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Microsoft Flight Simulator already has over a million players, record-breaking launch

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator is a breath-takingly beautiful flight sim that has earned numerous awards and praises.
  • The game has been out for a little over two weeks, but has already broken some records for Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).
  • To date, Microsoft Flight Simulator has had over one million unique players log on and take flight.
  • This equates to more than one billion miles flown, and over 26 million total flights.

Despite its relatively short lifespan so far, Microsoft Flight Simulator is already making headlines again with a handul of impressive statistics to bolster its launch. To date, Microsoft Flight Simulator has had over one million unique pilots (opens in new tab), who collectively have taken flight over 26 million times, and flown over one billion miles in total.

These impressive numbers also mean that Microsoft Flight Simulator has broken the record for the biggest launch on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) since the service's launch! Consequently, this also means it's the franchises biggest launch of all time, which spans over 38 years of gaming history. To commemorate this, Microsoft has released a new trailer for Microsoft Flight Simulator that mentions some of the game's accomplishments, and the many accolades and stellar reviews it has received since its launch.

It's clear that any flight sim fan should not miss out on this cloud-powered marvel, and even newcomers can find a fantastic first flight sim experience in Microsoft Flight Simulator. To make sure you get the best experience, though, you may want some beginner tips and tricks to move you along, your even purchase one of the best flight sim joysticks to elevate your playing experience.

Congrats to Microsoft Flight Simulator to a successful launch! Hopefully this spells out a very bright future for this amibtious game, which also just received its first post-launch update. While that was a simple patch update, the future holds DLC, content updates, and a whole lot more in wait, and even a possible Xbox launch for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Were you one of the first million flyers in Microsoft Flight Simulator? How has your experience been so far? Let us know in the comments below!

Zachary Boddy
Zachary Boddy

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

4 Comments
  • That's actually pretty epic considering the sort of PC you need to play this game.
  • To play it on ultra or get 60+ FPS, yes. You can easily play this on a budget gaming PC. I play this on a mobile 1060 and I get a solid (most of the time except for when there are lots of buildings) 30 FPS on high-end (even ultra) graphics.
  • Ooo I need to see what I get on mine I have a AMD 5 2600x 16gb of ddr4 and nvidia 1070. I don't own a 4k TV but when I had a go the other day it was all in high setting but I did not check the fps.
  • It is mostly talking about Game Pass so it is not clear to me if that 1 million includes Steam? I'm just having fun with it so far but I would like to get into a bit more actual simming and flying properly but all the reasonably priced yokes and flightsticks are sold out everywhere.