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The next iteration of Microsoft’s answer to flight simulations, Microsoft Flight, has finally been released for free on the Games for Windows platform. In December we reported that MS had put out a call for beta testers Microsoft Flight Needs Pilots For Beta Testing [News] Microsoft Flight Needs Pilots For Beta Testing [News] Microsoft’s Flight Simulator was, up until its discontinuation in 2009, the longest running game franchise in history. The decision to stop production left many fans unhappy. Surprisingly, Redmond actually listened and began development of new... Read More , and now development team Microsoft Studios has deemed the “freemium” title ready for public consumption.

It won’t cost anything to play, instead there will be an ever expanding selection of downloadable content (DLC) that can be purchased to expand the players in-game options. The first batch of DLC includes a second world war P-51 Mustang ($7.99), the Maule M-7-260C single prop aircraft ($14.99) and the Hawaiian Adventure Pack ($19.99) which includes the Vans RV-6A aircraft and some tropical islands over which to stretch your wings.

The re-imagined simulator allows players to customize the controls based on skill level so the game is fully playable with a standard mouse and keyboard setup. Those of you itching for take-off might want to check out the minimum and required specifications before downloading the Games for Windows client and proceeding with the 1.43GB download required to play:


  • CPU: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: 256 MB card capable of shader 3.0 (DX 9.0c compliant)
  • HD: 10 GB hard drive space
  • OS : WinXP SP3 or newer
  • RAM: 2.0GB


  • CPU: Dual Core 3.0 GHz
  • GPU: 1024 MB ATI Radeon HD 5670 or 1024 MB NVIDIA GEFORCE 9800 GT or equivalent
  • HD: 30 GB hard drive space
  • OS : Win7 SP1 64-bit operating system
  • RAM: 6.0GB

Expect Microsoft to regularly add new premium DLC to keep the title afloat over the coming months.

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Have you tried Microsoft Flight yet? What do you think? Is “freemium” the best direction for MS to take? Leave your opinion in the comments below.

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  1. Science Pro
    March 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Whoo It's nice.. Like to play it. And the background music of the video is too beautiful..!

  2. Tim Brookes
    March 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Does anyone else think the DLC is a little... expensive? $15 for one plane? I know they have to make money from it, but still...

    • Andrew H
      March 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Tried it and i think its very nice, however i have to agree, for something free its veryyyyyyyyyy expensive, £31 to get the planes you need for the challenges and the rest of the islands, and without them you cant do much, since most of the challenges, and jobs need the other planes, so without them your stuck with a few things to do

  3. JL
    March 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I don't have those kinds of specs...  :(

    • Tim Brookes
      March 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Yeah nor me, going to have to wait to enjoy this one I think!

  4. Julian Thomas
    March 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Excellent! Downloading now...

  5. James Skipper
    March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Nice, will be giving this a whirl this weekend!

    • Tobuscus
      March 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      gonna give your mom a whirl this weekend