Preview: Microsoft Flight Simulator really works on Xbox Series X

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Preview: Microsoft Flight Simulator actually works on Xbox Series X

I’ve been flying round Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X all morning with only a few hiccups, and whereas it’s not fairly as lavish because the Windows PC model, it appears to be like rattling good. But the sport’s many quirks have been ported over to this new platform as properly. If you’re a console die-hard searching for a simple approach into the skies on July 27, put together for lots of turbulence.

Polygon was given entry to an early model of Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox, which unlocked for us on Thursday. After a prolonged 102.1 GB obtain and set up, I had the whole lot I wanted to get began once I logged in Friday morning. From there, it was simply a few clicks to get flying — an expertise that was nearly the identical as enjoying on PC.

A wide cargo plane comes in for a landing in the Himalayan mountains.

Final method at Lukla Airport in Nepal.
Image: Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios through Polygon

Notice I stated “clicks.” Microsoft Flight Simulator makes use of a digital mouse on Xbox, which makes interactions sluggish and tedious. That’s very true within the cockpit, the place actually dozens of switches and dials fill the interactive dashboard wherever you look. The imprecise nature of the digital mouse makes cold-starting something off a guidelines a nightmare.

Control surfaces are simple to handle, with good placement throughout the controller. While the rudder was twitchy on the default setting, it responds properly with the controller’s analog triggers. Even adjusting the trim and the angle of the flaps is a breeze. Meanwhile, the digicam controls are clean and responsive, each inside and out of doors the cockpit.

A menu showing only one graphics option, which is grayed out, in Microsoft Flight Simulator

The graphics choices on Xbox Series X are basically absent, save for the power to allow HDR10 (you probably have a suitable show).
Image: Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios through Polygon

Where issues start to bathroom down is within the menu interface. On Xbox, Microsoft Flight Simulator makes use of the identical byzantine menu construction because the PC model, however with a number of graphical hitches thrown in for good measure. Entries generally tend to overlap each other now and again, making choosing and even reaching some gadgets unattainable. Rebooting the sport was the one approach I discovered to clear these errors. The sport’s most elegant function, energetic pause, can be buried a number of layers deep into the UI. That makes grabbing one of the best screenshots a problem.

a single-engine aircraft flying low over London in Microsoft Flight Simulator

High-resolution terrain in Microsoft Flight Simulator is streamed in from the cloud, even after the large 102 GB obtain. My bandwidth slowed to the purpose that the sport started throwing errors, and issues obtained bizarre in London.
Image: Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios through Polygon

If it appears like I’m coming down onerous on the Xbox model of Microsoft Flight Simulator, perceive that it’s partially as a result of I’ve been enjoying the PC model for a number of years now. There are loads of oddities on the PC facet that I’ve merely gotten used to over time, and it’s probably that lots of these within the console model finally can be patched out or smoothed over.

But you could perceive that the sport world — our world, delivered due to petabytes of streaming satellite tv for pc knowledge and photographic element supplied by Bing Maps — appears to be like simply as beautiful on console because it does on PC. That consists of all the main world updates launched to this point without cost — enhancements for the U.S., the U.Okay., Japan, and extra.

Our early testing appears to point out that Microsoft Flight Simulator, for all its tough edges, is each bit the technical marvel on Xbox as it’s on PC. It may even be a part of Xbox Game Pass when it launches subsequent week, which can open up the world of flight to an entire new viewers. They’ll simply must recover from a number of quirks to benefit from the journey.

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