks, points of interest, and bush trips.



Rough release windows for a range of fan-requested features were also included in the livestream. Any time in 2021, replay capabilities will arrive, while multiple-screen setups will be allowed sometime in the next two years. For 2022, flyable helicopters are planned.


No news on when the game is coming to Xbox devices yet.